Monday, November 9, 2015

District outlines deadlines for 2016-17 Choice process

Submit application by January 29th deadline for priority consideration

 Last year, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,000 Choice applications for the 2015-16 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice Program allows for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary. Those who are approved for Choice are responsible for their own transportation.

 Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district applications.  Acceptance to a Choice school is based upon several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students.  While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will attend the same school.

 Adams 12 Five Star Schools will publicize the schools open to Choice for the 2016-2017 school year on December 1, 2015.  These will be published in the December issue of the Five Star Journal and will be posted online at the district web site at  Families with children already attending schools that are not open to Choice are eligible to submit an application for their existing student to remain at the school or for younger siblings to attend the school with their older siblings.

The Choice application will be available beginning December 1st at  For families without computer access, applications will be available at each school and at the Educational Support Center.

 The deadline for priority consideration is January 29, 2016 and is not first-come, first-served.  Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February. If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery.

 The second deadline to submit a Choice application for the 2016-2017 school year will be March 31, 2016. As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available for priority consideration in a given school, the district will hold a lottery.  Notification of approval or denial will be made no later than the third week of April.

 In addition to the two deadlines above, in some years a third round of Choice may be held in August & September if space is available.  While the 1st and 2nd round of Choice is lottery based, applications in the 3rd round of Choice are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and submitted at the school. 

The Adams 12 Admissions Office determines the acceptance of Choice requests. For traditional schools, extended-day tuition-based kindergarten does not go through the Choice Program.  For magnet schools, extended-day tuition-based kindergarten does go through the Choice Program.  In-district students are not required to apply for Choice to attend secondary programs like Horizon SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range Global Studies, Northglenn High STEM Program and Thornton High International Baccalaureate (IB).  Application and acceptance to those programs goes through the individual school.  Out-of-district students wishing to attend high school programs that are not school-wide must apply for both Choice and with the program. If the school is not open to Choice then the program is closed to out-of-district students.  If the student is not selected in the Choice lottery, they are waitlisted to the school and program.

 Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners at traditional schools should note that enrollment in that program does not automatically mean the student will go to the same school for first grade. The student must apply through the Choice Program for first grade placement if he/she wants to go to a school other than his/her boundary school.  Also note that the school the child attended for kindergarten may not necessarily be open for Choice.  Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners for magnet schools do not need to reapply for Choice as their Choice approval remains in effect through the highest grade served at their magnet school.

The duration of a Choice placement is valid only for the grades which that school serves. For example, if a student attends a Choice elementary school, the approval is valid to the end of fifth grade, as long as there are no significant changes in that school’s enrollment or facilities. When a student transitions from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school, they must reapply for Choice. If they don’t, the student’s placement automatically reverts to their boundary school. 

To learn more about the Choice Program and to get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the district web site at  The Admissions Office can be contacted via email at or via phone at 720-972-4055.