Open Enrollment

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APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION OF OPEN ENROLLMENT and INTENT TO RENEW


LPS offers many educational choices to resident and non-resident families and welcomes out-of-district students. Colorado state law allows nonresidents to enroll students in any Colorado school without paying tuition when state and district guidelines are followed. Resident families may attend their attendance-area school or apply for open enrollment at another LPS school.

Find school boundaries for the 2022–2023 school year

LPS Open Enrollment Guidelines

  • District residents have priority consideration over non-residents.
  • There is space available at the student’s grade level.
  • There is a school program appropriate for the enrolling student.
  • The student must be in good standing, grades, attendance and behavior, in his or her previous school.
  • Good standing applies to resident and non-resident students seeking new and continuing open enrollment.
  • Open enrolled students must reapply at level changes, elementary to middle and middle to high.
  • Open enrolled students wanting to continue at the same school next year must complete an "Intent to Renew" form. This must be done each year by the first Friday following Winter Break.

LPS Open Enrollment Windows

In an effort to better serve families, LPS offers two open enrollment windows. All qualified students who apply within an open enrollment window will be part of a random drawing for admission, following district enrollment guidelines. This means families will have several weeks to turn in open enrollment applications for a random drawing of qualified students. Families will no longer feel pressured to line up on October 1st to turn in applications for open enrollment. Open enrollment applications must be turned in to each requested school. Open Enrollment for the 2023–2024 school year is as follows:

  • Open Enrollment Window One for incoming middle and high school students begins October 1, 2022 and ends November 15, 2022. No open enrollment applications or Intent To Renew forms for incoming elementary students will be collected during Open Enrollment Window One for the 2023-2024 school year.

    Incoming middle and high school students will be notified by the end of the first full week in December (December 9, 2022) if they have been admitted based on the availability of space at the grade level and school, and if the review of records indicates that the student is in good standing. Qualified students in good standing who apply and are not admitted in Open Enrollment Window One will be placed on a waitlist. Should space become available, a random drawing based on LPS Open Enrollment Guidelines will occur. Additionally, qualified middle and high school students who applied in Open Enrollment Window One will be placed in the random drawing before middle and high school students who applied during Open Enrollment Window Two. 
     

  • Open Enrollment Window Two for all incoming elementary school students as well as incoming middle and high school students begins November 16, 2022 and ends the first Friday following winter break (January 13, 2023). ALL open enrollment applications and Intent To Renew forms for incoming elementary students will be collected during Window Two. 

    Students will be notified by the second Friday of the second semester (January 20, 2023) if they have been admitted based on the availability of space at the grade level and school, and if the review of records indicates that the student is in good standing.
      

  • Kindergarten registration window begins December 1, 2022 and ends January 18, 2023. Families will be notified of open enrollment admission at the end of January.  
  • Parents and Students will receive notification about the availability of services from the requested school.
  • If, based upon the unavailability of services, enrollment in the requested school would constitute a change of placement for the student, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will be convened to determine whether the student can receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment at the requested school.

Littleton Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, religion,  sex (which includes transgender and gender identity), marital status,  sexual orientation,  disability, or need for special education services in its programs or activities.

LPS continues to accept open enrollment applications through the spring and summer as space allows. Please check with individual schools for availability. 


Why the change in practice for elementary open enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year?

The Board of Education recently charged the district Long-Range Planning Committee to review current elementary school boundaries east of Broadway and consider possible options to alleviate overcrowding at Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School. The Committee will meet from August through October and is scheduled to provide recommendations to the Board on October 27, 2022, with a Board decision possible on November 17, 2022. 

The Board’s deliberations will occur during Open Enrollment Window One. Because the Board may adopt small boundary changes that affect Ford Elementary families as well as other elementary families, LPS will wait to collect ALL elementary open enrollment applications during Window Two, after the Board’s possible action on elementary boundaries. It is important that all elementary families have the opportunity to learn about possible boundary changes and subsequently make enrollment decisions that are best for their families. 

The Board approved this change to the elementary open enrollment process for the 2023–2024 school year only during its reguarly scheduled September 8, 2022 meeting.


For additional details and deadlines, see Board of Education policies related to open enrollment:

Application for Admission of Open Enrollment

 

  • Email the Application for Admission for Open Enrollment form with supporting documentation to the school(s)
    • Please keep in mind Open Enrollment is no longer a first come first served format.  
    • Please send the Application for Admission for Open Enrollment form to (individual school email list) the address listed for the school you wish to attend. 

If you are new to LPS: once accepted by the school, you will register with the district central registrar.

  • All students NEW to LPS must register by completing an online pre-registration form and provide documentation to the Central Registrar. Please follow the Parent Checklist on the How to Enroll page.

If you are an existing LPS student: you do not need to register with Central Registration.  


Open Enrollment Reminders

  • Open enrollment applications must be emailed directly to the school. All open enrollment requests must be approved before students can be registered.
  • Existing open enrolled students, resident and non-resident, wanting to continue at the same school next year must complete an "Intent to Renew" form. Intent to Renew is due no later than the first Friday following Winter Break, January 13, 2023. This form is available on the district website starting October 1, 2022. Families are encouraged to complete and email the Intent to Renew form at the earliest possible date.
  • Existing open enrolled elementary and middle school students who will be moving to a different school (5th-6th grade or 8th-9th grade transition) must complete a new open enrollment application.

Parents are responsible for providing transportation for open enrolled students. District transportation may be provided when space is available on established bus route. To see if bus transportation may be available, please visit the Bus Transportation page on the district website and complete an online “space availability” form. Keep in mind that space available transportation requests may not be processed until October.


If you need to submit an Open Enrollment application for the current 22-23 school year:

22-23 Application for Admission of Open Enrollment English

22-23 Application for Admission of Open Enrollment Spanish