Your child and your family’s needs come first when choosing a school.
Colorado families have the option to participate in School Choice, which allows students to apply to attend a public Kindergarten-12th grade school located outside of their immediate neighborhood or school district.
There are so many things families consider when choosing a school. Most important is what YOU need and desire from a school.
RESCHOOL created the School Choice Resources to support families and young people in finding the school that is the best fit for them. It can be used as the first step in the school choice process so your priorities remain at the center as you learn about different schools. Coloradoans may also choose non-public options such as homeschool or private schools.
How to Use the School Choice Resource at Home
All you need is a printer, pens, and two pairs of scissors.
Download and print your School Choice Resource tools. You and your child will do this part independently. Parents fill out the Family Fit Tool and rank Choice Factors from most to least important. Children fill out the Learner Profile and rank Choice Factors from most to least important.
Come together to share, identify similarities, differences and to chat through how to move forward.
Start exploring school options based on what matters most to your family. You can use the Top Choice List to keep track of what you like about the schools you explore and the questions you have for the school.
Download your School Choice Resource Tools
(Documents are in English and Spanish)
Facilitating a School Choice Workshop for multiple families? Download the complete School Choice Workshop for facilitators.
If you’re interested in public school options (including district-run, charter, innovation, online and magnet schools), the school choice processes and deadlines vary across school districts. Contact the school district or visit their website for information about the school choice process and to learn about schools within the district.
Charter schools in Colorado are authorized by school districts or the Charter School Institute (CSI). You can learn about CSI schools here.
Some resources for families exploring homeschool includes the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Homeschool.com.
One resource families can use to explore private schools in their area is Private School Review-Colorado.