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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I enroll my child at an EQUITAS ACADEMY school in Los Angeles? 

In order to enroll a child at an EQUITAS ACADEMY school, parents must submit an interest form to the school in which they would like to enroll during the interest period. A single interest form cannot be used for multiple children. A separate interest form must be submitted for every child in a family.  Interest forms may be submitted online via Equitas Academy’s website (www.equitasacademy.org) or in person at the front office of any school. The deadline for lottery consideration is February 28th, 2019. If the school receives more interest forms than it has spaces for students, a lottery will be held to determine admission, as is required by law.

What is the lottery? How does the waitlist work? How will I be notified if my child is selected? 

Each year, EQUITAS ACADEMY's schools have a fixed number of seats available for all incoming grade levels. If we receive more interest forms than there are available spaces, admission will be determined by a lottery, as required by law. The amount of spaces varies by school and grade. The lottery is a method for ensuring each student has an equal opportunity to be accepted. Students will have until March 29th, 2019 to accept their lottery offer by completing enrollment at the school.

Once all available seats have been filled, the lottery continues to generate the waitlist. All remaining students are placed on the waitlist in the order that they are drawn. In the event a space becomes available, students are called from the waitlist. 

All parents will be notified of their student's acceptance status and/or number on the waitlist shortly after the lottery is completed. Your attendance at the lottery is encouraged but not mandatory.  In order to ensure you receive prompt notification, be sure to list an accurate mailing address and phone number on your interest form. If your address or phone number changes, please notify the school as soon as possible so they can reach you.


How old does my child have to be to attend?

Like all public schools in California, students must turn five years old by a specific date in order to enroll in kindergarten at EQUITAS ACADEMY's elementary schools in a given year. For the 2019-20 school year and each school year thereafter, the date is September 1. For example, if you would like to enroll your child in kindergarten at a EQUITAS ACADEMY elementary school for the 2019-20 school year, your child must turn five years old on or before September 1, 2019

If your child’s fifth birthday is between September 2 and December 2, you qualify for Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

TK is a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. A child is eligible for TK if his or her fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 2.

If a child’s fifth birthday falls after December 2, they are deemed too young for TK and Kindergarten and will have to wait to apply for the following school year. 

How much does it cost to apply or attend?

There is no cost to apply or attend a EQUITAS ACADEMY school. All of EQUITAS ACADEMY's schools are free public schools.

Does my child have to take any entrance exams? 

There are no required entrance exams for admission to EQUITAS ACADEMY's schools. Our schools are open enrollment. All students are welcomed. 

What are the preferences given to applicants?

EQUITAS ACADEMY's schools are required to give preference to students living within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each school may also give preference to the siblings of current students at a given EQUITAS ACADEMY school. We are not able to give preference to a sibling who is applying to a different EQUITAS ACADEMY school. Sibling is defined as a student's brother or sister, or as sharing the same legal guardian.

What if I do not live in Los Angeles?

EQUITAS ACADEMY's schools are required to give preference to students living within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, we occasionally are able to accept students from other municipalities, space permitting.


When is the deadline to submit an interest form for the 2019-20 school year?

EQUITAS ACADEMY will begin accepting Interest Forms for the 2019-20 lottery beginning October 1, 2018. Interest forms submitted on or before February 28, 2019 at 5:00pm will be given lottery consideration. EQUITAS ACADEMY will continue to accept interest forms for the 2019-20 school year up until September 30, 2019.

What happens if I miss the interest period deadline?

If you miss the March 1st, 2019 deadline for interest forms and a lottery has been required, your student's name will be placed at the end of the waitlist. If there was not a sufficient number of interest forms to require a lottery, students will be admitted or placed on the waitlist in the order that interest forms are received. Interest forms for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted up until September 30, 2019. 

When will I find out if my child is accepted?

If required, lotteries will be held for EQUITAS ACADEMY SCHOOLS in early March, 2019. All lottery participants will be notified of the exact time and location of the lottery. Applicants do not need to be present at the lottery to be accepted. Parents/Guardians should expect to receive a phone call indicating admission or waitlist status on that date. Admitted applicants will have until Friday, March 29th to complete their registration.


What grades are available for 2019-20?

Elementary Schools



1700 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015



1050 Beacon Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90015



Permanent location TBD*



Middle Schools



2723 W. 8th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90005



631 S. Commonwealth Ave.*

Los Angeles, CA 9005


 *Equitas Academy #4 is developing a school-site facility on the intersection of 7th St. and Carondelet St. in Pico-Union. Equitas Academy #5 will be co-locating with Equitas Academy #3 for the first year of operation.

Do you take students with special needs and/or have an IEP?

Yes. EQUITAS ACADEMY does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Currently approximately 10% of our students have special needs or an IEP.

What are your school hours? How long is the school day?

School begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends with dismissal at 3:30 p.m at the Elementary Schools and 4:00 p.m. at the Middle Schools. Scholars are greeted with a handshake from a school leader and head to their classroom for a day of rigorous instruction. English Language instruction includes 180 instructional minutes daily, including read-alouds and four literacy blocks. There are also two 40-minute Mathematics blocks provided each day. The Core Teaching includes 40 minutes of alternating Social Studies and Science instruction. In addition, students attend a 40-minute Enrichment class taught by an enrichment teacher, which includes alternating classes of movement, art, drama, technology, and/or music. On Fridays, the schedule is shortened for teacher professional development. The shortened schedule releases students at 1:45 pm.

Do you provide busing or transportation?

We do not provide busing or transportation for students.

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for the 2019-20 school is expected to be Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Do you offer lunch services?

EQUITAS ACADEMY SCHOOLS is proud to participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Many EQUITAS ACADEMY families are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. We are proud to serve Better 4 You Foods in all of our schools.

How can I contact the school?

Please visit the school's website for contact information. (www.equitasacademy.org)

What is the school calendar?

The school calendar, when complete, will be made available on the website.


EQUITAS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOLS are free public schools for families who believe their children deserve a high-quality education and challenging school experience. Our school model offers credentialed, passionate, and dedicated teachers and staff who are experts in their field.

We value:

  • High Expectations - Structured and disciplined classrooms, school-wide behavioral code of conduct, and school uniforms
  • College Readiness - Extended school day and year, enrichment activities, and preparation to enter top-performing middle, high schools, and, ultimately, college
  • A Family Partnership - Ongoing communication with parents about academic and behavioral progress, at-home visits by staff, and family workshops
  • A Safe & Supportive School Community - We help our children make positive choices through our school values of curiosity, optimism, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest.