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School Choice Offers Parents More Control Over a Child’s Education

A young man dressed as a business professional shows off his outfit to an onlooking student Thanks to the Public Schools of Choice law passed in 1994, Colorado parents have the option of enrolling their children in any school for any reason.

And if there is room in the desired Pueblo School District 60 school, and transportation is not an issue, students are welcomed with open arms, regardless of residency.

Although School Choice applications for the 2021-22 school year will be accepted from Monday, January 18 through the end of August, the “lottery period” lasts only from January 18  (starting at 8 a.m.) through February 15.

It is this period that provides D60 parents with the best chance of winning a seat for their child or children in the school of choice.

As some of our schools are more popular than others, limited space is available in these schools. As such, the lottery is a fair and equitable way to level the playing field, giving all applicants an equal chance at winning a seat in the school of choice.

The process is not a “first come, first serve” platform, and those who apply for a seat on January 18 have the same chance of winning it as those who do so on February 15. 

But to foster educational continuity and convenience for families, preference is given to some applicants over others. The following scenarios are examples that would add a bit of “weight” during the lottery process:

 

  • Resides within the district boundary A parent poses for a picture with her kids
  • Is continuing at their same school (especially Goodnight School) 
  • Is returning to their “neighborhood school”
  • Has a sibling enrolled in the same school or program, or siblings applying for the same school/program
  • Is going from one STEM school to another
  • Is a Kindergartener who attended the same school as a preschooler
  • Travels less than 1.5 miles to and from school (for those choosing an International Baccalaureate school)
  • Pueblo residents returning to D60 after attending an out-of-district school

If at the end of the lottery process your child does not win a seat at the chosen school, he or she will be added to that school's “waitlist.” Although being placed on such a list may create a sense of anxiety, last year, 90% of applicants placed on waitlists were offered spots at their chosen school before the start of the new school year.

Furthermore, of those who applied during the January 2020 lottery period, 96% were offered spots at their chosen school.

Parents who were successful in the lottery will be notified at the conclusion of the lottery period.

If a D60 parent doesn’t wish for their child or children to attend a different school in 2021-22, or if the child is a 5th or 8th grader that intends on attending their neighborhood’s middle or high school, the School Choice/lottery process is not applicable. 

School choice also allows families who recently moved to the area, live outside of the district, or who currently have children attending non-D60 schools, to place their student into one of our schools: thereby taking advantage of the multitude of enriching educational offerings and extra-curricular activities that provide students with a full and comprehensive experience.

For all scenarios, the School Choice application process is online-based, through our new website: www.pueblod60.org.

District 60 parents already with portal access through the website may apply through that channel, which will streamline and facilitate the process.

New applicants, or parents without portal access, can apply by clicking on this link School Choice Application and then providing the requested information, including names, birthdays, and contact information for parent(s) and children.  

A computer, rather than a tablet or smartphone, should be used when filling out the application.

Our website hosts more in-depth and detailed information about School Choice and the lottery process. If you have questions or desire additional information, contact the D60 School Choice team at (719) 253-6014 or schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us

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