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Sycamore Creek currently has space in a few grade levels for the current 2021-2022 School year.  All applications are accepted on a first come/first serve basis at this time for the CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR. Please email us at enrollment@sycamorecreekcharter.org or call us at (714) 594-3660 so that we can send you a link to the enrollment interest form for THIS 2021-2022 school year.

 

The Enrollment/Re-enrollment Window FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR 2022/2023 opened at noon on Tuesday (PST) 12 PM February 1st and CLOSED on Tuesday March 8th, 2022 at noon (PST) 12 PM.   

The school determined a lottery was necessary and a Public Random Lottery (weighted) was held at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.

After the Public Random Lottery selected families were offered a space for the 2022/2023 school year and then sent a link to the school registration packet by Friday March 25th, 2022 at NOON. They will have until and had until Friday April 8th, 2022 at 12 pm PST (noon) to complete the packet. 

Once the lottery waitlist is exhausted applicants will be offered spots on a first come first serve basis. 

SCCCS is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, and all other operations, and will not charge tuition nor discriminate against any student based upon any of the characteristics listed in Education Code Section 220.

SCCCS shall admit all pupils who wish to attend the Charter School to the extent that space allows. SCCCS is an open enrollment, tuition-free public school with no specific requirements for admission (e.g., minimum grade point average, test scores, discipline records, etc.) as outlined in Education Code § 47605(d)(2)(A)  As stated, no test or assessment shall be administered to students prior to acceptance and enrollment into SCCCS, however, assessments may be administered after enrollment to determine individual instructional programs once students are admitted. Diagnostics of students’ reading, writing, and math skills will serve as aids to teachers and staff.  SCCCS will comply with all laws establishing minimum and maximum age for public school attendance in charter schools.

Based on the development of the child, our curriculum is guided by core principles of public Waldorf education and therefore we will adopt a minimum age of enrollment for each grade level that exceeds the minimum age requirements under the law.  Subject only to capacity, our school will be open to all students who wish to enroll.  Our guidelines will be provided in our enrollment policy for student applicants. Whether to place age-eligible students in Transitional Kindergarten for two years, Kindergarten for one year or in First Grade will be determined by each child’s age and readiness developmentally.  

 

Grade Level Age Eligibility
Transitional Kindergarten (2 year) 5 by December 2 of the year student begins Transitional Kindergarten*
Kindergarten (1 year) 5 by June 1st of the year the student begins Kindergarten
First Grade 6 by June 1st of the year the student begins First Grade as well as the developmental readiness of the child
Second Grade 7 by June 1st of the year the student begins Second Grade
Third Grade 8 by June 1st of the year the student begins Third Grade
Fourth Grade 9 by June 1st of the year the student begins Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade 10 by June 1st of the year the student begins Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade 11 by June 1st of the year the student begins Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade 12 by June 1st of the year the student begins Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade 13 by June 1st of the year the student begins Eighth Grade

 

 

Special Cases:

Proof of residency is not required for homeless students in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 and Education Code Section 48850.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Sycamore Creek Charter School’s Public Waldorf educational model results in the order of concepts and subjects being introduced at different grade levels than current California academic standards are introduced and consequently students may have difficulty transferring between SCCCS and other public schools, including Ocean View School District schools—Please review the document titled “Common Core in our Curriculum” under the “Standards Alignment” tab in the enrollment section on our website to learn about where our curriculum deviates from CCSS.

State Vaccination Requirements for Enrollment:

According to state law, families are required to be in compliance with all current immunization requirements to attend school.

Update from California Department of Health regarding current legislation:

Last updated on 2/2/2022

  1. What is “herd immunity”?
    “Herd immunity”, also known as “community immunity”, is the level of immunity that will prevent the spread of an infectious disease in a population. For measles, for example, the level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity is approximately 95%.
    If immunity is above the “herd immunity” threshold for a group of people, then an infectious disease might cause a few cases, but it will quickly stop spreading because enough people are protected.
  2. Why was a change in CA’s vaccinations law needed?
    A change in the law was needed because some schools were beginning to fall below the 95% vaccination rate, thereby jeopardizing herd immunity, as a result of a growing number of students with medical exemptions. Since this lower vaccination rate at a school leaves the students, staff and community surrounding that school more vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, the law is changing to better identify which medical exemptions at a school with lower than 95% vaccination rates meet the standard of medical care and which do not meet the standard of medical care. Those exemptions which meet the standard of medical care will continue. Those which do not, may be revoked.
  3. What is a medical exemption?
    Under current California law, a doctor can issue a medical exemption for children whose medical circumstances are such that immunization is not considered safe under the standard of medical care.
    Over the past few years, the proportion of students entering kindergarten with medical exemptions has increased. In 2018, 4812 (0.9%) students entered kindergarten with a medical exemption compared with 931 (0.2%) in 2015. Some of these exemptions are concentrated in certain schools which could place them below the 95% herd immunity standard.
    Presently, CDPH reviews medical exemptions. This change in the law allow these medical exemptions to be examined under certain circumstances listed below.
  4. Will the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) review all medical exemptions?
    As of January 1, 2021, the state collects medical exemptions electronically. Under SB 276 and SB 714, medical exemptions will be reviewed when:

    • A school’s immunization rate falls below 95% or
    • A doctor writes more than 5 medical exemptions per year or
    • A school fails to provide reports of vaccination rates to CDPH.

    In addition, a medical exemption that does not meet the above criteria may be reviewed, on case by case basis, if CDPH determines it is necessary to protect public health.

  5. How do I submit a medical exemption?
     Since January 2021 all medical exemptions must be submitted electronically directly into the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) utilizing a standard form.
  6. How can I find out my school’s vaccination rate?
    Schools with low vaccination rates are at increased risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. You can look-up your school’s vaccination rate at Shots for School. While the overall vaccination rates of students are high, medical exemptions cluster in some areas and many schools in these areas have vaccination rates less than 95%.
  7. My child has an existing medical exemption. Do they get to keep it? Yes, all existing medical exemptions continue to be valid except as explained below.• Parents of students with existing medical exemptions will need to submit a new exemption when the student begins a new ”grade span.” Grade spans are: birth to preschool, kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) and grades 1-6, and grades 7-12.• The only existing medical exemptions that could be revoked are those that were written by a doctor subject to disciplinary action by the Medical Board.
  8. Do children with a prior medical exemption who are being admitted into the next grade span (e.g., starting transitional kindergarten/kindergarten or 7th grade) need to obtain a new medical exemption document or may they re-use a document dated before 2020?They will need to submit a new medical exemption document to their school. The parent or guardian will need to submit a new medical exemption from a physician licensed in California to the school or child care facility. For more information about current requirements, see exemptions.
  9. Do children with a prior medical exemption who are being admitted to a different childcare facility or school with their current grade span need to obtain a new medical exemption document or may they re-use a document dated before 2020?
    Since January 1st, 2020 they need to submit a new medical exemption document to their school. The parent or guardian will need to submit a new medical exemption from a physician licensed in California to the school or child care facility. For more information about current requirements, see exemptions.
  10.  My child has a health condition that is not listed in the federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Can they still get a medical exemption?
    SB 276 and SB 714 do not limit the types of medical conditions that would qualify for a medical exemption. Medical exemptions can be granted for reasons outside of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines including family medical history, if they are consistent with the standard of medical care for that condition. Doctors issuing a medical exemption will provide a description of the medical basis for the exemption.
  11. Does this change in the law prevent or limit doctors from granting medical exemptions?
    No. Doctors will continue to have discretion to determine whether a child should get a medical exemption. When a medical exemption is issued, the doctor will describe the medical basis for the exemption. That basis must be consistent with the standard of medical care for a particular medical condition or align with CDC, ACIP, and AAP guidelines. Medical exemptions will be reviewed when the immunization coverage at a school falls below 95% or the doctor has issued 5 or more exemptions in a year, or the school where the child with a medical exemption attends fails to provide immunization reports to CDPH.
  12. Does this change in the law allow a medical exemption not to be accepted?
    Yes, under several circumstances. The state Department of Public Health shall not accept a medical exemption form from a physician or surgeon if there is a pending accusation with the Medical Board of CA or the Osteopathic Medical Board of CA related to immunization standards of care, until the accusation is resolved in favor of the physician and/or surgeon. The CDPH and governing authority (like a school district) shall not accept an exemption form if the physician and surgeon is on probation for an action relating to immunization standards of care. Finally, the CDPH shall not accept a medical exemption forms if it determines that a physician’s and/or surgeon’s practice is contributing to a public health risk in one or more communities. In this case, the physician may be barred from submitting an exemption for no less than two years.
  13. Does this change in the law limit doctors to giving 5 medical exemptions a year? 
    There is no limit to how many medical exemptions a doctor can write. CDPH will review medical exemptions when a doctor writes 5 or more in a year to ensure they are being provided consistent with the standard of medical care for a particular medical condition or align with CDC, ACIP, and AAP guidelines. If a number of exemptions from one doctor are reviewed and there is a pattern of granting exemptions based on clinical information that does not conform to the standard of medical care, there is potential that a provider’s ability to complete further exemptions will be suspended and the doctor will be reported to the California Medical Board.
  14. Who will review my child’s medical exemption?
    If a medical exemption is reviewed based on the specific criteria under the new law, clinical staff at CDPH (a physician or a nurse) with expertise in vaccine science including vaccine injury will review the medical exemption. Only the State Public Health Officer, who is a physician, or a physician they designate from the CDPH’s immunization program, can revoke the medical exemption.
  15. Will my child be able to go to school if their medical exemption is reviewed? Children are able to attend school while CPDH reviews the exemption, as well as during any appeal of a revocation.
  16.  What happens if my child’s medical exemptions is revoked? Can I appeal?SB 276 and SB 714 provide an appeal process for parents/guardians if CDPH revokes a medical exemption. The parent/guardian can appeal to an independent expert panel appointed by the California Secretary of Health and Human Services. Information about the appeals process will be provided by CDPH and also posted on the California Health and Human Services Agency’s website. Your child can continue attending school while the revocation of their medical exemption is being appealed.The expert panel will be made up of independent physicians with expertise in primary care or vaccine science. Their decision must be accepted by the California Secretary of Health and Human Services and is final.
  17. What will my doctor need to do if they issue a medical exemption?
    Doctors will need to use an electronic form available through the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). CAIR is a secure computer system that is already used across California that stores children’s immunization (shot) records. It can only be used by doctors, hospitals, public health departments and other selected programs that serve children. It helps kids get their shots on time and stay healthy. It also helps children avoid getting repeat shots when paper records cannot be found. The doctor can send the form to the child’s school, or the school can access the form through CAIR directly.
  18. Why should my child’s immunization information, including medical exemptions, be included in CAIR? CAIR, the California Immunization Registry, helps to protect your child’s health. A doctor can use the registry to send reminders so your child doesn’t miss shots. Your doctor’s office can also quickly and easily give you a shot record (“yellow card”) for school entry, camp, sports teams or other reasons. A complete record saves you the time and cost of extra doctor appointments, and your child won’t need to repeat shots. If you change doctors within California, the new doctor can get your child’s vaccination records from CAIR. In addition, having medical exemption information in CAIR allows schools and public health officials to quickly identify them in the event a person may be exposed to a disease and make sure they stay healthy.
  19.  Will my child’s information be private?
    CDPH, and the CA Immunization Registry (CAIR), comply with state and federal laws to protect privacy. Providers and CAIR staff must abide by confidentiality agreements in order to share patient records. CAIR software has standard security features to protect confidential data from being seen by unauthorized sources, including password protection and data encryption.By law, CAIR may only be used by authorized people in the medical office or health plan that serves an individual patient. In addition, schools, childcare centers, and certain other agencies can be authorized to look up vaccination records—but only for the children they serve.CAIR currently has the capability to restrict access to specific data fields to only clinical providers and public health agencies. CDPH will restrict medical exemption form data in a similar fashion.For more information, visit www.ShotsForSchool.org.

Community through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

At Sycamore Creek we want all children and families to feel welcome and valued, and we will foster such an environment by bringing awareness in particular to racism, white privilege, gender inequity, LGBTQ rights, socioeconomic status, family structure, and health, physical and neurodevelopmental differences. In collaboration with school staff and administration, we hope to bring educational and parenting resources. Our goal is to support the community of students, families and faculty to increase self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and build alliances.

We ask that as we provide a safe, positive, nurturing learning environment and program with an excellent team of educators committed to teaching guided by the core principles of public Waldorf education, that parents and/or legal guardians help nurture the community by assuring that they and their child(ren)
1) attend regularly and on time
2) attend conferences, class and community events, as able
3) strive to provide supports at home that are in tandem with the school’s philosophy, including a rhythmic daily and weekly schedule, adequate sleep, a nutritious diet, avoidance of overexposure to electronic media, and positive behavioral discipline approaches.
4) support the establishment of a school culture and community of families, teachers, and staff that embraces diversity and inclusion

Sycamore Creek shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or any other characteristic as set forth in Section 47605(d) of the Education Code.

*** PLEASE SEE THE ENROLLMENT/RE-ENROLLMENT TIMELINE UNDER THE ENROLLMENT TAB FOR COMPLETE ENROLLMENT/RE-ENROLLMENT TIMELINE DETAILS.

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