Frederick Classical Charter School welcomes elementary and middle school students from Frederick County, Maryland to our public charter school.  Please browse this website for information about classical education and how our Maryland charter school is unique.  Our curriculum is very different from other local schools and follows classical education methods and a research-based approach to educate children of all abilities. Our small school size allows for a close-knit school community.  If you are looking for a public school that provides something special, please consider FCCS.

FCCS enrolls students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  There are currently 40 Kindergartners and 42 students per grade in 1st-8th, with two classrooms per grade. 

Orientation for Enrolled Parents

Also, we recommend that all enrolled and prospective parents read The Schools We Need, which is an excellent summary of many (but not all) of the ideas behind the school.


Admission to the Frederick Classical Charter School is determined by lottery held in the Spring and a wait list managed year-round.  There is no opportunity to enroll in the school outside of the lottery process.  

Current students will automatically be enrolled for the next school year. The annual lottery fills any vacant seats and establishes the order of the waiting list. FCCS Founding Family members, children of FCCS faculty or staff, and siblings of children currently enrolled at FCCS have priority for placement in available spots, but must still register for the lottery. Additional names can be added to the wait list outside of the lottery registration period.  Frederick County Public Schools central office provides oversight to the lottery process.  Every effort will be made to notify prospective families of lottery results or wait list openings in a timely manner.

Children applying for enrollment in the school must be residents of Frederick County, Maryland by July 1st preceding the start of the school year and must follow FCPS registration eligibility guidelines.  New residents or others who wish to be added to the wait list during the school year will need to provide proof of residency once the child is admitted.

Lottery and Wait List

Registration for the FCCS Lottery for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Families do not need to be present at the lottery since offers will be sent via email to selected applicants. The lottery drawing was held on March 20, 2019.

If it is outside of the lottery registration window, you may add your child to the wait list.  The online wait list registration page for 2019-2020 SY is here. If your child is on the wait list for the current school year, you must register again for the lottery for the following school year (wait list names do not carry over from one year to the next). The wait list for the next school year (Academic Year 2020-2021) will become available April 2020. If your child is already on the wait list and you have a question, please send an email to the Head of School at


Lottery registration is necessary for new enrollment of siblings of currently-enrolled students, founding family members, and children of faculty or staff.  These families must enter the current student's name in the field provided when completing the lottery registration form. 


You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the online registration.  Applications for admission or changes to existing applications received outside of the lottery registration period are not eligible to participate in the lottery and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

Enrollment forms and other registration requirements will be provided once your child has been offered a spot at the school. If your child is selected for admission, you will need to accept the desired placement (instructions are mailed) in the time specified.

FCCS will use the contact information provided on the Enrollment Application for correspondence regarding lottery results and placement.

If you have any questions, please send email to