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Enrolling in the North Star Partnership Program

 
How do I enroll my children at North Star?
North Star is currently full for the 2021-2022 school year. However, we evaluate openings during the summer and once per quarter.

Do you have a Waiting List?

North Star currently keeps a waiting list , but without any guarantee of enrollment or a timeline for enrollment.

How do I place my child's name on the waiting list?

  1. Research our school~
    Review the website, especially the pages under "About our Program"
  2. Send an email
    Prospective families may email ginny.cronin@mead354.org to express interest in the North Star Parent Partnership Program and request inclusion on the waiting list.
  3. Submit the forms
    Families will receive, by email, and are asked to submit digitally, an “Interview Form” and “Release of Information” before the Q&A session.
  4. Attend a Q&A session
    Prospective families will be invited to an individual or group Q&A session.

    Information about North Star as well as other Mead Options programs will be provided.
  5. Waiting list
    Families who are still interested in enrolling will be entered on our waiting list but there is no guarantee of enrollment or an enrollment date based on being placed on this list.
  6. Enrollment openings
    Families notified when an appropriate opening becomes available and will have 10 days to schedule an interview.
  7. Schedule and complete an interview 
    Email Ginny at  ginny.cronin@mead354.org to express your interest and schedule an interview. We will talk and see if this program is a good fit in terms of what North Star requires and what your family needs.  The teaching parent (or both parents) and child(ren) need to attend the interview.   If enrollment is approved, families may begin completing the enrollment paperwork.
  8. Complete our enrollment forms
    Complete enrollment paperwork detailed below.
    District forms are completed online.
    Additional North Star required documents
    can be downloaded below.
    Please print them out and hand in the hard copies at :
  •  
Address: 13120 N Pittsburg St   
                 Spokane   WA  99208  
Phone:     509-465-7730 
        (Questions? ashley.fleck@mead354.org )

        9. Schedule and attend a WSLP meeting
Schedule a meeting to create a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP).
This requires about 1 hour per child.
The teaching parent and child(ren) need to attend the WSLP meeting.
Families can get a head start on this by using these links:
K-8 Here is a link to create a copy of a form to guide your planning for K-8

                  students.Please fill it in and share it with your mentor teacher by email. 

                  Here is the link to our website with lists and links to curriculum selections

                  most frequently used by North Star families.
                  9-12 Here is a link to create a copy of the 9-12 form for your high school student.
                  Here is a link to a wide variety of novels and book lists so you can take
                  some time to see a variety of novels for your 9-12 student
10. Attend an orientation
The teaching parent will attend a new family orientation, where we will cover: 
 ~the rules, practices, and routines of North Star;
 ~h
ow to complete curriculum orders; understanding requirements and laws; progress meetings etc.
   (
This information will be provided by your mentor teacher due to COVID Closure)

 

11. Register for clubs 
    • When steps 1-10 are complete, your students are ready to be registered for clubs.
      Students enroll in year-long clubs in late August. 
      Students who enroll after August 24th will be able to pick from the clubs that are not full.
      The club schedule for the current year (2020-21) is available here.  
      The new fall club schedule (2021-22) is usually posted in early August.

      August 24th Registration for Clubs at 9 am (Group 1)

      August 25th Registration for Clubs at 9 am (Group 2)

 
If you plan to independently homeschool until you enroll at North Star, WA State requires a "Declaration of Intent" to homeschool. We have copies in our office and a downloadable version below. 

 

Enrollment Paperwork
First, fill out the Mead District Enrollment online at this LINK
DO NOT FILL OUT A PAPER PACKET FOR THIS STEP.
Then fill out the required North Star documents attached below.
 
North Star documents (attached below)

Mail  or hand deliver to :

Address: 

13120 N Pittsburg St   

Spokane   WA  99208  

Phone: 509-465-7730

 

Which documents do I need to fill out?
All Families (for each child):
  • Health Emergency Form 
  • Letter to Instructors
  • Records Request
  • Parent Contract Elementary (for each student K-8)
  • Parent Contract Secondary (for each student 9-12)
  • Food allergy form (if your child has allergies)
  • Secondary student contract (for each student in grades 9-12)
  • Statement of Understanding 
  • CIS (Certificate of Immunization Status) Form (Doctor signature required)
 
Families who live WITHIN the Mead School District:
  • Elementary IntraDistrict Transfer (K-5) OR
  • Secondary IntraDistrict Transfer form (6-12) 
 
Families who live OUTSIDE the Mead School District
  • Out of District Non-resident Transfer form
  • North Star Choice Transfer Request
 
Families who plan to independently homeschool until they enroll at North Star
  • Declaration of intent to provide home-based education.

 

 

Do you have a waiting list?

We do not keep a waiting list; the following is our practice:

North Star exists to support the instruction of students receiving part of their educational instruction at home. In alignment with our goal of facilitating competency-based learning as opposed to contact time for students, we have the following enrollment criteria:
  1. First, children of currently enrolled North Star families or staff will be placed at the top of the enrollment list, whether they reside in or out of the district, on a first-come-first-serve basis (date enrollment paperwork is received). 
  2. Second, in-district students will be enrolled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  3. The final group to be accepted will be new, out-of-district families, on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  4. High school students entering after the beginning of school in the fall, will first meet with our principal Nick Edwards, at the Five Mile School, (509) 465-7700 for an interview.  High school students enrolling in the spring can skip this step.