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'12 Days of School Choice': Can I use school choice for my incoming Kindergartener?

posted Dec 26, 2019, 2:35 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 10:59 AM by Bruce Richards ]

In an effort to inform District 60 parents and others about the school choice process, this is the seventh 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. 

What school is my incoming Kindergartener supposed to attend?

It’s a question that many parents ask every year. The short answer: You are assigned a school based on your child’s primary home address. This school is your “neighborhood” school, and based on that home address, your child is assigned an elementary school, as well as a middle and high school.  

Most of the time, the elementary school that your child is supposed to attend is the one closest to your home, but that’s not always the case. To find out your child’s “neighborhood” elementary school, find your home on the Elementary school boundary map, or call the School Choice Help Line at (719) 253-6014 or

Because of the school choice law, every parent has the option to enroll their child in the school of their choice, provided that there is enough room at that school.

As parents of an incoming Kindergartener, you also have the right, thanks to the school choice law, to enroll your child in the elementary school of your choice. 

Want to attend your neighborhood school?

If you’re pleased with your neighborhood school, you don’t have to do anything extra. A spot will be available for your child at their new school.

What if my child attends Pre-K at one school, but my ‘neighborhood school’ is a different school?

If you like your current Pre-K school, but your neighborhood school is different, then you will have to apply through the school choice process to continue at your current Pre-K school. That may be frustrating, but you can rest assured that your child will be given preference to win enrollment at your chosen school. 

While it’s not a 100 percent guarantee that you’ll be able to remain at child’s Pre-K school, the scale is at least tipped in your favor.

Need to apply for the school choice process?

The process to apply to the school of your choice is actually quite easy. If you have more questions, read one of the blog posts below or contact 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)