Applying to Learn

Applying to Learn at Challenge Prep Charter School

Crowd ShotCharter schools are in high demand.  Recent polls show that 67% of New York City voters favor charter schools and would like to see more of them.  In 2008, more than 39,000 applications were submitted for only 8,500 openings at New York City's charter schools.

How do I apply to Challenge Prep?
Simply download and complete the 2017-18 Lottery Application. The application is available also online in multiple languages at: 2017-18 Online Lottery Application. Challenge Prep Charter school applicants do not have to take tests to get in and you can apply to more than one school at a time. 

Is the lottery system fair?
Yes. Students are selected through a random lottery which will be held at the school on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 7:00PM. Please see below for additional information about the lottery process. Click flyer for more information and application instructions.

Open House Events?

CPCS MORNING & EVENING Open House Events for the 2017-18 School Year wiil be held mornings from 9:00AM to 10:30AM and from 5:00PM to 6:00PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017; Wednesday February 15, 2017; Wednesday, March 1,2017; Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and Wednesday, March 22, 2017.



Phone:  (718) 327-1352 Ext. 207


Scholar Admission FAQs

Do current scholars of CPCS need to reapply?

No, it is not necessary for current scholars to apply.

What classes will CPCS be offering in 2017-18 school year?

K-8.  CPCS will eventually serve grades K-12 [pending approval for 9-12].

Can I fill out one application for all of my children?

No; every child needs a separate application.

What age do you have to be to start K?

A child must be five (5) years old by December 31, 2017 to begin Kindergarten.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00PM.

How do you determine admission?

Admission is by a fair and random lottery.  By NYS law, CPCS must give preference to the scholars living in the community school district #27.  We also have a sibling policy where we give preference to siblings of current scholars.

Is there an application fee?


Does it cost anything to attend Challenge Prep?

No; CPCS is a public school, so there is no required tuition--it is free.

Does CPCS offer Special Education Services?


If my child is an English Language Learner, are they allowed to apply?


I was on the wait list last year, do I go before everyone who applies this year?

No.  Applications do not carry over from year to year.  If you applied last year and did not get in, you must apply again this year and your application will go in the lottery.

I have a child attending CPCS.  Do I need to fill out an application for a younger sibling?

Yes; CPCS requires an application for every student.

When will we find out the results?

The date for the 2017-18 CPCS lottery is Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  If you submitted an application, you will get an invitation to the lottery by this date.  Please check your email and voicemail regularly for updates on waiting list information.

What happens if I didn't send in my application on time?

Late applications are placed on the waiting list in the order received.  This waiting list is used AFTER the lottery waiting list has been exhausted.

Non-discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Challenge Preparatory Charter School to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law) predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.

It is the policy of the Challenge Preparatory Charter School to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight and to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.

This policy is in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Section 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1974, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Civil Rights Act of 1991, New York State and City Human Rights Laws.