It is down to the wire! This is the final week for open enrollment applications in some Colorado districts. Since each district is a little different, we have gathered information for the major Front Range districts. For more information on your particular district, visit its website, see the Colorado School Data Center or follow the links below. Or, watch this video interview with the person in charge of open enrollment in Denver. Also, check out this FAQ about choice in Denver published by Stand for Children.
Boulder Valley School District
Open enrollment deadline was Jan. 14. Click on this Boulder Valley website for more information. Some schools in the district are still having open enrollment events in the next couple days. Check your school’s website or follow the links below.
For a full description of the BVSD open enrollment process, visit the BVSD open enrollment home page.
Aurora Public School District
The open enrollment application period runs from Jan. 15 to May 1. The open enrollment forms are available at the schools, district admission offices or online. Submit the application at the school(s) you are interested in. The principal of the school is in charge of letting you know the status of your application. Students will be admitted based on space.
To visit a school, contact the school individually. Find information on the APS schools. For more information on the APS open enrollment process, click here.
Adams 12 Five Star School District
Priority deadline was Saturday, Jan. 15. Applications can be picked up at the schools and at the Education Support Center. The application is also available online at the district’s choice website. They must be dropped off at the Educational Support Center by Friday or postmarked Jan. 15 or earlier. The final deadline for submission is March 15. Acceptance is based on space and staff constraints. If the number of applications exceeds the spaces available, the district will hold a lottery.
For information on which Adams Five Star schools are accepting choice applications, click here. Adams is currently accepting applications for some of its specialized programs as well, so be sure to visit the district website to find out more. Or call 720-972-2602.
Douglas Country School District
Application deadline was Tuesday, Jan. 18. The Dougco application is online or in paper form at all district schools. Parents are encouraged to submit their applications online. You can also peruse a list of schools accepting open enrollment applications.
For information on school visits, contact the individual schools. The district provides a directory on its website. For more information, visit the choice enrollment website or call 303-387-0100.
Jefferson County School District
First round application deadline was Monday, Jan. 24. Jeffco has two rounds of open enrollment. First round applications are given priority in the lottery. Applications submitted in the second round are added to the school lists on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are not accepted in the first round get a second chance in the second round.
The second round enrollment runs from Feb. 16 to Aug. 30. Applications are available at schools or online under “choice enrollment.” Jeffco schools are still holding interest nights for prospective students and their parents. For information, check here or contact the individual schools.
For more information on schools in the district, check their profiles on the district website.
Poudre School District
Sixth through 12th grade deadline is Friday, Jan. 28. The deadline for kindergarten through fifth grade is Friday, Feb. 11.
The application is available online or, if you want an application in Spanish, click here. The deadlines above are first consideration deadlines, meaning that applications submitted later will be considered until the first day of classes.
Many PSD schools have open houses coming up. A schedule of open houses is posted online, but you can also schedule a visit by contacting the individual school. Learn more about the Poudre schools.
Denver Public Schools
First round applications are due Monday, Jan. 31. First round applications are available by clicking on this link first round applications as well as at all DPS schools. Early childhood education and kindergarten applications are available at the early education webpage.
Click here to download and print the New Student Choice Application. Complete this form and take it to your desired school. If the school has space available, it will enroll you immediately. Click here to see which schools are “capped” – meaning they do not have space available.
Littleton Public Schools
Application deadline is Monday, Jan. 31. The Littleton application is available in all district schools or online. The application should be submitted at the school(s) you are interested in. Some schools will have additional forms so be sure to check in with the school you are interested in.
Contact the school you are interested in to schedule a visit. For more information, visit the Littleton open enrollment website.
Cherry Creek School District
Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 1. Cherry Creek applications are available at all schools and district admissions offices. You can fill one out and submit it on the spot. Find your local district admissions office. For information on school visits or open enrollment events, contact the individual schools. You can find a directory of all Cherry Creek schools as well as a school locator here.
For more information, contact the district admissions office at 720-554-4550.
Pueblo City Schools
Application period runs from Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Tuesday, June 7.
The application is available online and should be submitted to your school of choice. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Weld County School District 6 (Greeley-Evans)
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Applications are available at district schools, the main district office and online. They must be turned in at your child’s current school or to the school you would like your child to attend by the deadline. Charter schools may have a different procedure and deadline, so if you interested in a charter school, be sure to check about any additional requirements.
The Greeley-Evans school district has established a Student Enrollment and Welcome Center to help new families transition into the district. They may be able to provide more information on good schools for your student’s academic needs. Visit the center website. For any additional open enrollment information, click here.
Colorado Springs School District 11
Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. The form is available online as well as at every school and at the district enrollment office. It must be turned into the school you are interested in. Each school has its own application and notification procedure, so be sure to contact the school for more information.
The district high schools are hosting open houses for current eighth grade students. Find the schedule. For more information about visiting schools, contact the individual schools. For more information on open enrollment and D-11 schools, click here.
(Document compiled by EdNews Parent intern Kate Schimel).
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