Charter School and Choice Placement

Verona Area School District Public Charter School Opportunities & Choice Placement 

Watch our choice placement video by clicking on English or Espanol

VASD resident families may submit  a 2017-18 Charter School and Choice Placement Request (see links below) until 8/25/2017 which is the end of the waiting list for 2017-18 requests.
(only one charter school or choice placement request may be submitted per student)

Click here for the 2017-18 Kindergarten Placement Change Request Form   English    Español
Click here for 2017-18 Grades 1 thru 7 Placement Change Request Form     English    Español

The Verona Area School District currently has three public charter schools operating in the district :  Core Knowledge Charter School, New Century School and Verona Area International School 

New Century School 
is a K-5 charter school established in 1995.
Click here for facts on the school.  
The school is currently located in the red brick building adjacent to Sugar Creek. The school utilizes multi-age classrooms and emphasizes a thematic, environmentally-integrated curriculum. 
 
Contact: Ann Princl, Principal, 845-4910


Core Knowledge® Charter School is a K-8 charter school established in 1996. 
Click here for facts on the school. 
The school is currently located within Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona.  The school emphasizes the Core Knowledge sequence and Direct Instruction.  
Contact: Rick Kisting, Principal, 845-4133  

Verona Area International School is a K-5 charter school established in 2010.
Click here for facts on the school.  
VAIS is located at Stoner Prairie Elementary School in Fitchburg.  The school is a Mandarin-immersion program, where students learn half-days in Chinese-Mandarin and half-days in English.  Aspects of VAIS’s curriculum focuses on the global community. 
 
Contact: Ann Princl, Director, 845-4024. 
 

Verona Area Two Way Immersion Program
845-4300 - Laurie Burgos, Director (Immersion Program Fact Sheet)

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

What are charter schools?
Charter schools (in Wisconsin) are public schools that operate under contract with a legislatively designed authority. In most cases, this authority is the local school board.

Charter Schools are a way for school boards to offer a choice to parents in selecting accountability for results in exchange for freedom from some rules and regulations required of other public schools.   [Back to top]

What is the difference between the charter schools in the district?
All charter schools in the district are required to follow the same standards for what students must learn.  The charter schools are allowed, by contract, to have different strategies and instructional methods to reach these standards.  New Century School is a K-5 elementary school featuring multiage classrooms that feature thematic, environmentally-integrated curriculum.  Core Knowledge Charter School is a K-5 elementary and 6-8 middle school featuring E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge curriculum and using Direct Instruction.  Spanish is also offered to students in the program.  The Verona Area International School is an elementary school that uses single grade and multi-age settings.  The school is a Mandarin immersion program, where students learn half days in Chinese-Mandarin and half days in English. (For more specific information, see each school's web sites or call the schools directly.)   [Back to top]  

Who has the opportunity to make a placement choice?
All resident parents of children entering kindergarten through eighth grade for the next school year have the opportunity to make a choice regarding the school site or programs to attend.   [Back to top]

Can open enrollment students attend a charter school?
The school can request to receive open enrollment students and this request must be approved by the Board.  This opportunity is typically very limited.    [Back to top] 

What are the choices? 
Your choices, for which school program to attend, include your attendance area school or New Century School, Core Knowledge Charter School, or Verona Area International School.    [Back to top]

When is this choice available to me?
The Verona Area School District provides information for all incoming kindergarten parents in January via the VASD Website.   Parents with children already attending the district may consider a placement change and are encouraged to contact other schools for specific information about their program .   [Back to top]   2017-18 Incoming Kindergarten Placement Request Form

How do I make a choice to change programs?
If you want your child to change to a different program, then you must complete and return the Placement Change Request Form on line (VASD Website) or to the district office.  Placement Change Request Forms will be available to parents in February.  Residents with school age children that do not currently attend the district can find a Charter Placement Request Form on the district website.  [Back to top]  

What if I don't want to change programs? 
If you want your child to return to the school program they are currently enrolled in, you don't have to do anything.  Do not fill out the Placement Change Request Form.  Parents that do not return this form will be making the choice to return to the next appropriate grade level within the existing school program.    [Back to top] 

Can I attend any school I want?
No. Your existing school attendance boundaries must still be followed unless you are attending a charter school.  If you choose a charter school, then you can attend the location regardless of where you live.    [Back to top] 

Is district bus transportation available if I choose a program outside the attendance boundaries?  
Yes. Bus transportation is available to all students throughout the district following the same guidelines as other school locations regarding distance.  [Back to top]