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School Backpack

If you are interested in enrolling a student in K through 8, call to get more information or schedule a tour.

For GES’s complete

Enrollment Policy:

click here.

Enroll Now for the Current School Year

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To Inquire about

Student Admission


Enrollment Information

Great Expectations is a free public charter school that receives funding from the state and federal government based on the number of students enrolled.

Grade and classroom enrollment caps are established yearly by the Board of Directors. Preference will be given to the students already enrolled and to their siblings. If more applications are received than there are spaces available, a lottery will be held.

The school will maintain a waiting list (in order of lot selection) for students who cannot be immediately enrolled. No child will be refused admission to the school on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, intellectual or physical ability, measures of achievement, aptitude or athletic ability. 

Parents send their children

to GES because...

"I love the sense of community that binds the students with each other and the staff. I love the creativity and possibility that the school offers to think outside the box, and I love the focus on problem-solving to reach each child."

3 Ways to Register:


Download the registration form.

Fill out one form for each student. 


Save & email to:


Pick up a registration form

for each student at the front desk

Drop off the form at the school:

550 East 5th Street - Grand Marais


Print and mail registration form

(one for each student) to:

Great Expectations School

PO Box 310: Grand Marais, MN 55604

To Verify Enrollment:

If you have been notified by the school that a spot is available for your student, please return this enrollment and ethnicity form to verify your acceptance of that spot.

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