Admissions FAQs

Informational sessions for the 2020-21 school year will begin on October 3, 2019, on Thursdays at 3:45 pm 
Q- Who can apply to attend еᶾ Civic High and what are the enrollment requirements?
A-  еᶾ Civic High is a tuition-free public charter school open to all students. Students are admitted on a space-available basis.  еᶾ Civic High does not charge tuition and will not discriminate against any student on the basis of actual or perceived disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code.  еᶾ Civic High will comply with applicable state laws pertaining to student admission and enrollment. еᶾ Civic High strives to reflect the ethnic and racial balance of the general population residing within the territorial jurisdiction of SDUSD. There is no District residency requirement for the student or for the student’s parent or guardian. еᶾ Civic High will be open to all students, including those with special education needs.
Q- What do I need to do to apply to еᶾ Civic High?
A- Prior to applying for admission to еᶾ Civic High, a student must complete the following:
  • The student and a parent or guardian must together attend one complete orientation session. These sessions will be held on Thursdays and will detail the mission, vision, and program, еᶾ Civic High as well as what the student and family should expect of the school experience.  
  • A parent or guardian must complete the simple, online, non-discriminatory application by the end of the enrollment period (March of each year).  Families who attend the sessions will be given the paper application which needs to be completed and turned in at the end of the session. 
  • The student and a parent or guardian must check yes, on the application stating that they understand and agree to abide by all policies and procedures set forth in the еᶾ Civic High Scholar Handbook, which will be available in both English and Spanish.
Q- How do students apply?
A- All applicants must submit the paper application after the orientation sessions that will be held November through mid-March, of each year.  Other criteria for admission include California residence and successful completion of the 8th grade. All applicants (students and parents(s)/caregiver) must attend an Informational Orientation session and complete an application.
Q- What if I cannot attend an Informational Orientation Session?
A- According to our charter petition, attending one orientation session is mandatory.  Please email Maria Gibson at
Q-  I have two children in the same grade level but they attend two different schools.  Do I have to attend two information sessions?
A-  No. You only have to attend one information meeting if you have children in different schools.  However, both students need to attend an orientation session.  You will need to submit an application for both students at the time of the session.  
Q- When is the best time to apply to еᶾ Civic High?
A-  In general, the admissions cycle goes from November through mid-March of each year. If you are interested in 9th grade for your child, for example, you need to begin the process while your child is in the 8th grade. Applications are only accepted for the following school year. The applications are not accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Anyone who applies during the admissions cycle will be entered into the lottery for admission regardless of when they applied.  Once they apply all students will be entered into the lottery when the interest exceeds the number of seats open for that school year. 
Q- What is the process and chances of getting admitted?
A- еᶾ Civic High will choose students as follows:
  • Children of the Founding Development Team or full-time еᶾ Civic High faculty will be exempted from the lottery and automatically enrolled in e3 Civic High, limited to no more than 10% of the student body.
  • Siblings of students already enrolled in еᶾ Civic High will be exempted from the lottery and automatically enrolled in еᶾ Civic High unless the sibling is to enroll in a grade that has all of its spaces already filled. Siblings of students who have their name(s) drawn during the lottery (i.e. both students are applying in the same year) will be exempted from the lottery and automatically enrolled in еᶾ Civic High unless the sibling is to enroll in a grade that has all of its spaces already filled.
  • In the event the school has more applicants than capacity, then applicants shall enter a Public Random Lottery.
Q- How do I find out if my child was accepted?
A- We will send out an electronic notice via email in mid-March with notification of whether you were admitted into еᶾ Civic High.  In addition, we will send a hard copy letter via US Mail.

Q- How do I know that you received the application I submitted?
A- As applications will be turned in after the session, no confirmation is needed.    However, your online registration and your in-person check-in at the beginning of the orientation session can be used as verification of your application. 

Q- What is the mid-year enrollment process after the lottery has been held and school is in session? 
A- After the lottery is held and all wait-listed students have accepted or declined seats, a new waiting list will be started for admission to the upcoming school year.  The school maintains 4-grade level waiting lists (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade lists). Students will be placed on the waiting list according to the corresponding grade level.  
All scholars will be placed on the waiting list according to the date that they inquire and complete the e3 Scholar Interest Form. All scholars entering the 10th through 12th grades will need to have a transcript/course review by an e3 Counselor or our Registrar in order to ensure that we can offer the appropriate courses needed to graduate on time and ensure that the student will meet the A-G requirements.

Once the course plan has been confirmed, the student will be placed on the waiting list.  As soon as an opening becomes available, the scholar will be contacted in date order to accept the seat.  Scholars will also receive an email. Families have 3 days to accept the seat before we move on to the next student on the list.  
According to the charter, students who have a sibling enrolled at e3 Civic High will be given priority on the waiting list when openings are available