Petaluma Accelerated Charter School (PACS)

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    2022-23 PACS Application


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    2022 PACS Information Night

    Thursday, January 6th, 2022 @6:00pm via Zoom

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    ● Tuesday, January 25th @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    ● Wednesday, January 26th @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    ● Thursday, January 27th @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    ● Tuesday, February 1st @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    ● Thursday, February 3rd @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM



    To apply for a spot at PACS at McKinley, 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 and state test scores. Before the faculty reviews a student application, students need to have completed the PACS at McKinley placement exam (MDTP). If you are a student in the Petaluma City School District, you will take this exam at your school. If you are not within the Petaluma City School District, we are offering the exam on PENDING Lastly and only as necessary, students and their family may be asked to meet with the principal before they are officially registered to ensure that PACS at McKinley is a good fit for their child’s needs.

    Registration closes on 4:00 PM on Friday, January 28th, 2022.. After this date, all students may submit their application on a rolling basis, if space is available. For consideration for admission, the attached application must be completed and received in the PACS at the McKinley office and the student must complete the PACS at McKinley placement test. All applications received after this date will be considered for rolling admissions if space is available.

    Our program capacity is limited to two classrooms and sixty-four (64) students per grade level. All applications will be timed stamped upon receipt in the office of PACS at McKinley. If the number of completed applications exceeds sixty-four (64), applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

    During the open enrollment period, students and parents are encouraged to attend informational meetings and submit an application. 

     PACS program capacity is sixty-four (64) students per grade level. If the number of applicants does not exceed the allotted number of seats available prior to the February 26th priority deadline, students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-enrolled basis. 

     If it is determined at any grade level there are more applicants than available space, a public random drawing (“lottery”) will be held by grade level. Existing students shall automatically be enrolled and shall not be a part of the lottery. 

     Admission preference in case of a lottery shall be given to the following students in the following priority order: 

    1. Siblings of existing students currently attending PACS.
    2. Students who attended the 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. 

     In other words, if we receive more than our capacity of sixty-four (64) applications in any of our grade levels, students will be enrolled by priority order until we can no longer accommodate one of the priority orders. If this were to happen, the lottery would take place at a date and time that will help ensure all interested parties will be able to attend. Rules and procedures regarding the lottery will be communicated to all interested parties prior to holding the lottery.

     Waiting list letters will be sent so that families have a clearer understanding of their priority status.  The waitlist will allow students to enroll in available slots that may arise during the school year.  We will contact the parents/guardians of students who have been promoted off the waiting list and advise them of promotion as well as timelines and means by which the parents/guardians must respond in order to secure admission. A new waitlist will be generated each year, as needed after the public lottery is held. Families who choose not to enroll/attend when space comes available will lose their slot and move to the bottom of the waitlist.

     Assuming that you have submitted an application on or prior to the February 26th priority deadline, you should expect a letter no later than March 6th, advising you that your child has either been registered or will take part in the lottery. 



    For more information on PACS, go here.