Admissions FAQ

Oxford Preparatory Academy Open Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is from February 16, 2022 through March 17, 2022. The lottery will be held on April 28, 2022.

If you wish to apply for next school year (2022-23), please visit our application page (www.applyOPA.com) during Open Enrollment (02/16-03/17/22) to access our online application. To successfully apply, you will need to fill out the online application and submit it. Enrollment will be offered based on available openings for each grade when spaces become available. Waiting lists will be formed for grades with more applicants than openings. The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.

For specific information about each school, please contact the school sites:

Saddleback Valley - (949) 540-7800

South Orange County - (949) 305-6111

Please see frequently asked questions below.

Please visit our application page (www.applyOPA.com ) during Open Enrollment to access our online application.  To successfully apply, you will need to fill out the online application and submit it.  Enrollment will be offered based on available openings for each grade when spaces become available.  Waiting lists will be formed for grades with more applicants than openings.  The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.

Oxford Preparatory Academy Open Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will be from February 16, 2022 through March 17, 2022.

In January and February, we held Virtual Parent Information Meetings(PIMs) at which families found out more about OPA and the open enrollment process. Please see below for the information that was presented at the meetings.

 

You may also visit the school websites for additional information.

soc.oxfordpreparatoryacademy.com
saddleback.oxfordpreparatoryacademy.com
oxfordpreparatoryacademy.com

 

We recorded one of our virtual Parent Information Meetings this year. You can view the recorded meeting HERE. We invite you to view the Power Point presentation from the meeting below. Please also take our virtual campus tours using the provided links.

22-23 PIM Presentation
SOC Virtual Campus Tour
SV Virtual Campus Tour

 

You may also visit our websites for additional information, or call our campuses if you have specific questions. 
            

You can apply to Oxford Preparatory Academy from anywhere; but in order to enroll, you need to be a resident of Orange County or an adjacent county.  Those students who are applying to the South Orange County Campus in Mission Viejo who reside within the Capistrano Unified School District boundaries will be given a preference in the lottery. Those students who are applying to the Saddleback Valley Campus in Lake Forest who reside within the Saddleback Valley Unified School District boundaries will be given a preference in the lottery.

No, you do not. On our application site, you will have the option to select to apply to one of our campuses or to both of our campuses. Applying at both sites will not have any effect on your chance for placement at either location. You may also apply for the OPA Independent Study Program on the same application.

No, it does not. Being enrolled at one of our campuses does not give you priority when applying to the other campus.  Likewise, being enrolled in the OPA Independent Study program does not give you priority when applying to the seat-based program and vice versa.

No. Entry into Oxford’s programs are not on a first-come, first-served basis. Families have 30 days to complete the online application form during Open Enrollment. All verified, eligible online applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period will be entered into the lottery. Open Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is from February 16, 2022 through March 17, 2022.

Following the Open Enrollment period each year, applications will be counted to determine whether any grade level has received more applications than availability. In the event that this happens, the school will hold a random public lottery to determine enrollment for the impacted grade levels.

  • The lottery will take place on a given published date. (If needed, the lottery for the 2022-2023 school year will take place on April 28, 2022.)
  • OPA will comply with all applicable state and federal laws and with the Chartering Authority policy as it relates to the oversight of charter schools.
  • The lottery shall draw names from a general pool of ballots.
  • Siblings of students placed during the random public lottery will also be placed depending upon space available at the given grade level during the lottery process.
  • The drawing shall continue until all names are drawn. Those individuals whose names are drawn after all spaces have been filled will be placed on the waiting list in the order drawn, except if the preferences described above require otherwise.

Siblings of students placed during the random public lottery will also be placed depending upon space available at the given grade level during the lottery process. If space is not available in the sibling’s grade level, that sibling will be placed on the Sibling Priority Wait List. The remaining names will be placed on a waiting list based on the order drawn from the random public lottery (at each grade level).

After the lottery, you will receive an email with your waitlist number. You may also log in to our application page (applyopa.com) at any time to see your child’s current waitlist number. Lottery results will also be posted on campus for a week following the lottery.

After the lottery, you may log in to our application page (applyopa.com) any time to see your child’s current waitlist number.  Please note: If another applicant becomes eligible for the Sibling Priority in the grade to which your student applied, your student’s waitlist number could go up.

Yes! Families who have missed the Open Enrollment window can be added to our Post Lottery Wait List after the lottery has taken place. The 2022-23 online application will reopen to accept Post Lottery applicants on May 13, 2022, after the lottery is complete. The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.

If you would like to apply for next school year, the 2022-2023 school year, please visit applyopa.com during Open Enrollment from February 16 through March 17 to be included in the lottery. We have availability in a few grades for Virtual and Seat-based students for the current 2021-2022 school year. There are no spaces for the remainder of this year for Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first grade. If you are interested in potentially being considered for this school year for OPA Virtual Learning or to see if there is space available for a seat-based position for your student, please email us at the SOC Campus at info-soc@opaschools.org or at the SV Campus at info-saddleback@opaschools.org. 

Yes, Oxford Preparatory Academy has full day kindergarten. Kindergarten starts at 8:30am every day and ends at 2:30pm Monday through Thursday and at 12:30pm on Fridays during our regular bell schedule. 

No, Oxford Preparatory Academy Transitional Kindergarten (TK) has an AM and a PM class. The AM TK class begins at 8:30am and ends at 11:40am Monday through Thursday and the PM TK class begins at 12:05pm and ends at 3:15pm Monday through Thursday during our regular bell schedule. Both the AM and the PM classes begin at 8:30am and end at 12:30pm on Fridays during our regular bell schedule. Placement into the AM and PM classes is based on your position on the lottery list. OPA follows the state mandated birthdate cutoffs for TK. Please call the campuses to find out the birthdate eligibility range if you are unsure if your child qualifies for TK at OPA based on their birthdate.
No. Oxford Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school.
At this time, Oxford Preparatory Academy does not provide bus transportation.
Yes, students at Oxford Preparatory Academy wear uniforms to school. Our uniform policy and guidelines can be found HERE: Saddleback Valley Campus and South Orange County Campus