The World Learner School shall admit any eligible student who submits a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the program, class, or grade level. Any student continuing at The World Learner School will be re-enrolled for the next year without reapplication. Parents of enrolled students receive a "Declaration of Intent to Return" form during spring conferences. This allows for Administration to begin planning for enrollment for the following year.
To the extent the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the program, class, grade level, or building, siblings of continuing students and children of full-time WLS teachers will receive first preference for admission. For all other openings, students shall be accepted by lot. To the extent the number of applications exceeds the number of openings; WLS will notify our Authorizer, Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) at least one week prior to any drawing of the number of applications and the lot procedure to be used. The World Learner School will also promptly inform ACNW of the results of the selection by lot.
Most of the openings at The World Learner School occur for six year olds (children whose 6th birthday is prior to September 1st) in Lower Elementary classes at the beginning of the school year.
Occasional openings occur during the school year for children of other ages and are dependent on space available in the classrooms. Openings are filled from the waiting lists that were selected in the lottery for each grade level.
Grade designation is downplayed at The World Learner School. For purposes of standardized testing, children are designated in grades, but in the class, children are given lessons with any academic peers. Generally, the transition between lower and upper elementary is made with peers on a grade-level basis. However, the Montessori Method allows and encourages work at the child’s own level, regardless of the classroom environment. Therefore, every child will be working at their own academic level, whether they are attending a lower or upper elementary class. Questions regarding early or late transitions between the two levels will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and decided by the principal, in consultation with the teachers and parents.