Important Dates for Enrollment Process:
- Open Houses: Saturday, February 2nd at 9 and Wednesday February 6th at 6
- Preschool Open House: Friday, February 22nd from 10 -12
- Applications Due: Monday March 11th at 2pm
- Lottery Held: March 13th at 5pm
- Optional Visitation Day: Early to mid-April
- Notifications will go out the week of March 18th
This year Springwater will enroll students in the following classes:
- One Oakleaf class (kindergarten)
- One Dragonfly class (1st grade)
- Two Salmon classes (2/3 blend)
- One Blue Heron class (4th grade)
- Two River Otter classes (5th/6th blend)
- Two Fox classes (7th/8th blend)
Enrollment for each class is limited to no more than 22 students.
Oregon City School District residents and residents of other districts are invited to apply to Springwater. If more students apply then there are available spaces at each grade level, successful applicants will be selected by lottery, with a preference given to in-district residents and siblings of current students. Like all Oregon public schools, there is no tuition assessed, and transportation options are available to ensure access to all successful applicants.
Students who are already attending Springwater are automatically admitted for the following school year and do not need to reapply. In addition, siblings of current students will be admitted to any open slots prior to the lottery.
Who is eligible?
Any child who resides within the Oregon City School District boundaries is eligible. In addition, Springwater is allowed by law to admit out-of-district students if available spaces remain at the end of the lottery period.
The application process begins with Open House information sessions, to be held at the school in February. Attendance at one of these sessions is required and applications will be made available only at the Open Houses. At the Open Houses, participants will have an opportunity to meet Springwater staff, board members, and parents, learn about the school, take a tour of the building, and ask questions.
Following the Open Houses, all submitted applications are entered into the annual lottery. The lottery determines which kindergarten applicants will be offered admission for the following school year, and establishes wait lists at all grades.
An optional visitation day will be scheduled in early to mid-April to allow accepted students and their parents, as well as any wait-listed students and their parents who wish to participate, the opportunity to visit and observe on a day when Springwater is in session. This will give students and their parents an opportunity to meet and talk with Springwater students and to see the school “in action.” A notification deadline for accepted students will be set on or about May 1st.
If more applications are received than there are slots available at any grade level, a lottery for that grade level will be held prior to spring break. Each student will be given a number, and a random number chart will be used to select students for admission. Students who reside outside of the Oregon City School District will be admitted after in-district residents have been assigned slots through the lottery. Parents will be notified of the results of the lottery in writing within one week of the lottery (see dates below).
For applications received by the deadline, position on the waiting list will be determined by the lottery process. Applicants will be notified of their position on the waiting list, and openings will be filled in numerical order from the list. Springwater’s wait list will not roll over from year to year, but rather will be recreated after each lottery. All applicants interested in remaining on the wait list must re-apply annually. All applicants, including those currently on the wait list, will be lotteried equally, and a new wait list will be generated. The new wait list will be effective immediately following the lottery, and will remain in effect until the following year’s lottery.
The wait lists are utilized throughout the summer and into the following school year to fill openings as they occur. Wait lists are typically shorter at the mid to upper grades, and particularly at the middle school grades, which often provides an opportunity for both in-district and out-of-district students on the wait list to enroll. Families with older students are encouraged to participate in the application and lottery process to secure a slot on the wait list, as this is the best way to obtain an offer of admission.
Springwater continues to accept applications after the annual lottery for placement on the wait list, to be drawn from once the wait list created from the lottery has been exhausted and an opening comes available. If the lottery deadline has passed, please contact us if you would like to obtain an application and be placed on the wait list.
The Board and employees of Springwater represent a diverse group of people with a common commitment to the equality of opportunity for all. Springwater does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, color, or disability.
Please feel free to contact Andrea Hungerford at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the admissions and enrollment process.