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Classroom observation DATES

Daily, January 13, 2020 through February 5, 2020.

(Please note that there will be no Classroom Observation on Monday, January 20 since school is not in session due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.)

Classroom Observations leave daily at 9:00 A.M. and last until 11:30 A.M. Please arrive at the office and sign in a few minutes prior to 9:00 A.M. Please be on time and allow plenty of time to park and arrive at the office.  No appointment needed but Observations do start promptly at 9:00AM.

ADULTS ONLY - no latecomers please!

SCUSD & WASHINGTON OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Welcome to Washington Open Elementary School

Registration for the current school year is ongoing throughout the year. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opens on January 8, 2020, and is ongoing.

Please visit the District website for all of your registration needs.

Registration Homepage

ENROLLMENT

HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?

The Santa Clara Unified Board of Trustees has established a policy of limited Open Enrollment. Although some of our schools are already at capacity, this policy allows families who reside within the boundaries of the district to request enrollment of their children at "any District school which may have space available for additional students." Admittance to the school of your choice under the Open Enrollment process is done by an annual random lottery system. If you applied last year and were not admitted, you will need to reapply again this year if you want to be considered for your school of choice.

Prior to applying for Open Enrollment, you must register at your school of residence. If you do not know your school of residence, please refer to the District's School Finder. You can visit the District website for more information about the registration process. Please direct any enrollment questions to your school of residence or the District mainline at (408) 423-2000.

Registration Homepage

  1. Visit the Santa Clara Unified School District Open Enrollment page to familiarize yourself with district Open Enrollment procedures (see above).
  2. Schedule a Classroom Observation before registering for the lottery (see below).
  3. Register your child at your neighborhood school (See the School Finder).
  4. Select Washington Open as your first choice on the online registration system during the Open Enrollment period.
  5. Please direct any enrollment questions to your school of residence or our District mainline at (408) 423-2000.

If more students apply than the capacity of the grade, there will be a random, unbiased selection process that is fair to all students (a lottery). Children not placed initially through lottery will be placed on a waiting list for spots in the program. You will be notified by mail from SCUSD about the outcome of your request for open enrollment.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL?
All students entering grades K-5 who are eligible to enroll in any SCUSD school may apply for open enrollment to Washington Open Elementary. Please see the SCUSD Open Enrollment page or contact SCUSD for more information.

ARE STUDENTS WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF SCUSD ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL AT WASHINGTON OPEN?
No


CLASSROOM OBSERVATION

Observation in the classroom is essential for making an informed educational decision for your child. You will be able to see the school’s philosophy in action and understand the model for parent participation. Guided observations are for adults only. Children, including infants, will not be permitted. Please plan to attend the entire observation. You will visit classrooms in all grade levels. Please, no photography, videos, or use of cell phones during the observation.

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES?

Classroom Observations will begin January 13, 2020 and end on February 5, 2020.

Guided Observations leave daily at 9:00 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Arrive at the office 10-15 minutes early to sign in and receive paperwork. Please be on time and allow plenty of time to park and arrive at the office. Plan to stay for the entire observation and post-observation discussion. No appointment needed but observations start promptly at 9:00 a.m. ADULTS ONLY - no latecomers!  

PARKING?
Please park in the large lot between Washington Open Elementary and Buchser Middle School.  If you see solar panels, you are in the right place.  Do NOT park in the 2 smaller lots along Washington Street, as they are staff only.

IS THIS MANDATORY? 
No, but we ask you do not open enroll without observing in the classroom. We wish for you to fully understand what our school offers and what will be asked of you.

HOW CAN I MAXIMIZE MY OBSERVATIONS OF A SPECIFIC GRADE LEVEL?  

Although observing multiple grade levels is beneficial in understanding the entirety of Open’s program, if there is a specific grade level you wish to visit, please call the office to confirm that grade level’s schedule for a particular morning.  Students participate in a variety of enrichment programs, such as art and music, on different mornings.  Some grades may also be away on field trips.

CAN I BRING CHILDREN?  
Adults only.  Please provide childcare for your children, including infants.

CAN I TAKE PICTURES?
Please no pictures or videos in order to protect the privacy of the students.