School Choice Information


Pueblo City Schools offers a full range of educational choices for families.  We offer neighborhood schools, IB magnet schools, STEM schools, and charter schools.  (Learn more about your options here).

During the "school choice window" that opens in mid-January for a few weeks every year, parents may apply online to have their child attend any other district public school in the following school year.  (Charter schools have a separate application process.)  School choice applications do not guarantee that a student can attend a preferred school, but it is a consistent way to document those wishes and fulfill as many of them as possible in an equitable manner. 

A lottery is run for applications received during the school choice window and most students succeed in winning a seat in a preferred school.  Applications can be submitted after the school choice window closes, throughout the spring and summer.  These students' names are placed on "wait lists."  School administrators review their expected enrollments, seat availability, and will contact parents identified on their wait list if a seat becomes available for their child. 

Students are accepted into a chosen school if space is available and with preferential consideration given to students who have a sibling enrolled at that school.  Wait lists are also arranged by the same established preferences.

Students who win a seat in a new school through the school choice process relinquish their claim to the seat in the school they would have otherwise attended.  They are expected to attend the new school during the following school year.  Once the student is accepted in a chosen school, that school becomes their "home" school, and they may remain there on the same terms that a "neighborhood" student would.  In nearly all cases, a new school choice application won't be needed for the following year for students to remain at that school.  If the parent later wishes to move the student to any other district school, the parent will have to complete a new school choice application during the next available choice window for the following year.

If you have questions, please contact us at 719-253-6014 or send an email to schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us