Applying and Enrolling at Dallas Community School


See this page for information about the DCS High School program starting January 3, 2022.

New Student Applications for our K-8 program are being accepted,  all applications submitted after May 1, 2022 will be placed on a secondary list to be put through in the next lottery or to be admitted as spaces open. Students on the list will be put through a special lottery during the school year if everyone from the current wait list has been offered a spot. We currently have a wait list and students will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Applying to Dallas Community School: New Students

1. Get to know the school before applying
The best way to learn about our program is to read through our website. You can click here to view a presentation about the school. Attend a parent information night, open house, or similar event to get to know the school. Upcoming information nights will be announced. Or call and speak to a DCS staff person to clarify any questions you still have after looking at our website. 

2. Complete an application
Complete an online or print application for each child between the application window: Sept. 1 – May 1 of the year prior to the next school year. Students who are currently on the wait list do not need to submit a new application.

3. Await confirmation.
Enrollment confirmations will be sent after the lottery in May. You will either receive an enrollment confirmation or a wait list confirmation via email. Notifications are sent out during the months of May and June. If your child is wait listed, we will contact you as soon as a space is open.

Current Students: Once you’re enrolled at DCS, you stay with us until you withdraw or leave for high school. There is no need to reapply every year. For siblings of current students, please contact your family’s guide for application information.

Families: If you have multiple children you are applying for, please fill out an application for each student. Returning students are enrolled first, followed by siblings of returning students. After that, new students living in the Dallas School District are admitted if space is available. If additional space is available, new students living outside the District are admitted. Further details are provided in the Lottery and Wait list section below.

Applicants Accepted to Dallas Community School

1. Enroll
Once you receive an enrollment confirmation, complete and submit the enrollment packet within three days of receiving the enrollment confirmation letter. If your student was enrolled at another public or charter school, you will need to withdraw from that school before your enrollment can be confirmed at DCS. 

2. Meet with your Educational Guide
Your Educational Guide will contact you to set up your first meeting. The Guide will work with you to develop a learning plan for the coming year. An orientation with your guide is mandatory.

3. Order materials and enroll in enrichment classes
Once you have set up your child’s Personalized Learning Plan with your Guide, you can then sign up for our online or on-site classes, complete forms for other approved community learning classes, and submit materials requests.

Lottery and Wait list

Applications must be returned no later than May 1st in order to enter the 2022-2023 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 wait list, if all the students from that wait list are admitted or decline to enroll, we will run a special lottery for any applications received after May 8th. Should the wait listed student not be enrolled during the school year, the student will remain on the wait list for the next school year.

Interested Students Who Have NOT Completed an Application

The 2022-2023 application deadline is May 1, 2022. All applications submitted past May 1st will immediately be placed on a secondary list. Students on the wait list are admitted during the school year on a space-available basis. All applications received after May 1, 2022 will be included in the 2021-2022 lottery unless we run a secondary lottery due to space.

Interested Students Who HAVE Completed an Application and Are Currently on the Wait list

Many of you already completed an application earlier in the year. Oregon law states that if the number of applications exceed the number of spaces, all applications must go through the lottery process and receive a lottery number. If you submitted an application after May 8, 2021 you will be put into the next list for a secondary lottery if needed or you will be in the lottery for 2022-2023 school year. 

Please know that we are doing everything we can to accommodate as many new families as possible.

Should you have questions about the application/enrollment process, please contact us at:

“We used to think that there were no schools that would share our same values in learning, until we came to DCS. This warm community school provides us with a number of enrichment classes to choose from, plus knowledgeable guides to help keep us on our toes and our kids where they need to be for all home learning needs.”


DCS Parent