Enrollment Lottery Information

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Enrollment Application
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Enrollment for 2023-2024 closed on October 1, 2023.
The application for 2024-2025 is live on our website now.  The deadline for applications to be submitted for inclusion in the lottery was January 31, 2024, at midnight.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be added to the wait list on a first come, first served basis.
If you have previously applied through our lottery but do not remember your log in information, please DO NOT create a new parent account; it will not link with the previously existing account, and will not allow the student to be duplicated.  Instead, please call the RMSEL office at 303-759-2076 x2223 for assistance with your log in.
If your child does not receive an enrollment spot for 2024-2025 by October 1, 2024, and you want to try again for the next school year, you must apply again; waitlists do not carry from one year into the next. 

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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 terminates their employment at RMSEL, their student(s) will be allowed to remain enrolled in accordance with the out-of-district policy (see VI below).
II. 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.
III. BOCES - children of RMSEL’s BOCES Directors will be enrolled having next preference in accordance with grade and district availability. 
IV. Alumni – children of a RMSEL graduate will be enrolled having next preference in accordance with grade and district availability
V. 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. 
VI. 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 continue to be enrolled.

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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 failure to upload required application 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.

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Student Fees
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Because RMSEL is an Expeditionary Learning school and our students do numerous off-campus trips and expeditions, each student is required to pay annual fees.  Annual fees per student for 2024-2025 are as follows:
  • Kindergarten - 5th Grades - $1,056
  • 6th - 8th Grades - $1,249
  • 9th - 12th Grades - $1,430
The fees above include fieldwork fees (LS $561, MS $754, HS $935), transportation fee ($78), instructional support supply fee ($313), and technology fee ($104). 
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 2024-2025 Financial Aid policy and application.