The Welcome Center

Mapleton is not your ordinary school district.

 

In Mapleton, families are not limited to “neighborhood schools,” instead families are invited to choose their school based on the learning styles and interests of their children. With a full menu of schools that are small-by-design to choose from, the enrollment process can easily become overwhelming. Mapleton offers in-person and distance learning for grades K-12, free full-day kindergarten, free half-day preschool for 4-year-olds, and a young adult school where students 17-21 years of age can receive a high school diploma. Each school has its own model, including International Baccalaureate, EL (Expeditionary Learning), STEM, Big Picture, and Community schools…but, what does this all mean, and how does a family go about choosing a school?

 

Luckily, Mapleton’s Welcome Center is available to help families choose the best school for their children and to make enrollment an effortless and enjoyable exploration in school choice.  

 

Enrollment is as easy as Discover, Choose, Succeed!

 

Learn about our schools

You have probably heard Mapleton’s schools described as “small-by design,” but what exactly does that mean? In Mapleton, both our brick-and-mortar school buildings and Mapleton Online have intentionally small classroom sizes so students can receive more personalized attention from their teachers. Additionally, our schools focus on a variety of education models including Expeditionary Learning (EL), STEM, University Partnerships and more! Students are encouraged to choose the school they feel meets their interests, learning style and passions.

 

When families visit the Welcome Center, staff will begin by asking the parent(s) several questions to find out what they and their child are interested in. These questions range from a uniform preference, location, the grade level the child is entering, etc. Once staff members have an idea of what the family is looking for, they provide a list of school options that align with their interests. Families are able to take a more in-depth look at these schools via the schools’ websites where they can participate in virtual school tours and learn more about the specific education models each school offers.

 

Make your choice!

I was pleased to discover that Mapleton’s enrollment process can be completed entirely online!

By accessing the Welcome Center’s website and using a smartphone to upload pictures of required school enrollment documents, it’s possible for new families to enroll in the district, and for existing families to complete the Annual Update. The Annual Update is the online process that allows current Mapleton families to verify and submit the required information to their school and enroll new family members.

 

The Welcome Center will send a message to the email address you provide when they process your submission. The Welcome Center staff is available from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. every business day to offer help and access to a Chromebook to complete enrollment or Annual Updates.

 

During May and June, the Welcome Center staff reply to enrollment requests with placement information within one business day! While spots are filling up fast, the Welcome Center’s Chris Byrd, Director on Special Assignment, assured me that they can still say “Yes!” to both in-district and out-of-district placement requests for the fall. If a student’s first-choice school is not available, the Welcome Center will make every effort to place the student in their second or third choice school. Parents also have the option to add their child to a monthly waitlist of their desired school.

 

Mr. Byrd also gave me important insight on the question most frequently asked by families.

“We get a lot of questions about transportation, to which we say that our district provides transportation for all students attending schools more than one mile from their homes. We have identified bus stops throughout the district that will get students to and from their school of choice,” Mr. Byrd said. Additional questions such as school hours, before and after school care, and uniforms are detailed on each school’s website.

 

Important timelines

 

New to Mapleton or current Mapleton family needing to select a new school for the 2021-22 school year:

  • February - August:
    • Ongoing enrollment and school placement (school placement is processed as applications are received)
    • Waitlist: Parents may add their child to the waitlist if their first-choice school is full. The waitlist resets at the end of each month.

Families with students continuing at a current Mapleton school:  

  • April - August 
    • Families will receive a letter with instructions on how to complete the Annual Update.
    • Schools will process and approve Annual Updates as updates are received.
    • Annual Update support, including username and password information and computer availability, will be provided at each school site.  

 

Preschool Enrollment Timeline:

  • June 2021
    • Eligibility-based assistance appointments and school placements  

 

  • June - September 2021
    • Ongoing eligibility-based assistance appointments and placement

  

The 2021-22 school year will be here before you know it! To learn more about enrolling in Mapleton, visit https://www.mapleton.us/Page/5015.