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Enroll at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning

Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning is a choice enrollment school. Parents who're interested in choosing the school must first meet with faculty. Students are admitted according to their needs and the school's space availability.
 
The Expeditionary Learning model of teaching and learning inspires and empowers teachers to unleash the potential of their students. Our charter school builds teacher capacity in service of a more ambitious vision of student achievement: one that joins academic challenge and scholarship to critical skills like perseverance, critical thinking, and an ethic of contribution to prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship. Expeditionary Learning schools ensure the right conditions are in place for successful implementation of the model:
  • Strong school leadership shared across a team
  • A commitment to structures and relationships that optimize student and adult learning and foster character and trust.
  • A majority of the school’s faculty embracing the Expeditionary Learning model.
  • Structural and curricular autonomies around scheduling and curricular content that allow significant time and flexibility for group projects, fieldwork, and presentations.
  • Time for the principal and each faculty member to participate in at least 10-15 days of professional development in the summer and during the school year.
  • Frequent and ongoing access to a school’s staff to promote growth and improvement in practice and results.
 

Enrollment Overview

For current District 49 families - if you require assistance with transcripts, report cards, proof of attendance, disenrollments or any other school questions, please contact your Zone's Administrative Assistant for assistance.

 
Falcon Zone - Tricia Burley – 719-495-5525 – tburley@d49.org
 
Meridian Ranch Elem - Falcon Elem - Woodmen Hills Elem - Falcon Middle -Falcon High 

iConnect Zone - Michelle Wortkoetter – 719-494-8954 – mwortkoetter@d49.org

Patriot High - Pikes Peak Early College - Springs Studio for Academic Excellence - Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary LearningImagine Classical Academy - Falcon Homeschool Program 

Sand Creek Zone - Cindy Miller – 719-495-1164 – cmiller@d49.org

Springs Ranch Elem - Evans Elem - Remington Elem - Horizon Middle - Sand Creek High 
 
POWER Zone - Crystal Triplett – 719-494-8821 – ctriplett@d49.org

Stetson Elem - Odyssey Elem - Ridgeview Elem - Skyview Middle - Vista Ridge High 

 
 
Beginning July 10, 2017, the enrollment office will use special extended summer hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our team is ready to assist you with getting your child(ren) registered in the district's schools. During the school year, we're available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our office is located at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive in Colorado Springs.
 
To expedite the enrollment process, ensure you have all required documents. An enrollment cannot be processed without these documents. Applications that have documents submitted that do not meet the requirements listed will be unsubmitted and returned to the applicant. It is each parent or guardian's responsibility to review the required document requirements and upload these documents. If you do not have the birth certificate or immunization records, please contact the previous school or pediatrician and request to have them sent directly to you. The enrollment office does not request school records or accept faxes from previous schools.
 
When you are ready to enroll, visit the "Get Enrolled" page and start an online enrollment application.
 
FAQs
 
When Should My Child Start Kindergarten?
 
Children in Sand Creek Zone (Springs Ranch Elementary School, Evans International Elementary School, Remington Elementary School) must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 15 to enroll in kindergarten. Children in all other elementary schools who turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 15 can be enrolled into kindergarten.
 
If your child does not meet these deadlines, you may choose to speak directly with the principal at the school if you are inquiring about the possibility of your child being accepted.  Please know the district's central enrollment team does not have the authority to override these deadlines.
 
Which school will my child attend?
 
To assist you in finding your child's school visit our district map, and then input your student's home address. If you'd like to enroll in a school outside your neighborhood system, check our school of choice page, and learn more about that process. Bus stop information will be provided to you via your parent portal account.
 
What about school of choice?
 
We keep the school of choice window open year-round. If you prefer to enroll a student outside your designated neighborhood school, complete a school of choice application, in addition to the online enrollment application. Visit the school of choice page for more information.
 
The enrollment application must be done first. Once your enrollment application has been processed, you will then be ready to take the school of choice form to the school or schools you are wishing to choice your student into. Questions about when a decision may be made or how the decision of acceptance (or declination) will be communicated must be directed to the school.
  
Do I need to bring my children or family with me to enroll?
 
No.  Space is limited and there is no daycare provided.  It is typically quicker if the parent come by themselves so that they may concentrate on the application.  If you need to bring your children with you, please know that there is no one available to watch over them so if they are too young to occupy themselves and remain in the waiting room, it would be best to bring someone along with you to provide oversight for them. 
 
How will I know when my application has been processed?
 
When your application has been processed, you will receive an email from D49Dailer with information regarding your next steps. After application submission, frequently check your email, junk and spam folders for this email.
 
Will I be informed if my application is incomplete or needs additional information?
 
Yes. If for some reason, there are any documents or other information missing from your application, you will be sent a ticket from our LiveChat system that will include your application number in the title and will list out what is needed to allow further review and processing.
 
Do I need to wait to enroll until my child has their yearly physical and receives updated immunizations?
 
No.  If you have immunization records - even if they will change with an upcoming physical - you may enroll.  Once your child has had their yearly physical and received updated immunizations, simply take the most current immunization report directly to the school for updating. 
 
My child is enrolled in Preschool at one of District 49's coordinated (neighborhood) schools or at Imagine Classical Academy or Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning, do I need to do a new enrollment for kindergarten?
 
No. All preschool students attending a neighborhood school, ICA or PPSEL will have their enrollments automatically rolled to the next appropriate grade level.  
  
I've heard that District 49 has a military student transition consultant. Is this true?
 
Yes! We are happy to have Melissa Dashner as District 49's Military Student Transition Coordinator (MSTC).  Her office contact information is 719-495-1149 x1022 / mdashner@d49.org or via cell phone 719-271-4341. The MSTC will be available to assist you with the transition process and any questions you may have about this. They can assist with active duty and retired military as well as Civil Service, National Guard and those in the Reserves. The MSTC is located at the Creekside Success Center located at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, Room 106B, in Colorado Springs. 
 
I've heard that there is a waiting list. Can I "enroll" my child early to get on this list?
 
Contrary to what you may have heard, there are no waiting lists for coordinated (non-charter) District 49 schools.  With the exception of the Preschool Department which keeps a waiting list for the current school year only, all other grades have no waiting lists.  When you submit your enrollment application, your child will be enrolled in their neighborhood school (unless you have an acceptance letter from a different District 49 school such as Patriot High School, Pikes Peak Early College, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, Falcon Homeschool Program, Imagine Classical Academy or Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning).  If, by the time you enroll, the neighborhood school is full for a particular grade, the school will discuss this with you and explain where your child will be enrolled at due to the overflow.
 
Please know that there may be waiting lists at District 49 charter schools which consist of Imagine Classical Academy, Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, Power Technical Early College.  Please contact these schools directly for information regarding waiting lists and how to get on the list. 
 
I enrolled my child. When will I receive parent portal access?
 
Our Student Information Systems Specialist sends out the parent portal invitation email periodically.  This email will come from D49Dailer and will have a one time use link on it. If you click on the link but do not finish the account creation, the link will not work again. When you receive this email, and are ready to click on the link, please ensure that you are not using Internet Explorer or Edge as these browsers are incompatible with the parent portal system.  Instead, please always use, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.  
 
If you did not receive the email or have clicked on the link and it is no longer usable, please visit the D49 website, go to the Community Support tab and then to Parent and Student Portal.  From there you may either send us a message by clicking on the red Leave Message button or start a chat with us if you see the green Chat Now button.  In the message, please identify yourself by the name used when enrolling your student, the student name and date of birth to help expedite the look-up process.
 
I already have other children in the district, do I still need to provide proof of residency?
 
Yes. Proof of residency must be current (dated within the last 60 days) and cannot be anything with late or disconnect notices.
 
Can I upload multiple files in each field?
 
Not currently.  Each upload field will accept one document only.  If another document is uploaded, it will overwrite (erase) the previous document uploaded.  If you have a multiple page proof of residency (housing contract or lease or rental agreement) or multiple page immunization record, you will need access to a scanner that will scan multiple pages into one file or a phone app that will allow multiple pictures to be combined into one file.
 
Can I apply using my phone?
 
Possibly.  The application process may be done via your phone as long as your phone's browser is not Internet Explorer or Edge. Please keep in mind the file upload requirements.  If you are taking photos with your phone of your documents and if you need to upload multiple documents into one file (such as a notarized letter and utility bill if residing with another family), you will need to have a phone app installed that will allow multiple photos to be combined into one file. 
 
How long do I have to finish my application?
 
All enrollment applications expire and are deleted after 30 days from the date that you received the original email with the application link, if they have not been submitted and completely processed. Applications are automatically removed from the system; you will have to reapply. Please make sure you have all required documents uploaded to your application, and you submit your application.
 
What happens if guardianship changes?
 
For the safety and security of all students, if your children previously attended District 49 schools and you are now re-enrolling them, and there has been a change in legal status (e.g. divorce, custody, guardianship or restraining order documents), please upload the respective forms as one document with your proof of residency. If the forms do not apply to all children in your family, please upload with the birth certificate of the child for whom they do apply. If applying in person at the central enrollment office, please bring these documents with you.
 
How do I enroll my child in preschool?
 
District 49 preschool programs are available to children age 3 to 5 residing within District 49 boundaries. Our preschool classrooms are inclusive and welcome students of all skill levels, including children with special education needs. Preschoolers are placed in their neighborhood school as space permits. To indicate interest in the District 49 preschool program, visit the preschool application page.
Already received a 2016-2017 school year acceptance letter? Please go to the Start Online Enrollment Application section above.
 
 
Kim Steeves
Central Enrollment Supervisor
Office: 719.495.1149, ext. 1007
Roseann Palfrey
Enrollment Registrar
Office: 719.494.8911
Rachael Rico-Taube
Enrollment Registrar
Office: 719.494.8911
Von Kiyomi
Student Information Systems Specialist
Office: 719.495.1138

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