KM Explore Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is KM Explore similar and different from other KM elementary schools?

    The KM Explore primary model is an Interdisciplinary, Generative, Multi Age learning school. This model is built on teachers and students working together to create projects and learning platforms that meet academic standards. Through seminars, workshops, independent and group projects, students work alongside teachers to combine Habits of Mind with academic content.  KM Explore focuses on using goal setting to meet academic standards and to further each individual child’s growth by encouraging an open mindset to learning.  


    Can I visit KM Explore during the school day?

    Due to the ever changing nature of this school year, we are working on finding a safe option for families to be able to get a sense of our classrooms with the least amount of risk to our students, staff, and prospective families as possible. Check back soon for more information.


    How do I know if KM Explore is right for me?

    KM Explore may be the right fit if...

    • As a family you are energized by the idea of a generative curriculum, in which students, community and teachers work together to develop or create “in the moment” learning experiences.   

    • As a family you understand and value a multiage environment, in which multiple grade levels are taught within the same classroom.

    • As a family you find value in a larger classroom community led by two or more teachers throughout the day.  It is important to understand that while our student to teacher ratios are similar to all other district elementary schools, KM Explore classrooms are larger in space and number of pupils, and thus our classrooms tend to be busy with a non traditional look and feel.

    • As a family you appreciate and strive for community based experiences, understanding that learning happens outside the school walls and we are continually looking for ways to make an impact on the local community.

    KM Explore may not be the right fit if...

    • You are simply looking for an alternative to traditional school, without considering the place based learning, multiage, or team taught focus.




    How do I apply?

    KM Explore is open to all students provided they complete all parts of the application. Enrollment procedures are as follows:

    1. Fill out an enrollment application form during the application window during the enrollment period.

    2. In order to understand the unique nature of KM Explore, it would be helpful to attend a scheduled information session for interested students and parents. These will be virtual this year and will be taking place on Feb. 16th and March 18th. Please see our homepage for more information.   

    3. Families interested in KM Explore who live outside of the Kettle Moraine School District will need to file the necessary paperwork for Open Enrollment. Procedures for doing this can be found on the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Website (see link at Note: Students who live outside the district and wish to open enroll, must first be accepted through the open enrollment process before the application to KM Explore will be eligible for enrollment or the lottery procedures.


    How does the application process work?

    Any student currently enrolled as a district resident or any current open enrolled student attending a KM school may apply to KM Explore. Applications are available online during the application window. More information can be found under the Application Information tab on the KM Explore website.

    Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels, however there is very limited capacity beyond kindergarten. If applications to KM Explore exceed the enrollment limit a lottery drawing will be held.


    What happens if more students apply than can be accommodated?

    If applications exceed a grade level's capacity, a lottery drawing will be held.


    What if I live outside of the district and want to open enroll my student to KM Explore?

    For information on the Open Enrollment Application process, please Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions website ( Once your student is accepted to Kettle Moraine schools through open enrollment you may then apply to KM Explore. NOTE: You must fill out an application to the state for Open Enrollment AND apply to KM Explore through our application on this website.


    If I submit an application for multiple children is it possible that one would be accepted and not the other?

    Once one child in a family is accepted to KM Explore all current K-5 siblings who wish to attend will be accepted if the grade level cap has not been met.  If the grade level cap has been met, the sibling will be placed on a waiting list.


    If my child is already attending KM Explore, will I need to re-apply each year?

    No, if your student is accepted into KM Explore they are enrolled for their K-5 academic years.


    If my child is placed on a waiting list, will they remain on the waiting list into future school years until a spot opens?  

    No. Waiting lists are only created for one school year.  If you are not drawn up from the waiting list, you can reapply for the following school year.




    What is a charter school?

    A charter school is a public school that is freed from many state rules and regulations that apply to public schools in exchange for greater accountability for student achievement. A charter is authorized through a charter agreement with the school board and is governed by an independent council. Charter schools provide families choice in learning environments that best meet the needs of their child.


    Charter schools are one way that KMSD builds potential for student achievement, staff opportunity and transformation using innovative environments, teaching methods, and personalized learning to meet unique needs of all learners.


    KMSD has four charter schools, KM Global (high school), KM Perform (high school), High School of Health Sciences, and KM Explore (elementary). Staffing and the district's (per student) resources to students enrolled in a charter school follows the same guidelines for students in any KMSD school.


    How will KM Explore be governed?

    Charter schools in Wisconsin are governed independently by the charter school’s governance council. Council members were nominated based on skills and experiences that align with specifically designed roles and the mission and needs of the school. The council is accountable to the charter agreement authorized by the Kettle Moraine School Board.


    Where is KM Explore located?

    KM Explore is located on the first floor of the Wales Campus: 219 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales WI.


    What ages will KM Explore serve?

    KM Explore is open to all district students, students currently accepted through open enrollment and students who apply and are accepted into KMSD through open enrollment in grades kindergarten (5K) through 5th grade.  Priority enrollment is reserved for district residents and those students currently attending a KM school through open enrollment.


    Does KM Explore follow all of the Kettle Moraine School District's Operating Rules and Regulations (KMORRs)?

    No.  In KM Explore's contract, there are some KMORRs that the school is exempt from.  You can find them HERE.


    Will there be a tuition to attend KM Explore?

    No. KM Explore will be a public charter school open to all to all Kettle Moraine residents and students accepted through open enrollment.


    How are charter schools funded?

    Charter schools are funded and staffed at the same level as other Kettle Moraine schools, based upon the number of students they serve. Charter schools receive an allocation of district level support for functions such as technology support, business services, facilities, etc. If the charter's Governance Council elects to provide resources beyond district funding levels, they have opportunities for fund-raising or grants, similar to the grant applications and fund-raising that is done by parent groups for district schools.


    Where can I get more information about charter schools in Wisconsin?

    The Department of Public Instruction provides information on charter schools and rules at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website


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