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We're glad you have decided to enroll in California Connections Academy! Before you get started, take a look below about our application process.

Application Information

Enrollment cap: enrollment is limited to 8,400 students with each school having its own cap.

The initial open application period was from March 10-April 11, 2021.

Depending on the school location and grade level, a lottery will be held on April 22, 2021.

See additional lottery and cap information below.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment is closed for the 2020-21 school year

Step 1

Understand Your Commitment

Learning and growing
per week
Exploring lessons on a computer
of school day
Working independently offline
of school day
Step 2

Check Eligibility

In California, student eligibility requirements are determined by the state, which regulates all public schools including California Connections Academy.

California Connections Academy schools are open to all students who meet the state's age and geographic restrictions for virtual charter schools. While we are required to collect documents that show that the age and residency requirements have been met, we do welcome students who have unusual circumstances, such as homeless and foster youth, immigrants, refugees, migrants, and students who are not U.S. citizens. Contact the school office for assistance if enrolling a student for whom standard documentation is not readily available due to this type of situation.

Note: Students who are currently expelled from their local school or district may not be eligible for California Connections Academy.

Southern California (formerly Capistrano):

  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego


  • Fresno
  • Inyo
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Tulare

Central Coast:

  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura

Monterey Bay:

  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz

North Bay:

  • Colusa
  • Glenn
  • Lake
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Sonoma
  • Yolo


  • Alameda
  • Amador
  • Calaveras
  • Contra Costa
  • Sacramento
  • San Joaquin
  • Stanislaus
Step 3

Prepare Documents - Starting in April 2021

The initial application process was completed on April 11, 2021. We do not require receipt of student records prior to acceptance into our school. In the event that a lottery is required and a space has been identified for your child, there will be a registration process. The registration process will ask you to upload the following documents to the Enrollment Portal.

Child's Proof of Age

Proof of Residence

Child’s Proof of Immunization

Child's Proof of Health Examination

Prior Academic Records

Other Documents for Special Circumstances


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Frequently Asked Questions

California Connections Academy admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected classification.

Enrollment for the 2021–22 School Year

Lottery and Cap Information

California Connections Academy Schools have an enrollment cap of 8,400 students with each school having its own cap. The Open Application Period was from March 10, 2021 through April 11, 2021. Depending on the school location and grade level, after accounting for returning students, new students will offered a space through a random lottery drawing to be held on April 22, 2021. To qualify for the lottery, students must have had an account created during the Open Application Period. Attendance at the lottery drawing is not required, however the lottery is available for public viewing. More information about lotteries and status is available to families who already have an account on the Caretaker Dashboard after you log in to your account. For more information about how to view the lottery on April 22, contact the school office at 949-461-1667.

Students selected in the lottery must complete the registration process (everything except placement and Intent to Attend at this time) within ten (10) business days or the student’s space will be forfeited to the next student on the waiting list.

Students not selected in the lottery for an initial offer of a space will be placed on a lottery waiting list in the order in which their names are drawn in the lottery. Students on the lottery waiting list will be notified and offered an opportunity to continue the proces if space becomes available in their grade and school.

Depending on the school location and grade level, while a lottery was not required, space is limited and students will be placed on a waiting list after all registration tasks are completed. If space becomes available in a particular grade or grade span, students will be offered a space to attend and will be notified by email. More information about the waiting list policies and status is available to families who already have an account on the Caretaker Dashboard after you log in to your account.