Enrolling Your Student

Families who have not registered their students for the 2019-20 school year are asked to visit the Student Information Office at the District Service Center (7362 East Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016) as soon as possible. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, 22, 27, 29, and Sept. 3, 2019. To determine what school a student would be assigned to based on their address, visit the school boundary calculator. Please take a moment to view our Welcome Flyer.

Elementary enrollment that occurs during the summer months is subject to students having to be re-routed based on capacity with the grade-level enrolling. Should a grade level reach the district threshold, families will be offered a nearby attendance boundary school. The district will provide transportation to that school. Should an opening occur at the neighborhood school, students who were re-routed would be the first to have the opportunity to return to their neighborhood school. Enrollment is reviewed throughout the summer to determine schools that are above capacity and those that still have space.

Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to start kindergarten in September 2019. Enrollment forms will be mailed to parents in mid-January. Kindergarten Packets are sent out mid-January and are due back by mid-February. Learn more about Kindergarten Enrollment here. Early Childhood Screening does not enroll your child for kindergarten.

Forms Required For Enrollment:

See links below for access to translated forms:

 Enrollment Form  Address Form Welcome Flyer

Acceptable items for proof of residency include:

Primary Proof of Residency: Current Purchase/Lease Agreement (signed and dated), Current Property Tax Statement, Current Student Loan Statement, Current Payroll Statement, Current Bank Statement.

Secondary Proof of Residency: Current Federal/State/County Benefits Statement, Current Healthcare Bill, Current Major Utility Bill (Xcel Energy or Water Bill), Confirmation Letter of Change of Address with USPS,

Not Accepted for Proof of Residency: Updated Driver’s License, Cell phone Bills, Cable Bills Sanitation or Department Store/Credit Card Bills are not accepted as they may be billed to any address.

TO REGISTER: You may fax the forms listed above to 651-425-6320, scan/email the forms to Denise Maki at dmaki0@sowashco.org or visit the District Service Center located at 7362 E. Point Douglas Rd. S. in Cottage Grove. Student Information hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please call Denise Maki at 651-425-6328.

K-12 Spanish Immersion Pathway

District 833 offers a K-12 Spanish Immersion Pathway for students starting with enrollment at Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary school in kindergarten and continuing at Woodbury Middle School and Woodbury High School. Spanish Immersion is an educational model where students learn to speak Spanish as a second language during their elementary experience. The immersion program follows the same curriculum as other District 833 schools and shares similar learning outcomes. The difference is that classroom instruction is delivered in Spanish. Classroom teachers are fluent in Spanish and are licensed teachers.

Enrolling in Spanish Immersion for 2019-20

Due to the popularity of this programs for incoming kindergartners, families must apply and be selected by a lottery. The deadline to submit an application for incoming kindergartners is February 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Openings that occur after the kindergarten year require the equivalent Spanish proficiency for the child and placement is dependent on space available in the program.

A Spanish Immersion Program Information Night will be held at Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School on January 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Tours of Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School will be available from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on January 25, 2019.

  • 2019-20 K-12 Spanish Immersion Pathway Information
  • 2019-20 Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School Application

    Valley Crossing Elementary

    Any family within District 833 is able to apply for an intra-district transfer to Valley Crossing. In addition to serving students living in its attendance boundary, the school serves students from across the district who are enrolled in the Multiage Choice Program (grades K-5) and the Gateway program (grades 3-5). Students enrolled in district-wide programs are eligible for transportation when they live outside of the school's 1-mile radius.

    Enrolling in the Multiage Choice Program for 2019-20

    The Multiage Choice Program is an option for families across District 833. Due to the popularity of these programs for incoming kindergartners, families must apply and be selected by a lottery. The deadline to submit an application for incoming kindergartners is February 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Students in first through fifth grade can also apply for intra-district transfer to take part in the program. These determinations are made by space availability within the program. The application deadline for incoming 1st-5th graders is March 1, 2019.

    *IMPORTANT CHANGE: The timing of Multiage Choice Program Information Night has changed to January 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. it will be held at Valley Crossing Elementary School.* Tours of Valley Crossing Elementary School will also be available from 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. on January 23, 2019.

  • 2019-20 Multiage Choice Program Information
  • 2019-20 Multiage Choice Program Application

    Identification as a Gifted Learner in a Prior District

    If your child received gifted education services in their prior district, after enrolling your child in District 833, please send assessment results and any additional information used for placement to: Gifted Education Services, 7362 E. Point Douglas Rd. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016.

    These assessment results may include a Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), an Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), a Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), or an IQ test as well as achievement tests (such as MAP or state testing). The Gifted Education team will review the information that you submit to determine appropriate instructional placement in District 833. Families will be contacted after the information has been reviewed. For further information regarding gifted services, please see the Gifted Education website.


    If you move within District 833 boundaries, please call 651-425-6236 to have your family census data updated. You will also need to complete an Address Change Form. Proof of Residency is required before changes can be considered.

    If you are planning to move OUT of District 833 boundaries, please call 651-425-6236 to have your family census information removed. This information is vital in helping school district administration maintain current records and plan for future program needs. This data will remain confidential and will be used only to assist administration in determining future building and facility needs; improving the efficiency of transporting public and private school students; help in projecting future revenues and program expenditures; assist in development of programs for preschool children, special education students, regular instruction, athletics, community education, senior citizen programs; and generally serve the needs of District 833 students and citizens.

    Any current families with changes in their child’s legal guardianship or residence are also asked to contact Student Information at 651-425-6236.

    District Family Census

    Please call Student Information at 651-425-6236 to add your preschool children, or children attending out-of-district public or private schools or one of the in-district private schools. If you prefer, a census form can be mailed to you to complete and return. This information places your children on the district mailing lists to ensure all relevant information is shared with you. The data will remain confidential and will be used only to assist with district projections and needs.