High Marq Environmental Charter School is open to all District students entering grades 7-11 for voluntary application and enrollment. Open enrollment students, expelled students, and dropouts up to the age of 21 (22 for special education students) may also attend the school in accordance with state law and District policies. An application and essay are required as part of the admissions process.
Students applying from outside of the Montello School District must complete the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction application for Open Enrollment (http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment) prior to the April 28th deadline. Students who miss the regular Open Enrollment deadline will be included in the initial lottery but will be admitted on a preliminary basis, pending an approved Alternative Open Enrollment application (http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/applications/alternative), which must be submitted between 7/1 and 7/15 and subsequently approved by the Montello Board of Education.
If there are more applicants than available seats, the Governing Council will use a random lottery system for students wishing to enroll in the school. All children of founding members (all members, both voting and non‐voting, of the Governance Council who served prior to the first day of the 2010‐11 school year) shall be exempt from the admissions lottery. Siblings of current students of High Marq Environmental Charter School shall also be exempt from the admissions lottery. After lotteries are held on May 15th and July 15th, vacant spots will remain open for first‐come, first‐serve enrollment until we reach a cap of 16 students per teacher, or until 2 weeks after the first day of school. If the enrollment cap has not been reached, students may be accepted during the school year. Such enrollment shall only be allowed under extenuating circumstances, at the sole discretion of the Governance Council, and on a case‐by‐case basis.
In accordance with this policy, our first admissions lottery will be held at the school on Monday, May 15th at 3:30pm. The lottery will be a special governance council meeting that is open to the public, but you are not required to attend. The names of all applicants prior to 3:30pm on May 15th will be placed in a bowl and drawn one at a time. Applicants will be admitted to High Marq in the order drawn until all available seats are filled, and remaining applicants will be placed on an ordered waitlist. Applicants will be notified of their admission or waitlist status by mail and/or email the following day. In the event that more enrollment seats open between the lottery and the start of the school year, applicants will be admitted from the waitlist in the order they were drawn.