Applying and Enrolling at Dallas Community School

New Student Applications will be due on May 5, 2018. All applications submitted past May 5, 2018 will be placed on a secondary list to be put through in the next lottery. Students on the list will be put through a special lottery during the school year if everyone from the current waitlist has been offered a spot. All applications received after May 5, 2018 will be included in the 2019-20 lottery. We currently have a waitlist 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 even 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.

2. Complete an application
Complete an online or print application for each child between the application window: January – May 5 of the year prior to the next school year. Students who are currently on the waitlist 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 waitlist confirmation via email. Notifications are sent out during the month of May. If your child is waitlisted, 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 Waitlist 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.

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 add your child to on-site enrichment classes, complete vendor forms for community learning classes, and submit materials requests.

Lottery and Waitlist

Applications must be returned no later than May 5th in order to enter the 2018-2019 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, if all the students from that waitlist are admitted or decline to enroll, we will run a special lottery for any applications received after May 10th. Should the waitlisted student not be enrolled during the school year, the student will remain on the waitlist for the next school year.

Interested Students Who Have NOT Completed an Application

The 2018-2019 application deadline will be May 5, 2018. All applications submitted past May 10th will immediately be placed on a secondary list. Students on the waitlist are admitted during the school year on a space-available basis. All applications received after May 10, 2018 will be included in the 2019-2020 lottery unless we run a secondary lottery due to space.

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

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 April 30, 2017 and have not been admitted to DCS or participated in a lottery, your application will go through the lottery in May 2018.

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: info@DallasCommunitySchool.org.

“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.”

Melissa

DCS Parent