School of Choice window opens March 8

School of Choice window opens March 8
Posted on 02/22/2021
application imageGrand Junction, CO - D51 parents and guardians interested in School of Choice for the 2021-22 school year can submit applications between 10 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, and 4 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021.
A button will appear on the home page at when the application window opens, and families will be able to submit their applications electronically through that button, or visit

What is School of Choice?

School of Choice is an option for families who wish to send their children to a school that is outside their home’s school attendance boundaries. School of Choice does NOT apply to the following situations:

  • Schools with lottery systems (Dual Immersion Academy, New Emerson)
  • Academic Options schools (D51 Online/Grand River Academy, R-5 High)
  • Academic Options programs (Career Center, Summit School Program, Valley)
  • D51 charter schools (Independence Academy, Juniper Ridge Community School, Mesa Valley Community School)
  • Programs at D51 schools, such as International Baccalaureate at Palisade High; STEM at Central High; the Challenge Program at East Middle School; or P-TECH at CHS, Grand Junction High, or Career Center.
  • State charter schools, private schools, or homeschooling

How does it work?

School of Choice applications are time-stamped and approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Each school offers as many spots as they can based on projected enrollment and capacity. Some schools are not able to offer any spots in certain grades or in the entire school if they are at or over capacity.

Applications must be filled out online using ParentVUE. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, create one by March 8 (please contact your child’s current school if you have questions). If you do not have access to internet service, you can visit the second floor of the Emerson Building at 930 Ute Ave. between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays or your child’s school office to use their internet.

When will I hear back?

Principals will notify applicants on or before April 16, 2021, whether their application has been accepted or denied. If you are accepted through School of Choice, you must sign and return a letter of commitment no later than April 30 in order to be accepted into the receiving school. 

Additional Details

  • Families already participating in School of Choice do not have to reapply if they plan to stay at the same school next year.
  • Transportation is not provided to School of Choice students.
  • You do not need to apply for School of Choice if you have Transitional Admission Rights (TAR) related to recent boundary changes. Schools will have lists of impacted families.
  • For more information, visit the Parents tab at and click on School of Choice or call 970-254-5311.
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