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Open Enrollment in BVSD
Applications are currently being accepted from parents who would like to open enroll their children into BVSD schools other than their neighborhood school during the 2012-13 school year. BVSD’s open enrollment process is a lottery system intended to fill all open seats at the schools in a fair and impartial manner. We use an online application system and all applications are due by 4 p.m. January 13, 2012. For details about the process, see http://www.bvsd.org/openenrollment/
I sometimes hear from parents that allowing open enrollment leads to neighborhood schools becoming more specialized in order to attract students from other areas of the district (and beyond).
School choice was legislated in Colorado by the Public Schools of Choice Act passed in 1990, which allows students to choose to attend a school outside of their neighborhood school attendance boundaries, either in their school district of residence or another Colorado public school district, subject to limitations of capacity or desegregation plans. Studies indicate that promotion of school choice may result in more specialization and focus in all schools. Several BVSD schools do have a specialization or special focus; all schools adhere to a standardized curriculum across the district, which helps to ensure that all schools provide comparable educational experiences to students.
Approximately 40 percent of BVSD students attend a school other than their neighborhood school. There is some advantage to choice, providing opportunity for parents and students to exercise the right to select a school. A possible outcome of open enrollment is specialization which could alter the opportunity for students in the neighborhood school.
If you are a parent considering submitting an application during the open enrollment period, please take advantage of opportunities to visit the schools in which you are interested. See a full schedule of events at http://www.bvsd.org/openenrollment/Pages/schoolEvents.aspx.

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