WCUD Intra-District School Choice
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Windsor Central Unified District (WCUD) will be offering parents and guardians elementary school choice for their students within the district. The choice of the school venue will be guided by the needs of students, parents, and the district and will adhere to the WCUD process and guidelines. Choice may also be limited by transportation feasibility and classroom space availability.
K-6 School Choice Timeline
Early February: Notification of school choice process - APPLY HERE
March 15: Deadline for Round 1 applications
Late April: Round 1 Decisions - Parents notified of school choice decision
August 1: Deadline for Round 2 applications
Mid-August: Round 2 Decisions - Parents notified of school choice decision
**Applications after August 1 and during the school year will be considered on a case-by-case decision**
If you want to stay at your current school, no action is needed - your child will automatically stay enrolled at your local school.
Learn more about each of our unique elementary schools:
Reading Elementary School
We, the Reading Elementary School and the community, will collaborate to foster an educational environment which embraces:
- A safe, healthy, respectful environment which maximizes learning and develops self-esteem
- A challenging, standards-based academic curriculum, built on fundamental skills, which address the needs of the whole child and validates risk-taking
- Diverse practices which recognize uniqueness and engage each child thereby enhancing the educational experience
- An awareness of personal responsibility and citizenship by working cooperatively to encourage open, honest communication
- Positive modeling, guided discovery, and creative thinking to promote lifelong learning and inquisitive spirits.
Current Class Structure: PreK and K are individual classrooms.
Other grade levels are combined as follows: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6.
Killington Elementary School
Killington Elementary School (KES) is a vibrant learning community nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains. It is our mission to provide a caring environment with a strong support system and high academic standards to successfully educate the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
Our students and families greatly benefit from the resources accessible to them at KES, including Pre-K for 3 and 4 year-olds and a state-licensed after school program that is available until 5 PM.
The faculty, administrators, support staff, and school directors of Killington Elementary School (KES), form a cohesive and collaborative learning community designed to educate the whole child. We strive to provide an educational environment that supports each child’s development of a positive sense of self and high academic standards.
Current Class Structure: Single grade classrooms, K-6
The Prosper Valley School
The Prosper Valley School (TPVS) is a small, high-quality, high-performing elementary school that was created three years ago by the merger of the elementary schools of Bridgewater and Pomfret. TPVS is located in Pomfret, about a mile from the Woodstock Town Green. Expert, caring teachers ensure that every child in grades K-6 is given individual attention. We value the visual and performing arts, including opportunities for students to participate in chorus and instrumental lessons.The 38 acre school site includes the beautiful school building, the Horizons Observatory, a sugar house, a greenhouse, nature trails, playgrounds and an athletic field. The idyllic setting provides for diverse educational experiences.
Field trips and authentic learning are the heart of our programs. We are fortunate to have a wealth of resources at our doorstep. For example, we are just down the road from the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, both of which we use frequently. In the other direction, we have the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and ArtisTree, a community arts center that partners frequently with TPVS.
Current Class Structure: Single grade classrooms, K-6
Woodstock Elementary School
Woodstock Elementary School is a public K-6 school of 160 students located in the heart of the historic village of Woodstock, Vermont. Students learn in classes of 18-20 peers per grade level. Our mission is to provide an excellent academic opportunity in a safe, caring, and healthy environment. High expectations within a challenging curriculum delivered through excellent instruction provide the educational foundation for all students to become enthusiastic, persistent, and competent learners. WES uses Responsive Classroom techniques and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to create a nurturing community where all students strive to meet our school expectations of being safe, respectful, and ready to learn. Our location allows for place-based learning that includes lessons at the Ottauquechee River and partnering with the local library, Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock History Center, Billings Farm Museum, and Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park. Our STEM lab provides students opportunities to explore concepts such as engineering, design, and robotics. Students experience locally sourced meals and cooking and gardening lessons in our farm-to-school cafe. We encourage you to come visit WES and see why “the road to success begins at WES!”
Current Class Structure: Single grade classrooms, K-2; upper grades travel between three different subject-area teachers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Elementary School Choice in the Windsor Central Unified District
ACT 46: Article 14. Intra-district School Choice
By July 1, 2018, the Board of School Directors shall develop policy and programs for offering intra-district choice to the families or guardians of elementary students within the new unified union district. This policy will, without limitation, address the rights of elementary students who are residents of the Town of Bridgewater if the Bridgewater School district votes to join the New Unified District and the Pomfret School District does not vote to join. In accordance 55 with 16 V.S.A. Section 821, all resident students will be assured enrollment at an elementary school operated by the New Unified District. Choice may be limited only where necessary to the legitimate operational needs of the Unified District and any applicable legal requirements. Policies respecting choice shall consider issues including, but not limited to, transportation, socio-economic equity, proximity to the selected building, unity of siblings, and the capacities of receiving schools and sending schools.
1. What is school choice and who is allowed to exercise it?
Children entering grades K-6 who live in the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock may exercise school choice. Parents may apply to send their child to any of the elementary schools in these towns. Here are our goals for school choice:
- Balanced class sizes in all schools by eliminating, combining or dividing classes
- Optimal learning environments in all school
- Meeting the diverse needs of our student population
- Options for all families
2. Does everyone who applies receive school choice?
The choice of the school venue will be guided by the needs of students, parents, and the district and will adhere to the WCUD process and guidelines. Choice may also be limited by transportation feasibility and classroom space availability. If you are interested in choosing a school other than the one located in your town, complete and submit the school choice form. First priority is always given to families living in that town currently attending that school. Then, all other school choice applicants within that round will be considered. If there are more children applying than there is space, a lottery will be held to determine enrollment. Capacity is determined by the VT Agency of Education Class Size Guidelines. Every effort will be made to accommodate school choice requests; however, the superintendent reserves the right of final approval for all applications.
3. Will my child be able to attend this school of choice for all elementary years?
Your child will be able to attend the school of choice through the highest grade offered there.
4. If we exercise school choice and we have a younger child, will he or she also be able to attend the choice school?
Younger children may apply to attend the school choice location with an older sibling when capacity is available. We will do our best to keep siblings together whenever possible.
5. Can we return to our original school after a year or more?
Once you choose to leave your local school, you are not guaranteed a slot in future years. You can re-apply to your school of origin through the school choice process outlined above.
6. What if I miss the deadline for school choice?
We will honor requests for school choice after the deadline at the next decision point, which is in August. Round 2 applications are due on August 1st, 2018. This allows new families to our area to choose their local school. After August 1 or the start of school, we will consider applications on a first come, first serve basis if the district agrees it is in the best interest of the child’s education.
7. Will the district provide bussing?
Transportation for intra-district school choice students will be the responsibility of parents. We may have limited school bus routes available for inter-town school choice which will be made available to parents as bus routes are finalized for the school year. Please see below for anticipated offerings. These options are not guaranteed and are subject to change based on feasibility and enrollment.
Note: Students will continue to be bussed to their schools of origin, including students in Bridgewater and Plymouth.
Potentially available, depending on route changes and enrollment:
Reading ⇿ TPVS
Pomfret ⇿ WES
Killington⇿ WES and/or TPVS
Plymouth ⇿ KES (via Bridgewater)
Likely available, based on existing routes:
Reading ⇿ WES
Bridgewater ⇿ WES and/or KES
Woodstock ⇿ TPVS
Plymouth ⇿ WES