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Enrolling at North Star

How do I enroll my student at North Star?

 

North Star evaluates available openings once per quarter and will post any available openings on the following dates:

  • March 16, 2020  We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
    Please send an email to  ginny.cronin@mead354.org  if you are interested in fall enrollment. 
    She will respond as soon as possible. 
 

Next tour for prospective families:   
       More news soon. This is dependent on district and state policy during the current closure.

 

Steps to Enrollment at North Star (details below)

  1. Research our school
  2. Come to a tour: As soon as it is available...This is dependent on district and state policy during the current closure.
  3. Schedule and complete interview
  4. Complete enrollment packet
  5. Schedule and attend WSLP and access materials
  6. Attend orientation 
  7. Register for clubs
     Research our school~ 
    • Review the website, especially the pages under "About our Program" Make sure to contact the office if you have any questions that this website does not adequately answer: 509-465-7730. If your child is transferring to North Star from another Mead District school, some of your paperwork is already completed.  Please contact the office.

 

     Come to a tour:
    •  Arrange your calendar for your child(ren) and at least the teaching parent, to tour our campus and meet with our director. 
    • Sign background release of information

     Schedule and complete 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.  If enrollment is approved, you may begin the paperwork.

       Complete enrollment packet
    • Complete enrollment paperwork detailed below. District forms are completed online. North Star required documents can be downloaded below. Please print them out and hand in the hard copies at :
           North Star School Mead   
           Enrollment Forms 
           10220 N. Nevada  
           Spokane, WA 99218

       Schedule and attend WSLP
    • Schedule a meeting to create a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP). It requires about 1 hour per child. The teaching parent and child(ren) will attend a WSLP meeting. 

      Attend orientation
    • The teaching parent will attend a new family orientation, where we will cover:  the rules, practices, and routines of North Star; how to complete curriculum orders; understanding requirements and laws; the requirements of a WSLP and more.

Date TBD

    • Register for clubs
    • When this is complete, your students are ready to be registered for clubs. Students begin registering for our first semester clubs in late August.  However, we enroll students all year long as openings become available and students will be able to pick from the clubs that are not full. 

 

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 Paperwork online at this link.
Then fill out the required North Star documents attached below.
 
North Star documents (attached below)
Which documents do I need to fill out?
All Families (for each child):
  • Health Emergency Form Form
  • Network Contract
  • Letter to Instructor
  • Records Request
  • Parent Contract Elementary (for each student K-6)
  • Parent Contract Secondary (for each student 7-12)
  • Food allergy form if your child has allergies
  • Secondary student contract (for students in grades 7-12)
  • Statement of Understanding 
 
Families who live WITHIN the Mead School District:
  • Elementary IntraDistrict Transfer OR
  • Secondary IntraDistrict Transfer form 
 
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, but 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, siblings of currently enrolled North Star students 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 at the Five Mile School, (509) 465-7700 for an interview.  High school students enrolling in the spring can skip this step.