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'12 Days of School Choice': Do I need to fill out a school choice request to keep my child in the same school?

posted Dec 26, 2019, 3:05 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 8:57 AM by Renee Hahn ]


In an effort to inform District 60 parents and others about the school choice process, this is the 11th 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. 


The other parents are talking, and they seem frustrated.


“I can’t believe that I have to fill out a stupid school choice application just to keep my daughter in the same school!” 


The good thing is, that unless you are the parent of a 5th-grade child at Goodnight School (see below for more information) or a four-year-old in preschool, you do not have to re-apply for your child to stay at their current school. This parent you overheard was misinformed.


In fact, since the school choice process can be complicated, we advise that if you overhear other parents saying something fishy or seemingly unfair about the school choice process, call the District 60 School Choice Help Line at (719) 253-6014 for clarification or send email schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us. We have people here to help!


What about staying at Goodnight School for middle school?
Goodnight School is a neighborhood elementary school for many families in southwest Pueblo, but it also offers a middle school program for a limited number of students. Students living in Pueblo and currently attending Goodnight in fifth grade will be expected at their neighborhood middle school for sixth grade in the next school year. (See this boundary map to identify your neighborhood middle school).  Goodnight is not a neighborhood middle school.

Parents who wish to have their child continue at Goodnight for middle school must submit a school choice application to be considered for a spot.  Students currently attending Goodnight will receive preferential consideration over those who are attending elsewhere.  If a child wins a spot in sixth grade, they may continue to grades 7 and 8 without participating in the school choice process in subsequent years.

If you have further questions about the school choice process, check out our blog posts below, email schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us  or call the District 60 School Choice Help Line at (719) 253-6014.

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