Admission Requirements and Rights
The requirements for admission to Downtown Value School are as follows:
- The student must be a resident of the state of California.
- The student must be eligible to begin ninth grade.
- The student must not have completed the twelfth grade
In the event there are more youth seeking enrollment in Downtown Value School than there are spots available, the school will give preference in a public, random lottery for the following applicants:
- Youth living within LAUSD boundaries
- Siblings of students currently enrolled in the school are exempt from the lottery
- Siblings of students enrolled at another Value School
- Children of Value School employees (up to 10% of enrollment)
- Parents who are seeking to enroll a student in the school must submit a lottery application. These lottery applications are available all year for the following school year.
- The lottery application will ask for the student name, parent contact information, the grade level for which admission is sought, the birth date of the student and information that would give priority application (e.g., sibling of a student currently enrolled in the school).
- On second Thursday each February parents of students who are currently enrolled are asked if they plan to have their children return in the following year. If they say “yes,” or do not return the form, those students are counted as returning.
- The school calculates the available seats at each grade level, reserving two seats or more for students who may be retained.
- A lottery date is set for the first Wednesday in February each year at 3:30 PM.
- If the number of applicants at any grade level does not exceed the available seats on the lottery date, all the applicants are accepted and the number of available seats is recalculated.
- If the number of applicants at any grade exceeds the available seats, the school reviews the applications to first determine if any student is on the preference list presented above. If there are students on the priority list and the number of students do not exceed the available seats at a given grade level, all those students are accepted and the number available seats is recalculated.
- If the number of applicants on the preference lists exceeds the available seats on the lottery date, a lottery is conducted by the school administration by randomly drawing names of only the applicants on the preference list. Those names drawn first are accepted for admission and the other applicants on the preference list are placed on the waiting list in the order their names are drawn.
- Once all seats are filled and a waiting list established, applications are still accepted, and assigned a waiting list number in the order that they are received..
- Only after a student has been accepted in the school will the family be asked to complete a standard application form. The standard form will ask about all the information the school requires for its student information system.
Public Notice of Admissions Process
- All applicants to Everest Value School are notified in writing about the admission process at the time they complete an application for admission.
- The dates and times of all lotteries are posted in a prominent place near the entrance to the school most commonly used by the public.
- The lotteries are conducted in the school’s community room by the principal or the principal’s delegate.
Notice to those admitted and to those on the waiting list
- Those selected for admission are notified by telephone call from the school secretary. If the secretary is unable to talk to the parent, the secretary will leave a message asking the parent to call to establish an appointment. If the parent fails to call within two days, the next person on the waiting list is called.
- At the time of the call an appointment is scheduled for the parent to complete the admissions process. If the parent fails to come for appointment and does not reschedule, the student’s seat is assigned to the next person on the waiting list. Appropriate accommodations will be made for working parents.
- Within twenty-four hours after the lottery, those selected by lottery are posted in the same location as the notice of the lottery.
- Those on the waiting list are notified by the school secretary by letter and told of their position on the waiting list.
- However, if a parent is applying after the lottery and all seats for a given grade have been taken, the parent is orally notified at the time of obtaining the application form that the student has been given the next number on a waiting list.
- If a seat becomes available at a later date, the school secretary calls the next person on the waiting list to establish an appointment for the parent induction. If that parent indicates that he/she is no longer interested, the next person on the waiting list is contacted.
No- or Low-Cost Health Care
No- or Low-Cost Health Care Resources
Parent Induction Program