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2023 Openings

GES has openings in K-5th grade for Fall 2023. All other grades are full at this time. Expect waitlists for 6th. If you are interested in enrolling a student in K through 8, call to 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.

For GES’s complete

Enrollment Policy:

click here.

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To Apply for



Application Information

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."

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 Online:

Download this fillable form.

After filling out the form (one for each student), save & email to:

To Apply In-Person:

Please print one application form

for each student.

You may drop off your application in person at the school office at:

550 East 5th Street - Grand Marais

To Mail Application:

Please print one application form

for each student.


Mail appplications to:

Great Expectations School

PO Box 310: Grand Marais, MN 55604

To Verify Acceptance

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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