School Options and Choice

PSD offers diverse schools and programs 

Applications currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year.

School choice applications for the 2019-20 school year are no longer being accepted. If you're wanting to change schools for the 2019-20 school year, please follow the school transfer process below.

Neighborhood schools offer a rigorous standards-driven curriculum, and gifted, enrichment, and accelerated options. Other schools may have a specific curriculum or focus like International Baccalaureate, Core Knowledge, hands-on learning, dual-language immersion and online learning (see the left-hand menu for more information about options). 

School Choice

PSD's School Choice program allows families to select the school that best meets their child's educational needs based on space availability and eligibility requirements. A school choice application is required to attend a school that is not a student’s neighborhood school or to attend a choice only school.


Deadlines, school notifications about school choice applications, and when families need to respond to schools about their decision are included in the timelines below:


School Choice Website & Application

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School Choice reminders

The first consideration period deadline for new and renewal applications for School Choice is approaching soon. For both elementary and secondary schools, the deadline is 12 p.,m., noon, Friday, Jan. 17.

  • Submitted applications will receive a confirmation email from If you do not receive a confirmation email, it means you did not properly submit your student’s application. To finalize the submission process, please access your account in Smart Choice™.
  • Students who intend to remain at their current school choice school for the 2020-21 school year do not need to reapply.

Parents who have students on a school's 2019-20 wait list:

For a student to remain on a school's wait list for School Choice for the 2020-21 school year, the current 2019-20 School Choice application must be renewed by the first consideration period deadline, which is 12 p.m., noon, Friday, Jan. 17.

  • Applicants do not automatically roll over to the 2020-21 wait list.
  • Failure to renew a student's current 2019-20 School Choice application for the 2020-21 school year will result in the student being removed from that school's 2020-21 wait list.

Parents will need to access their account in Smart Choice™ and refer to the dashboard for instructions regarding how to renew their student's School Choice application. 

Communication with schools

With the School Choice system, all communication is through email. Parents are responsible for monitoring their applications by checking email and on their account dashboard regarding acceptance of seats or requests to be on a school's wait list.

School transfers

Once a school year begins, open enrollment (school choice) for that school year is over. Applying to attend another school is considered a transfer and must be approved by either the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools or Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools.

You may begin the school transfer process by completing the School Transfer Request, (also available in Spanish - School Transfer Request).  

Contact Information

Elementary schools:  970.490.3302
Secondary schools: 970.490.3201