School of Choice application window opens March 5

School of Choice application window opens March 5
Posted on 02/23/2018

Grand Junction, CO – The School of Choice program allows District 51 parents to apply for the opportunity to enroll their children in a school that is outside their neighborhood attendance boundaries. School District 51 will begin taking applications for School of Choice for the 2018-19 school year at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018.

While parents apply for School of Choice through the district website, all parents who plan to apply MUST have a ParentVUE account. Those who do not currently have a ParentVUE account must go to their child’s current school and register for one. Applicants who do not have a ParentVUE account because their child will be entering kindergarten or is not a current D51 student can sign up for a ParentVUE account at

School of Choice application requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis based on a school’s enrollment projections. Parents without internet access can use computers during business hours at their child’s school office or between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Basil T. Knight Center at 596 N. Westgate Drive.

Acceptance and denial letters will be emailed to parents starting April 13, 2018. Parents must return a letter of commitment no later than April 30, 2018, if their child’s School of Choice request is accepted. Once accepted, a child can stay at the school as long as there is room available or until they move on to the next level in school (i.e. middle school, high school, college). Parents do not need to reapply each year for the same school once accepted.

The School of Choice process is NOT for schools that accept students based on a lottery system, including Dual Immersion Academy, New Emerson, and D51 charter schools Independence Academy, Juniper Ridge Community School, and Mesa Valley Community School. In addition, the School of Choice application process is not used for specialized programs, such as the International Baccalaureate program at Palisade High School, the Challenge Program at East Middle School, or R-5 High School.

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