Prospective Families

General Information

Frederick Classical Charter School (FCCS) 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 Kindergarteners and 42 students per grade in 1st-8th, with two classrooms per grade. 

School Interest & Information Sessions

Throughout the school year, Frederick Classical Charter School holds meetings for potential students and parents to introduce them to the classical model of instruction and explain the Frederick Classical enrollment process. It is highly desirable that every family visit the school for an information session prior to registering for the lottery. Meetings are typically held in the school cafeteria.

Information Sessions during the 2018-19 Academic Year will be:
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am

An orientation session for newly admitted and accepted families will be held in April.

Please note, weather related cancellations may be rescheduled - check here for latest information. If you are unable to make one of these events, the Admissions Committee is happy to answer your questions by email at

Who can enroll?

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 waitlist during the school year will need to provide proof of residency once the child is admitted.

How Do I Enroll My Child?

Admission to the Frederick Classical Charter School is determined by lottery held in the Spring and a waitlist 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 waitlist 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 waitlist openings in a timely manner.

Enrollment Lottery

Registration for the FCCS Lottery for the 2019-2020 school year opened on January 2, 2019. The lottery drawing will be held at the school on March 20, 2019 (snow date of March 22); families do not need to be present since offers will be sent via email to selected applicants.
The Lottery for the 2018-2019 school year took place on March 28, 2018. Registered families have all been provided a confirmation of lottery results. For entry during this academic year, please register for the waitlist (details below).

Register for the Waitlist

If it is outside of the lottery registration window, you may add your child to the waitlist for the current school year.  The online waitlist registration page for 2018-2019 is here. If your child is on the waitlist for the current school year, you must register again for the lottery for the following school year (waitlist names do not carry over from one year to the next). The waitlist for the next school year (Academic Year 2019-2020) will become available April 2019. If your child is already on the wait list and you have a question, please send an email to

Siblings of Current Students – 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.  No lottery application is necessary for a currently enrolled student who wishes to remain at the school. 

Confirmation – You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the online registration.  Any changes you need to submit to your application should be emailed to  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.

The FCCS Lottery - Enrollment Application and registration page is here

If you have any questions, please send email to