How can I learn more about the school?
Aside from reading the information on this list and investigating our website, you can also join us for our Information Nights. At the Information Sessions the staff of Le Monde discusses our program and there is time for question.
I can’t attend the Information Night! Will I still be able to enter the lottery?
Attendance at the Information Night is not required to enter the lottery. The only requirement is that you submit an application for your student. If you have a lot of questions about the school that have not been answered by your research, it will probably be helpful to attend if you possibly can.
Can I observe a classroom and/or do you do tours?
Due to the number of inquiries, the logistics of coordination, student safety, and other reasons, we do not schedule classroom observations or school tours. In entire fairness, this applies to everyone–so please do not show up in person and make special requests of staff.
How do I enroll my child?
We’re glad you are interested. To begin with, fill out the application for the upcoming school year. The current application is posted on the web site in January. After submitting your application, sit back and wait for the results of the lottery. In order to be considered for the lottery for the 2017/2018 academic year, applications must be received at the school office by March 20, 2017, at 5 pm. Applications received after that time will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order of receipt.
When we have more applications then spaces, state law requires us to hold a lottery to fill our available spaces. The lottery is completely blind, with the only preference given to siblings of students who already attend Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School. If there are multiple siblings to receive priority without enough spots, we hold a sibling lottery for available slots.
What if my student speaks French? What if my student doesn’t speak French?
Le Monde uses a blind lottery. Whether your student is fluent in French or has no previous French experience, it makes no different in terms of admission. Currently, Le Monde only accepts students into available spaces in Kindergarten through second grades. Le Monde does not admit students after second grade.
When is the lottery drawn?
For applications for the 2017/2018 academic year, the lottery will be held on April 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the main hall of the school.
Are you one of the choices in the PPS lottery?
Our lottery is separate from the Portland Public Schools’ Lottery so we are not one of your choices in that lottery.
How do I know if I got in?
We will notify you by email approximately two weeks after the lottery. Your email will either welcome you to the school or inform you that your student is on the waiting list.
How many spaces do you have each year?
It varies from year to year and by grade level. Generally speaking there are the most spaces available in kindergarten; the specific number varies depending on how many younger siblings are entering the incoming kindergarten class.
What happens if my child doesn’t get one of the openings?
All students who do not get a space are placed on a waiting list in the order assigned from the lottery. We use that waiting list to fill spaces that may become available throughout the summer and the subsequent school year. The school retains the right to accept attrition and not to fill vacancies once school has started for a year.
What if my child doesn’t get in at all? Am I automatically entered into the lottery next year?
No. You must turn in a new application each academic year you wish your child to be considered for the lottery. Applications and waitlists are not retained from academic year to academic year.
What if I live in the neighborhood? Is there a preference for my child to attend Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School?
Because we are a charter school, state law prohibits us from giving enrollment preference to children who live in the neighborhood.
I live in another school district. Can my child still attend?
State law requires us to place all Portland Public School District residents before accepting any out-of-district students. If there are still spaces in a class once all the in-district residents have been placed, then the out-of district students will be accepted in the order determined by the lottery.
How do I know if my child has moved up on the waiting list?
We will email you immediately if a space becomes available for your student. You can also contact us at enrollment@lemondeimmersion.
How old do students have to be to enter a grade at Le Monde?
To qualify for new admission, a child must be at least the following ages by September 1, 2017: Kindergarten, Age 5; First Grade, Age 6; Second Grade, Age 7. Early admission is not permitted, and students may not be two years older than the specified ages for admission into a grade as of those dates.
If one of my children gets into Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School, does that mean her elementary aged brothers and sisters automatically get in too? What about twins?
If one of your children attends the school, his or her siblings will receive prioritized enrollment the following year. In other words, if there is space available in a grade in a subsequent year, the siblings will be prioritized above new enrollees without priority status. If there are more prioritized siblings than spots, we hold a sibling lottery. Twins are treated like regular siblings, and are not treated as a single individual (thus the admission of a twin in one year does not result in the automatic admission of the other twin in that same year, but will grant the other twin priority admission preference in the subsequent academic year). We do not accept new students beyond 2nd Grade.
My kindergarten aged child has younger brothers and sisters. If my child attends the school, will his brothers and sisters have to go through the lottery process when it is time for them to go to kindergarten?
No. Younger siblings who are old enough to attend kindergarten do not have to go through the lottery process assuming we have available space and as long as the older sibling remains enrolled at Le Monde. State law allows preference for siblings of children attending a charter school.
How many people are usually on the waiting list?
This changes from year to year and from grade to grade. Generally, Kindergarten has the longest waiting list, with about 150 students. First grade has less, between 50 and 75. 2nd grade typically has 10 to 20. We do not accept new students beyond 2nd Grade.
How long do I have to accept a spot?
If your student is chosen in the initial lottery, we hope that you will make your enrollment decision right away. The closer we get to the start of a new school year, the less time we give families to make a decision. Accordingly, you should evaluate the school thoroughly in advance of being advised of an enrollment opportunity.
Will you early admit students who are not yet of the traditionally-appropriate age by September 1 of the academic year in question? What if they have already been accepted for Early Entrance through the district TAG testing program?
Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School does not allow early admission, regardless of circumstances. Every student must be of grade-appropriate age by September 1 of the academic year. Accordingly, Kindergarten students must be 5 by September 1 of the academic year in question, first grade students must be 6, second grade must be 7, etc.
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- Distribution of “directory information” from your student’s education records;
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- Release of information to military and college recruiters;
- The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment; and
- Families’ right to know about teacher qualifications in Title I schools;
- Distribution of information from non-school groups;
- Annual restraint and seclusion report.