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'12 Days of School Choice': How do I apply?

posted Dec 24, 2019, 1:59 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 11:36 AM by Bruce Richards ]
In an effort to inform District 60 parents and others about the school choice process, this is the second 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. 

So you’ve decided that “school choice” is for you. You know which school or schools that you would prefer that your child attend, and you’re ready to apply.


After the school choice lottery window begins (after 8:00 a.m. on Monday January 13, 2020), the online application will be found at http://www.pueblocityschools.us/administration/departments/student-records-and-reporting/school-choice-info/apply-for-school-choice.


  1. You MUST use a computer to fill out the application successfully

Since the school choice application system doesn’t record your choices from a smartphone or tablet, District 60 requests that interested individuals apply using a computer or laptop.  Also be sure that your pop-up blocker is turned off in your computer's browser, since the application screen is a pop-up window. 


If you do not have access to a computer, visit your child’s District 60 school or the administration building, located at 315 W. 11th Street, to use a computer and get assistance with your application.


  1. Current District 60 families wanting to apply for School Choice 

Each parent with a child currently enrolled in a District 60 public school has a “parent portal” reserved for them via "Infinite Campus."  This gives parents online access to their child’s academic information. It also makes the school choice application faster and easier.


If you haven’t activated your parent portal, we strongly encourage you to do so before starting your school choice application.  To do so, visit one of your children’s current school and ask for your parent portal activation letter, which gives you the instructions you need and a unique authorization code.  Be sure to bring your identification with you when you go to the school. Once activated, your portal it will remain active as long as you have children enrolled in a D60 public school.


With your portal set up, you can go to the School Choice website, review the information on the page and click on the “Current D60 Family” button to start your application.  Make a note of the application number you’re assigned, so that if you have to stop before submitting it, you can use that number to continue where you left off at a later time instead of starting over.  


Many fields on the form will be filled out with the information you’ve already provided to the school.  You’ll be required to look at all of the entries and will have an opportunity to update information about yourself, your household and contact information, your children’s emergency contacts and your children.  For each child, you will have an opportunity to select one or more schools that you would prefer them to attend instead of the school that is expecting them in the fall. Remember to click the “Submit” button when you are finished.


If you forget the parent portal username or password you chose, please contact the Help Desk at 719-549-7111 for assistance.  If you have questions about the application, call or email the School Choice team at 719-253-6014 or schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us for help.


  1. Families that are new or returning to D60 wanting to apply for School Choice 

The application will take a bit longer to complete for families that are new or returning to D60 public schools. From a desktop or laptop computer, visit the School Choice website, review the information on the page and click on the “New D60 Family” button to start your application.  Make a note of the application number you’re assigned, so that if you have to stop before submitting it, you can use that number to continue where you left off at a later time instead of starting over.  


You will have to enter information about yourself, your household and contact information, your children’s emergency contacts and your children.  For each child, you will have an opportunity to select one or more schools that you would like for them to attend. Remember to click the “Submit” button when you are finished.


  1. One family, one application

Whether you have one child or 10 children, you only need to fill out one application. Simply select up to three preferred school choices on the application for each child, and each child will be entered into the appropriate school choice lottery.


Then what?

Once you apply, your name(s) will be entered into the lottery list for each school. Names will be chosen depending on the space available at each school. Names will be drawn on Feb. 27, and you will be notified if you won a spot at your chosen school, or if you will be added to a waitlist.


If you have more questions, read one of the blog posts below, call the District 60 School Choice Help Line at (719) 253-6014, or email schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us. You may also call the Help Line to get help from School Choice staff.


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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