An Invitation to Apply | fall 2020 School Year

We're Glad You're Here!

Dearest Three Rivers Montessori Charter School (TRM) Family, 


It is with mixed emotions that we make this announcement.


We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a start-up grant from the Minnesota Department of

Education. These grants are extremely competitive to receive. Our team of volunteers and board members

worked tremendously hard and are so honored to receive it. It is a sign of trust in the quality of our school’s

program. Unless there are significant unforeseen circumstances, this grant essentially ensures that Elk River

will have a new Montessori Charter school! We are one of a select few to be awarded this grant in the state of

MN.


The CSP Grant is typically awarded earlier in the year to provide funding for opening the school and all related

start-up expenses; classrooms materials & staff training. Due to the long delay the reality is that it came too late

for this year. Therefore, we will NOT be opening in the fall of 2019, but rather in the fall of 2020.


We sincerely understand and feel the same disappointment you may be experiencing. We are having a

community meeting this Tues. July 16, from 7-8 p.m. at River of Life, at 21695 Elk Lake Road NW, Elk River

MN 55330. You are invited to contact us to answer any questions or concerns. Use the contact us section of this website.


Your children are the reason we want our school to be exceptional. Our goal is to create the most wonderful

Montessori environment for all students and to serve the community for many years to come. We hope that you

will continue to support us as we strive ahead in our development of Three Rivers Montessori Charter School.

We look forward to opening our school in September 2020!


We want to thank you for your invaluable support with our fundraisers, sharing our posts on social media and

even telling people about us in passing. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without your continuous

belief in our mission and in our vision.


Sincerely,

Three Rivers Montessori Charter School Board


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Enrollment Policies and Procedures

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Date Created: 3/1/2019 Approved By: TRM Board of Directors Date Approved: 3/2/2019

DEFINITIONS

Application: The basic information form completed by the prospective parents/guardians of a child to

express interest in enrollment at Three Rivers Montessori. This document can be found and completed

on the Three Rivers Montessori website or printed and mailed to the address provided on the

application. As a charter school, TRM may need to conduct a lottery for enrollment depending on the

number of applications received. The Minnesota Human Rights Act, per Minn. Stat. 363A.13, protects

the rights of students in Minnesota by allowing only basic information such as the student’s name, age,

and grade to be asked on this form. After a student is admitted, additional questions may be asked for

state and federal reporting requirements and to best serve the needs of the student.


*K MDE approval pending


Staff Members: “Staff members” will constitute employees of TRM that maintain a consistent schedule

and a minimum of 14 hours per week during the school term. The term “staff member” does not include

those who work intermittently at TRM such as substitute teachers or guest educators.


Enrolled: The first day of attendance will mark a student’s “enrolled” status at TRM.

According to Minn. Statute 124E.11(g), Once a student is enrolled in the school, the student is

considered enrolled in the school until the student formally withdraws or is expelled under the Pupil

Fair Dismissal Act in sections 121A.40 to 121A.56.


OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR ADMISSIONS

Enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted Monday, March 4th, 2019

through Wednesday, March 19th, 2019.


Any parent/guardian that would like their child to attend Three Rivers Montessori for the 2019-2020

school year, must complete and submit an application online or mail to the address provided no later

than March 19th, 2019. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform TRM of any changes to

contact information.


According to MN Statute 124.11(c), children of staff members, siblings of enrolled students (including

those related by marriage or adoption to one or both parents) or a foster child of an enrolled student’s

parents, will be given preference for enrollment before the lottery process ensues.


ENROLLMENT LIMITS

Minn. Stat. 123.11(a) provides three circumstances when charter schools can limit admission. This also

includes preschool programs that been established under Minnesota Statute.


1. Pupils within an age group or grade level;

2. Pupils who are eligible to participate in the graduation incentives program under section

124D.68; or

3. Residents of a specific geographic area in which the school is located when the majority of

students served by the school are members of underserved populations.


Charter schools must be in compliance with kindergarten and first-grade eligibility requirements as

stated in Minn. Stat. 124E.11(b) and 124.11(c). Charter schools can refer to these requirements in

determining admittance to a program. The statute states a child must be, “at least five years of age on

September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the pupil seeks admission

commences.” To be eligible for first grade, a student must be “at least six years of age on September 1

of the calendar year in which the school year for which the pupil seeks admission commences or has

completed kindergarten; except that a charter school may establish and publish on its Web site a policy

for admission of selected pupils at an earlier age.”


As required by Minnesota Statutes, section 124E.11(b), any application of a student who submits a

timely application to a charter school must be enrolled unless the number of applications is in excess of

the program’s capacity, individual class/grade level capacity or building.


In accordance with MN State Statute 124E.11; If the number of students exceeds the number of

openings per grade and program level, then students will be accepted using a lottery process. The

lottery process is published on the school website and outlined below.


LOTTERY PROCESS

An enrollment application must be submitted during the window provided on the application for a

student to be eligible to participate in the lottery.


During, the lottery process, drawings will be conducted for each grade level should the number of

applications exceed the number of openings.


At the completion of the lottery, the parents or guardians of students entered into the lottery will be

informed of the results by mail and on the TRM website. A letter of congratulations will accompany the

information provided to accepted students.


Each student entered into the lottery will have a number. The letter including the results will also list the

numbers for accepted students and the order of the students on the waitlist by number as well.


Waitlist spaces are determined by the order in which a child’s name is drawn in the lottery.

After the lottery, students are added to the waiting list on a first-come-first-serve basis. Classroom

openings will then be filled in the order of the waiting list.


When the lottery is complete, students that meet the requirements for enrollment “preference” as

outlined above, will be included in a “preference section” of the appropriate waiting list for their grade.

If a student is included in the preference section, but loses their status before officially enrolling, that

student will be placed in the non-preference section of the waiting list for his or her grade.


At TRM, the classroom or program level enrollment sizes may only be changed under special

circumstances and at the discretion of the School Director and classroom teachers of that level.

If an opening should occur during the school year, the Director will first consider preferences for

enrollment as outlined, in addition to the composition of the classrooms. Then, the appropriate waitlist

will be used to fill the opening.