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Admission Process

The SAE is a publicly funded charter school, and there is no cost to attend.
The School of Arts and Enterprise (The SAE) will admit all students who wish to attend the school, and who submit a timely application, unless the school receives a greater number of applications then there are spaces for students, in which case each applicant will be given a chance of admission through a random lottery process.(California Education Code 47605(d)(2)(B))
Admission preferences in the case of a public random drawing shall be given to the following students in the following order:
  • Siblings of existing students (with higher preference for siblings who reside within PUSD boundaries)
  • Students who reside in the District
  • All other applicants



Applications are accepted on a year round basis but The SAE's early application deadline for 2022-2023 school year is Friday March 18, 2022 at 11:59pm. If needed the Lottery date will take place Friday March 25, 2022. In accordance with our charter, subsequent waitlist lotteries will take place every second Monday of the month up until the start of school.

Applications received with a postmark date after the specified deadline (March 18, 2022) will not be placed in the early application lottery but are marked with the date and time of receipt and will be held in our system for subsequent lotteries. When needed, these subsequent lotteries are used to generate our waiting lists for grades that have reached capacity.

Information on the viewing of each lottery will be made publicly available as the date approaches.

Application Information:



Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now available. Those interested can apply using the links below:

2022-2023 Application in English

2022-2023 Aplicación en Español


Please see the attached Enrollment and Lottery Procedures Policy Document for more information.


Is The School of Arts and Enterprise (The SAE) a private school?
The SAE is not a private school; rather, it is a Public Charter School.

Do you have to live in Pomona to attend The SAE?
It is not necessary to live in Pomona to attend The SAE. In fact, a number of our students reside outside of Pomona. Each year, we have a growing interest from students residing in other communities—and all are welcome to apply.

Is The SAE free, or do you charge tuition?
The school is a State Board of Education authorized, tuition-free, donation-dependent, Public Charter School. No student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity.

Can students enroll in a UC or CSU school from The SAE? 
Absolutely! Ninety-six percent of The SAE’s students go on to the college or university of their choice. In the 2018-19 school year, the SAE had a 100% acceptance rate into college.
Do colleges look at The SAE only as an arts school or a regular public high school?
The School of Arts and Enterprise is a fully accredited State Board of Education authorized Public Charter High School and Middle School. The school boasts alumni that have entered a wide-array of collegiate and artistic pursuits beyond their high school career. Colleges view The SAE as an educational entity that focuses on the whole child and offers rigorous core academic curriculum as well as world-class artistic education. 

What is the number of students enrolled at The SAE? I believe my child’s success would be better served by an enrollment that is smaller, rather than larger? 
Enrollment at The SAE averages about 440 students in grades 9-12, and 320 in grades 6-8, which results in an intimate community that operates as a caring, respectful family of learners.

What are the GPA requirements for acceptance to the School of Arts and Enterprise? 
Acceptance to The SAE is based on completion of the student’s application.  All students with a passionate interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. Acceptance is based on a first come first served basis.

Is The SAE accredited? 
Yes. On May 5, 2015, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)granted The SAE a six-year term of accreditation, expiring on June 30, 2021. 

Are the classes accredited? 
Yes. The school is accredited by WASC and therefore its classes and curriculum are accredited as well. 
Are The SAE’s teachers credentialed? 
Yes, all of The SAE’s teachers hold a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate,  permit, or equivalent document. All of our core teachers are designated “highly qualified.” 

What if a student is not an expert and/or has no previous training in the arts—or even a particular area of focus in the arts. Is it necessary to have played an instrument, acted, or taken lessons in dance or voice? 
While many students come to The SAE because of an artistic mindset that is yet to be nurtured to its full potential, no previous experience or artistic ability is required for attending The SAE. However, because The SAE approaches learning through projects in the arts and business, the innate “artist” in each student is supported —and becomes the vehicle for the student’s academic success. 

Are the classes taken at The SAE transferrable and accepted by other public high schools and/or districts? 
Yes. The SAE is accredited by WASC; therefore, its classes and curriculum are transferable and accepted by other public high schools and districts. 

If my child is currently in an AP/Honors class, how does that class transfer into The SAE program? 
Any Honors or AP credit will transfer in as Honors/AP credit. The SAE will match incoming credit to courses in our course catalog as closely as possible. 

Does The SAE offer AP/Honors classes? 
We have AP Calculus, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish, AP Studio Art, AP Chemistry, and AP Human Geography. 

Can students take more-or different-arts classes, rather than just the art classes designated within their pathway major?

Students have the opportunity to engage in deep study within their discipline and receive highly-specialized and individualized instruction. Students only major in their respective discipline, and do not double-major, to increase their aptitude and strengthen their focus. Arts departments integrate with one another as needed - but for true depth-of-knowledge and skill development in a college preparatory atmosphere, students focus exclusively on their art major. 


Please direct all tour admissions and enrollment inquiries and questions to our team:


Admissions Team

[email protected]

Office - (909)620-1196


Tricia Manzo

Admissions + Outreach Coordinator

[email protected]