Wauwatosa Lottery Enrollment

  • Enrollment for Wauwatosa STEM, Underwood STEM (USTEM), and Montessori School is done through a lottery process, which is different from traditional enrollment.

    Applications for all three are accepted during a limited window in February each year for the next school year. Applications for WSTEM, USTEM, and Montessori can be obtained from each of the schools or the District Office - Student Services Department. 


    Below is the application process for the enrollment lottery into Wauwatosa Montessori:

    1) To be eligible for this application/lottery enrollment process you must be a current resident of the Wauwatosa School District or a current student of the Wauwatosa School District. Proof of residence must be provided if your child is currently enrolled in a private/parochial school.

    2) The Lottery is run on an annual basis. Student’s who apply this year and do not gain entrance, will be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be discarded in January of the following year and the process will start over.

    3) The application window is February 3rd - 21st 2020, for the next school year's enrollment. Completed applications can be turned into:

    •  Montessori office;
    • Teaching & Learning (Student Services); 
    • Wauwatosa School District homeschool office.

    Teaching & Learning: Student Services coordinates our lottery drawing and waitlist procedures. The Wauwatosa School District uses a random number generator program for its lottery wait list and selection process. This is the same program that is utilized for open enrollment placement determination.

    4) Accepted students will be notified by mail no later than Friday, March 6, 2020.  Accepted students must confirm acceptance by Friday, March 20, 2020, at 4:30 pm or the slot will be offered to the highest student on age/grade level waiting list.

    5) The Wauwatosa School District will determine the number of student seats available for the upcoming school year in mid-January. These numbers are based upon current grade level population distribution and available space at each multi-aged classroom at the Children’s House (grades SK & JK), Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), and Adolescent Program (grades 7 & 8) grade level. Open seats per grade level will be posted prior to lottery date.

    5) Siblings of current Montessori students will be enrolled in open slots first as sibling preference.

Contact Us

  • For questions related to the lottery enrollment process, please contact: 

    Debbie Hoppe

    Administrative Assistant - Student Services

    Phone: 414-773-1080


    District Office Address:

    12121 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53207 

    Click HERE for a map of the District office.