Lottery and Waitlist
Applications must be returned no later than May 8th in order to enter the 2020-20201 lottery. Should the number of applications exceed the number of spaces available, students will be selected via lottery. All applicants must go through the lottery process. Per Oregon law, residents of Dallas School District are given priority over non-Dallas School District residents, and siblings of existing students are given priority over applicants who do not have siblings currently enrolled at DCS.
Admissions priorities are as follows:
- Siblings of student enrolled the previous year who reside in Dallas School District.
- Siblings of student enrolled the previous year who reside outside of Dallas School District.
- New students who reside in Dallas School District.
- New students who reside outside of Dallas School District.
Students who are not admitted to the school will be placed on the waitlist and called as spots become available. If all the students from that waitlist are admitted or decline to enroll before the next lottery, we will run a special lottery for any applications received after May 6th. Should the waitlisted student not be enrolled during the school year, the student will remain on the waitlist for the next school year.
Resources for Home/Community-Based Learning
Dallas Community School engages and supports students through several programs and services. Each student receives access to an allotment that can be used toward standards-based curriculum, lessons and school supplies, and a $300 allotment for DCS classes and field trips. All students are paired with a certified Education Guide who supports students and their Learning Coaches (parents or other assigned guardian). Guides, Coaches and students work together to develop a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) that describes learning goals for the coming year. Once the Personalized Learning Plan is developed, parents work with their Guide to obtain curriculum that best meets the needs of their individual student. Attendance at our site in Dallas is not required. However, students can participate in optional morning and afternoon classes at our site and at other sites in the area, plus field trips and family workshops about every two weeks. You can see our current afternoon enrichment offerings and field trips on our website.
We used to think our children wouldn’t get the opportunities to participate in a lot of classes, like art, yoga or swimming, because of the expense. Then we enrolled at DCS and suddenly our boys had seemingly endless opportunities to take all sorts of enrichment classes – classes they would never had the chance to take otherwise.
We homeschooled without being a part of charter school before DCS and we could do so again but, really, we would miss the DCS community terribly. Not only the classes but also the field trips, our guide and their priceless support, and the other families we have come to know.
Dallas Community School is a lifesaver for a lot of kids, my own included – this community desperately needs more educational choice, for those kids who simply don’t thrive in a traditional school.