The Cottonwood School is a free public charter school offering a home study program for TK-12th grade students and a site-based high school program for 9th-12th grade students. We serve El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties.
When you enroll in our Homestudy Pathway, you will be matched with a credentialed teacher who will be there to support and guide you in your homeschooling journey. As a Homestudy parent, you are responsible for daily instruction and will facilitate and enable your student’s effective and successful study. You can use your instructional budget to easily enroll your child(ren) in programs and activities including events and field trips, and purchase curriculum and resources. You will make your own schedule. Your Homestudy child will have the opportunity to attend virtual classes taught by our credentialed teachers in our R.I.S.E (7th-12th grades) and Boost (K-6th grades) classes. Our Homestudy Pathway allows you to cater your child’s education to their specific needs.
*Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is offered to students who will turn 5 between September 2, 2022 – February 2, 2023
When enrolling in our High School Site-Based Pathway, students choose which concentration they want to attend: “Design Thinking Concentration” or “Leadership & Public Service Concentration.” The Site-Based Pathway incorporates in-person instruction within the chosen concentration and online courses. This pathway has graduation requirements that align with the California State University (CSU) A-G expectations, ensuring that students are college and career ready by graduation. Instructional funds are embedded with the pathway. On-site instruction is 8:30am to 1:00pm Monday – Thursday in El Dorado Hills. Our High School Learning Center is open from 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday – Thursday, providing students a place and time to practice, enrich, reteach, and enhance their learning with the support of the site-based staff. Class of 2026 graduation requirements are: Concentration completion, complete A-Gs requirements (including C or better), and take 2 AP/Honors courses.
High school students are welcome to apply for both the Homestudy and High School Site-Based Pathways, as the Site-Based Pathway has more limited availability.
Watch the videos below for more information about enrolling in The Cottonwood School.
If you are offered a spot after the lottery, you will receive a confirmation survey via email. You have 3 calendar days to complete this survey to accept the spot.
Once you’ve confirmed your spot, you will receive a Reg Online link via email with directions regarding how to complete enrollment paperwork. All enrollment paperwork must be completed within 7 calendar days or your spot will be forfeited.
If you forfeit your spot, you will be placed on our waiting list and are not guaranteed that there will be further enrollment openings.
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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:
A full application will be sent to you with the offer letter.
Birth certificate, passport, etc.
Immunizations are NOT a requirement of enrollment in a non-classroom-based charter school (our homestudy pathway), but they are required for students attending our high school site-based 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 the high school site-based 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.)
– 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
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 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.
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.
**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 see the following flyers for more information.
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.
Our school serves UPK through 12th-grade students in El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties.
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 or by attending a session of Community Cafe. Community Cafe is held once a month at the Lending Library during the first Storytime of the month. For any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students entering Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
For the 2022-23 school year, our TK program will be offered to students who will turn 5 between September 2, 2022 – February 2, 2023.
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
We would love to have you become part of The Cottonwood School family!