Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice which are operating under a performance charter. The charter allows the school to operate under a set of defined rules and guidelines under the supervision of a governing board. Charter schools are held to the same academic standards as traditional public schools, and their students are assessed using the same state assessments as other public schools. Charter schools are required to adhere to state education laws including background screening all staff, establishing a school safety plan, hiring qualified, Florida certified teachers, and operating in a fiscally and academically responsible manner. Mi Escuela Montessori is open to any student in Polk County, FL, however the school guarantees transportation for students residing within 2-5 miles from the school and will likely provide transportation within 10-15 miles.
The demand for our dual language Montessori preschool program is very high. Please complete all of the following steps to ensure you understand the differences between our program and other programs and that you feel we are a good fit for your family. We aim to enroll families who are committed to being a long term part of our school community through their children's elementary education. Our enrollment process consists of the following steps:
Review information on the Charter School on our website and application materials.
Attend a virtual information session on our program.
Join our mailing list so that you receive a reminder when our application opens. The application for Mi Escuela Montessori will open on this site on November 10, 2020 through January 12, 2021 at 4:00pm, and concurrent with Polk County Public Schools open enrollment for schools of choice.
When the application opens, create an account with our online application system. Complete one application for each child. If you are applying for more than one student in your family, you must fill out one application for each student, however you are able to apply within the same account.
Enrollment availability is based on the number of grade level slots available and the allowable number of students within related classroom space. If MEM receives more applications for any grade level than the number of slots available, a public, computerized lottery will be held for that grade level. Applications will be placed in a lottery drawing run by a computer and pulled based on openings in each grade level, beginning with Kindergarten. The lottery process will be transparent and will comply with all established state or federal laws. The date for this year’s lottery is January 19, 2021. Additional lotteries will be run each month on the 19th of the month.
Information about Lotterease
Parents, please be advised we will be using a third-party system, Lotterease, to run our enrollment lottery for transparency and fairness. Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome. In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal.
After our open registration period closes, we will be uploading all applications into Lotterease. At that time, you will receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org that an account has been created for you and your child(ren) and that they were entered into the lottery. You will be able to login to your account and change the password once it is created. For future years, you can use this same account to apply for Mi Escuela Montessori, so please keep your login information. NOTE: Please be sure to add email@example.com as an email contact to ensure important emails do not go to spam. Mi Escuela Montessori is not responsible for emails or deadlines that are missed. The emails will contain a new Applicant ID number that will be used to identify your child on the Applicant List after the lottery has been run. We will use this Applicant List to display the lottery results online.
Preference in the Computerized Lottery
Students whose siblings already attend Mi Escuela Montessori
Children of governing board members or staff (or founding board members if in CSP grant period)
Students who completed VPK at Mi Escuela Montessori (n/a during CSP grant period)
Children of an active duty service members (n/a during CSP grant period)
Students who have attended or are assigned to attend a currently failing school in Polk County School District.
*All other information collected on this application form is for contact and planning purposes only and does not influence a student’s acceptance.
Acceptance or Waitlist
You will be notified within two weeks of the lottery being completed of your child’s acceptance or placement on the waitlist. If your child’s application is drawn in the lottery, you will be notified by email and text that there is an opening for your child and you will be provided a means to digitally accept or decline your enrollment by a designated date. If you do not respond within one week, a direct mailing with a pre-addressed reply card will be sent to your home with a deadline for response. Failure to accept offer of admission within 14 days will be interpreted as a decision to decline. If you later change your mind, you will need to reapply for the next lottery.
If your child is placed on the Mi Escuela Montessori waitlist and an opening occurs at the school, you will be notified via text and email. If your student is on the waitlist for the current school year, you must apply during the Open Enrollment period each year that you wish to be considered for enrollment.
Applications After Open Enrollment
MEM will accept additional applications following the Open Enrollment Application period, however these applications will not be considered unless the Open Enrollment waitlist has been exhausted. Once the Open Enrollment waitlist has been exhausted, MEM will hold additional advertised lotteries at regular intervals as needed to fill vacant spots and will follow the above procedure throughout the year. All applications and associated waitlist numbers expire after one school year; therefore any student not offered admission during one school year must reapply for the following school year during the next Open Enrollment Application period.
Acceptance will be for the grade for which you applied; if your student is retained at another school prior to enrollment at our school, you must reapply for the grade in which the student will be enrolled.
Please be advised that if you falsify any information during registration or enrollment, your child’s application may be null and void, and admittance may be revoked. Any applications found to be falsified will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.
Mi Escuela Montessori welcomes all student applications. Students with an Individualized Education Plan have equal opportunity for selection within our lottery program. The majority of students with IEP’s can be served in the Mi Escuela Montessori inclusive and/or resource room settings. Mi Escuela Montessori students with IEP’s receive related services, per their IEP, such as speech/language therapy, occupational or physical therapy, mental health services, and visual or hearing therapy at our school site. After acceptance and prior to enrollment, administration will review your student’s IEP. If there are concerns that the school does not have the resources to provide your student with their free and appropriate education or provide the level of service indicated in your student’s IEP, you may be invited to an IEP meeting to discuss your student’s educational goals and needs and ensure that MEM is an appropriate placement for him or her.