Frequently Asked Questions

What is Growth Public Schools?

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

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.

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 will GPS open and how many students will the school serve?

GPS will open in August 2017 with approximately 100 students in kindergarten and first grade. As the Kindergarten and first grade classes 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?

GPS will only offer Kindergarten and first grades during the first academic year (2017-2018). As the Kindergarten and first grade classes graduate to the next grade, GPS will continue enrolling Kindergarten until we grow to a full K-8 school. Therefore, we are only accepting applications currently for Kindergarten and First Grade for Fall 2017. Please see the chart below for age requirements. GPS does not currently offer a TK program.


GradeOldest BirthdateYoungest Birthdate
1st Grade08/31/1009/01/11

Where will GPS be located?

GPS will be 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 (14:1 student to teacher facilitator ratio)
  • 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?

We are working on this and will keep our families updated as we know more.

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?

Our founding principal 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.

To complete an application, you must first complete an interest form. You will then be contacted by a GPS team member who can assist you in completing an application prior to one of our deadlines. 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. At each lottery, 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. Please contact us at or 916-287-0531 with any questions.

When are the school lotteries?

Please check our Calendar to find the date of our schools’ lotteries.

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 916-287-0531 to setup a time to visit our office or to fill one out over the phone.

I have more questions, who can I ask?

Please contact us at or call 916-287-0531

Ready to learn more about enrolling your student? Please submit an interest form – we can’t wait to hear from you.