Lottery and Enrollment

Last Updated: 1/10/2020 8:55 PM

Enrollment Process

CMP admits new students through a public, random lottery draw.


Campus Tours & Lottery Applications

To begin the enrollment process, a parent/guardian must participate in a pre-scheduled Campus Tour/Orientation at EACH campus that you plan to apply to (prior to submitting a Lottery Application for your child).  Lottery Applications will not be considered if you have not participated in a Campus Tour or Open House.   Please sign up using the link below to schedule your tour prior to attending, as the Campus Tours and Open Houses are often full to capacity and the dates and times are subject to change.  

*Please note that tours generally run about one hour and are ADULTS ONLY.    

CMP American River Tour Dates:

January 9, 2020 (9:00am)

January 22, 2020 (5:30pm)

January 23, 2020 (9:00am)

February 6, 2020 (9:00am)

February 20, 2020 (9:00am)

March 5, 2020 (9:00am)

March 11, 2020 (5:30pm)


To sign up online for a tour, please click here: American River Campus Tour Sign Ups

For a complete list of tours for all CMP campuses, please check back here in January or call  (916)971-2432.

After you have completed the campus tour or orientation, please pick up a Lottery Application from the particular campus(es) you have toured.  Once completed, submit the original application to the campus or campuses for which you are most interested. All areas of the application must be complete or the application is not considered valid. If your child has/will have at least one school-year of prior Montessori experience, please download the Montessori Verification form and have it signed by the Director of your Montessori program. You may turn the form in after your tour with your application.


After the annual re-enrollment process is completed for current families, CMP begins its lotteries for Fall enrollment of the following school year.  If your child meets the age requirements, and you would like your child to be included in a public random lottery draw for the 2020-21 school year, please see listed below the pre-scheduled Lottery Draw dates and the dates that the lottery applications must be received by.


Lottery Draw Dates

Application Due Dates

Lottery Location

Monday, March 23, 2020

(TK* & Kindergarten only)

March 16, 2020

Carmichael, Gibbons Room

Monday, April 27, 2020

(All grades)

April 20, 2020

Carmichael, Gibbons Room


*TK is not offered at all CMP campuses.  


Waitlist Procedures


At the lottery each campus may pull a wait list. Wait lists are maintained through the Enrollment Preferences Listed in the CMP charter documents. As openings occur, staff will contact applicants from the wait list. Lottery applications received after open enrollment and the random public lottery draw will be added to the wait list according to the Enrollment Preferences listed in the CMP charter documents.


Once your family is called and offered an open seat, your family has up to 3 days to accept or decline the spot. If you do not respond within the 3 day period the open seat will be offered to the next applicant on the wait list.


* Please refer to the Lottery/New Enrollment Procedures link for a full description of the procedures.


Age Eligibility

Per State Law:

Minimum Age Eligibility for Transitional Kindergarten:

School Year
Child Must Turn 5 Between:


September 2 - December 2, 2020


Minimum Age Eligibility for Kindergarten:

School Year
Child Must Turn 5 By:


September 1, 2020                        


Minimum Age Eligibility for 1st Grade:

School Year
Child Must Turn 6 By:


September 1, 2020