WCMUUSD Intra-District School Choice
If you want to stay at your current elementary school, no action is needed - your currently enrolled grade K-6 child will automatically stay enrolled at your local school.
(Excludes Prekindergarten- different regulations apply.)
In the fall of 2018, the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District (WCMUUSD) began offering elementary school choice for parents and guardians of students entering grades K-6 that reside within the district. The choice of the school venue is guided by the needs of students, parents, and the district, and will adhere to the WCMUUSD process and guidelines.
Choice will be limited by transportation feasibility and classroom space availability.
K-6 School Choice Timeline
Early February: Notification of school choice process.
March 15th: Deadline for first round of applications.
March 30th: Parents notified of school choice application outcome.
August 1st: Deadline for second round of applications.
Mid-August: Parents notified of school choice application outcome.
**Applications after August 1st and throughout the school year will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be made through a direct request to the Supervisory Union**
APPROVAL IS NOT GUARANTEED AND WILL BE BASED ON AVAILABILITY.
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
Reading Elementary School and the community collaborates 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 is an individual classroom. Other grade levels are combined as follows: K-1 and 2-3.
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 in K, 1, 4-6. Combined prek 3 and 4 year olds and combined 2/3 classroom.
The Prosper Valley School
The Prosper Valley School (TPVS) is a small, high-quality, high-performing elementary school that was opened for the 2015-16 school year with the merger of the elementary schools of Bridgewater and Pomfret. The school will be merged with Woodstock Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. During this time the Campus Configuration Board Subcommittee will be making recommendations to the full Board around how TPVS campus can best be used to meet the needs of the students in our district.
Woodstock Elementary School
Woodstock Elementary School is a public PreK-6 school of 210 students located in the heart of the historic village of Woodstock, Vermont. Our school welcomes students from the surrounding communities including Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, and Reading. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, Reading elementary students in grades 4-6 will be joining the WES community. For the 2019-2020 school year, students from The Prosper Valley School and WES will be integrated into classes of 17-20 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 nutrition 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 with team teaching in grade levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Elementary School Choice in the Windsor Central MODIFIED Unified UNION
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. 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?
It is anticipated that children entering grades K-6 who live in the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock will enter the elementary school operated for their town of residence. This is considered their “home” school, and admission is assured. Alternatively, parents within these towns may choose to exercise school choice: parents may apply to send their child to a WCMUUSD elementary school within any of these towns. Available elementary schools are: Killington Elementary School (Grades K-6), Reading Elementary School (Grades K-3), The Prosper Valley School (Grades K-6 and currently housed within the Woodstock Elementary School), and Woodstock Elementary School (Grades K-6). Here are our goals for school choice:
Balanced class sizes in all schools by eliminating, combining, or dividing classes
Optimal learning environments in all schools
Meets 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 WCMUUSD 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. If there are more children applying than there is space available, 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 is expected 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?
A school choice application implies a commitment from the student and parents. Once a parent has submitted the choice application and been approved for entrance to the choice school, the student is expected to attend and complete their elementary education to the highest grade offered in that choice school. A spot is not guaranteed in the school of origin should a student wish to return. A parent must re-apply to the school of origin through the school choice process outlined above.
6. What if I miss the deadline for school choice?
The first application deadline is March 15th. The second application deadline is August 1st. Applications received after the first deadline will be held until the second deadline. Applications received after August 1st will be considered on a first come, first served basis if the district agrees it is in the best interest of the child’s education.
7. Will the district provide busing?
Transportation for intra-district school choice students is the responsibility of the parents. Bus routes are not designed around school choice, though there may be limited availability along existing bus routes for school choice students. When bus routes are finalized for the school year, the routes will be made available to parents.
Note: Students will continue to be bused to their schools of origin, including students in Bridgewater and Plymouth.