School of Choice


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School of Choice enrollment process will be open March 8, 2021, at 10:00 am through March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

During that time, there will be a button at the bottom of this page to submit your application. 



Notice: School of Choice


Although the Board of Education has endorsed a neighborhood school concept based upon structured attendance areas, it recognizes and has determined that students should be given the option to attend a school or participate in a school program located in an area other than that of their assigned school. In conformity with Board policy JCA/JFBB and regulation JCA/JFBB-R, parents/guardians of students may apply for School of Choice, as outlined in JCA/JFBB-R.

While students residing within a designated attendance area shall have priority, such applications, if timely, made in accordance with the policy and regulation, shall be granted if space is available in both the requested school and the requested school program. Except as otherwise stated below, priority among applicants will be determined by the time stamp/date of application on a space available, first come, first served basis.
a.     An applicant who attends a public school that is required to implement a turnaround plan pursuant to section 22-11-406 or that is subject to restructuring pursuant to section 22-11-210 shall have priority over any other applicant for the School of Choice process.  b.     A resident student who applies for School of Choice that has a parent who is a staff member at the choice school or who has a sibling already attending the choice school shall have priority over other applicants (other than the scenario sited in and immediately above). 
c.     Resident students shall be given priority over nonresidents of the District. 

Procedures for applying for the School of Choice Option are as follows:

  1. The School of Choice Application will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. on March 8, 2021, and will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on March 19, 2021. The application is available in electronic form only and is available at the District’s website at For non-district families interested in participating in the School of Choice process to attend a D51 school, a paper application will be available at each school building. 
  2. Applications will be done through ParentVue. If you do not have a ParentVue account please create one prior to March 8, 2021. If you have questions, please contact your school.
  3. Complete the application and submit. Applications will be marked with the date and time upon submission of the electronic form.
  4. All students wanting to attend an out of area school for the 2021-2022 school year must submit a School of Choice application unless the student is continuing in the same school in which a School of Choice was granted last year and space is still available.
  5. If you do not have access to the internet, please go to the Emerson Building at 930 Ute Avenue, 2nd floor anytime between 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday or your child’s school office. 

New Emerson Elementary, Dual Immersion Academy, Independence Academy, Juniper Ridge and R-5 High School and Grand River Academy will not be available as options for School of Choice as enrollment in these schools are by a separate application process only. The Challenge Program at East Middle School and the International Baccalaureate Program at Palisade are not options of School of Choice as these programs are available through a separate application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Transportation will NOT be provided for students who live out of the attendance area and attend school under School of Choice.

Once the applications are received, prioritized waiting lists will be established for each school. The criteria for placement in your school of choice are space availability and date of application. Each school in the district has established a capacity for the total school, for each grade level, and for programs in the school. Consequently, a school may have space available at one grade, but may not at another, or there may be space available in one program but not another at any given school. There must be space available in both a grade level and/or a program in the school to accept an applicant.

The building principal will notify the parent/guardian on or before April 16, 2021, of their application status (acceptance or denial). If the parent/guardian receives notice of acceptance, they must sign and return the letter of commitment no later than April 30, 2021, to be accepted into the receiving school.

If you have questions regarding School of Choice or which school your child should attend please call the Office of Site Leadership and Support (970) 254-5311.

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