The 2019-20 Choice Window opens January 9
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY
This is an extremely important decision to consider before applying.
Dear Students and Parents,
We appreciate your interest in our program! We accept 78 fourth graders only. Applications are accepted during the 'Choice Application Window' Academy School District 20 offers the year your child is in third grade.
The Choice window is open from Wednesday, January 9, 2019 through 4:00 PM, Thursday, February 28, 2019. Your child and you should learn about School in the Woods during our Informational Meeting held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 9-10 a.m. at Edith Wolford Elementary School, 13710 Black Forest Road. This meeting will be followed by an Open House at School in the Woods, 12002 Vollmer Road, from 10:15-11:30 a.m., so you can see the building and grounds. Please plan to attend both.
We highly encourage all interested parents and prospective students to set aside enough time to attend both the Informational Meeting and Open House. Important information will be shared at this time. Be sure to bring your third grade child, as we really want her/him to understand the program and the dedication it takes before this significant commitment is made. These events are important first steps of the eventual decision.
You do not need to RSVP for these events, but are strongly encouraged to attend them or participate in a makeup presentation.
This is a very important decison for an entire school year that should be considered carefully before submitting the D20 and School in the Woods choice application materials. Students interested in signing up to be a School in the Woods naturalist need to be committed to participating in a strongly connected community that shares responsibilities while supporting one another. Our environment, limited staff, and unique programming attributes require that those students attending demonstrate safe and responsible behavior at all times while accepting personal responsiblity for their decisions and actions. Each applicant should consider how they plan to contribute positively to our School in the Woods community and follow our School in the Woods RULER Charter.
Given the unique aspects of our school program, it is very important that you and your interested child attend the Informational Meeting and see the school in its setting to learn about the unique aspects of the program prior to signing up. If you are unable to attend, please contact the school to sign up for our make up date and time. Please note: after the make up date, there will be no other opportunities to visit the school before the Choice deadline.
*Note to Out-of District Families: SITW must accept District 20 students first. We have always filled all available seats with D20 students. It Is unlikely that an Out-of District student would get in to the school given our priority policy and the number of applicants..
If you are still interested after attending the information session and Open House, submit an application to the district office before the closing date of Choice Application Window on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Please be aware that there is one additional page that will print along with the Academy District 20 Choice School Application Signature Form, called the School in the Woods Agreement. This will need to be read carefully, signed, and submitted with your choice application signature form in order for your application to be considered complete before the deadline. The selection of the 78 students is from a lottery drawing. There is no advantage in being one of the earliest applicants. Please take sufficient time to consider the choice implications and understand that if the student's name is drawn the commitment is for the entire year. Students who are selected to attend School in the Woods will be notified by mid-April.
Bus service from most D20 elementary schools to School in the Woods is provided by D20's Transportation department. It is imperative that any student riding D20 bus understand the transportation policies. Safe and responsible behavior are absolutely necessary in order that all students are physically and emotionally safe to and from their schools. SITW students riding the bus currently pay a Choice Transportation fee for bus rides. This cost is subject to change. Please understand that transportation to SITW using this system often has longer bus rides, meaning longer ride times which will impact your after school schedule.
Your child will automatically return to their home school for 5th grade unless you place another Choice Application for another school. Note: Since TCA is not a "Home School" the student's slot is forfeited. Reapplying to the Wait List is required, and TCA has not been able to seat any returning SITW students for their fifth grade year. Please check with TCA for more details about your circumstances.
The Open House will be held at School in the Woods, 12002 Vollmer Road, Colorado Springs, 80908. Please see the attachment below for a map and directions. Our number is phone number is 234-4330.
We appreciate you and your child taking the time to learn as much as you can about our school and considering all implications carefully before making a final decision.
2019-20 SITW Choice Forms