Open Enrollment for New Students

Open Enrollment for NEW BFA students is NOW OPEN! Please be sure to complete enrollment well before the first round closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Although enrolling early during the FIRST ROUND does not offer any advantages–it’s a good idea to complete the process early just in case you encounter any issues. You can choose up to four schools during the Open Enrollment process, but we encourage you to only pick the schools you plan to accept as that helps streamline the process for everyone.
 
For your quick reference, below is the information we emailed BFA parents earlier this fall about Open Enrollment for new BFA students. 

The first round of Open Enrollment IS NOW OPEN!

Parents of ALL NEW K-8 BFA students for the 2019-20 school year need to take action by completing DCSD’s Open Enrollment process. 
 
Even if you have a student who currently attends kindergarten through eighth grade at BFA, you will need to complete DCSD Open Enrollment for any NEW, or incoming K-8 students. For example, if you have a third grader attending BFA, and want to send your child to Kindergarten at BFA, you MUST complete Open Enrollment for the upcoming Kindergarten student.
 
FIRST ROUND: Runs today through 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. All families are highly encouraged to complete Open Enrollment at some point during the First Round; please keep in mind that the first round is NOT first come, first served. 
  • Parents will use their DCSD EngagED Parent Portal to access Open Enrollment. (Hint: You used your EngagED Parent Portal to complete Express Check-In in August.) Parents without a DCSD EngagED Parent Portal account will be able to create one today. If you do not know your username and password, please email BFA’s registrar, Colleen Bobbin. Keep in mind, if you have any concerns about accessing your Parent Portal, try to log in early in the process and, if you encounter problems, email the registrar well in advance of the deadline on Monday, Dec. 3. 
  • If you are applying for Kindergarten, your child MUST turn five by Oct. 1 of the enrollment year. For example, if your student will be five by Oct. 1, 2019, they can apply for the 2019-20 school year. 
  • Open Enrollment submissions during the FIRST ROUND ONLY will have priority based on the following:
    • Children in the household of Founding Families;
    • Siblings of current students. Siblings that share the same birth date (ie. twins or triplets) shall receive automatic enrollment; 
    • Children of full-time teachers; and
    • BFA preschool students. (BFA Parents: See Mrs. Goldberg’s Oct. 17 email for specific details.) 
IMPORTANT: Parents with students who have the above priorities who miss First Round of Open Enrollment will NOT receive priority in the Second Round of enrollment. If you want to leverage your priority status, please plan to complete Open Enrollment during First Round.
  • Parents will see offers in the EngagED Parent Portal at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and MUST log back in by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, to accept an open enrollment offer. If you receive an offer, and do not accept it by the deadline, you will automatically be placed on the second round open enrollment wait-list, which runs from Jan. 22 to Aug. 1.
  • Parents who accept an offer will receive enrollment requirements and deadlines via email. You can get a head start on some of these requirements by ensuring you have the following information handy: copy of your student’s birth certificate, updated immunization records, and proof of residency. One of the following will be required for proof of residency:
    • Lease Agreement
    • Purchase Agreement
    • Tax Notice
    • Warranty Deed
    • Deed of Trust
SECOND ROUND: Runs Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 – August 1, 2019 
  • Open Enrollment during Second Round is “first come, first served.” Parents requesting open enrollment for their child in the Second Round are placed on the wait-list behind those that are currently on the wait-list from first round. Priorities will NOT be considered. 
The DCSD Open Enrollment webpage provides the most up-to-date information and specific details about the process, as well as answers to commonly-asked questions. If you have questions about enrollment, please email our registrar or call 720-383-4519 x3104 to reach the registrar.
 
Current BFA Students
Current K-8 students intending to return to BFA next school year DO NOT need to take any action. If your K-7 student will not return to BFA next year, please let the registrar know via email.
 
Preschool Students
Preschool Enrollment for the three-year-old and four-year-old classes will take place via the preschool webpage on the BFA website. Preschool enrollment for current BFA families will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Preschool enrollment for the general public will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.
 
If you are interested in the Ben Franklin Academy Preschool program, please click here for more information.

 

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