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Cave Language Academy – a dual-immersion school: applications accepted for kindergarten prep, kindergarten and 1st grade only

Loma Vista Environmental Science Academy – an environmental themed school

Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy – a health and fitness themed school

Vallejo Charter School – an Expeditionary Learning school

Choice Schools

The Lottery Process

VCUSD has four choice schools.  Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy (MIHFA), Loma Vista Environmental Science Academy (LVESA), Vallejo Charter School and Elmer Cave Language Academy.  LVESA and MIHFA are also neighborhood schools, which means families who live in the neighborhood, can enroll in the school without going through the lottery process, AS LONG AS THERE IS SPACE. If you live in the neighborhood of either of these schools, it is advised to enroll your child before May to better your chances of there being space.

Otherwise, in order to attend one of these schools you must participate in the lottery. If you would like your child to attend one of the four choice schools please follow these steps:

  • Register at your neighborhood school.  If your child is already enrolled in your neighborhood school, you need to get proof of that from the office manager at the school site.  Ask the office manager for the Aeries Face page, and bring that to the choice school.
  • Beginning March 1, 2019, pick up a lottery application at the school of your choice, fill it out and return it before April 12, 2019.
  • Attend the lottery at the district office on May 3, 2019.  You do not have to attend.  If you do not attend, you will hear if your child received a spot through the mail by May 31st. 
  • You will receive an acceptance or waitlist letter by May 31st from the school site.  You MUST sign and return the letter stating that you either are accepting the open spot offered or accepting the spot on the waitlist.
  • If your child is on the waitlist and a spot opens during the school year, you will be notified by the school office manager.
  • If your child is on the waitlist at the end of the school year, you will be sent a letter asking if you wish to remain on the list.  Again, you MUST return the letter to remain on the waitlist.  


Important Dates

  • Open Enrollment is open the entire month of March
  • March 1-April 12-Lottery Applications available at the choice schools
  • April 12-Last day to turn in lottery application at school site
  • May 3-Lottery Held at 665 Walnut Ave Rooms 115-116 9:00-1:00  
  • Applicants will be pulled in the following order: Loma Vista, Mare Island, Cave, Vallejo Charter School.