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Applying For Enrollment At The Open School

The Jefferson County Open School is an option school and enrollment is conducted using the Jeffco Choice Enrollment process. Choice Enrollment takes place in two rounds. Besides the Jefferson County Public Schools application process, outlined below, the Open School asks applicants to complete the following Open School specific requirements:

Elementary (K-5): 
Attend an Information Night event
Secondary (6-12)
Complete an Enrollment Artifact
Attend an Information Night event
Attend a Visitation Day event

We reserve the right to consider the applications of those students who have completed these Open School specific requirements before those of students who have not completed these requirements. Details for each of these requirements can be found by clicking on pages in the Enrollment drop down menu or on the links above.

Once our requirements have been met, applicants in each round are prioritized as follows, listed from highest priority to lowest priority:

  1. Students who reside in Jefferson County, AND have a sibling who is currently attending the Open School and also projected to be enrolled at Open for the following school year.
  2. Students who reside in Jefferson County, AND they are the child of a full-time staff member at the Open School.
  3.  Jeffco resident and attending feeder school (DOES NOT APPLY TO OPEN SCHOOL)
  4. Students who reside in Jefferson County.
  5. Students who do not reside in Jefferson County, BUT have a sibling who is currently attending the Open School and also projected to be enrolled at Open for the following school year.
  6. Students who do not reside in Jefferson County, BUT they are the child of a full-time staff member at the Open School.
  7. Students who do not reside in Jefferson County.

Dates to Remember:

  • EnrollJeffco will be closed from Aug. 31-Dec. 9, 2019 (for K-12, preschool may use the system until Oct. 4)
  • Round 1 for the 2020-21 school year is Dec. 10, 2019 - Jan. 15, 2020.
  • Round 2 for the 2020-21 school year opens Jan. 21
  • Choice applications offers will go out late January

FIRST ROUND: December 10, 2019 - January 15, 2020: The first round of choice enrollment is conducted as a lottery. All applications received during the window are included in the lottery. Students who have submitted an application via EnrollJeffco and met all Open School enrollment requirements are accepted on a space available basis. Waiting lists, which are prioritized according to the list above, will be created if applicants exceed space available. Submitting an application via EnrollJeffco during the first round of choice enrollment represents the best chance at obtaining an enrollment spot at the Open School.

SECOND ROUND: January 21, 2020 - August 
Any student who applies for enrollment, but is not accepted during the first round of choice enrollment will remain on the prioritized wait list and carried over to the second round. New applications for enrollment are accepted throughout the second round window and added on a first come, first considered basis, below Round One applications within the prioritized wait list.‚Äč

Submitting an Application for Enrollment

Enrollment is managed by Jeffco Public Schools via the EnrollJeffco system. Families wishing to place an application for enrollment at the Open School should make sure their Jeffco Connect contact information is up to date for students currently enrolled in a Jeffco school. Families with new or prospective students (including Kindergartners) will need to create a Jeffco Connect account. 

Families will receive notification in late January indicating an opportunity to accept an offer of enrollment or information about wait list placement for each application placed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit an application at any time?
Applications will ONLY be processed through the EnrollJeffco sytem during the enrollment windows. 
 If I applied last year do I have to re-apply? 
Yes. In August of each year, the Choice Enrollment process ends for the year and a completely new round starts in December.
If I apply during First Round Choice Enrollment and don't get in, do I have to re-apply for the Second Round Choice Enrollment?
No. Your application will remain on the prioritized wait list and carry over to the second round.Submitting an Application for Enrollment

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