Frequently Asked Questions

When is the School Choice Lottery window?

For 2018-19, the School Choice window opens on Monday, January 8 at 8:00 AM and closes at midnight on Friday, February 2, 2018.

When and how will I learn the results?

You will contacted with the results of the lottery by the end of February.  If you provided an email address with your application, a message will be sent to that address for each child for whom you selected other schools.  If not, we will try to reach you by mail or telephone.

Can I use my parent portal to apply to an IB or STEM School?

Yes, you can. Those schools will appear with the others in the list that appears for each child, depending on their future grade level.

How do I get help with my parent portal?

Contact the Technology Services help desk at (719) 549-7111.

Can I put in a school choice application for a Pueblo charter school?

Unfortunately, no.  If you would like to attend one of the campuses of the Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences (PSAS) or the Chavez Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy (CHPA), please contact them directly and follow their application process.

What do I do if my child wins a seat in a different school for next year, but now I would prefer that he remain at the school he is attending?

Please contact the School Choice office as soon as you can (at (719) 253-6014 or schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us).  The sooner you do, the more likely that space will still be available for your child at his current school.  We will accommodate your request if we can.

What do I do if my child won a seat in a different school for the current school year and I want him to return them to our neighborhood school or go to a different school next year?

In either case, you should submit a school choice application to make this change for 2018-19.

I submitted a school choice application last year for my oldest child to attend a middle school on the other side of Pueblo. My second child will be going into the sixth grade next year. Can she go to the same middle school as her older brother?

If the middle school her brother attends still isn't your "neighborhood" middle school, then you will need to submit a school choice application to give her a chance to win a seat at the school attended by her brother. If she doesn't win a seat at that school, she will attend your neighborhood middle school next year.

Successful school choice applications for one child do not extend to brothers, sisters or other school-age children at the same address.

I live outside this district and my child is in fifth grade at Park View.  Do I have to submit a school choice application if I want him to attend Risley for sixth grade?

Yes you do, because your student is finishing elementary school and she would have to win a seat in sixth grade at Risley to enroll at that school..  

I live outside this district and my child is a kindergarten student at Minnequa. Do I have to submit a school choice application if I want her to attend Minnequa for first grade?

No, your student may continue through fifth grade at Minnequa without completing another school choice application.

My child attends Goodnight K-8.  Do I have to put in a school choice application for her to continue there next year?

Students finishing elementary school (fifth grade) at Goodnight must win a seat in their sixth grade through school choice to pursue their middle school education at Goodnight rather than at their neighborhood middle school.  Goodnight students in grades K-4 and in grades 6 and 7 do not have to participate in school choice to continue attending that school next year.

If I choice into a high school that is not my neighborhood high school would that affect my student’s eligibility to play varsity sports?

Eligibility may be affected.  We suggest you contact the appropriate school’s athletic director before submitting the choice form.  For transfer rules, see www.chsaa.org.

If I reside outside of the district, when is the latest my student can start school?

Pueblo City Schools highly recommends that all students begin regularly attending school on the first day of the school year.  Choice approval may be revoked for any non-resident student who does not regularly attend school at the beginning of the school year.

What if my child doesn't win a seat at another school before school starts?

The student should attend his or her current or neighborhood school for the 2018-2019 school year.

If I live outside the district and my child is withdrawn from school at any point, can he/she return to the school at a later date?

Withdrawal from school (including expulsion) results in the choice approval for a non-resident student being revoked.  Your child may return to the school if you win a seat at the school for him through the next school choice opportunity.  

What if my student has exceptional needs?

School and program placements for students with disabilities (IEP) and/or English Language Learner (ELL) needs will be reviewed and approved by the Exceptional Student Services (ESS) and English Language Learner departments.  If your student is on an IEP and has received an acceptance letter, please keep in mind that a staffing meeting may take place to review IEP to determine how the selected school(s) can best support the student’s success.

I have a question that is not on this list.  How can I get help?

For school choice or enrollment questions please call us at (719) 253-6014 or email schoolchoice@pueblocityschools.us.