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'12 Days of School Choice': Your 5th or 8th grader at Parent Nights

posted Dec 26, 2019, 2:38 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 11:01 AM by Bruce Richards ]

In an effort to inform District 60 parents and others about the school choice process, this is the eighth of 12 blog posts explaining the process and helping guide parents with helpful tips along the way. Open enrollment for the 2020-21 school year begins Jan. 13, 2020. 

Are you a parent of a 5th or 8th-grader, and you were invited to a “Parent Night” for a different school?

Those events may seem like “orientations” and it seems implied that by being at a "Parent Night," your child is already enrolled in that school. However, that’s not the case. Parent Nights are intended to be for your information only, and no actual enrollment takes place.

If you’re a parent of a 5th or 8th grader about to move up to a new middle or high school, the only school in which you’re guaranteed a spot is in your neighborhood school. 

So, what is my ‘neighborhood school’?

In 2019, boundary maps were re-drawn so it’s important for all incoming students entering the 6th or 9th grades to know what their neighborhood school is. If you’re unsure of your neighborhood school, consult these maps:

For example, pretend your child is a student at Risley Academy. Risley students don’t all get fed into the same high school. Some are supposed to go to East High School, while others are supposed to go to Centennial or Central.

So for example, if you’re a parent of a Risley student and was invited to a parent night for East High School, if you live somewhere on the north side of the city, you’re probably supposed to go to Centennial. Your presence at the East parent night means nothing about your child’s enrollment, but you will have the opportunity to fill out your family’s school choice application there if you haven’t already done so.

So, that’s why finding out where your child is supposed to go is the first step.

What if I was impressed during a school’s ‘parent night’ and don’t want to go to my neighborhood school?

Then the school choice process is for you.

The process to apply to the school of your choice is actually quite easy. Find out more by reading our previous post about the application process or contacting the District 60 School Choice team at (719) 253-6014 or 

12 Days of School Choice
#2: How do I apply? (Dec. 26, 2019)
#12: How does the wait list work? (Jan. 5, 2020)