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District Wide Enrollment Application Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a district wide school?
District wide schools are schools located within Rochester that may deliver the curriculum in a different manner than neighborhood schools. District wide schools are available, tuition free to students. Transportation is provided to eligible students that are enrolled at district wide schools.


What are the district wide schools/programs?
Rochester Public Schools offer five district wide schools. The elementary schools are: 
Gage Spanish Immersion Program (School Within a School), Longfellow 45-15, Lincoln K-8, Washington Core Knowledge, and Montessori at Franklin. Our district wide middle school is Friedell.


How do I enroll my child into a district wide school?
To enroll, you must fill out and submit an application to the Department of the Assistant Superintendent.There are various ways in which you can do this.

  1. Fill out the online form, and press submit. (rochester.k12.mn.us - Departments - Office of  Assistant Superintendent/District-Wide Application 2017-2018)

  2. You will first need to create an account, then login and complete the form online or you may obtain a paper application in person at the Edison Administration Building, second floor. 


Why do I need to apply?
Students are automatically assigned to their neighborhood school and the application process allows us to learn about a families' interest in attending a district wide school. At particular grade levels we may have a waiting pool due to a greater demand than the number of spots available.


What is the time frame for 2017-2018 Applications?
The first selection will occur on 1/10/17 for kindergarten and 6th grade (Friedell only) placement only.  The deadline for applications to be included in the first initial drawing is 1/9/2017 at 11:59 pm.  While the first selection occurs on 1/10/17, subsequent selections will occur if families decline their spot.  Random selection for all other grades will be done as space become available, closer to the end of the 16-17 school year.  All families selected in the random process will be personally notified. 


What is the selection process?
All applications are uploaded into a district database. Applications received by each selection process date will be placed into the selection process which includes random selection by the computer program.

Is there a waiting list?
No, there is a waiting pool. This means that applications that do not get selected during the first selection process are included in the subsequent selection process. Every selection process includes the randomized computer generated selection.


How long do I stay in the waiting pool? 
Students stay in the waiting process for the school year. Families who did not get selected in the previous school year (16-17) for a district-wide option school, must re-apply each year to be considered for the district-wide option schools process.  Applications for students not selected do not rollover from school year to school year.


Is there sibling preference?
Siblings of students currently attending (during the 2016-2017 school year) a district-wide school will have preference in the selection process.  However, you will still need to apply by January 9, 2017 in order to receive sibling preference.   Be sure to indicate on the form that your child has a sibling currently enrolled in a district-wide school.  Please remember sibling preference, like all placements, are based on available space.


If I have multiple children (twins, triplets, etc.) and one of them is selected, do my other children receive preference?
If one child in a set of multiples is selected, then the other children would then be considered part of the sibling preference for subsequent selections that occur.


Will I be notified if I am selected for a spot or if I am in the waiting pool?
Families that are selected in the initial random drawing for kindergarten and 6th grade to Friedell will be notified by phone the week of January 9th. Students not selected in the initial random selection or subsequent selections will remain in the pool for future space and will be notified if selected.


How long will the selection process occur?
The selection process occurs every time there is a seat available including throughout the school year.


Do students attending district-wide option schools have access to transportation?
Yes, students residing within RPS district boundaries are eligible for transportation to district-wide options schools (provided they live outside the walk zone).


If my child is a preschooler through an ECSE or ECFE program housed at one of the district-wide option schools do they get preference for Kindergarten to attend that school?
No, families are encouraged to apply but do not receive preference. 


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