Petaluma Accelerated Charter School (PACS)

  • Interested in sending your student to Petaluma Accelerated Charter School for 7th-8th Grades?

    2023 PACS Information Night

    Thursday, December 15, 2022 @ 6:00pm in the McKinley Multi-Purpose Room

    Click here for the slide show that was shared at the info night:

    View a video recording of last year's info night:

    2023 PACS Campus Tours - Sign-up here:

    ● Wednesday, January 11 @ 11:00 AM
    ● Thursday, January 12 @ 9:00 AM
    ● Wednesday, January 18 @ 9:00 AM
    ● Tuesday, January 24 @ 1:30 PM
    ● Thursday, February 2 @ 11:00 AM

    PACS 2023 Info Night and Tours

    PACS Application Process 2023-2024:

    PACS Application Packets Available in the McKinley Office

    • Friday, December 16th

    PACS Math and Writing Assessment (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS )

    Enrollment Closes

    • Friday, January 27th - 4:00pm

    Admission and Acceptance letters mailed to students by

    • Friday, February 24th

    To apply for a spot at PACS, students and their families need to complete the attached application and return it to the PACS at McKinley office with a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card, teacher recommendation form, a registration form if the student is currently attending a school outside of PCS, and proof of seventh grade required immunizations. Students will also take the PACS math and writing assessment prior to submitting their completed application. Additionally, students and their families may be asked to meet with the principal before they are officially registered to ensure that PACS is a good fit for their child’s needs. 

    PACS program capacity is sixty-four (64) students per grade level. Admission priority order shall be given to students in the following order:

    1. Siblings of existing students currently attending PACS.

    2. Students who attended McKinley Elementary School in grades TK-6.

    3. Students who reside within the McKinley Elementary School attendance area.

    4. Students who reside within the Petaluma City Schools' jurisdictional boundaries.

    5. Students who reside outside the Petaluma City Schools boundaries. 

    Students will be enrolled by priority order until we can no longer accommodate one of the priority orders. If this were to happen, a lottery would take place at a date and time that will ensure all interested parties can attend. Rules and procedures regarding the lottery will be communicated to all interested parties prior to holding the lottery.

    If the number of enrolled students meets sixty-four (64), a waitlist will be generated that follows the same admissions priority above. Registration closes at 4:00 PM on Friday, January 27th, 2023. After this date, all late applications will be considered for the waitlist. 

    The PACS application for 2023-2024 can be found below:


    For more information on PACS, go here.