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WPS School Choice

Westminster Public Schools (WPS) is an open-enrollment district, meaning families can apply to attend any of our schools. School Choice is a process in which students who are living outside of WPS boundaries, or who live in-district and would like to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, are apply to apply to their school of choice. Admission criteria and transportation options vary by school and are also subject to space limitations.

Who should use School Choice?

1. Out-of-District Students

Students who live outside of WPS boundaries and would like to attend a Westminster Public School.

OUT OF DISTRICT APPLICATION

2. In-District Change of School

Students who live inside the Westminster Public Schools district boundaries and would like to attend a school other than the one assigned to their address.

Application Process

Each year, Westminster Public Schools accepts School Choice applications during an open enrollment window. These dates vary each school year.

Round 3 of school Choice enrollment is now open.

Enrollment Windows

  • July/August - Round 3 for School Choice Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. *Notification for Round 3 acceptance is no later than August 15.
  • April 1 - Round 2 for School Choice Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year opens on April 1, 2023, and closes on June 9, 2023. *Notification for Round 2 acceptance is no later than June 16
  • At the end of each enrollment window, WPS will complete a review of the student’s education records to determine the student’s enrollment eligibility, including residency, appropriate grade level placement, and programmatic enrollment criteria. This review will also help the District determine whether the choice school(s) can meet the student’s educational needs.

General Information

  • Approval of School Choice enrollment is based on available space, programming, and staffing at the requested school. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, students will be selected by a random selection lottery. Each School Choice window will have its own capacity limits by school.
  • When an in-district resident student has been enrolled in any school under the School Choice program, that school becomes the “school of attendance” through the highest grade offered at the school.
  • Out-of-district resident students must apply for a School Choice space on an annual basis.
  • Students enrolled in a school rather than their district-designated neighborhood school are responsible for their own transportation. If space is available on an existing transportation route, parents/guardians may apply for the district’s ridership program.
  • In addition to space and program availability at the selected school, enrollment may be denied based on attendance/truancy and/or behavior.
  • Applicants for School Choice enrollment are initially accepted without regard to educational disability. However, if an accepted student has an IEP or Section 504 plan, the District will request a copy during the registration process, which occurs after acceptance but before enrollment. The District will use the IEP or Section 504 plan to determine whether the requested school can meet the requirements of the current IEP or 504 plan with existing staff and program elements. If not, an IEP or Section 504 team will be convened to determine whether the student can receive a free, appropriate, public education (“FAPE”) in the requested school notwithstanding the limitations at that school. If the IEP or Section 504 team determines the student cannot be provided FAPE in the requested school, then enrollment will be denied.
  • Denial decisions about School Choice enrollment may not be appealed.

How does School Choice enrollment work?