Welcome to Cologne Academy! We are excited to have your child be part of our school community of learners.
At Cologne Academy, we commit to you an excellent educational environment that is safe and supports the learning of all students. We offer a rich, rigorous curriculum that fulfills the State and the Core Knowledge Sequence requirements, as well as, character development education.
Our Education staff commits that they will partner with parents/guardians to ensure academic, physical, behavioral, and social growth in your children. Teachers will deliver lessons that capture the interest of the learner and allow exploration and growth in your child’s wisdom through captivating instructional methodologies. Teachers will address each student’s needs and help them each attain a minimum of one-year’s academic growth by working with students and parents on benchmarking goals.
Looking forward to the many successes this coming school year will bring.
Enrollment Information & Procedures
Kindergarten: In Minnesota, all children are required to complete an Early Childhood Screening before they enter Kindergarten. The best time to do this screening is before your child’s 4th birthday (ideally between 3 1/2 and 4 years of age).
For Kindergarten Screening Information, Click Here
OPEN ENROLLMENT and REGISTRATION for 2020-2021 School Year
Tuesday after Labor Day until the 3rd Friday in February is Open Enrollment.
All application forms must be hand delivered or sent via US Mail. No fax or emails.
February 21, 2020
All applications received after the end of the business day (4pm) are marked with date and time received and processed after the lottery in order of receipt.
Week of February 24–Office notifies parents of placement.
We only accept applications for the current school year or during/after our open enrollment period for the upcoming year. We do not accept applications for future years beyond the year noted in the open enrollment period. During our open enrollment period, we accept any and all applications. It is not a first come, first served process. If we receive more applications than we have space for, MN law requires us to hold a lottery. The lottery is open to the public but parents are not required to attend. After the lottery, all families will receive notice that they secured a spot or what their number is on the wait list.
If you have a child who is currently registered, then any younger siblings being enrolled in the future will have preference over new families. We look for sibling preference before determining how many spots will be available for open enrollment. This also means if you have multiple children on our wait list and an opening becomes available for one child, his or her siblings jump ahead on the wait list. During the lottery, when we draw names for available openings, if that child has any siblings, we pull those names and put them at the top of the wait list as well.
MN law requires students to be five years old on or before September 1st to enter kindergarten and six years old on or before September 1st to enter first grade–unless the school board decides otherwise.
RETURNING YOUR APPLICATION:
Our mailing address is:
1221 South Village Parkway
Cologne, MN 55322
Or you may drop it off in person at the same address.
Applications will be placed on the wait list in the order received. We will continue to accept new students throughout the year as openings become available. We also offer sibling preference (see below).
Applications must be returned in person or via US mail. No applications will be accepted via fax or email. If an email address is included on the application, we will send confirmation as to the wait list number that your child will be placed at. Please print legibly. Due to the number of families on our wait list, and due to the constant movement on our wait list, we do not regularly update families as to their position on the wait list. When you move into the top three, we will contact you. When a spot becomes open, we will contact you again to get you the full enrollment packet which includes immunization forms, emergency contact forms, request for records forms, etc. Once a child is fully enrolled and begins attending classes, you do not need to re-enroll each year.
1221 S. Village Parkway
Cologne, MN 55322
Note, the law requires charter schools to give certain students priority, before accepting others by lot. These include:
- Siblings of an enrolled pupil and foster children of that pupil’s parents.
- Cologne Academy staff’s children
- All others