Prospective Families & Enrollment
The process for enrolling your child in our school may be more involved than families may have previously experienced in other public schools. Because of the nature of our programs and requirements, our goal during the enrollment process is to help both parents and students decide whether Twin Cities Academy is really the right fit for their Middle School or High School child.
Here are the enrollment requirements:
1. Prospective Family Open House & Information Session
Families interested in TCA are asked to attend this event to learn more about the school. This is a chance to meet TCA staff and families, tour the school, watch a school presentation, and participate in a Question & Answer session. This opportunity is for prospective students and their parents. For the Middle School and High School Open Houses and Student Visit Days.
2. School Tours
We invite you to take a tour of our school. Tours are available Mondays and Thursdays by appointment beginning either at 9:15 A.M. or 3:00 P.M. for interested families. Please call the office at 651-205-4797 to reserve a date. This opportunity is for prospective students and their parents.
3. Apply for Enrollment
If you have chosen TCA for your child, please complete an Enrollment Application and return it to TCA (via mail, hand delivery, or fax) by the lottery deadline of 12:00 PM on February 28th, 2017, in order to be eligible for the enrollment lottery. Applications are accepted after February 28th, however there tends to already be a wait list. The lottery for the 2017-2018 school year will be held at 4:30 PM on February 28, 2017.
4. Parent Visit Day
- Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:30AM to 2:00PM – No appointment necessary
This date is set aside for prospective parents to view the school in action. Parents have an opportunity to visit classes, engage in classes, chat with current students and talk with teachers and other parents. This day is for prospective parents only.
5. Enrollment Lottery
If we have received more applications for admission than we have vacancies in respective grades, TCA holds a lottery drawing to determine admission and class enrollment for new students. This occurs on February 28th of each year. Lottery results will be mailed to families the first week of March. Students submitting applications after February 28th are placed on our waiting list (if applicable) and acceptance is based on space availability.
6. Student Visit Days
Students who are interested or have been accepted to Twin Cities Academy can call and sign up for a shadow date in December, January, February, March or April. Students shadow another student in the grade for which they are applying. It is another opportunity for students to determine whether TCA would be a good match for them. This day is for students only. Middle School and High School Shadow Days are below:
- Thursday, December 1 9:30-3:25
- Thursday, January 5 9:30-3:25
- Tuesday, January 24 9:30-3:25
- Thursday, February 16 9:30-3:25
- Thursday, March 16 9:30-3:25
- Tuesday, April 11 9:30-3:25
7. Covenant Meeting
Student success is dependent on the commitment of all stakeholders to support the best possible learning environment. Twin Cities Academy and Twin Cities Academy High School views parents and students as integral contributors and decision-makers in our learning community. For this purpose, we ask families to enter into a written contract, or covenant, with us. Both parents and students are asked to join the school in making a formal commitment to ensure student success. We require that the Covenant Meeting is completed before to the first day of school. The covenant is a written contract that outlines what you may expect of the school, what we expect of the student, and what we expect of parents. In addition to these expectations, we also discuss how students must conduct themselves while here at school and the parent obligation to volunteer their time to the school. Our Covenant discussion topics include the following:
- School’s Role
- Student Expectations
- Parent Expectations
- Student Code of Conduct
- Volunteer Commitment