Ms. Brown was informed today that the Board policy has been changed to allow ALL CCCK-8 students guaranteed enrollment into Ralston Valley High School (RVHS).
The language states:
Once the first round application period for choice enrollment is closed, enrollment shall be guaranteed for:
- Applicants who, for various reasons, have a new assigned neighborhood school and wish to remain at their prior assigned neighborhood school.
- Applicants who are not currently-attending a Jeffco public school and wish to attend their assigned neighborhood school.
- Applicants to Ralston Valley High School who are currently attending Coal Creek Canyon K-8
If you would like to see the policy document in full, go to Board Docs by following this link.
For those of you new to this situation, all Jefferson County residents are automatically accepted to RVHS as their home school.
However, last year was the first year that the Boulder County and Gilpin County CCCK-8 8th graders were not automatically accepted to RVHS and were put on a wait list at a lower priority for acceptance. (They were eventually accepted in August just before school started.)
Parents and staff worked with district representatives to advocate for a change in policy for the CCCK-8 choice-enrolled students (about 1/3 of our student population) to be able to go with their classmates to RVHS if they choose to do so. With this change in policy, CCCK-8 students are identified as an exception to the choice enrollment policy for RVHS.
This is great news since our Soaring Eagles family will be able to stick together as they move up through their education. We risked losing students at CCCK-8 as families planned to leave once they knew they wouldn’t necessarily be able to go to high school with their classmates. With fewer students, we probably would have struggled to maintain the high-class middle school program we have at CCCK-8. Consequently, this is good news for all of our tri-county students!
Thank you to the parents, teachers, school and district staff that worked make this happen!