Enrollment Lottery Information

Lottery Policy

Because of the complexity of the Intergovernmental Agreement among the districts, and in order to have a fair lottery process, RMSEL has developed the following enrollment policy.
 
Initial enrollment at RMSEL shall be determined by a lottery process which is described in the Lottery Enrollment Administrative Procedure. Some applicants are given priority in the lottery. This policy describes the order of preference for the enrollment lottery.
 
The following categories are in order of priority:
 
I. Staff - children of staff members will be enrolled with first preference in accordance with grade and district availability.
  • If a staff member lives outside one of our member districts, the student will be open-enrolled into one of our sponsoring school districts.
  • If a staff member terminates their employment at RMSEL, their student(s) will be allowed to remain enrolled in accordance with the out-of-district policy (see VIII below).
II. Extended Leave - A student on leave of absence is one who is participating in an academically extraordinary opportunity for up to a year, with the intention of returning to RMSEL. A student whose proposal has been accepted and who has successfully completed the requirements for a student on leave will be enrolled with next preference in accordance with grade and district availability.
 
III. Sibling - applicants who have a sibling who is attending RMSEL and has been continuously enrolled from October 1st of the previous year will be enrolled with next preference in accordance with grade and district availability.
 
IV. BOCES - children of RMSEL’s BOCES Directors will be enrolled having next preference in accordance with grade and district availability. 
 
V. Expeditionary Learning School students - applications of students who are currently attending another Expeditionary Learning School will be enrolled with next preference in accordance with grade and district availability. 
  • A. If a former RMSEL student re-applies and was in good standing upon leaving, they will be enrolled having first preference in accordance with grade and district availability.
VI. Alumni – children of a RMSEL graduate will be enrolled having next preference in accordance with grade and district availability.
 
VII. General - all other applicants will be enrolled having next preference in accordance with grade and district availability. 
  • A.   When a new family has more than one child in the lottery and one of the children has been accepted, the remaining sibling(s) will be given next preference in accordance with grade and district availability. 
VIII. Out-of-District - these applicants will be enrolled only if there are no other applications on file for that grade level from any of the member districts. 
  • A.   Out-of-district students will be allowed to enroll and continue to be enrolled only through their current school level. They must re-apply through the lottery process if they choose to continue their education beyond that school level at RMSEL. School levels are: Lower School (K through 5th grades), Middle School (6th through 8th grades) and High School (9th through 12th grades).
  • B.   Sibling rule does not apply to out-of-district families.
  • C.   If a RMSEL family moves out of our sponsoring districts, the student(s) will be allowed to remain at RMSEL through their school level. They must re-apply via the lottery process if they choose to continue their education at RMSEL. School levels are: Lower School (K through 5th grades), Middle School (6th through 8th grades) and High School (9th through 12th grades).
  • D. Students who were enrolled under out-of-district status prior to the 2007-2008 school years will be allowed to continue at RMSEL, as long as they remain continuously enrolled and continue to satisfy the school’s requirements.
  • E.   If a student is enrolled via the out-of-district status and is referred to the district under which he or she has open enrolled through to attend RMSEL for expulsion, RMSEL will be responsible for the cost of the expulsion process and the cost of required educational services for the expulsion period.
  • F.   An appeal may be made to the Executive Director of RMSEL for review of the student’s status.

Grounds for Denial of Admission

Subject to the school's responsibilities under the Exceptional Children's Educational Act and applicable federal, state and local laws, the following will constitute grounds for denial of admission to the school:

  • Failure to meet age requirement.
  • Having been expelled from any school district during the preceding twelve months.
  • Having engaged in behavior in another school during the preceding twelve months that is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other students or of school personnel.
  • An applicant who is not a resident of one of our five sponsoring districts, unless otherwise entitled to attend, is not eligible for the initial lottery.
  • Failure to comply with the immunization provisions. (Families who choose not to immunize their children must sign an immunization waiver.)
  • Falsification of application or enrollment documents.
  • A determination by RMSEL's administration that the Expeditionary Learning model or the school's culture would not contribute to the applicant's success as a student or that the school is unable to meet the student's special needs. In this case, administration will advise the family of other options.
  • Failure to live in one of our member districts: Aurora, Cherry Creek, Denver, Douglas County or Littleton.

Fees / Kindergarten Tuition

Because RMSEL is an Expeditionary Learning school and our students do numerous off-campus trips and expeditions, each student is required to pay annual fieldwork fees and a transportation fee.  Fieldwork fees for 2017-2018 are as follows:
  • Kindergarten - 5th Grades - $518
  • 6th - 8th Grades - $697
  • 9th - 12th Grades - $864
Kindergarten Tuition for the year is $3,500 (billed September thru June), in addition to the annual fieldwork fees.
 
Transportation Fee is $75 per student per year.

Financial Aid is available on a first come, first served basis until the funds are depleted.  The deadline for submitting a financial aid application is October 31st of each school year.  Click here to access the 2016-2017 Financial Aid policy and application.