Here's How It Works

The SAE is a publicly funded charter school, and there is no cost to attend.

The School of Arts and Enterprise (The SAE) will admit all students who wish to attend the school, and who submit a timely application, unless the school receives a greater number of applications then there are spaces for students, in which case each applicant will be given a chance of admission through a random lottery process.(California Education Code 47605(d)(2)(B))

Admission preferences in the case of a public random drawing shall be given to the following students in the following order:

  • Siblings of existing students (with higher preference for siblings who reside within PUSD boundaries)
  • Students who reside in the District
  • All other applicants

At the conclusion of the public random drawing, all students who were not granted admission due to capacity shall be given the option to put their name on a wait list according to their draw in the lottery. This wait list will allow students the option of enrollment in the case of an opening during the current school year. In no circumstance will a wait list carry over to the following year. 

Applicants received with a postmark date after the specified deadline (identified below) will not be placed in the lottery but are marked with the date and time of receipt and will be held in our system for subsequent lotteries. When needed, these subsequent lotteries are used to generate our waiting lists for grades that have reached capacity.


Application/Lottery Information

The School of Arts + Enterprise accepts students on a year-round basis. The early application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:59PM. If needed the Lottery date will take place Friday, March 15, 2024. In accordance with our charter, subsequent waitlist lotteries may take place every second Monday of the month at 2:30 up until the start of school. If a lottery is to take place, details will be updated on this website.


“The School of Arts + Enterprise pushed me to find my passions and push myself to go beyond what I could’ve even imagined.”

~ Kaya McWilliams, Class of 2022