It’s hard to believe, but BVSD Open Enrollment for 2015-16 begins in six short weeks.
And it all happens over the busy holiday season, when calenders are stuffed.
Here’s the 411 to give you the head start you need, whether you have a near preschooler, a kindergartener-to-be, or a school age child ready to transition to the next level.
School Choice in Boulder Valley School District
Boulder educators (and the state legislature–school choice is Colorado law) realize that world-class education does not come in a one-size-fits-all package.
BVSD offers a variety of sought-after academic programs, including Talented and Gifted, Computer Literacy, Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Experiential Learning, and Pre-Engineering—all public and free-of-charge for grades K-12.
Lucky BVSDers get to choose among 29 elementary schools, 21 secondary schools, and four K-8 schools. Preschool programs are also available on a tuition basis, or free if you qualify. Your child can attend your high quality neighborhood school, which many elect to do, or you can submit an Open Enrollment request to attend:
- another neighborhood school
- one of our many focus schools (which has a different curriculum or philosophy of education), or
- a charter school (which is an independent school with its own governing structure).
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe? Not likely.
For most families, choosing a school is done with great care. And, with so many good options, it can feel like you need a PhD in education to pick the best educational fit for your child.
I know with my parenting pals it was the talk of playgroups for months. Obsessed? Possibly.
Rest assured, there’s no reason to obsess. You can be confident that Boulder has excellent public schools, whether it is a neighborhood, focus or charter school. So, no matter which school you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Open Enrollment 1,2,3
If your child will attend your neighborhood school, as defined by BVSD’s attendance area, all you have to do is enroll. There is no Open Enrollment process for you. Just enroll, that’s it. Information about enrolling in your neighborhood school is here.
But, if you would like for your child to attend a BVSD school that is not your designated neighborhood school, you need to apply through Open Enrollment to participate in the lottery process.
You can get the application at the BVSD Open Enrollment website. Instructions for the process are also available.
If your child is 3 to 4 years of age, and will not turn 5 on or before September 30th, then you may want to consider the BVSD Preschool program. There are a number of preschools in the district, which you can apply to by clicking here.
However, Community Montessori—BVSD’s public Montessori school—participates in the Open Enrollment process for preschool students, as well as other students. If you are interested in preschool at Community Montessori, you need to follow the Open Enrollment process and deadlines.
Get Out Your Calendar
According to the BVSD website, Open Enrollment applications for 2015-16 will be accepted from December 1 thru January 16.
School information tours will begin in December and continue through early January. Visiting your child’s prospective school is the best way to get the information you and your child need to make a decision.
To help you learn more about the available schools, throughout October and November, the Boulder Source will feature BVSD preschool programs, elementary school programs, and middle and high school programs. So stay tuned to this site for the rundown.
Or, you can visit the BVSD website Schools section.