General Statement of Policy
The SRMCS Board of Directors wants to maximize the opportunity for families while insuring a quality Montessori education for enrolled students. This policy addresses the terms and conditions of student admissions at SRMCS.
SRMCS shall be open to any child who is eligible under the laws of the State of Minnesota for admission to a public school. SRMCS shall ensure compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws governing public schools, including Minnesota Statute 124D.10.
SRMCS offers tours of its facilities and programs on an individual basis for interested families. Please contact the SRMCS Student Enrollment Coordinator at 763-271-7926 or email@example.com for more information and to schedule a private tour.
Note: Montessori philosophy believes in providing children a significant “normalization period” the first many weeks, sometimes months, of every school year. Thus, with the exception of the teacher(s), adult presence is very limited in the classroom environments. To support the importance of the normalization process, school tours are not available until December 1 of each school year.
Admission Requirement & Enrollment Procedures
Every child must be age 5 by September 1st of the current school year to enter Kindergarten. SRMCS’ kindergarten program is full-day, from 9:10 am to 3:20 pm, free of all tuition charges. The morning session, from 9:10 am to 12:30 pm, includes mixed-aged classrooms of 20 students ages 3 though kindergarten. The afternoon session, from 12:30 pm to 3:20 pm, are kindergarten-only classrooms with 12 students each.
The classroom or program level enrollment sizes may only be changed under special circumstances and at the discretion of the School Director and teaching level team.
NOTE: Applications for the 2018-19 school year may only be submitted between January 8-19, 2018. Any submissions received after 4:00 on January 19th will be placed on the bottom of the appropriate grade level waiting list.
If the number of applications exceeds the number of openings then students shall be accepted by lot.
NOTE: Should a lottery for enrollment be necessary for the 2018-2019 school year, you will receive a random number via mail no later than January 30, 2018.
A drawing shall be held at each grade level if the number of applicants exceeds the positions available.
NOTE: The lottery date for 2018-2019 enrollment will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the SRMCS Gathering Space. The results of the lottery will be posted below by 4:00 on lottery day.
Preference for enrollment shall be given to a sibling of an enrolled pupil, to a foster child of that student’s parents, and a staff member’s child before accepting students by lot.
Admission into the Early Childhood program cannot, according to Minnesota law, guarantee admission the Charter School program.
Waiting lists are created in the order drawn in the lottery. After conclusion of the drawings, SRMCS shall add to the waiting lists on a first-come first-serve basis. These waiting lists are used to fill subsequent openings.
When an opening occurs during the school year, the Director will consider all preferences as stated above as well as the grade level makeup of the classroom with the opening when determining which grade wait list to use in filling the opening.
To read these procedures in their entirety, please see the Application and Enrollment Procedures Policy below.
Swan River Montessori Charter School Program welcomes students of any race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sex, and sexual orientation.