Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools. They are tuition-free and open to any student who wishes to attend. Charter schools allow parents, organizations, or community groups to restore, reinvent, and reenergize our public school system. Charter schools are designed, tailored, and governed by each local community, rather than by a central bureaucracy.

What does it mean to be tuition free?

As public schools, GPS is free of charge to students who want to attend. There are no fees associated with enrolling in the schools. All students receive an innovative, rigorous education at no cost to them or their families.

What is Growth Public School (GPS)?

GPS is a tuition-free K-8 public charter school focused on innovation, rigorous project-based learning, and community.

How will GPS create a safe school environment?

GPS devotes considerable time and attention to developing and maintaining safe school environments.

Key elements include:

  • Consistent high standards and expectations
  • Involved parents
  • Commitment to getting to know every student well
  • Building community for all and explicitly modeling and teaching respectful and caring behaviors for all community members

When did GPS open and how many students does the school serve?

GPS will opened in August 2017 with approximately 110 students in kindergarten and first grade. As our inaugural classed graduate to the next grade, we will continue enrolling Kindergarten until we grow to a full K-8 school.

What grade levels will GPS offer?

During our first academic year (2017-2018), GPS is offering Kindergarten and 1st grade. As the Kindergarten and first grade classes move on to the next grade, GPS will continue enrolling Kindergarten until we grow to a full K-8 school. GPS is currently accepting interest forms for families who want to enroll for the 2018-19 school year. GPS will enroll students according to California’s legal age requirements for TK and Kindergarten.

Where is GPS located?

GPS is located at 9320 Tech Center Drive in Sacramento–easily accessible by highway 50 or light rail and from the Rosemont, La Riviera, Tahoe Park and Rancho Cordova communities.

What is GPS’ educational model?

GPS is committed to preparing students to be successful in a dynamic world. To achieve this vision, GPS’ core education will focus on problem solving, innovation, and agency.We do this through an emphasis on:

  • Project-based learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Social emotional learning
  • Educational technology (tablet/computer laptop for every student)
  • Interactive experiences through week-long expeditions and enrichment Fridays that focus on topics such as drama, music, art, robotics, and coding taught by professionals in their fields of expertise.

I notice on your website that diversity is mentioned as core belief of the school. Why?

Research has documented that students’ exposure to other students who are different from themselves leads to improved cognitive skills including critical thinking and problem solving. Diverse schools prepare students for an increasingly diverse workforce; to lead, follow, and communicate with a wide variety of consumers, colleagues, and friends.

If my family lives in Rancho Cordova, can my child still attend GPS since it is located in the Sacramento City Unified School District?

Yes, students from all school districts are welcome to apply to GPS.

Will the school offer before and after school programming/care?

Yes. GPS offer Club Superheroes Before and After Care. Registration fees and monthly rates are subject to change.

Will the school offer a food program?

Yes. GPS participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

Students are eligible for free or reduced priced school meal benefits based on any one of the following:

•   Your total household income and size in the month the application is filled out, or the month before, or

•   Your child’s individual status as foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, or

•   Participation in an assistance program by any member of your household

Will GPS enroll students who have special education needs?

As a public school, GPS serves all students. If you have specific concerns or questions, please email and a member of our team will respond ASAP.

This school sounds great but it is new--how do I know it will be successful?

GPS Founder David Richards has extensive experience in education as well as strong support from the Sacramento community. For over 20 years, David has served in various roles in education such as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Ten of those years, he devoted to Summit Public Schools, a network of charter schools in the Bay Area, which has been recognized for excellence by Newsweek and has also delivered impressive results for all students. Additionally, David is a parent of two young children and strongly believes in offering an innovative and diverse educational model that will prepare children for success in the future. Finally, our board and advisory team has over 100 years of combined experience in education, business operations, innovation, and financial management.

What is the application process?

There are no prerequisites or requirements for applying to GPS. Students from any district can apply to attend the school though legally GPS must provide additional preference to students who would otherwise attend a Sacramento City Unified School.

In order to apply you must first fill out an application which will be available in November 2017.  If we have less applications than open seats, your application will be processed and your student will be enrolled. If we have more applications than open seats, we will hold a public lottery in March 2018 and students will be randomly chosen from the applications submitted.

If your student is chosen in the lottery, congratulations–you will have the option to enroll at GPS. If your student is not accepted in the lottery, you will be placed on a waitlist.

As openings become available, students will be accepted in the order they were placed on the waitlist.  For application information, please call 916-394-5007, email, or visit the GPS office at 9320 Tech Center Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826 between the hours of 9am-4pm M-F.

When is the school lottery?

The 2018-19 lottery will be held in March 2018.

If I can’t apply online, how can I apply?

If you’re unable to apply through our online application portal please contact us at or 916-394-5007 to setup a time to visit our office or to fill one out over the phone. Applications will be available in November 2017. Please complete an interest form in the meantime.

I have more questions, who can I ask?

Please contact us at or call 916-394-5007 or plan on attending one of our upcoming information sessions and school tours.