Lottery, Decision, Waitlist

The Lottery - March 2, 2017

The lottery is also automated by the SchoolMint online enrollment system. It is run on a computer in public, on campus. Families can attend and watch the process live, or be contacted elsewhere via text and/or email according to the preferences they set when applying. Families can access their SchoolMint account at any time to check on their position on the waitlist.

The lottery is run for each individual grade, in two stages:

  • Siblings of current students, and children of founders or employees receive priority in the lottery and are automatically offered spots in the first round. 
  • In the second round, the lottery runs for remaining applicants. Residents of San Mateo UHSD receive a priority weighting of five in the lottery, Sequoia UHSD residents receive a weighting of four, and out-of-district families receive a weighting of one.  

Once the lottery has run, the staff display the results on-screen at the school, and lottery results are sent out electronically the same evening.  

Students who apply for 2017-2018 after application deadline (i.e. from March 1 onwards) will automatically go to the end of the waitlist for the grade they are applying. 

The Decision Deadline - March 20, 2017

The decision deadline was moved to March 20.

Families who receive an offer of a spot are encouraged to make a decision as soon as possible, and no later than March 20 at 5 pm. Two weeks allows to provide time for students who have not yet visited the campus to shadow before the decision deadline. After that time, if any spots are left open, the enrollment office will contact families on the waitlist in the order determined by the lottery. Students on the waitlist will be given five business days to make a decision. It is in the best interests of all concerned to expedite the decision so that they will be in time to attend new family events.

The Waitlist

If your student is on the waitlist, there is a varying level of chance that he/she could be offered a spot. It is recommended that you be prepared with a decision in case a spot opens, and that you move forward with alternate arrangements. Please access your SchoolMint account and withdraw from the waitlist if your student is fully committed to a different school.

Names on the waitlist do not carry over from one enrollment season to the next. Students must reapply each year.