How to Enroll at Valley New School

Valley New School is open to all students entering grades 7-12 provided they complete all parts of the application and fully understand the expectations of our educational model.  Our project-based environment is very different from the traditional school setting; taking time to understand these differences will help your family make an educated decision about whether to enroll at VNS.

1.    Get an overview. 

Read articles and watch videos on our website to get a basic understanding of our school, project-based learning, and the benefits of a VNS education.

2.    Attend a Public Informational Meeting.

All meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at Valley New School. Advisors, with the help of parents and students, will explain the academic process and school culture as well as answer questions.  Attendance at one of these meetings is required to activate a student’s application in the VNS lottery.

2017-18 Dates to be Determined. Last year’s dates:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017


3.    Schedule a tour of VNS.

See the school in action and learn more about what project-based learning offers from our Student Ambassadors and an Advisor.  Please call to make an appointment: 920-993-7037.

4.    Attend a ½-day shadow experience (for students).

Experience what it is really like to be a Valley New School student.  Join us from 8:00-11:30 a.m. on two mornings in January or February to be part of an Advisory, observe and speak to students during worktime, and ask questions of Advisors over cookies and cocoa.  Please call to register: 920-993-7037.

5.    Discuss: will VNS be the optimal learning environment for your child?

What characteristics/work habits/interests does your child possess that would make him/her successful at VNS?  What aspects of VNS might be challenging/frustrating?  It is imperative that both students and parents realize that VNS provides a rigorous educational program within a flexible structure.  Success within this model relies strongly on the student’s motivation and the degree of parental involvement.

6.    Submit Enrollment Form by Friday, February 23, 2018.

Openings and waiting list spots will be filled through lottery drawing during the first week of March. Families are notified of status by the second Friday in March. Siblings of former and current students and children of VNS staff are afforded enrollment preference.  Applications submitted after the end of February are added to the waiting list in the order that they are received. Enrollment Forms are available in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

7.    For families who reside outside of Appleton only: Submit Open Enrollment Application.

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