Welcome to The Downtown School: A Lakeside School!
Our team is thrilled to have you as a member of the founding cohort at The Downtown School. This page will serve as an information portal for updates and frequently asked questions. Please review the materials below, and let us know if you have further questions.
We look forward to making your transition to The Downtown School a smooth and easy one.
Sue Belcher, Head of School
Please refer to the two emails you received from Admissions at The Downtown School. The first includes a link to the contract, which requires an electronic signature. The second is an invoice with instructions on how to complete your enrollment deposit and set up payment options for the school year.
Included with tuition: Chromebook (laptop), transportation for all class-related trips, some textbooks.
Not included with tuition: Transportation to and from school, lunch, English and Spanish class texts.
Math and Spanish placement
Math: Students will be placed based on their current math class and grade as well as admissions test results. You will receive placement information in an email from Sue Belcher. If you have questions, you can follow up directly with our math and computational thinking teacher, Ananya Rabeya (firstname.lastname@example.org). For an alternate math placement we require a formal placement test, to be taken on Wednesday, Aug. 9 or Monday Aug. 20.
Spanish: Students will be placed in Spanish 1 or 2 based on their current language class and grade. If this doesn't give enough information for placement, Spanish teacher Lupe Fisch will coordinate to schedule a brief conversation in Spanish.
New student orientation
The student orientation for our founding classes will take place on Wed., Aug. 29 from 3–5 p.m. Students will meet their advisors, get their schedules and their laptops, and participate in ice breaker activities to get to know one another. The orientation will be followed by a potluck dinner for families from 5–7 p.m.
Please bring a dish that feeds four to six people. Based on the first initial of your student's last name, please contribute:
H–M: main dish
We will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils.