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Important Enrollment Dates

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March 1-14: Open Enrollment
(Now Closed)

The Cottonwood School is a tuition-free public charter school. We offer dynamic homeschooling pathways for TK-12, a uniquely personalized, whole-learner approach that nurtures academic, social, and emotional achievement. Additionally, we offer a Montessori-inspired high school hybrid pathway at our El Dorado Hills campus. We serve El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties.

Unfortunately, enrollment for our Homestudy Pathway for the 2024-2025 school year has closed. If you are interested in joining our waitlist or applying to CCPA: A Hybrid High School Pathway, please see options below. 

Enrollment Options

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Homestudy Pathway (TK-12)

  • Homestudy program. Parent responsible for daily instruction to ensure student’s success
  • Parent choice of curriculum and learning approaches with credentialed teacher (HST) support and guidance
  • Instructional funds available for Community Partners, school-sponsored events and field trips, or to personalize student’s course of study
  • Virtual programs and classes available through TK Explorers, Superstar Readers, Boost, and RISE, CVHS, and Career Technical Education pathways (CTE)
  • Whole-learner programs nurture social, emotional, and physical wellness, in addition to academic excellence
  • National Honor Society and Junior Honor Society chapters
  • NCAA-approved courses
  • College & Career planning supported by the School Counseling Department
  • Concurrent Enrollment opportunities with community colleges
  • Graduation pathway offered to align with the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) A-G requirements
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CCPA: A Hybrid High School Pathway

  • Hybrid pathway includes in-person instruction in English, Science, Social Sciences, and Video Productions Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM and mandatory online classes in Mathematics and World Language
  • Fridays are completely off-site Independent Study
  • Interdisciplinary and Project-Based Montessori-inspired learning
  • Concurrent Enrollment opportunities with community colleges
  • Graduation requirements align with the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) A-G requirements
  • More info at

Enrollment Office Hours

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Enrollment Office Hours
Every Friday from March 15 – April 26
3 pm – 4 pm
This office hour will include enrollment specialists to help families with enrollment.

More Information

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Click the video link to view a recorded session from one of our info sessions, or click the 2024-2025 Info Session image to view the slides from the presentation.

2024/25 info session presentation cover

Have questions after attending an info session? Submit a question, and we’ll respond via email.

Homestudy Admissions Process At a Glance

The admissions process for CCPA: A Hybrid High School Pathway can be viewed at

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Step 1: Apply

  • Please apply using the buttons above. You will be contacted when space is available.
  • Upon completing the enrollment form, you will receive an automated email response to confirm your form was received. This email does not guarantee admission. If you cannot find the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders. This automated email comes from
  • If you have any questions or need support, you can reach out to our Enrollment Team at (530) 285-2003 Option 3.

Step 2: Enrollment Offer (Spot Confirmation)

  • If/when space is available, the Enrollment Department will email you a spot confirmation survey as your offer of enrollment.
  • Families have three days to accept or decline their enrollment offer. Families who do not respond to the initial offer will be automatically placed on the waiting list for consideration at a later date.

Step 3: Registration

  • The Enrollment Department will email you a link to Reg-Online, the online registration portal where families will upload the required enrollment documents and digitally sign the required enrollment forms.
  • Families will have a 7-day window to complete registration. Incomplete applications will be added to the waitlist for consideration at a later date.
  • Please see required documents listed below.

Required Documents*

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If your child receives a spot for the school year, you will be asked to provide a full copy of the following documentation:

Student Application

A full application will be sent to you with the offer letter.

Proof of Age

Birth certificate, passport, etc. Foreign birth certificates accepted.

Immunization Records

Immunizations are NOT a requirement of enrollment in a non-classroom-based charter school (our Homestudy Pathway), but they are required for students attending CCPA: A Hybrid High  School Pathway and our High School Learning Center,  Monday-Thursday from 1-3pm.

All students, regardless of whether they are applying for the Homestudy Pathway or CCPA: A Hybrid High School Pathway, must provide a copy of immunization records or fill out this immunization document. (If your child is not immunized, please fill out the top section with name, address, etc. and return the document.)

Proof of Residency in Our Service Area
  • Utility bill
  • Property tax receipt
  • Current mortgage/rental agreement w/signature page
  • Current home or rental insurance agreement. Contracts must have the signature page. Contracts older than 90 days, must be accompanied by documentation from the landlord stating the agreement is still in effect.
  • Correspondence from a government agency such as CalWORKS, Social Security, Medi-Cal
Oral Health Exam

California law (Education Code Section 49452.8) states your child must have a dental check-up for their first year in public school. A California licensed dental professional operating within their scope of practice must perform the check-up and fill out Section 2 of this dental form. If your child had a dental check-up in the 12 months before they started school, ask your dentist to fill out Section 2. If you are unable to get a dental check-up for your child, fill out Section 3.

CHDP Health Exam

Parents/guardians must submit a completed health assessment (or waiver) 18 months before or up to 90 days after enrolling their child/ren in first grade. Parents are encouraged, however, to report this information at or before kindergarten entry since the Report of Health Examination and Report of Immunizations are best completed at the same time.

Copy of 504 and/or IEP

If applicable

Caregiver Affidavit

If applicable

*If you are unable to provide these documents due to your living situation, you may still be eligible under federal and state law to enroll your child in school. Please visit our page on resources for homeless and foster youth for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know my enrollment form was successfully submitted?

You will receive an automatic confirmation email with a copy of your enrollment form answers. If you cannot find the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders.

What counties do you serve?

Our school serves TK through 12th-grade students in El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties.

How do I learn more about the programs offered?

You can learn more about our programs by watching the short video above, visiting other pages on our website, attending one of the informational sessions listed above. For any other questions, please email

What is your Kindergarten Policy?

Students entering Kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2024.

What is your Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Policy?

For the 2024-25 school year, our TK program will be offered to students who will turn 5 between September 2, 2024 – June 5, 2025.

Do you provide Special Education services?
Yes, please read more about Cottonwood’s Special Education Department here.


What Our Students Say

We had the same teacher for 6 years and she was such a gift to us. Her love, enthusiasm, caring, encouragement, empathy, knowledge,… The list could go on and on!

– Baxter Family


We had no idea what we were doing three years ago. Now my first grader doesn’t even know that she is actually learning most of the time. We have so much fun doing “work.”

– Powers Family