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Special Enrollment for Charters & Programs

Schools Open to All Students

Fairmont Charter Elementary School

Dates: Enrollment for new K-6th grade students is January 22nd - February 14th, 2020

About: Fairmont Charter Elementary School became a charter school in 2008 and opened in August 2009 in a new 53,000 square foot, 2-story all-inclusive facility with 27 classrooms, office, library , computer lab and much more.  It is the first energy efficient facility designated a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver School in the country.  Fairmont Charter Elementary School is recognized as a Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education and a 2016 Gold School with the California PBIS Coalition. Fairmont Charter is committed to work in partnership with families and community members to prepare students to be compassionate and responsible citizens in the 21st century.  With goals of meeting or exceeding state standards and preparing all students to graduate from 6th grade prepared to make good choices, act responsibly and continue successful learning in middle school and beyond, Fairmont Charter School builds the foundation to help ensure students are prepared to succeed. 

Tours and Meetings:  An Information Session is scheduled for January 22 at 6:30pm. An Open House is scheduled in conjunction with Fairmont’s Science and Art Faire on Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00-8:00pm.  Families interested in learning more about Fairmont Charter are invited to tour the school, speak with staff and visit classrooms.  Science and art project will be on display throughout the school. 

Location: 1355 Marshall Road, Vacaville, CA 95687

More Information: Visit the School Enrollment Webpage or call (707) 453-6240


Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning

Dates: Continuous Enrollment throughout the School Year

About: Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning offers students in 7th through 12th grade unique and innovative learning opportunities in an intimate and safe school setting. The Academy utilizes a blended approach to learning through independent study, online coursework and classroom instruction.  This approach to learning is augmented with service learning and community engagement to help each student thrive academically while learning the importance of community.  The staff makes every effort to ensure that the experience for each student at the Ernest Kimme Charter Academy is customized to their unique needs.  

Tours and Meetings: Orientations are held throughout the school year.  Families interested in enrolling must complete an enrollment packet and submit it to the main office on the Friday prior to the orientation date Families who would like to learn more about the program are invited to attend our orientations as well. 

Location: 1949 Peabody Road, Vacaville, CA 95687

More Information: Visit the School Enrollment Webpage or call (707) 469-2305.


Buckingham Charter Magnet High School

Dates: Pre-Enrollment starts January 6th, 2020 and ends on January 31st, 2020 for incoming 9th graders and ends February 28th for incoming 10th-12th graders. Please apply via Schoolmint.

About: Buckingham Charter Magnet High School offers a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum intended to prepare students to become future-ready global contributors.  With school-wide expectations that include a college prep education, technology skills for the 21st century and establishing a foundation of lifelong learning through personal accountability. BCMHS students are prepared to graduate with the skills necessary to move directly into a 4-year university or career certification.  Students will also learn the importance of respect, civic responsibility, global awareness and appreciation of social and cultural diversity.

Tours and Meetings: An Enrollment Information Night will be held on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00pm followed by an open house at 7:00pm at the Buckingham campus. Tours available upon request—please email Mary Jo Weise at

Location: 188-B Bella Vista Road, Vacaville, CA 95687

More Information: Visit the School Enrollment Webpage or call (707) 453-7300.


Sierra Vista K-8 School (not a charter school)

Dates: Enrollment packets will be accepted beginning January 21st through February 14th, 2020.

About: Sierra Vista K-8 is currently VUSD's only kindergarten through 8th grade school.  The mission of Sierra Vista K-8 is to prepare all students to be respectful leaders through service to their community, while preparing all students to be college and career ready.  Sierra Vista K-8 has a school-wide AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program. AVID prepares K-12th grade students for four-year college eligibility, and focuses on bringing out the best in each individual student.  With a focus on organization, goal-setting, inquiry and collaborative learning, AVID helps every Sierra Vista student succeed.

Tours and Meetings: An informational meeting regarding all that Sierra Vista has to offer will be held on Tuesday, January 21st from 6-7 pm at the Sierra Vista campus.

Location: 301 Bel Air Drive, Vacaville, Ca 95687

More Information: Visit the School Enrollment Webpage or call (707) 453-6260.


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Academic Programs

ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education) Program

Dates: Interest Forms Submission Dates: January 6, 2020 to February 14, 2020
Intent to Return Form for current ACE families: January 6, 2020 to January 24, 2020

About: The mission of the Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) program is to create a cooperative community dedicated to helping each child reach their full potential. ACE incorporates parent involvement, multi-age classrooms, and learning outside of the classroom to help support and encourage each student’s unique and individual development. Our goal is to empower children to reach their potential in a supportive atmosphere where they experience joy, creativity, and self-confidence while learning about themselves and the world around them.

Tours and Meetings: All interested parents are encouraged to attend any of our informational events. Please be sure to check in with the main office upon your arrival on campus. 

  • ACE Information Meeting: January 28th at 6:00-7:00pm
  • Classroom Observations: February 12th at 9:00-10:00am
  • Completed Interest Forms Due: February 14th
  • Parent Led Activity Observation: February 28th at 9:30-10:20am
  • Lottery Ticket Pick Up:
    • February 12th at10:20-11am and 4pm-6pm
    • February 28th at 8:15am-9:30am
  • Lottery:  March 5th at 11:00, room 17

If the number of students interested in enrolling exceeds the capacity of ACE, students will be enrolled in order of the enrollment priority grouping per our Program Guide. If the process reaches a group that cannot be fully accommodated a lottery will be held on March 5th, 2020 and families will be notified of their status within 3 business days of the lottery.

Families who are offered seats during the lottery process must either accept or decline the seat within 7 days. After 7 days, unclaimed and declined seats will be offered to the next family on the lottery waiting list. Families interested in joining the ACE community should submit a completed Interest Form to the school office no later than February 14th.

Location: Hemlock School, 400 Hemlock Street, Vacaville, CA 95688

More Information: Visit the ACE Enrollment Webpage or call (707) 453-6245.


Early College High School Enrollment
Vacaville Early College High School (VECHS) Program

Dates: Enrollment applications accepted January 18 through March 13, 2020

About: Vacaville Early College High School (VECHS) offers VUSD students the opportunity to earn free college credits through an educational partnership between Solano Community College and Vacaville Unified School District.  Students graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 transferrable college credits, possibly earning an Associates degree by the time they graduate from high school. The VECHS program is designed to prepare students for college success by providing them with rigorous coursework and college classes beginning in the 9th grade. The program is available to all students in grades 9 through 12.  Classes are taught at both Will C. Wood and the Solano Community College Vacaville Center. The VECHS curriculum focuses on college preparatory and college level courses with a focus on career exploration and college readiness. The VECHS program is structured to challenge all students, and may be especially beneficial for students who are from family demographics that are typically underrepresented in college, and those students who may be the first in their family to attend and complete college. 

Location: Will C. Wood High School and Solano Community College

More Information: Visit the VECHS website


SPICE Enrollment
SPICE (Spanish/English Peer Immersion and Cultural Education) Program

Dates: Enrollment is limited to kindergarten students only.

About: SPICE is a dual language immersion program offered at Markham Elementary School. SPICE offers students an exciting opportunity to learn to read, write, and communicate in both Spanish and English.  This program combines students from two language groups in one classroom and teaches them in both languages.  SPICE classrooms include balanced numbers of English, Spanish and bilingual speaking students, gradually working towards a goal of teaching half of the school day in each language.  The curriculum taught in the SPICE Program is aligned with State Standards in all areas.  Enrollment in the SPICE Program is limited to new kindergarten students, and parents are asked to commit a period of 7 years (K-6) to the program.  

Parent Information-Recruitment Meeting: February 27th—First Session at 9:00AM, Second Session at 6:00PM. Both sessions in English and Español.
March 19th—First Session at 9:00AM, Second Session at 6:00PM

More Information: Visit the SPICE Website or call (707) 453-6230.


GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

The Mission of the GATE program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum and appropriate learning experiences for identified gifted and talented students. Standards-based curriculum supported with the elements of depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration ensure that students are provided with challenging learning experiences. Through a differentiated approach, students will develop their intellectual, emotional, creative and social gifts to the fullest.

The focus of our elementary GATE services starts in the regular classroom. The elementary GATE Program at VUSD is implemented in the form of cluster groupings and enrichment activities. Cluster groupings are groups of identified GATE students within a regular classroom. Gifted students will be offered challenging & enriching activities commensurate with their abilities by their classroom teacher. Enrichment programs occur after the school day and on weekends.

More Information: Visit the GATE Website


Vacaville Elementary Independent Study Program (VIS)

**PLEASE NOTE: The Vacaville Elementary Independent Study Program is currently unavailable due to full Virtual Learning across the district due to COVID-19.**
Vacaville Elementary Independent Study Program (VIS) is designed for elementary students in grades K-6. This homeschool program provides a format for supporting a parent-guided educational process. Parents will take a significant and active role in the instruction of their child while working with an independent study teacher. VIS provides assistance with curriculum that is aligned with the district's approved course of study and aligned with the state grade level expectations. The focus of VIS is to ensure an excellent educational program structured for each student's individual strengths and needs.

More Information: Visit the Elementary Independent Study Program (VIS) website