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Choice schools and programs are optional schooling alternatives, created to meet specific needs and interests. They are designed to be smaller and use innovative approaches to education that are different from traditional public schools. Choice schools and programs are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.

Enrollment and Lottery Process

Choice schools and programs are open to all students in the district. Students must apply to be considered for enrollment in the school or program: the schools are small by design, so there are enrollment limits.

Choice School Application Timeline for 2018-19

  • December 11, 2017 Online application will be available on this date
  • January 19, 2018 Online applications due by 4:00 p.m.
  • February 1, 2018 Lottery held at district
  • February 7, 2018 Notification to families
  • February 21, 2018 – Acceptance deadline

More information is available on each school's website and in the videos below.

Choice Schools/Programs

Cambridge Program

Grades 9-12

2018-19 space available:
60 spaces (9th grade)

Information night:
January 10, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the JHS Auditorium

Community School

Grades 1-5

2018-19 space available:
5 spaces (1st grade)

Information night:
January 3, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the ICS Lyceum

Discovery Community School

Grades K-5

2018-19 space available:
8 spaces (kindergarten)

Information night:
January 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. in the Sandburg Elementary School Commons

Emerson High School

Grades 9-12
Not lottery based.




Emerson K-12

Grades K-12
Not lottery based.




Environmental & Adventure School

Grades 6-8

2018-19 space available:
44 spaces (6th grade)

Information night:
December 11, 2017
6:00 p.m. in the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria

Explorer Community School

Grades 1-5

2018-19 space available:
8 spaces (1st grade)

Information night:
January 4, 2018
4:30 p.m. in the Dickinson Elementary School Commons

Futures School

Grades 9-12
Not lottery based.




International Community School

Grades 6-12

2018-19 space available:
75 spaces (6th grade)

Information night:
January 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. in the ICS Lyceum

Mead STEM Program

Grades 1-5

2018-19 space available:
20 spaces (1st grade)

Information night:
December 5, 2017
6:30 p.m. in the Mead Elementary School Library

Note: Applicants must reside within the Mead Elementary School attendance area to apply.

Northstar Middle School

Grades 6-8

2018-19 space available:
30 spaces (6th grade)

Information night:
December 5, 2017
6:30 p.m. in the Emerson High Gym

Renaissance School of Art & Reasoning

Grades 6-8

2018-19 space available:
32 spaces (6th grade)

Information night:
January 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the EHS Theater

Stella Schola

Grades 6-8

2018-19 space available:
30 spaces (6th grade)

Information night:
December 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Rose Hill Middle School Cafeteria

Tesla STEM High School

Grades 9-12

2018-19 space available:
150 spaces (9th grade)

Information night:
December 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Tesla STEM Presentation Hall

 

Transportation for Choice Schools and Programs

Parents/guardians of students who attend choice schools or programs must arrange their own transportation. In some cases, the district offers bus transportation. Contact the choice school or program you are interested in attending for more information.

Choice School Applications

Applicants should apply online to each Choice School they are considering.

If your child has previously applied to a choice school and is on a waitlist, do not re-apply to that school. Your child's waitlist spot is carried forward each year.

(Note: Emerson K-12, Emerson High School, and Futures School use their own applications. Please contact those schools for application information.)

After completing the online application, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from the system indicating that the application has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed as part of the lottery. If you are unable to access the online application, there are three options available:

  1. The LWSD Resource Center has computers available for public use during regular business hours.
  2. The public library has computers available for public use.
  3. If the above options are not available or accessible, the parent may contact Janette Cimburek at the resource center at 425-936-1316 or jcimburek@lwsd.org.

A lottery and/or wait list system is used to place students when applications exceed vacancies. Choice school and program lotteries are run centrally at the district office. Lottery numbers are generated for each school through the use of a random sequence generator. Lottery numbers are then communicated to each school. Parents receive notification of their student's lottery number from the school(s) to which they applied.

For more information about the choice school or program you are interested in, visit the school's website. Additionally, most choice schools or programs hold an information night that provides a greater level of detail about the school, its program, and the unique features a student and family can expect at that particular school or program. Annually, the district publishes information about the middle school options and high school options. This can also help to inform students and families about the features of a choice school or program.

For information on eligibility, the application process, lottery process, and more, parents may review the district administrative policy and procedure.