My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California
My child attends a local kindergarten. This school has a sister school where the students can go for elementary school. We have been told that all kindergarten students have a place held for them if they choose to attend the sister school. Four weeks before the deadline we submitted the application and a non refundable application fee to the school. The school never cashed the check. One day before the deadline the school contacted us and asked if we can re-submit the application and payment in their new online system. We immediately completed the request and have proof they debited us the registration fee before the deadline. On that same call we were never told there was any issue with our original application or anything further was required. A few days ago we got an email from the school stating our child was on the wait list as the class was now full. After further investigation we found out that after the deadline the school signed up students that did not attend the sister kindergarten school. When we contacted the school we were told our child was not accepted because the application was missing a report card. They also said they told our child's current teacher to inform us it was missing. We were never formally informed of the missing item nor did the teacher tell us anything.
My question is can the school be legally head responsible for allowing my child to attend since they accepted our payment. Also if my child doesn't attend should the school refund my application fee since my child was not admitted due to something that we were never informed of.