Choice Schools

Updated on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 8:16am




This list includes schools that are open to Choice for new families and students.  If your family has a sibling at a school that is not on this list you can still apply for siblings to attend there.  If your family has a student that is attending a school that is not on the list and you have moved out of the boundary for that school, you can apply for your student to continue at the school.  Families may apply to return to their boundary school through the Choice process even if the boundary school is not on this list.

Per Superintendent Policy, in-district applications are considered before out-of-district applications.  All Choice applications received by the March 31st deadline will be considered at the same time.  There is NOT an appeal process to denied Choice applications. The Choice Application is located here


The Choice program is open to students with disabilities. Students with mild/moderate disabilities may apply to any school open to Choice on this list.

Students with disabilities placed in a Significant Support Needs, Affective Needs or Autism Spectrum Disorder Program may apply to any program listed in the special education section below.  If no programs are listed below, the district does not have the available space or staff to accommodate students from outside a school’s attendance area or outside of the Adams 12 boundaries with existing resources.


Beginning with the 2020/21 school year enrollment process, priority admissions to tuition based preschool programs will be managed through the district’s Schools of Choice program round 1.  After round 1, any remaining spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis directly at each school.  Please contact the preschool site for more information.

Please note, approval to attend a preschool in an area other than that of the student’s boundary school or a magnet school is for preschool only. A student who wishes to attend their out-of-boundary preschool or magnet preschool for kindergarten must apply for Choice when transitioning from preschool to kindergarten.

Tuition-based preschool will cost $365 per month. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee and $315 deposit (that are both applied to the last month's tuition).  If your tuition account becomes delinquent your student will no longer be allowed to attend the Tuition Preschool program until the delinquent account has been brought up to date. This application does not guarantee a spot in preschool. If you are accepted in the lottery you will then enroll your child with your approved preschool site.

The sites below have spaces remaining as of 2/11/2020.  Please contact the school directly to enroll: 

  • Arapahoe Ridge
  • Cherry Drive
  • Thunder Vista


Arapahoe Ridge

  • Kindergarten through 4th grade


  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade

Cherry Drive

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  

Coronado Hills

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  

Cotton Creek

  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade

Coyote Ridge

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  


  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th grade

Federal Heights

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  

Glacier Peak

  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 5th grade


  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th grade

Hunters Glen

  • Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade

Malley Drive

  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade


  • 2nd  through 5th grade

Mountain View

  • Kindergarten through 3rd, 5th grade

North Mor

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  

North Star

  • Kindergarten through 4th grade

Prairie Hills

  • 1st, 3rd, 4th grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  

Rocky Mountain

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  


  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade  


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade


  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade


  • Kindergarten through 5th grade


All grades are posted open at our magnet schools but it does not necessarily mean there is space available in all grades.  Kindergarten is always open to fill 75 spaces at each school and 50 at The Studio School.

Applications received for grades that do not have space available will be kept on file for the 2020-21 wait list to fill as needed.

If a student was on the wait list for the 2019-20 school year, you must re-apply for possible placement in the 2020-21 school year, as the wait lists are good for only one school year.

Hulstrom K-8

In-district applicants

  • Kindergarten through 8th grade 
  • All Hulstrom kindergarten applicants will be screened for eligibility.  Hulstrom will conduct a screening of each student if space becomes available.

Out-of-district applicants

  • Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Out-of-district applicants must provide their own IQ testing for consideration.

STEM Launch

  • Kindergarten through 8th grade

The Studio School

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade



  • 6th through 8th grade

Northglenn Middle

  • 6th through 8th grade

Shadow Ridge

  • 6th through 8th grade

Silver Hills

  • 6th through 8th grade


  • 7th and 8th grade



  • 9th through 11th grade


Students with mild/moderate disabilities may apply to any school open to Choice for the 2020-21 school year.

Students with center-based needs including, at the elementary level, Affective Needs (AN), Structured Learning Services (SLS), Significant Support Needs (SSN) and, at the secondary level, Social Emotional Services (SES) and Significant Support Needs (SSN), may apply to any program below that serves their needs.  If there are more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held.  The following programs are only open to students that reside in-district due to the fact that we are unable to serve additional students without adding additional resources.

Elementary Center-Based Programming:

·         Coronado Hills SSN Program – 1 space

·         Glacier Peak SSN Program – 1 space

·         McElwain SSN Program – 1 space

·         Riverdale SSN Program – 1 space

·         Rocky Mountain SSN Program – 1 space

·         Stellar SSN Program -1 space

Secondary Center-Based Programming:

·         Silver Hills SES - 1 space

·         Thornton High SSN Program – 9th-11th grade - 1 space

·         Thornton High SES Program - 9th-11th grade - 1 space

The remaining schools in Adams 12 supporting students within Significant Support Needs, Affective Needs or Structured Learning Services programs do not have the available space or staff to accommodate students from outside a school’s attendance area or outside of the Adams 12 boundaries with existing resources.

The Choice application is to the right of this page or click here