Open enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open enrollment policies.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
View the full open enrollment database here.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2018|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict.|
The receiving district may deny enrollment for the following reasons: lack of space or teaching staff; program requested is not offered; lacks capacity to meet special needs; student does not meet eligibility criteria for participating in a particular program; denial necessary to maintain desegregation plan compliance; student has been expelled for specific reasons.
Citations: Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-36-101 and § 22-36-106
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Schools and school districts may deny enrollment under open enrollment policies to maintain compliance with a desegregation plan.|
Citations: Colo. Rev. Stat. § 22-36-101
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, school districts must consider adopting a policy that gives priority to students who have low academic performance and are transferring from a low-performing school.|
Citations: Colo. Rev. Stat § 22-36-101
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Not addressed.|
State policies outline a transportation token program, which provides transportation to another school for students enrolled in or living in the attendance zone of a designated low-performing school and for students (grades 1-8) eligible for free and reduced lunch and enrolled in a low-performing school. Transportation tokens may be used for public transportation or other forms of approved transportation. It is not clear if this program is currently in effect.
Citations: Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-122