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Families wishing to pursue enrolling their students in online learning only for 2020-21 may do so by submitting a request to attend Boulder Universal (below).  This opportunity is open to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is a one year enrollment.  Enrollment for these students will revert to back to the original school for the 2020-2021 school year.  This means students will not have to give up their seat at their current school in order to attend BU for 2020-2021 as is required by the normal Open Enrollment process. 

Families should anticipate differences between learning at a school specifically designed for remote learning and the Home Learning experiences of the past couple months.  Boulder Valley School District went to a Home Learning model for many weeks in response to COVID-19 closing school buildings and Safe at Home orders from the governor.  In this model, district leaders supported school administrations as they worked with individual teachers to quickly develop lessons to be delivered to their students remotely.  Students then would access the at home as well as have video access with their class and teachers. 

In 2011-2012, Boulder Universal opened as BVSD’s only school designed specifically for online learning, Boulder Universal is staffed with teachers experienced in delivering learning via online content.  Boulder Universal (BU) is BVSD's full-time online school, offering individual asynchronous virtual classes for K-12. The curriculum is designed by Boulder Universal teachers to challenge the potential of each student and includes a college preparatory curriculum as well as advanced level curriculum.  Each Boulder Universal student is assigned a mentor who assists students with the transition to online learning, progress monitoring, course and workload pacing, and online learning strategies.  Boulder Universal students also have access to career and technical courses, and concurrent enrollment for juniors and seniors at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.   

Families enrolling to BU for 2020-2021:

  • will be committing to online learning only for the 2020-2021 school year  

    • return to their current school within the current school year will be considered for after winter break, January 5, 2021 if seats are available 

      • If seats are not available at the school the student left, a transfer to a school with an open seat would be considered at the families request

    •  a request to return within the 2020-2021 school year, would be made by submitting an administrative transfer request 

  • Students wishing to return to their current school for the 2021-2022 school year would be automatically re-enrolled for 2021-2022 at the school they left.  *Charter schools determine their OE process. If you are enrolled at a Charter School, please reach out to them to confirm if they will automatically re-enroll the student.

  • students that would be moving from elementary to middle or middle/K-8 to high school would be enrolled at their neighborhood school unless they submitted an OE application and received an offer for a school of choice at the new level.

For additional information, families can email the Open Enrollment Helpdesk at or call 720-561-5900.

Request Enrollment in Boulder Universal for the 2020-21 School Year.