District 51 opens school of choice application window

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Parents can now apply to enroll their kids in to the school of their choice, outside of normal attendance boundaries.

“I want my kids to do the best they can in school, have the best education possible, of course be safe in their schools,” said mother of two Stephanie Galand.

Many parents are trying to find the best education for their children, but that idea is different for everyone.

“Transportation ease, education benefits,” said Donna Ramsey, naming just a few of the reasons people choose a different school.

More than a thousand applications came in last year, and only about half of those applications were accepted.

The district said it all depends on enrollment.

“Every application that goes in is time stamped," said Emily Shockley, spokesperson for School District 51. "The application goes to the principal of the school. They look at enrollment projections and current enrollment to see how many slots they can offer up per grade."

“When we first moved here,” said Galand. “I put in for a choice request for but was denied but the schools were too full to accept new students.”
One mom I spoke to said she wants to change schools because her child is being bullied.

The process doesn't apply to the Dual Immersion Academy, New Emerson or charter schools.

Applications for school of choice close on March 31.

Decisions are on a first come first served basis.

The school will send out acceptance and denial letters through the mail in mid-April, and parents must send the paper response back.

Those who have previously applied to a school of choice are grandfathered into that school until a student transitions from elementary to middle, or middle to high school. Then, a new application must be turned in.

Click the link on the right side of the screen to fill out an application.

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