District 51: Get Your Applications in ASAP for School of Choice

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

If you want your child to go to a different school, you need to get your School of Choice applications in early. Officials say there may be less room this year.

The School of Choice program gives parents the option to request a school transfer for their kids. Every spring, School District 51 takes applications but this year those options may be dwindling because of overcrowding.

The school district says right now they don't know how many spots less there will be and it will depend on next fall's enrollment.

What they do know, is that the way the district has been growing over the last year there will be a lot less spots for transfers than last year.

From October 2007 to October 2008 Mesa County Schools added 900 students to its rolls. In just the last month, it's added 120 students.

It's that kind of growth that has school officials warning parents to get applications for School of Choice in early.

"It's space available so if we have dwindling space in our schools than people choosing to opt to go into those schools may be full there won't be space for them if they don't live inside that boundary," District 51 Spokeswoman Christy McGee told 11 News.

School District 51 says it will start accepting applications Monday, February 9 at 10am and you can pick them up at any school and drop them off at any school.

Officials say they will be time stamped and they're on a first come first serve basis.

Again they'll start accepting applications on Monday morning through March 2 but they say you shouldn't wait until the last minute.

The district also wants to remind parents if they apply for school of choice and get a spot, they have to provide their own transportation to school.

To contact the school district for more information, click on the link below.


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