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RVC is a unique public school in Marin County, free to all California residents. Our TK-through-5th-grade community is powered by a love of learning, curiosity, and joy in discovery, guided by meaningful relationships that make learning a lifetime pursuit.

Kindergarten is for students who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2024.

Transitional Kindergarten Eligibility Update: We are now accepting students turning 5 between Sept 2 and June 2 for TK!

How To Apply

Step 1

Our application form is quick an simple. Submit your application before March 1 to be included in our early enrollment period. 

Step 2

After the end of the enrollment period, you will receive an offer of admission or be placed on the waitlist. If your child is admitted, you will receive a link to complete their online registration. 

Step 3

Complete online registration within the 2-week window to secure your child's spot.

Make sure you have the required documents to complete registration. 

Enrollment Events for the 2024-25 School Year

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Monthly Tours Begin 11/8

Join one of our monthly tours to see our unique school in action. Talk to teachers, staff, and current families to learn more about our program.

Application Opens for Early Enrollment

Submit your application by March 8th to be included in our first enrollment period.


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Online TK/Kindergarten/1st Grade Preview

Wednesday 12/6/2023, 6:00pm 

We're hosting an online version of our TK/K/1 program preview to help busy families with littles. Kick back at home and find our all about our special program and how RVC creates confident, curious learners from the very first day of school!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


All-Grade Preview Event

Saturday January 27, 10am-noon

Parents and guardians of prospective students are invited to join us on Saturday, January 27th from 10am to noon. Visit our beautiful school and learn more about our diverse, multi-age program and inquiry based learning. This in-person event features a presentation at 10:00 am from our School Director and classroom teachers, as well as opportunities to talk with teachers and current parents.

REGISTER NOW - Click here to let us know you're coming.


Early Grades (TK/Kinder/1st) Preview Event

Saturday March 2, 10am-noon

Join us on campus from 10-11:30, Saturday March 6, for a TK/K/1 Information Event hosted by our staff and teachers. This event is focused on the experience in our early grades and is a wonderful way to learn about our program.

REGISTER NOW - Click here to sign up

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March 8, 11:59pm

Our first application period closes the first week of March. Make sure you have your application in by then for the best chance of admission.

After the first enrollment period closes, we will conduct our enrollment process and contact admitted families so that they can complete their registration.

After mid-March, we will conduct twice-monthly enrollment periods as needed.

Kindergarten is a time of play-based exploration at RVC

Open Enrollment

March 6th through June 15

Our regular Enrollment period spans March through June. We will be accepting students and conducting lotteries bi-monthly as needed through this period.

Science, making, and exploration are integral to RVC

Late Enrollment

6/15 onward

After Mid-June, our enrollment activities slow down. If you wish to learn more about our program after this time, please reach out to our office for information.

Required Documentation

To complete your registration at Ross Valley Charter, the following documentation is required by the County of Marin:

  • A copy of your student's birth certificate, passport, or baptismal certificate (TK and Kindergarten only) and
  • Current immunization record (please review required shots for school by clicking here )
  • Any one of the following for proof of residence:
    • Recent Property tax bill
    • Current rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill that dates within 3 months (gas/electric, land line, garbage, water, cable, phone)

2024 Enrollment Periods

Early Enrollment Period Ends March 8, 11:59

Invitations to register will be sent via email the following week. Families have two weeks to complete registration and upload required documentation.

Enrollment FAQs

  • Who can apply?

    Ross Valley Charter is open to all children who reside in California and are eligible to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade.

    • Transitional Kindergarten is open to children who will have their fifth birthday between September 2nd through June 2nd.
    • Kindergarten is open to children who will be five years old by September 1st.
  • Do we need to re-apply every year?

    No! Once a student has been admitted to RVC and has completed the enrollment paperwork, they are enrolled until they graduate.

  • What is the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) enrollment process?

    If your child is age-eligible for Transitional Kindergarten at RVC, his or her application will be drawn with other TK applications in the lottery. TK students will be placed in a dedicated TK classroom, although some TK students may be placed in a TK / K / 1 classroom based on discussions with families. 

  • How is admission determined?

    If more applications are received than there are spaces available for any particular grade level, admission will be determined by random public lottery.

    In accordance with Education Code Section 47605(e)(2)(B), admission preferences in the case of a lottery shall be given to the following students in the following order:

    1. Siblings of pupils admitted to or attending RVC.
    2. Children of RVC’s teachers and staff.
    3. Students who reside within the Ross Valley School District boundaries who are English Learners or who are eligible to receive Free or Reduced Price Meals.
    4. Students who reside within the Ross Valley School District boundaries. 
    5. Students who reside outside of the District boundaries who are English Learners or who are eligible to receive Free or Reduced Price Meals.
    6. Students who reside outside of the District boundaries.
  • When can I apply?

    You may apply at any time for the current school year. Enrollment for the following school year opens in November and applications are taken in an ongoing basis. Please refer to the Enrollment Periods section of this page to see when admissions lotteries will be conducted. 

  • If I'm added to a waitlist, will my spot carry over to the next year?

    Waitlist positions from one academic year do not carry over to any other academic years. 

    Any applicant who was not offered admission or didn't accept admission to the year applied for must submit a new application for the new academic year.

  • I declined my spot when we were admitted, but I've changed my mind. Do I need to re-apply?

    Yes, if you decline your spot or do not complete the registration paperwork within the 2-week window, you will need to re-apply. 

RVC emphasizes the joy of discovery for grades TK through 5. Our students are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity, and are given the space and tools to explore their interests. The RVC approach encourages independence and collaboration, individual responsibility, and a caring sense of community.