The Cottonwood High School is a free public charter school offering a Montessori-inspired program for 9th-12th grade students. We serve El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties. Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year was open March 1 – 22 and is now closed.
When enrolling in our High School Site-Based Pathway, students choose which concentration they want to attend: “Design Thinking Concentration” or “Leadership & Public Service Concentration.” The Site-Based Pathway incorporates in-person instruction within the chosen concentration and online courses. This pathway has graduation requirements that align with the California State University (CSU) A-G expectations, ensuring that students are college and career ready by graduation. Instructional funds are embedded with the pathway. On-site instruction is 8:30am to 1:00pm Monday – Thursday in El Dorado Hills. Our High School Learning Center is open from 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday – Thursday, providing students a place and time to practice, enrich, reteach, and enhance their learning with the support of the site-based staff. Class of 2026 graduation requirements are: Concentration completion, complete A-Gs requirements (including C or better), and take 2 AP/Honors courses.
If you are offered a spot after the lottery, you will receive a confirmation survey via email. You have 3 calendar days to complete this survey to accept the spot.
Once you’ve confirmed your spot, you will receive a Reg Online link via email with directions regarding how to complete enrollment paperwork. All enrollment paperwork must be completed within 7 calendar days or your spot will be forfeited.
If you forfeit your spot, you will be placed on our waiting list and are not guaranteed that there will be further enrollment openings.
If your child receives a spot for the school year, you will be asked to provide a full copy of the following documentation:
A full application will be sent to you with the offer letter.
Birth certificate, passport, etc.
Immunizations are required for students enrolled in our classroom-based charter high school and our High School Learning Center, Monday-Thursday from 1-3pm. All students must provide a copy of immunization records or fill out this immunization document.
– Utility bill
– Property tax receipt
– Current mortgage/rental agreement w/signature page
– Current home or rental insurance agreement. Contracts must have the signature page. Contracts older than 90 days, must be accompanied by documentation from the landlord stating the agreement is still in effect.
– Correspondence from a government agency such as CalWORKS, Social Security, Medi-Cal
Students applying to the Class of 2026 or beyond must sign and submit the graduation requirement agreement acknowledging the following graduation requirements:
– Completion of the A-G requirements with a grade of C or better
– Completion of TWO AP/Honors courses
– Completion of ONE (1) of our offered Concentrations (Leadership & Public Service OR Design Thinking)
**If you are unable to provide these documents due to your living situation, you may still be eligible under federal and state law to enroll your child in school. Please see the following flyers for more information.
You will receive an automatic confirmation email with a copy of your enrollment form answers. If you cannot find the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders.
Our school serves transitional kindergarten through 12th grade students in El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Placer, and Sacramento counties.
You can learn more about our programs by visiting other pages on our website or attending an informational session. For any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to have you become part of The Cottonwood High School family!