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The Carbondale Community School is a public charter school of the Roaring Fork School District. As a charter school, we are funded by the State and individual donations, charge no tuition, are non-discriminatory in admissions, and provide an alternative within the public school framework.

Enrollment in Carbondale Community School, as with all charter schools, 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.  For questions regarding the admission and enrollment of students with disabilities in Carbondale Community School, you may contact Roaring Fork School District or Carbondale Community School at 970-963-9647. 

This page includes information about the 2023-2024 application process.

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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. All students are eligible for the lottery once they have completed the admissions process below. Please see the Enrollment Policy for information about lottery priorities. Enrollment is determined by availability. Each student is entered into the lottery, and there is no “first come, first served” waiting list.


The lottery deadline for the 2023/2024 school year is FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2023. All applications received after the lottery are considered on a space-available basis.

Admissions Process (for the 2023-2024 school year)

Prior to applying, families should do the following:

  • View the virtual tour linked above
  • Attend a Bilingual School Information Night
  • Thursday February 9, 2023 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Determine if the school is a good fit and decide to continue the application process. Call the school if you need additional information 970-963-9647.

To apply, families should do the following:

  • Complete and turn in an Application for Admission form (linked above) by the deadline.
  • Look for an email from the school following the lottery. After the lottery parents will receive an email within 48 hours with the outcome of the lottery. If you receive notice of acceptance, we ask that you accept (or decline) enrollment within a week.
  • Tour the school. Please make a reservation to attend one of the school tours offered prior to the lottery. Students entering grades 5-8 may be able to attend for all or part of a school day, once a spot has been offered. Families should call the school to make arrangements.

Spanish/English Tour Dates  * Call 970-963-9647 to make a reservation

  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
    • 8:30 – 9:30 am
    • 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
    • 8:30 – 9:30 am
    • 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Monday, March 20, 2023
    • 8:30-9:30 am
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023
    • 8:30-9:30 am

After accepting, please register your student by submitting the following:

    • A completed new student registration form (emailed to new families)
    • A copy of your student’s birth certificate
    • Proof of Address
    • School fees*

* School Fees:  While we do not charge tuition, there are fees and expenditures associated with attending the Carbondale Community School. We work with each family to ensure no child is excluded from any school sponsored activity or event. School fees are waived or reduced for families qualifying for free and reduced lunch.Please let us know if you are concerned about paying school fees.

***Need Help? Call 970-963-9647 OR Email Sandra Shafer

CCS Virtual Tour in English

Vea el Tour Virtual CCS en español