Enrollment for New K-8 Students

Open Enrollment at Ben Franklin Academy

Thank you for considering open enrollment at Ben Franklin Academy (BFA), a John Irwin School of Excellence and The STEAM School of Choice in Douglas County. Click here to read our mission and vision as well as how our proven curriculum fosters the success of individual students.

Now is a fantastic time to choose Ben Franklin Academy! Due to changes in our class offerings, Kindergarten now enrolls fewer students each year leading to a number of openings in our first grade classes. In addition, with the shifting enrollment due to COVID-19, we expect most every grade will have a few openings for new students in the 2021-22 school year.

BFA participates in the annual Douglas County School District (DCSD) online Open Enrollment process to fill K-8 openings. Parents interested in K-8 enrollment at BFA need to complete DCSD Open Enrollment for their child to be eligible for openings. (Previous year’s Open Enrollment lists do not “roll forward.”) Click here for preschool enrollment information.

How Open Enrollment Works

Open Enrollment can only be completed online through DCSD’s Open Enrollment tool. To do so, parents will need a DCSD EngagED Parent Portal account.

Parents who have had a student enrolled in a DCSD school should have a DCSD EnagED Parent Portal account already. Parents who have forgotten their account credentials or are having trouble logging in to their Parent Portal, SHOULD NOT create a new account. This may VOID the Open Enrollment application. Parents either should contact their child’s current DCSD school for assistance or the DCSD Choice Programming office.

Parents who have never had a student enrolled at a DCSD school will need to create a DCSD EnagED Parent Portal account. (Please note: Account creation cannot be done before Open Enrollment begins.) Once created, parents will use their credentials (username and password) to access and complete Open Enrollment for their child. Parents should retain these credentials for future use.

Open Enrollment Dates

The First Round Open Enrollment opens on Monday, Nov. 2, and closes on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Parents can see offers in the EngagED Parent Portal on Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 a.m. and have until Friday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. to log back into the Portal and accept any open enrollment offers. In the event you did not receive any offers during First Round, you will remain on a waitlist for Second Round of Open Enrollment, which opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 22.

The Second Round of Open Enrollment runs from Jan. 22, 2021 through Aug. 2, 2021 at 4 p.m.  If you were put on the wait list during the first round, you will still be on that list for the second round. Schools will ONLY reach out to you when and if a spot becomes available—and the offers will be extended via email rather than through the Parent Portal.

Open Enrollment: First Round

Whether a parent completes Open Enrollment the first or the last day of this round has no bearing on where a student will be on the Open Enrollment list. It is not first come, first served. However, students with a priority status earn priority placement.

Note: Parents can elect to receive an email with their school selections while they are in the Open Enrollment tool. During First Round, district Registrars do not have access to the Open Enrollment system to verify enrollment submissions.

During the specified time frame, enrollment offers will be visible from the Open Enrollment system. Parents will use their EngagED Parent Portal account credentials to login to the system to check for offers. Parents who would like to accept an offer MUST do so via the Open Enrollment system.

If a parent logs in to the Open Enrollment system and does not see an offer for their child, it means an opening was not available at that time. The child will remain on the Open Enrollment list for future openings.

Open Enrollment: Second Round

Parents who were unable to Open Enroll their child during First Round can do so during Second Round via the Open Enrollment tool. Submissions during Second Round are added to the bottom of any existing lists from First Round in the order of submission. (If you were not offered a spot in the first round, you do not need to complete another submission for the same school(s) during the second round.)

As space becomes available, offers during Second Round will be made via the email address parents submitted during Open Enrollment. (Offers during this round will not be visible from the Open Enrollment tool, rather parents should look for an email from the school’s registrar.) Email offers will include specific deadlines that must be met to move to the next step in the enrollment process. Unfortunately, if parents miss the deadlines outlined in the registrar’s email, the enrollment offer will be withdrawn and another student on the list will be given an opportunity to enroll.

Enrollment for Current BFA Students

Current K-8 students intending to return to BFA next school year DO NOT need to take any action. If your student will not return to BFA next year, please let the registrar know via email.

Enrollment for Preschool Students

Enrollment for BFA preschool students will take place via the preschool webpage on the BFA website. 

If you are interested in the Ben Franklin Academy Preschool program, please click here for more information.


Thank you for your interest in attending BFA. If you have any questions please email our registrar or call 720-383-4519 x3104 to reach the registrar.