Open Enrollment

Families may choose to enroll their students in a school outside of their neighborhood as long as there is sufficient programming, staff and space at the school.  Families residing outside the BVSD boundaries are welcome to open enroll their children into this district.  Open Enrollment begins in November for next school year (beginning the following August). 

Boulder Universal Special Enrollment

Families wishing to pursue enrolling their students in online learning only for the 2020-2021 school year may do so by submitting a request to attend Boulder Universal Online School.

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Lottery Process

Selection is based on a lottery process, not first-come first-served.  Because Open Enrollment is not guaranteed, district residents who choose Open Enrollment may simultaneously pursue neighborhood school enrollment as a backup.

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Please read the following information:

  • Before submitting an application, it is important for all families to be familiar with the Frequently Asked Questions section below and the open enrollment procedures and information.

  • Honor the strict deadline to decline if you do not wish to accept the seat at the new school as reverting the enrollment is not allowed after the deadline.

  • Unless a seat is promptly declined, the student forfeits their seat at their previous BVSD school, even if it is the student's designated neighborhood school.

  • Open enrolled families of students attending a school other than their district designated household neighborhood school are responsible for the student's transportation.

  • If your child is already open enrolled, the approval is valid through the highest grade at that school.  You do NOT need to apply each year to remain attending unless your household address has changed and is now out of district.

Current BVSD Student Open Enrollment application .   

New Student open Enrollment Application

*Preschool OE applications can be found here*

2020-2021 Open Enrollment Timeline

End of families' ability to submit Open Enrollment on-time Applications for the following school year's attendance.  All applicants applying within the window will be placed in the lottery to be offered a seat at their requested school choice(s).
Families can submit late Open Enrollment applications for the following school year's attendance.  All applicants applying within the late window are placed at the end of the wait list(s) in the order received to be offered a seat at their requested school choice(s).
Open Enrollment on-time applicants receive e-mail (to the e-mail address listed at the beginning of the OE application) notifications of the lottery results with acceptances. 
Open Enrollment on-time applicants that have been offered a seat at a school during the lottery and wish to decline must do so on or before this date.  Declines after this date are not accepted.  *Declines are accepted via email only to open.enrollment@bvsd.org*
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School wait lists

Families are able to stay up to date on each day's movement on their school/grade's wait list.  With a wait list position number, movement can be monitored below for the applicant's request to begin attending the 2020-2021 school year.

View wait lists

Documentation

All open enrollment applications for kindergarten through 12th grade require one or more documents for proof of identity and proof of address, please see below for details. These documents will be uploaded directly onto the open enrollment application.

The following requirement is for applicants that do not currently attend BVSD schools (applying via our website)

The following requirement is for applicants that do not currently attend BVSD schools (applying via our website) OR current BVSD students that have recently moved

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

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Students can also...

Attend their district designated neighborhood school (based on household address).

Open enroll to another neighborhood school.

Open enroll to a focus school (meets BVSD standards but may have a different curriculum or philosophy).

Open enroll to a charter school (an independent school) within the district.

Selection is based on a lottery process, not first-come first-served.  Because Open Enrollment is not guaranteed, district residents who choose Open Enrollment may simultaneously pursue neighborhood school enrollment as a backup.

Visiting District Schools

Each Winter season, BVSD schools host open houses and tours so that you may visit and evaluate the schools of interest.

View school selection events