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.
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
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.
3. Obtain approval of WMEP Superintendent.
4. Post-enrollment lottery notification and enrollment completion.
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.
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
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