Enroll

 1. Enrollment for Current School Year 2016-2017

Please contact the office at (510) 746-0700 to find out about openings for 2016-2017.

2. Enrollment for 2017-2018

Francophone Charter School of Oakland is proud to participate in Enroll Oakland Charters in an effort to improve enrollment opportunities across all of Oakland’s public schools.

Note that FCSO will not be offering Transitional Kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year due to space limitations. Please refer to the Enroll Oakland Charter website and to the OUSD website for alternative TK programs.

3. 2017-2018 Enrollment Timeline

  • November 1, 2016: Applications made available to families
  • February 17, 2017: Applications due to school
  • February 17-20, 2017: Application System Hiatus. The online application system will not be available after 11:59 pm on Friday February 17th and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, February 21st (due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday).
    Note: Online applications received after Friday, February 17th, 11:59 pm, or paper applications received after 4:00 pm on February 17th, will be considered “Post Enrollment”. These applications will not be included in the public random drawing on March 8th, however they will be added to the waitlist determined by the March 8th public random drawing (if applicable), in the order they are received. 
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: French language review
    (Please save the date if your child is a French speaker!)
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Public random drawing
  • March 15, 2017: Enrollment notifications sent out to families
  • April 3, 2017: Confirmations-to-enroll due to school from families

4. School Tours & Open Houses

School Tours include a tour of the school while class is in session led by a member of our parent association, a short presentation, and a questions-and-answers session with Executive Director Lori MacDonald.
RSVP at www.francophoneschool-tours.eventbrite.com to one of our upcoming school tours:

  • There are no school tours scheduled at this time (as of March 8, 2017).

Open Houses include an in-depth presentation about our program by Executive Director Lori MacDonald, testimonies by current families and staff, and a self-guided tour of the facility. Children are welcome.
RSVP at www.francophoneschool-openhouses.eventbrite.com to attend an open house:

  • There are no open houses scheduled at this time (as of March 8, 2017).

5. Language Proficiency

  • Kindergarten (K): Our two-way dual immersion model works best with a 50/50 mix of French and non-French speakers in K. Students may enter K with no previous exposure to the French language. Entering students who indicate in their application that they are proficient in French will be scheduled for a French Language Review on March 4, 2017 (Please save the date!). Students identified as French speakers through the Language Review process will be eligible for the 50% of slots for French speakers. Non-French speakers will be eligible for the 50% of slots for non-French speakers.

    Note that 
    FCSO will not be offering Transitional Kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year due to space limitations. Please refer to the Enroll Oakland Charter website and to the OUSD website for alternative TK programs.
  • First through Fourth Grade: Students entering above the K level need to show grade-level proficiency in French. Students for grades 1 through 4 will be assessed before they can be confirmed a slot.

6. Public Random Drawing

(January 30, 2017 Update: Please note that the school has added two new preferences, #4 and #5, to its public random drawing preferences)

Francophone Charter School of Oakland shall admit all students who wish to attend, in accordance with Education Code §47605(d)(2)(A). If the number of student applicants exceeds the Charter School’s capacity, enrollment (except for existing students of the Charter School) shall be determined by a public random drawing.

Admissions preference will be given in the following sequence of priority, provided all enrollment materials are fully completed and submitted by the announced deadlines:

  1. Children of Francophone Charter School Founding Team and Founding Families
  2. Siblings of current Francophone Charter School students
  3. Children of Francophone Charter School employees
  4. Children who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch and reside in Oakland, CA
  5. Children who reside in the OUSD local elementary school attendance area where the Francophone Charter School is located, or children who are enrolled in this local elementary school, if this school serves 55% or more students who qualify for free or reduced price meals.
    For 2017-18, this preference concerns children living in the attendance area of Howard Elementary.
  6. Children who reside within the boundaries of Oakland Unified School District
  7. All other children in the State of California

Here is a link to the school’s most recent Enrollment Policy (approved February 16, 2017).

7. Grades and Ages

Here’s a guide to know which grade your child is eligible for in 2016-17 (current school year):

GRADE IN 2016-17 DATE OF BIRTH
Transition Kindergarten Between Sept 2 – Dec 2, 2011
Spaces remaining after the first day of school in August may be offered to children born Dec 3, 2011 – January 31, 2012
Kindergarten Between Sept 2, 2010 – Sept 1, 2011
1st Grade Between Sept 2, 2009 – Sept 1, 2010
2nd Grade Between Oct 2, 2008 – Sept 1, 2009
Or 1st Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
3rd Grade Between Nov 2, 2007 – Oct 1, 2008
Or 2nd Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2013-14)
4th Grade Between Dec 2, 2006 – Nov 1, 2007
Or 3rd Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2012-13)

Here’s a guide to know which grade your child is eligible for in 2017-18 (upcoming school year):

Note that FCSO will not be offering Transitional Kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year due to space limitations. Please refer to the Enroll Oakland Charter website and to the OUSD website for alternative TK programs.

GRADE IN 2017-18 DATE OF BIRTH
Kindergarten Between Sept 2, 2011 – Sept 1, 2012
1st Grade Between Sept 2, 2010 – Sept 1, 2011
2nd Grade Between Sept 2, 2009 – Sept 1, 2010
Or 1st Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
3rd Grade Between Oct 2, 2008 – Sept 1, 2009
Or 2nd Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
4th Grade Between Nov 2, 2007 – Oct 1, 2008
Or 3rd Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2013-14)
5th Grade Between Dec 2, 2006 – Nov 1, 2007
Or 4th Grade in 2015-16 (Kindergarten in 2012-13)