About Three Rivers Montessori:
1. Complete the on-line form below--YOU MUST SUBMIT A FORM FOR EACH STUDENT.
2. Watch for a confirmation of submission or waitlist letter from our staff. You may also contact us to verify application submission at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 763-595-1213.
3. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now being accepted. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available for spot on the waitlist.
*The 2021-2022 Lottery is complete. Therefore, any additional applications will be awarded a seat or placed on the waiting list for each grade in the order in which they are received.
Please see our Application and Enrollment Policy for additional details.
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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.
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
Any parent/guardian that would like their child to attend Kindergarten at Three Rivers Montessori for the 2020-21 school year, must complete and submit an application online or mail to the address provided no later than February 3rd, 2020, no later than 5 pm. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform TRM of any changes to contact information.
According to MN Statute 124.11(c), siblings of enrolled students (including those related by marriage or adoption to one or both parents) and or a foster child of an enrolled student’s parents. Followed by the staff’s students who will be given preference for enrollment before the lottery process ensues.
Minn. Stat. 123.11(a) provides three circumstances when charter schools can limit admission. This also includes preschool programs that have been established under Minnesota Statute.
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.
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 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 lottery for the 2021-2022 school year will be conducted on March 16th, 2021.
Families placed on the waitlist will also receive a letter starting their child's position on the waitlist.
For applications received 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 “sibling and or employee 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.