Applying to RVC

RVC is a unique public school in Marin County, free to all California residents.
Our TK-5 community is powered by a love of learning, curiosity, and joy in discovery, guided by meaningful relationships that make learning a lifetime pursuit.
We are now accepting students turning 5 between Sept 2 and April 2 for TK!

How To Apply

Step 2

RVC will conduct admissions at the end of the enrollment period. After that, 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. See below for enrollment period dates.

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 Periods for Fall 2023

When you apply, your application is included in the admissions process for that enrollment period. See below for the enrollment period dates.

Enrollment Period 8 – June 29
Lottery June 30
Registration Due 7/21

Enrollment Period 9 – July 21
Lottery July 25
Registration Due 8/8

Enrollment Period 10 – August 8
Lottery August 10
Registration Due 8/16

Please contact our office at (415) 534-6970 if you have any questions.
Quote: "When they give you an assignment, you get to take it to a whole new level and make it your own. This stays with you for your entire life, and becomes part of you as a person. Th teachers, you really get to know them as people over two years." said Keegan, student

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)

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 April 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.

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