Hundreds apply for charter schoolsEnrollment began over the weekend for freshman classes at Everest and Summit Prep charter high schools, each enrolling 108 students. A lottery was held Saturday, March 14, as required when there are more applicants than space.
Everest had 298 applicants, a ratio of about 2.8 applicants for every seat, according to Diane Tavenner, Everest spokeswoman and founder of Summit Prep.
Summit Prep had 497 applications, including 27 that were too late, and 34 from outside the Sequoia district, school Director Todd Dickson said. That ratio is 4.6 applicants for every seat.
"There's definitely a strong demand and not enough space for the kids," Mr. Dickson added. "There were a lot of tears and a lot of sad kids who didn't get in (at the lottery), and there were a lot of happy kids who did. It's always bittersweet."
The Sequoia district estimates that 2,023 freshmen will enroll in its four comprehensive schools in September, district spokeswoman Bettylu Smith said.