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We probably receive 5 or 6 inquiries a day from parents wanting information on how to get their child into PCS. Here are the basics of our lottery process….

Parents need to complete an Intent to Enroll Form. (Below) The forms for the upcoming school year are posted on our website on January 31 at 3pm. You can fax them, scan and email, take a picture and email, or snail mail to us. The KEY is making sure that you have this done in the month of February. It doesn’t matter if we receive it on February 1st, or February 28th… everyone has a fair chance at any spots we have available. You are welcome to attend one of our open houses, but you do not have to. The Open Houses are the only time that we offer tours. Our Open Houses for the 2024-2025 school year will be posted on our website in January. We will begin in the gymnasium. If you should decide to attend, little hint… the second one tends to be less attended.

We fill any spots that we have available with siblings of existing families first and staff children. Then we put the forms in a hat and literally pull them one by one. We fill open spots and continue to pull forms to create our waiting list. We try to have this completed by mid-March and will contact you via email of your status. Please be sure your email is printed legibly on the forms.

To learn about our Controlled Open Enrollment and to see our student capacity/seat availability, please click here.



New families will be able to fill out an “Intent to Enroll Form” throughout the month of February. You can download the form below or pick one up in our office. FORMS RECEIVED AFTER 2/28/23 WILL BE HELD IF WE SHOULD NEED TO DO A 2ND LOTTERY. A 2nd lottery is done if we should go through our waiting list and are unable to fill a spot. At that time, we will take the forms received after 2/28 and repeat the lottery process for that particular grade level.

The school wide lottery will be completed by mid-March, and parents will be notified via email as quickly as possible. Students whose names are not selected through the lottery will be placed on the waiting list in the order by which their names are drawn. All Intent to Enroll Forms turned in during the month of February will go in the same basket with no advantage for ones turned in during the first of the month. If you are notified that your child was selected for a spot, you will be directed to begin the enrollment process.

Please note: ONLY IF YOU RECEIVE A SPOT…. The following are required for NEW student enrollment. Students will not be considered registered until all of the information is complete.

  1. Completed packet
  2. School physical (less than one year from the day of registration)
  3. Immunizations (DH 680 Blue Form – available from doctor or health dept.)
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. Name and address of last school attended, if any
  6. Testing and Exceptional Student Education information, if any
  7. Custody Verification, i.e. divorce papers
  8. Student Social Security Card (optional)

Note: Students currently attending a Manatee Public School do not need to supply birth certificate, physical or immunization records.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Registration for current students will begin mid-January and end February 28th. Enrollment Packets are sent home with students. Current families can request that a GREEN SIBLING Intent to Enroll form be sent home with their child or stop in the office to pick one up.

IMPORTANT: In order for a current student to return, parents must comply with the terms of the Parent Contract, including portions dealing with tardies, absences, homework, and volunteer hours (families need to have volunteer hours completed by the end of May).

Those meeting these requirements will have guaranteed re-enrollment for next year and any siblings will be given preference during the lottery process. (Current parents wanting to enroll a sibling should use the green Intent to Enroll Form. Needs to be picked up in-person or sent home.)