INTRA-DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED
MARCH 15, 2019.

WCUD Intra-District School Choice

If you want to stay at your current school, no action is needed - your child will automatically stay enrolled at your local school.

In the fall of 2018, the Windsor Central Unified District (WCUD) began offering parents and guardians elementary school choice for their students 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 WCUD 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 - APPLY HERE
March 15th: Deadline for Round 1 applications
March 30th: 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 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 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 the elementary school in any of 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 schools

  • 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, 2019. 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 busing?  
Transportation for intra-district school choice students will be the responsibility of parents.  We may have limited school bus routes available for school choice which will be made available to parents as bus routes are finalized for the school year.

Note: Students will continue to be bused to their schools of origin, including students in Bridgewater and Plymouth.