Admissions

Admissions

Aspen Community School is a public charter school of the Aspen Public School District. As a charter school, we are funded by the State and individual donations, charge no tuition (see sidebar), are non-discriminatory in admissions and provide an alternative within the public school framework.

Enrollment in Aspen Community School is available to all students, including students with disabilities, and information about disabilities will not be requested until a student has been admitted and enrolled.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For questions regarding the admission and enrollment of students with disabilities in Aspen Community School, you may contact Aspen School District or Aspen Community School at 970-923-4080. 

Admissions Criteria and Lottery
Because there is greater demand for admissions than we have space for students, we use an annual lottery system to select students for enrollment. Once the annual lottery has been drawn we continue to take applications.  Student names will be added to our waitlist as applications are received. New applications must be completed each year for the lottery.  All students are eligible for the lottery once they have completed the admissions process below. Aspen School District residents receive priority in the lottery.

Enrollment is determined by availability and approximate gender balance. Class sizes are capped at 16 students for Kindergarten through 8th grades. Each student is entered into the lottery; there is no “first-come, first-served” waiting list.

Deadline
The lottery deadline for the 2022-2023 school year is Friday, April 8, 2022. All applications received after the lottery are considered on a space-available basis.

Families are notified of the results by the Wednesday of the week following the lottery pull.

Admissions Process
To be eligible for admission, students and their parents must first take the following steps:

  1. Complete and turn in the Application for Admission (See sidebar for links to application) along with supporting documents, by the deadline.  Submissions are received at:email: acs@discovercompass.org
  2. Aspen Community School requests in person school visits upon acceptance into school enrollment.