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'12 Days of School Choice': School choice for incoming middle and high school students

posted Dec 26, 2019, 2:22 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 10:57 AM by Bruce Richards ]

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

One of the most confusing aspects of the school choice process is what to do if your child is set to enter the 6th or 9th grade in 2020-21. 

For most of District 60’s incoming 6th-graders or 9th-graders, you don’t have to do anything. Your child is automatically fed into their neighborhood school. You do not have to fill out a school choice application if you wish for your student to attend their 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:

If you have questions about your child’s neighborhood school and are thinking about trying to use the school choice process to go elsewhere, it is advised that you evaluate your child’s new school first. Take part in schools’ parent nights for incoming students to get to know the school better. 

If you still wish to attend a school outside of your neighborhood, you can enroll elsewhere through the school choice process. The process is easy and if you’re already a District 60 student, it should only take about five minutes. 

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)