Admissions Process

Does TECA sound like a good fit for your family? We would love to have you join our community! Please follow the steps below to begin the process.

Step One: Visit Us

We encourage interested families to attend a tour of our school before applying. Select a date to tour TECA, and let us answer all of your questions.

See the Tours page for specific tour dates and times.

Step Two: Apply

Once you have toured our school, we welcome you to submit an application. As an independent public charter school, Thomas Edison Charter Academy does not charge a fee for applying or attending; nor does TECA participate in the SFUSD lottery.

We conduct our first-round placement lottery in February. Following this initial lottery, we’ll hold additional lotteries at regular intervals until we’ve filled all available spaces.

You can apply either in person or online. The deadline for all applications is January 25, 2019. We include all applications in the same lottery process regardless of date or method of acceptance. The online application will be available beginning October 15. If you prefer to apply by paper application, you may pick up a paper application from the school office starting the first week in October. You may submit a completed application at one of the acceptance sessions listed below.

Paper Application Acceptance Sessions for 2018-2019

Tuesday, October 30 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 20 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

If you plan to apply with a paper application, you must attend one of the sessions listed and bring copies of the following documents.

  • Birth certificate or other birth verification document permitted by law
  • Student’s current immunization records
  • Two (2) proofs of residency in California for parent/guardian (see the Application Information page for examples)
  • Most recent report card for grade level verification, for first- through eighth-grade applicants only

We cannot make copies of these materials; please be sure to bring a copy of whatever documents you may need. If you do not have all the documents, we cannot accept your application.

Step Three: Lottery

TECA holds a first-round placement lottery in late February. We will notify you of the results and whether your child was accepted or placed on our waiting list in mid-March via email and a letter mailed to your primary address.

Step Four: Register

If your child is accepted to TECA, you may complete the online registration process (coming soon), or you can bring the necessary documents to our school office. These documents are due in April. We cannot guarantee a space for those with incomplete registration materials.

We invite all accepted students and their families to a new family ice cream social in May to meet other new students and their families as well as their teachers.

Waiting List & Follow-Up Lotteries

We place children who do not receive a spot at TECA in the initial placement lottery in February on the waiting list. We will hold subsequent lotteries for any spaces that become available. The follow-up lotteries will occur as follows:

  • Round 2: April
  • Round 3: May
  • Round 4: August
  • Round 5: September
  • Round 6: October
  • Round 7: December