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Open Enrollment for the 2024-2025 School Year

Open Enrollment Window January - April  2024

 Families interested in enrolling at Caat should submit an Enrollment Form during the open enrollment period along with proof of residence (utility bill). Enrollment meetings will be held two or three times a month. Dates and times for January enrollment meetings are below. Enrollment applications can be completed at enrollment meetings or emailed to Please complete an application for each child you wish to enroll.


Enrollment Information Meetings


Kern County Superintendent's Office, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA (Bottom floor, Meeting Room D)

Upcoming Enrollment Meetings:

Enrollment By Grade 

As a charter school, Caat has a limited capacity for enrollment for each grade level. Each year, Caat will add a grade level until the school serves all grades TK-12 in 2029. 

TK- 8th, 2024 - 2025 Enrollment Capacity: 

  • TK - 15 students 

  • Kindergarten - 50 students 

  • 1st Grade - 50 students 

  • 2nd Grade - 50 students 

  • 3rd Grade - 50 students 

  • 4th Grade - 50 students 

  • 6th Grade - 25 students 

  • 7th Grade - 25 students 

  • 8th Grade - 25 students 

Caat will continuously enroll students from waitlists as spaces become available. 

Elementary School Student

Who can enroll? 

Interested families who live in Kern County need to submit an Enrollment Form for each student by April 1, 2024. Enrollment Forms can be accessed online at or picked up in person beginning in January 2024.

How does the lottery work? 

Caat will identify the grade levels for which a lottery will be required. For the grade levels where we have more applicants than spaces we will identify students that meet the enrollment priorities outlined in our charter and conduct a public lottery. We will notify the families of interested students two weeks before the lottery by mail.

What happens if I am not accepted?

Families who are on the waitlist and not accepted throughout the school year must reapply each year during the open enrollment period. 

What do I need to submit to enroll? 

Interested families need to submit an Enrollment Form for each student by April 1, 2024 along with proof of residency to determine their priority for enrollment. 

What are the enrollment priorities? 

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. Siblings of currently enrolled students.

  2. Children of Caat employees.

  3. Children who attend Franklin Elementary School.

  4. Children who attend Bakersfield City School District. 

  5. All other applications of students who reside in Kern County. 

How does the waitlist work?

Once the maximum capacity has been reached for each grade, the remaining student names (or numbers) will be drawn and then placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are drawn. Students on the waiting list will then be notified by mail immediately if a space becomes available.

What if there are more students that apply than space in a grade level? 

A public lottery will take place if we have more Enrollment Forms than spaces available in a specific grade level.

What happens after I am accepted? 

You will receive notification shortly after the lottery if your child(ren) have been admitted. That communication will include information about when and where you can pick up your Enrollment Packet and what needs to be turned in for each student. Once notified, you will have two (2) weeks to submit your enrollment packet. If the complete enrollment packet is not submitted within two (2) weeks the student’s spot will be forfeited and given to the first student on the waitlist.

What happens if I submit my application after the enrollment window closes? 

If the grade level you are applying for is at maximum capacity, your student will be added to a waitlist based on priority for the 2024-2025 school year. If and when a space becomes available, you will be notified by mail regarding your student’s admission.

Charter School Complaint Notice

A charter school shall not discourage a pupil from enrolling or seeking to enroll in a charter school for any reason, including, but not limited to, academic performance of the pupil or because the pupil exhibits any of the following characteristics:

  • Academically low-achieving

  • Economically disadvantaged (determined by eligibility for any free or reduced price meal program)

  • English learner

  • Ethnicity

  • Foster youth

  • Homeless

  • Nationality

  • Neglected or delinquent

  • Race

  • Sexual orientation

  • Pupils with disabilities

  • A charter school shall not request a pupil’s records or require the parent, guardian, or pupil to submit the pupil’s records to the charter school before enrollment.

  • A charter school shall not encourage a pupil currently attending the charter school to disenroll from the charter school or transfer to another school for any reason (except for suspension or expulsion).

  • This notice shall be posted on a charter school’s Internet website and a charter school will provide copies of this notice (1) when a parent, guardian, or pupil inquires about enrollment; (2) before conducting an enrollment lottery, and (3) before disenrollment of a pupil.

Complaint Procedures:

In order to find out more information on how to submit a complaint, click here.

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