Enrollment Process

Blue Oak School

If you are interested in Blue Oak we invite you to first attend one of our monthly School Tours.

Blue Oak School is a tuition-free public charter school. Enrollment is open to all children in grades K-8.

We endeavor to accommodate all students who apply for admission.  When the applications for admission exceed the number of spaces available, we will hold a Lottery and generate a waitlist for the following year.

All enrollment inquiries can go to Kellie Machi our school Registrar.   Phone: 530-879-7483 x. 2037, email: kellie@blueoakcharterschool.org

2018-19 Enrollment
We currently have a waiting list for 5th grade.
All other grades, Kindergarten through 8th have openings.
We will continue to take Enrollments for this school year (2018-19) until April 15th, 2019.

2019-20 Enrollment
We are currently accepting students for the next school year.  If you would like to enroll a student for next year, you must submit your “Student Interest Form” before the lottery dates below.
> Kindergarten lottery will be held on February 14, 2019
Grades lottery will be held on April 18, 2019 

Enrollment Packets and Forms

Student Interest Form Download
Kindergarten Enrollment Packet Download
Grades 1-8 Enrollment Packet Download
Oral Health Assessment Form Download
Health Examination Form Download

The following are required to register any child in a California public school:
(1) proof of date of birth is required (birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or other legal proof)
(2) two forms verifying proof of residency
(3) a written immunization record from a physician, nurse, or health department

* Students attending their first year in public school are also required to provide proof of a health and dental exam by a licensed physician. 

Enrollment FAQ’S

How old does my child need to be to be admitted into Kindergarten?
To enter school in the fall of 2019, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019.
To enter Transitional Kindergarten (T-K), a child must turn five between September 2, 2019, and December 2, 2019.
* At Blue Oak we place T-K and K students in the same classroom.

Where can I find the forms and schedules for the Admissions and Enrollment?
All forms, details, and schedules, can be found here on the website (downloads above) or at the front office.

What do I need to do to enroll my child in the middle of a school year?
If there is an immediate vacancy your child can be enrolled mid-year. If there are no current vacancies, your child will be added to the waitlist based on the date and time your Student Interest Form is received.

What do I need to do if I am interested in enrolling my child for the next school year?
If you are seeking to enroll your student for the following school year, you must turn in a completed Student Interest Form to our front office and schedule a school tour.

How does the lottery and wait-list work?
If the number of students who wish to attend exceeds the available capacity,  a random public lottery will be held and a wait list will be generated.  According to our Charter, the following receive preference for admission:

  1. Existing students
  2. Siblings of existing students
  3. Children of Blue Oak staff
  4. Children and grandchildren of Charter Council Board members
  5. Students enrolled in McManus Elementary school or reside in its attendance area
  6. Students who reside in the Chico Unified School District

Why am I hearing about my child doing 2 years of Kindergarten?
Waldorf pedagogy is developmentally based. It is important that your child is developmentally ready for the curriculum that is presented at each grade level. Also, older students in a class are typically more successful than younger students. We strongly urge parents to allow their child 2 years of Kindergarten whenever possible and to heed any recommendation of our experienced Kindergarten teachers. Depending on your child’s birthday, they may be eligible for 1 year of Kindergarten, but their birth date is not the only factor considered. Those Kindergartners that fall into the younger group (birthdays between June 1 – September 1) are typically recommended for an additional year of Kindergarten. Teachers will make their recommendations to parents around the end of January. If you have concerns about this, you may schedule an appointment to meet with our school Education Director.
* If your child begins Kindergarten as a T-K student, they will be required to do another year of Kindergarten.