School of Choice

The School of Choice enrollment process will open March 9, 2020, at 10:00 am

(the previous date of March 2, 2020 has been moved back to March 9 so discussion about Fruita area boundary changes can occur before the School of Choice window begins)

Click here for the Parent Information Letter

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School of Choice Acceptance and Denial Letters for the 2020-2021 school year
will be emailed on April 10, 2020

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 or a Transfer Request, 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 the requested school, requested grade and the requested school program. Priority among applicants will be determined by the date of the application on a space available, first come, first served basis.

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 am on March 9, 2020, and will be accepted until 4:00 pm on March 27, 2020. The application will be available thru ParentVUE in electronic form only.
    • If you have a ParentVUE account, log in prior to School of Choice window to confirm your access.
    • If you have a student enrolled in District 51 and do not have a ParentVUE account, please go to your student's school and register.
    • If you are a parent of a non-district 51 student and wish to apply for School of Choice, you will be able to create an account as of February 28, 2020. Click here to set up an account. 
  2. Access School of Choice forms by clicking on the button located on the bottom of this page (available on March 9 at 10:00 am)
  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 2020-2021 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 main District Administrative Building at 2115 Grand Avenue, 7:30 am — 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You can also fill out the online form at your child's school office.

New Emerson Elementary, Dual Immersion Academy, Independence Academy, Mesa Valley Community School, Juniper Ridge Charter School, Preschool Programs and R-5 High School 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 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.

After the March 27, 2020, deadline, the building principal will notify the parent/guardian by email of their application status (acceptance or denial), all emails will be sent on April 10, 2020. If the parent/guardian receives notice of acceptance, they must sign and return the letter of commitment no later than April 30, 2020, to be accepted into the receiving school.

Following all School of Choice windows closing, a parent/guardian may utilize the option of requesting a transfer under the criteria outlined in Policy JCA/JFBB and Regulation JACA/JFBB-R.

School attendance area boundaries are subject to change each year. Continuing students should plan on being served by the same elementary, middle and high school as last year. If the attendance boundaries for a school are changed, you will be notified. Students who are new to School District 51 or who have moved within the District during the summer may locate their attendance area by calling the Office of Resolution and Support 970-254-5323 or by accessing the School Locator .

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