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Be Informed

We appreciate your interest in our program! Each year, we accept 78 fourth graders only. Applications are accepted during the initial Academy District 20 (ASD20) School Choice Window the year your student is in third grade. This School Choice Window varies from year-to-year. Find out more about the ASD20 School Choice Process.

School in the Woods (SITW) is unique. The decision to attend our school is for an entire school year and should be carefully considered before applying. Students interested in becoming one of our naturalists 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 students demonstrate safe and responsible behavior at all times while accepting personal responsibility 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.

Application Process

  1. School in the Woods Choice Informational Presentation: We highly encourage all interested students and parents to set aside enough time to watch our School in the Woods Choice Presentation together. Important information about our school and programming will be shared. Be sure to have your third-grade child watch this presentation with you, as we want them to understand our unique program and the dedication it takes before this significant commitment is made.

  2. If you missed our School Choice Open House that took place on Jan.22, 2022, please view the following videos with your 3rd grader:

    1. Student-led Tour and Soul of SITW - both are available in our Enrollment Information announcement.

    2. 9News story about our school.

  3. Deciding to Apply: After viewing the presentation and touring the school, please sit down with your child to make sure they are truly interested in our program. We want the decision to be the child’s, as well as yours.

    • Take sufficient time to consider the implications of School Choice and understand that if the student's name is drawn, the commitment is for the entire year. It is hard on the entire community and on the child if they must leave the program early.

    • The selection of students is from a lottery drawing. There is no advantage in being one of the earliest applicants.

  4. The Application: Once you and your child are in agreement that SITW is the right place for your child, submit an online School Choice application to the district office before the closing date of the initial School Choice Window. This year, the application deadline is March 17, 2022 at 4 p.m.

    • After filling out the online form, a Student Agreement will present itself. This must be filled out by you and your child together. The application is complete once you click ‘submit’ and receive no error messages.

    • Students who are selected to attend School in the Woods will be notified by mid-April.

    • If your child has been selected, their fourth grade spot at their present Academy District 20 school might be immediately filled. Before applying, be sure SITW is your first choice for your child's fourth grade year.

    • Be sure to complete your application before the initial School Choice Window closes.

Returning to Fifth Grade

Your child will automatically return to their home school for fifth grade unless you place another School Choice application for another school.

If your student is enrolled The Classical Academy (TCA) and comes to SITW for fourth grade, the student's slot at TCA may be forfeited. Reapplying to the wait list may be required, and TCA may not be able to seat any returning SITW students for their fifth grade year. Please check with TCA for more details about your specific circumstances.

Bus Service

Bus service from most ASD20 elementary schools to School in the Woods is provided by the district's Transportation Department. It is important that students and parents utilizing bus transportation understand the School Choice 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 School Choice transportation fee for bus rides. This cost is subject to change. Transportation to and from SITW using this system often results in longer bus rides which may impact your before and after-school schedules.

Out-of-District Students

SITW must accept Academy District 20 students prior to accepting students from outside the district. To date, we have always filled all available seats with in-district students. It is unlikely that an out-of-district student would get into the school given our priority policy and the number of applicants.