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2023 Openings

GES has openings for K, first, second, third and fourth grade for the remainder of the 2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling a student in K through 8,  come get more information or sign up your child on the waiting list. Families move or change circumstances, and a spot may open up in the grade you’re interested in. There are openings in K-5th grade for Fall 2023, all other grades are full at this time. Expect waitlists for 6th.

For GES’s complete Enrollment Policy, click here.

Application 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. 


To apply for admission to Great Expectations School, complete one APPLICATION FORM per student. If you would like to fill it out online, please download this fillable form.  After filling out the form please save a copy and emailed it to: 

Mail application to:

Great Expectations School
PO Box 310: Grand Marais, MN 55604

Applications can also be dropped off to the school office at 550 East Fifth Street - Grand Marais or sent via email to

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

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