Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Has my child been accepted?

As a matter of privacy, OPA has made the decision not to publish lottery results online, but rather notify families of their placement via a postcard sent through US mail. Though we have been inundated with inquiries regarding student placements as determined by Saturday’s lottery, we continue to make every effort to keep everyone informed in a timely manner. Postcards are being mailed during the two weeks following the lottery informing families of where their child(ren)was placed as a result of the lottery. We are also working towards a location decision by the second week of May. In an effort to give families ample time to make a decision we ask that you respond to this postcard by May 10th, 2010. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.
**NEW** In an effort to expedite placement and wait list notification, the OPA Team will be at Royalty Cakes Friday evening April 30 from 5PM to 7PM with this information. Come see us!

How soon will I know if my child’s place on the waiting list has changed?

If your child has initially been placed on the waiting list, we anticipate having a better idea of where they stand by the end of May. Once all of the placement postcards have been returned, our volunteers will update all of our records accordingly. We will notify all families by mail or by phone if they have moved up on the waiting list or if their child has been placed at Oxford Prep.

What are the chances of adding more classes?

OPA officials are working diligently around the clock to negotiate an increase of our current enrollment numbers. As negotiations go, this may take some time, so we appreciate your patience.

Why has class size increased from the original estimates?

Although Oxford Prep is a charter school and some funding comes from grants, we are not immune to the current economic situation. Because of recent budget cuts to education, we have had to increase class sizes at most every grade level. Because charter schools are less bureaucratic, program flexibility and teacher training allows us to hire the best teachers and ensure they are adequately prepared to provide our students with the highest quality program available.

Why were out-of-district students placed in their own lottery?

Although charter schools are open to all residents of California, priority must be given to in-district students. We anticipated that Oxford Prep would be successful, however we had no idea that nearly1700 students would enroll during the four (4) week Open Enrollment period. That is more than triple the highest initial enrollment experienced by some of the other larger charter schools in California. According to charter school law, CVUSD students had to be given priority over non-CVUSD students.

How can I apply for open positions at Oxford Prep?

Please send resumes and cover letters to We will notify you of the next step in the process once we have received these items. Thank you for your interest in our school.

I just heard about OPA. How can I enroll my child?

To enroll, you must first attend a Pre-Enrollment meeting. Once you have attended a meeting you may bring your enrollment paperwork to an enrollment session. Upcoming Pre-Enrollment meetings are scheduled for May 17th and June 7th from 6 to 7:30 pm and July 6th from 7:30 to 9 pm at The Founders Center in Chino Hills. Upcoming enrollment sessions are scheduled for May 21st, June 11th, and July 9th from 5 to 9 pm at Royalty Cakes in Chino. Please be advised, however, that enrolling at this point in time places you on the waiting list below others who have already enrolled during our 30-day open enrollment period, regardless of in or out-of-district residency.

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