Application Process

WMEP Member Process

Students who reside in any of the WMEP member districts are admitted to The FAIR School through an enrollment lottery. Students who do not reside in WMEP member districts are admitted on a space available basis after the WMEP member districts’ lottery processes are complete. A lottery process is facilitated by the school in the winter of the year before the desired start date.

As a resident in one of 11 school districts participating in the West Metro Education Program, there are two inter-district magnet schools for which your students are eligible to apply: FAIR School Downtown in downtown Minneapolis, and FAIR School Crystal, in Crystal, MN. These schools are designed to promote voluntary, intercultural, integrated education using the arts and interdisciplinary instruction to enhance students’ educational experience. Transportation is provided to both schools at no cost to families, and both provide special education services to students for those services identified on existing Individual Education Plans.

FAIR School Downtown is a K-12 school excluding fourth and fifth grade (K-3, 6-12) in the 2012-2013 school year and excluding fourth, fifth, and sixth in 2013-2014. Downtown serves up to 600 students, while FAIR School Crystal serves approximately 550 students in grades 4-8. Both feature an interdisciplinary multicultural program that integrates the arts throughout the curriculum and is enriched by the many educational, corporate, government and arts resources available in the metro area.

2014-2015 Enrollment Timeline

January 6th-February 14th (4 pm): Initial application period

January 30th: Prospective Families Open House, 5:30-7 pm

March 6th: Lottery

Late March: Parents/Guardians will be notified of acceptance or wait list status

April 30th: New Student Registration Night, FAIR School Downtown, 6 pm

May 27th: Open House Incoming 4th Graders and Families, FAIR School Crystal

Non-Member Process

Students who do not reside in a WMEP member district are eligible for enrollment in a WMEP inter-district magnet school as defined in Section IIA of the WMEP Student Enrollment Policies and Procedures on a space available basis. The following process is necessary for enrollment:

1. Annually, complete a Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement form attached below.

2. Obtain approval from student’s home district superintendent.

  • Once the Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement Form is completed by the interested student/family the superintendent of the student’s resident district must sign the Agreement.
  • This document guarantees the transfer of full funding for the student to the specified WMEP inter-district magnet school during that school year. Full funding is defined as the tuition rate for non-member districts, as annually determined by the WMEP Joint Powers Board.

3. Obtain approval of WMEP Superintendent.

  • To finalize the Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement the WMEP Superintendent must also approve and sign the document.

4. Post-enrollment lottery notification and enrollment completion.

  • Students who are approved by the WMEP Superintendent will receive an acceptance letter from the WMEP district, and must contact the school’s main office to complete enrollment.

A pdf of the WMEP Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement application (by school year) is attached below. Click on View and then File-Save As.

Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement Application Information

Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement Applications may be submitted no earlier than September 1st during the school year prior to the student’s desired enrollment date.  For example, if your student is enrolling in 6th grade, the students’ Application may be submitted no earlier than September 1st of the student’s 5th grade year. The Non-Member District Enrollment Agreement Application must be renewed annually, regardless of your child’s enrollment status the previous year.

Submitting an application does not guarantee your child a spot at the school. Available spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis after accommodations are made to all WMEP member districts. When a spot becomes available, the next eligible student will be contacted directly.  Spots may be available as late as a few days before the beginning of the school year.

Immunization Requirement

In order to enroll or remain enrolled in any elementary or secondary school in Minnesota, the parent/guardian of a student must have a statement on file with the school administrator or other person having general control and supervision of the school that shows that the student is either:

a. immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella, or

b. immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella and has begun, but not yet completed, immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and/or polio, and/or hepatitis B, as verified by a provider or clinic, or

  1. legally exempt from one or more of the required immunizations, as evidenced by either a statement of medical exemption signed by a provider, a notarized statement of conscientious exemption, or, in the case of varicella disease, provider-documented history of varicella disease. [Note: Before September 2010, a parent can document history of varicella disease.] See Minn. Stat. Sec. 121A.15, subd. 1 and 3.

For additional information, please e-mail

If you are interested in being on the 2013-2014 waiting list, call 612.752.7104.
Anne Marie Arndt,
Jan 8, 2013, 8:11 AM
Anne Marie Arndt,
Jul 24, 2012, 9:40 AM
Anne Marie Arndt,
Oct 21, 2013, 8:46 AM
Anne Marie Arndt,
Nov 11, 2013, 7:03 AM