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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and to protect the safety of families and staff, we cannot offer in-person tours this year. Instead, we will offer a virtual tour video, along with a virtual Q & A session with the enrollment coordinator and principal where we will give you more information about why TECA is a great school for your family, and answer your lingering questions. Select a date to virtually 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 virtually toured our school, we welcome you to submit an application. A tour is not a required step in the process, you can always apply even if you are not able to attend a tour. 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. We will add any application submitted after the first round deadline to the waiting list for future lotteries.

You can apply either in person or online. For the 2021–22 application, we strongly encourage all families to use the online application, and not the paper application due to COVID-19 restrictions and for the safety of families and TECA staff. The deadline for all applications is February 5, 2021. We include all applications in the same lottery process regardless of date or method of acceptance. The online application will be available beginning October 20. If you cannot submit an online application and can only apply by paper application, you may pick up a paper application from the school office starting the second week in October. You may submit a completed application only at one of the acceptance sessions listed below. We will not accept applications at other times. 

Paper Application Acceptance Sessions for 2020–2021

Thursday, October 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 19 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 16 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

If you cannot submit an online application and need 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 due to COVID-19 restrictions; 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, 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 meeting prior to the start of the new school year 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