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Application Procedure

Apply to an AASD Charter School

Our charter school application window opened on December 1, 2023 for the 2024-2025 school year. Our application is a lottery process so there is no need to rush; take your time learning about all of our offerings.

February 23, 2024 is the cutoff to be placed in the lottery. Applications after that date will be put on the waiting list if no spots are available in the order they are received.

All families will be notified by March 8, 2024 if a seat has been reserved for their student, or if their name has been added to a waiting list.

Our charter school application portal will remain open until the end of August. If it is after that date, we encourage you to contact the charter school of your choosing directly to see if there are current openings.

Click here for the AASD Charter School Online Application

If your student is already enrolled in a charter school another application does not need to be completed to continue attending that charter school. If your student wants to attend a different charter school then an application needs to be completed. Siblings of a student currently attending a charter school also need to complete an application.

Waiting List
The waiting list does not roll over from year to year. One must reapply each year until accepted. We will continue to fill openings that occur during the current school year using the waiting list.

If your student is on the waiting list, you are encouraged to visit the school during the current school year and read all available materials so that you may make an informed decision quickly if or when your child’s name is called from the waiting list. Enrollment offers not accepted by the deadline set forth in the offer shall be deemed to be declined.

Students who are enrolled in Classical School do not need to reapply each year.

Informational Meetings
All prospective Classical School families are encouraged to attend an informational meeting typically held December through February each year. Time for questions will be available after the presentation portion of each meeting. Please check the school calendar for dates and times.

Requirements and Priority
The primary requirement for admission to the school is the timely submission of an application by the stated lottery deadline. Special education students who apply by the deadline will be included in the lottery; however, a meeting between the school, parents, and AASD representatives is required to verify if the necessary services are available at Classical School for those students that are offered an enrollment spot at the school. Twins (or multiples) at the same grade level will be assigned concurrent priority in the lottery drawing, unless requested in writing prior to the lottery application deadline by the parent/guardian for their twins (or multiples) to be considered separately.

If you are applying for kindergarten at Classical School, your child must be at least 5 years old by September 1 of his/her kindergarten year; no early admission is allowed. 

The only lottery priorities allowed by Wisconsin state law are (Priority #1) applicants with siblings who are students of Classical School at the time of the lottery (Priority #2) children of Classical School staff members who are employed full-time at Classical School at the time of the lottery, children of school founders, and children of Classical Charter School Association Board members who are serving on the board at the time of the lottery. Full-time employment status is determined by Appleton Area School District policy. Students enrolled under priority #2 are limited to 10% of the school’s total enrollment.

If you have any questions, regarding the application process, please contact Sara Schroeder at schroedersara@aasd.k12.wi.us.

High School
AASD students who graduate from eighth grade at Classical School may attend their neighborhood school or may choose among Appleton High Schools East, West, or North (unless a school which is not the student’s AASD neighborhood school is closed to open enrollment). Students must declare which high school they will attend by January 1 during the eighth-grade year.

Printable Applications
Applications must be completed and submitted within the application window.

Copies of printed applications are also available at each charter school, our District Welcome Center, and the District Leadership Center.

Charter School Transportation
Transportation for charter school students is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Open Enrollment
If a student resides in the Appleton Area School District and completes the charter school application process, they do not need to complete the district’s School of Choice Open Enrollment application.

The Open Enrollment (OE) process is separate from the charter school student application process.

Students living outside the Appleton Area School District must apply for Open Enrollment through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) between February 5, 2024 - April 30, 2024, through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in addition to completing the charter school application process.

Click here for more information on open enrolling to the Appleton Area School District.

Many students receive notification of approval to enroll in a charter school. However, different factors are taken into account that may prohibit acceptance into the AASD. Your child’s enrollment, therefore, will not be official until accepted by the District for open enrollment. Notification of the District’s decision is sent to families the first week of June. Your child’s spot at the charter school will be held until that time if you accept the position in the charter school now.