Step 1: Visit Us.
Before applying for admission, it is extremely helpful for prospective students and their parents to spend some time at the school talking with staff and other students. During the school year, this starts with a brief tour of the school (Monday through Thursday) and discuss the program with a staff member. If the student and parent feel that Wellsprings would be a good fit, arrangements are made for the student to spend an entire day in classes, to experience the life of the school and to provide more of a concrete basis for deciding whether Wellsprings is the best choice for success.
During the summer, we encourage students and parents to visit the school for a tour, during which you can see the facilities and get a ‘feel’ for the daily life of the school through seeing the layout of our classrooms, student artwork, etc. A staff member will describe our program in detail and answer any questions. Periodically there are Open Houses held during the summer, with the same opportunity for more families at once.
Please call the office at 541-686-1223 to schedule a time.
To begin the process of obtaining a referral, contact the appropriate person in your home school district. Each school district has their own policies and procedures regarding referrals. District approval is not automatic.
High School Contact Information
Every school district has the right to withdraw a referral for a student. This can be done for a variety of reasons. Check with your individual district for rules concerning referral withdrawal. Attendance is a major factor for both the referring district and for Wellsprings. Our school day is from 9:00am-3:00pm every day, Monday-Friday, except when there is official notice of early release or other changes.
Churchill High School Dorothy Cantanese 541-790-5108
Kalapuya High School Stormy Smith 541-607-9853
North Eugene High School Kathleen Allison 541-790-4447
Sheldon High School Amy Hendrickson 541-790-6607
South Eugene High School Melinda Shull 541-790-8015
Willamette High School Office of Registrar 541-689-0731
Referral Based Enrollment
Most of our students in recent years have come to Wellsprings on referral from various Lane County public school districts. The per pupil operating funds received by the district for a student’s education are split between the district where the student is enrolled and the alternative program they attend. Parents of a student on referral by law cannot be asked to pay any further tuition costs, even though the amount we receive from the school district is hundreds or thousands of dollars less than our actual costs per student. Voluntary contributions towards that difference, however, are gratefully accepted—and tax deductible!