Enroll

Families who are already enrolled for 2017-18 should review our Back to School page.

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 is not 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 alternate TK programs.

2017-2018 Enrollment

Please contact the school at contact@francophoneschool.org or 510-746-0700 to find out about possible openings for the 2017-2018 school year.

2018-2019 Enrollment Timeline

  • September 15, 2017: School Tours start (two each month–see below)
  • **IMPORTANT** Until October 31, 2017: Please fill out an Interested Student Form if you are interested in enrolling in 2018-2019, to help us apply for a larger school facility with the Oakland Unified School District!
    Interested Student Form (English)
    Forma Para Los Estudiantes Interesados (Español)
  • November 1, 2017: Applications made available to families
  • November 15, 2017: Monthly Open Houses start (see below)
  • February 16, 2018: Applications due to school (by 11:59 pm online or in person/by mail delivery that day).
    Please note that FCSO will be closed on February 16, 2018.
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018: French language review
    (Please save the date if your child is a French speaker!)
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:00 pm: Public random drawing
  • By March 9, 2018: Enrollment notifications sent out to families
  • March 29, 2018: Confirmations-to-enroll due to school from families

School Tours, Open Houses and Fairs

School Tours (45 minutes) 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 https://francophoneschool-tours-2018-19.eventbrite.com to one of our upcoming school tours:

  • Friday, September 15, 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, September 26, 9:00 am
  • Thursday October 5, 8:30 am
  • Tuesday October 17, 9:00 am
  • Tuesday November 7, 8:30 am
  • Thursday November 30, 9:00 am
  • Thursday December 7, 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, December 19, 9:00 am
  • Tuesday January 9, 9:00 am
  • Thursday January 18, 8:30 am
  • Friday, February 2, 9:00 am
  • Thursday, February 15, 8:30 am

Open Houses (90 minutes) 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 https://francophoneschool-openhouses-2018-19.eventbrite.com to attend an open house:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 am
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018,  6:00 pm

Enroll Oakland Charter Fairs
Come see us one of Enroll Oakland Charter’s fairs! More info at http://enrolloak.org/.

  • Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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 is not 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 alternate 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.

Public Random Drawing

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 2017-18 (current school year):

Note that FCSO is not 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 alternate 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 2016-17 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
3rd Grade Between Oct 2, 2008 – Sept 1, 2009
Or 2nd Grade in 2016-17 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
4th Grade Between Nov 2, 2007 – Oct 1, 2008
Or 3rd Grade in 2016-17 (Kindergarten in 2013-14)
5th Grade Between Dec 2, 2006 – Nov 1, 2007
Or 4th Grade in 2016-17 (Kindergarten in 2012-13)

Here’s a guide to know which grade your child is eligible for in 2018-19 (next school year):

GRADE IN 2018-19 DATE OF BIRTH
Transitional Kindergarten Between Sept 2, 2013 – December 2, 2013
Kindergarten Between Sept 2, 2012 – Sept 1, 2013
1st Grade Between Sept 2, 2011 – Sept 1, 2012
2nd Grade Between Sept 2, 2010 – Sept 1, 2011
Or 1st Grade in 2017-18 (Kindergarten in 2015-16)
3rd Grade Between Sept 2, 2009 – Sept 1, 2010
Or 2nd Grade in 2017-18 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
4th Grade Between Oct 2, 2008 – Sept 1, 2009
Or 3rd Grade in 2017-18 (Kindergarten in 2014-15)
5th Grade Between Nov 2, 2007 – Oct 1, 2008
Or 4th Grade in 2017-18 (Kindergarten in 2013-14)
6th Grade Between Dec 2, 2006 – Nov 1, 2007
Or 5th Grade in 2017-18 (Kindergarten in 2012-13)