I gently shared the facts about charter public schools in California: Charter schools are public schools and may not discriminate and must admit all students who wish to attend. If the number of students exceeds the school’s capacity, admission must be determined by a public random drawing.
Public charter schools can have preferences in the lottery, and those preferences must be spelled out in the charter document. For example, New Pacific School has preferences for the siblings of existing students to make transportation easier for families.
Private schools and certain public magnet schools are allowed to enforce academic or behavioral admissions requirements. For example, private schools can refuse to serve students with disabilities, and public magnet schools can use grade point averages or letters of recommendation to screen applicants