You’re ready to find out about our enrollment process!

Our lottery for Fall 2023 enrollment has ended; congratulations to those who won spots in our lottery!
We have some additional spots and will accept applications for those on a rolling basis. Send in an application or contact us to see if there is an opening at your student’s level!

If you are interested in enrolling your student immediately during this spring semester, please contact us.

First, why a lottery? The short answer is: EQUITY! As you know from our values page, equity is one of our core values! We work very hard to keep our policies and practices in line with our core values. We’re a very small school with a very high re-enrollment rate, so our open spots are very limited each semester. We’re able to expand a bit this year, and thus have openings at every level, but we generally don’t have enough spots to meet demand. Thus, we use a lottery system to fill our spots so that everyone gets a chance to attend Prairie Song! Our spring lottery for Fall 2023 enrollment was held on April 3rd this year; after the lottery period, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for any spots we have available!

How to apply for the 2023-24 school year AFTER the spring lottery:

After the lottery, we use a rolling enrollment process to fill any remaining openings for the 2023-24 academic year. We also use this process during the school year. When space is available, we will enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis. If you apply and your student’s application is approved by the admissions committee but there’s not space for your student, we’ll offer them a spot on our wait list!
STEP 1: Download and fill out the enrollment application at the bottom of this page (for rolling enrollment, NOT the lottery). You may print it out and fill it in by hand, or you can type in the fields directly on the PDF using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. We welcome applications from all students and do not discriminate on any basis. The only students not eligible for consideration of their application are any whose families have an outstanding tuition balance with Prairie Song.
STEP 4: We will confirm receipt of your application via your preferred method (as indicated on your application), and receipt of your student’s educational reference when it is sent to us.
STEP 5: Our admissions committee will review your application and educational reference, and contact you for any clarification necessary. We review applications only to determine if we can serve the student well; if we can, then we approve them.

As a result of being a microschool with limited resources, we do sometimes determine that we would not be able to meet a student’s needs, and thus recommend a different educational environment for them. We accept (and celebrate!) neurodivergent students and build accommodations for them directly into our curriculum and classroom structure, but we cannot serve students who need intensive support as we’re not currently able to hire enough staff to support those students well.
STEP 6: If our admissions committee approves the application, we will then either offer immediate enrollment or a spot on the wait list, depending on availability. We may sometimes offer enrollment beginning at a certain point during the academic year, such as at the semester break.

If there is space in the student’s age group, they will be offered that open spot. If their classroom is full when their application is approved, we will offer a spot on our wait list. The wait list remains active throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.
STEP 7: Confirm your acceptance of your student’s place in their classroom at Prairie Song or on our wait list!
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