Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences uses the same calendar of registration that all ASD alternative programs use. Admission is by lottery only. Siblings of attending students are given preference in the lottery drawing. The first lottery drawing is always held mid-March and the last drawing before the start of the new school year is held in late July or at the beginning of August.
In order to apply to the lottery, you must go to the Anchorage School District’s Lottery page and follow the instructions there.
Rilke Schule is strictly a “school of choice” for ASD students, and thus parents and each student must agree to comply with the school rules and standards.
There are no application fees required to apply to Rilke Schule. When you register your child, an Activity fee of $125 will be levied for each child. This fee goes toward special school supplies, such as art and science supplies and specialized German materials, which differ from class to class.
The fee is used for items such as:
- Schultüten for Kindergarteners
- Federmappen for the second graders
- Fountain pens and ink for the upper grades
- Art supplies for the various projects throughout the year
- Partial funding of the end-of-the-year field trips
How does the lottery at Rilke Schule work?
The purpose of the lottery is to provide an equal opportunity for all students who request participation in one of the Anchorage School District’s schools other than their assigned District school, and to provide for grade level and gender balance. No student shall be denied participation because of a physical, mental, or learning disability, or special need.
Two lotteries are conducted annually. One is held during the last two weeks of March, and the other in late summer, the week prior to fall registration.
Parents of children requesting entrance to Rilke Schule must complete and return the approved Lottery Application form to Administrative Assistant, Terri Wood at the school prior to the date of the lottery.
If more children apply than there are spaces for at the school, a waiting list is formed. The only standard prioritization in the lottery is for siblings. With special permission, the principal is also permitted to preempt the process to allow for Documented Hardship (extenuating circumstances, medical, safety, psychological, or curriculum considerations), or to achieve gender balance if more than 2/3rds of the class is one gender.
Here’s what happens:
When a students name is drawn, they are put on the acceptance list in numerical order, and will be enrolled at the school from that list in numerical order. Siblings’ names are drawn first, followed by all other names. Admission continues down the list until all available spaces are taken. Remaining names are waitlisted. If a student’s name is withdrawn from the list, the next available waiting list name is admitted. Parents must annually acknowledge their interest in remaining on the waiting list by notifying the school. Students remaining on the list will keep their place and the grade level list will move up a grade annually. Pre-kindergarten students are eligible for the lottery only in the March preceding eligibility for school entrance. First grade students with no German background are eligible for admittance through the first quarter only. After that, they must have equivalent German knowledge to be admitted.
Parents of students who have entered the lottery and been chosen for Rilke Schule must accept or reject the school within two (2) school days after notification. For pre-kindergarten students, they will notify the school within the two-day period of their acceptance, but actual registration will take place during the normal kindergarten registration period in August. Those students who do not enroll within the designated period will be withdrawn from the waiting list and they must reapply if they wish to attend. If an attempt to contact a parent/guardian to offer a space to a waiting list student isn’t successful, the student will remain on the list through the next lottery period. If an attempt to contact the parent/guardian is again unsuccessful during the next lottery period, the student will be removed from the waiting list. If students are already in the program and are withdrawn for any reason, they must follow the lottery procedures if there is a waiting list. No student will be allowed to accept a place in more than one program at the same time. All schools turn in their waiting lists to the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction within five (5) days of each lottery.
As openings occur in a particular grade level, the parents of the next student on the waiting list will be notified of the opening and must accept or reject the school within two (2) school days. Registration should occur as soon as possible after that date, but no later than five (5) days after acceptance.