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Old 04-27-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Good afternoon,

We're close to buying a house just outside the Cherry Creek School district. Their district web site says they will consider out-of-district applicants on a space available basis.

I wonder if anyone has any notion of how hard it is to get into a Cherry Creek School (in our case it would be Belleview Elementary) as an out-of-district application. She would start kindergarten in 2013.

Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Buy inside the Cherry Creek School District.

According to http://www.coloradoschoolgrades.com , Belleview Elementary is in the top 2% of all elementary and middle schools in Colorado.

Also, does admission as a K guarantee admission for all the other years? I do not know.

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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Call the school and ask how full they are already.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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Default Cherry Creek Schools

My kids went to Cherry Creek elementary and middle schools as out of district students. What I found is that you can attend any of the schools if there is space available except Cherry Creek High. We were told by the district that they don't accept out of district kids. This was a few years ago so you might want to call them and ask if they have since opened it up to others.

Sometimes it is hard for kids to go through school with the same kids for elementary and middle school and then have to change to a different high school.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Colorado Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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Buy inside the Cherry Creek School District.

According to Colorado School Grades , Belleview Elementary is in the top 2% of all elementary and middle schools in Colorado.

Also, does admission as a K guarantee admission for all the other years? I do not know.
From what i see Willow Creek elementary and Greenwood elementary (greenwood village) are much better than belleview.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:04 PM
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Each district sets their own OE policies, within the guidlines of the state laws. I think in virtually all districts, in-district kids get preference over out-of-district students. In some districts, e.g. Boulder Valley, the OE school becomes the "home" school and a student must apply again to attend any other school in the district, including the school in his/her attendance area. In the St. Vrain SD (Longmont), if the choice school becomes overcrowded from students living in the attendance area, the OE students may be sent back to their neighborhood school.

Again, in Boulder Valley, if one OEs at an elementary school, one must reapply to OE in middle school if one does not want to attend their attendance area middle school. Ditto from middle to high school. This does not apply to going from elemenatary to middle in a K-8, or at a K-12 school.

This is very simplified; there are some nuances. It's best to talk with the admin in your desired school district. I would never recommend buying a house thinking your kids will be able to open enroll in a different district.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:30 AM
 
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The chances of getting into Belleview Elementary as an out-of-district student is very slim. In-district students are given the first chances at any open spots. Open enrollment for in-district students starts November 15 and students are accepted based on when they apply (first-come, first-served system). Open enrollment for out-of-district students starts April 1, and priority is given to children of district employees who live outside the district (they are considered "in-district" transfers, but are not allowed to apply for enrollment until April). Some years Belleview is so full that district employees cannot get their children into the school.

Goldenmom is correct about Cherry Creek HS. Many out-of-district students spend 8 years in a CCSD elementary and middle school making lots of friends, only to find out that CCHS does NOT accept ANY out-of-district students. CCHS also only accepts about 30-40 in-district transfers each year. Those positions were filled in the first 3-5 minutes of district open enrollment registration on Nov. 15.

Sometimes parents will rent an apartment in the CCHS attendance area and make it their "official" residence, but if the school finds out, the student is kicked out of the school.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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If Cherry Creek is anything like Jeffco, you can forget about open enrollment to any of the "A" schools. Anyway, it's best to call the schools you are interested in and ask them how they are doing for open enrollment, they will tell you what is going on right now, not what happened a couple years ago or what the standard online answer is.. In Jeffco it's lottery based, but we applied to 5 schools and only got into 1 (part time afternoon slot) so.. there are no guarantees. The best way to ensure enrollment is to live within the boundaries.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone for the tips. Just an update for anyone that does a thread search. I called Belleview and they said they have not been able to accept out-of-district students for at least the past two years because of classroom size constraints. As a result, we went ahead and bought a house in Willow Creek to get our daughter into that school.
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