HULSTROM ENROLLMENT AND
FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
Families with students wishing to attend Hulstrom K-8
will apply for admission by using the district’s
Schools of Choice Program. The 1st round of choice opens on
December 1st and closes on January 31st.
Applications will be available online through the Adams 12 website
http://www.adams12.org/choice/application at that time.
child must be 5 years old on or before October 1 of the school year he/she will
start school. If your child misses the cut-off date but is a highly advanced
student (at or above 98th percentile on nationally normed
assessments as per Colorado Department of Education guidelines), you can apply
for early entrance. For more information on early entrance, please go to http://www.adams12.org/kindergarten/early_entrance.
Kindergarten is a full-day, tuition-based program. There is a $50.00 onetime
registration fee and a tuition fee of $300.00 a month. There is a $25.00 late fee for payments not paid by the first of
every month. Tuition is waived for families who qualify for a free or reduced
lunch. The Hulstrom Options kindergarten is considered advanced and
highly rigorous, and the expectation is on academics. We challenge our
students beyond what a traditional school will and the expectation for parental
involvement reflects this.
For questions contact Deb Hall at 720-972-5402
parent information night MUST be attended in order for the
application to be considered. Parent information meeting are: December 16,
2014, January 6, 2015 and January 13, 2015 all meetings are 5:00pm to 6:30pm
starting in the Hulstrom gym.
All potential kindergarten students will go through a
kindergarten readiness screening. Screening will be scheduled by
Hulstrom K-8 after the application process begins. Bring the following
completed forms to scheduled screening: Preschool Survey, Parent Survey, About My Child, Home
Language Survey. (All forms are located on the Hulstrom Website under
Kindergarten Readiness Screening Forms). IQ
testing is strongly encouraged (required for GT program) for grades K-8 and can be
submitted to Deb Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the screening
determines that Hulstrom K-8 is an appropriate placement, the student will
be considered for admission. Based on the screening results, students will be
selected for the Gifted and Talented Program or the Advanced Academic Program
(both programs are academically very rigorous and are explained in more detail
below). Once the kindergarten screening is complete, students are selected by
lottery and space availability through the Choice Office. Applicants for the
upper grades will be screened using their school records and other pertinent
information including IQ report if available. For all levels, siblings who
qualify to attend Hulstrom K-8 will be
potential students’ grades 1-8 will go through a readiness screening if
and when space is available. Screening determines if
Hulstrom K-8 is an appropriate placement, and considered for admission.
Based on the screening results, students will be selected for the Gifted and
Talented Program or the Advanced Academic Program both programs are advanced
academically and very rigorous. Once the screening is complete, students
are selected by lottery and space availability. Applicants for grades
1-8 will be screened along with their school records and other pertinent
information including IQ report if available. (IQ testing is strongly
encouraged for grades K-8.) For all levels, siblings who qualify to
attend Hulstrom will be given priority.2Th4
deadlines for 2015-2016 Choice process
Submit application by
January 30th deadline for priority consideration
year, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,000 Choice applications
for the 2014-2015 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment
law, the district’s Choice Program allows for students to apply to attend
schools outside of their attendance area boundary. Those who are approved for
Choice are responsible for their own transportation.
in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district
Choice requests are considered after in-district applications. Acceptance to a Choice school is based upon
several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate
programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students. While not a guarantee, when possible,
priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will attend the
Adams 12 Five Star
Schools will determine the schools open to Choice for the 2015-2016 school year
no later than December 1, 2014. These will be
published in the December issue of the Five
Star Journal and will be posted online at the district web site at www.adams12.org/choice_schools. Families with children already attending
schools that are not open to Choice are eligible to submit an application for
their existing student to remain at the school or for younger siblings to
attend the school with their older siblings.
Choice application will be available beginning December 1st at http://www.adams12.org/choice/application.
For families without computer access, applications will be available at
each school and at the Educational Support Center.
The deadline for
priority consideration is January 30, 2015 and is not first-come,
first-served. Parents and students
submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the
results of their application no later than the third week of February. If the
number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district
will hold a lottery.
The second deadline
to submit a Choice application for the 2015-2016 school year will be March 31,
As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available
for priority consideration in a given school, the district will hold a
lottery. Notification of approval or
denial will be made no later than the third week of April.
In addition to the
two deadlines above, in some years a third round of Choice may be held in
August & September if space is available.
While the 1st and 2nd round of Choice is lottery
based, applications in the 3rd round of Choice are processed on a first-come,
first-served basis and submitted at the school.
Adams 12 Admissions Office determines the acceptance of Choice requests. For
traditional schools, extended-day tuition-based kindergarten does not go through the Choice
Program. For magnet schools,
extended-day tuition-based kindergarten does
go through the Choice Program.
In-district students are not required to apply for Choice to attend
secondary programs like Horizon SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range Global
Studies, Northglenn High STEM Program and Thornton High International
Baccalaureate (IB). Application and
acceptance to those programs goes through the individual school. Out-of-district students wishing to attend
high school programs that are not school-wide must apply for both Choice and
with the program. If the school is not open to Choice then the program is
closed to out-of-district students.
extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners at traditional schools
should note that enrollment in that program does not automatically mean the
student will go to the same school for first grade. The student must
apply through the Choice Program for first grade placement if he/she wants to
go to a school other than his/her boundary school. Also note that the school the child attended
for kindergarten may not necessarily be open for Choice. Parents of extended-day, tuition-based
kindergarteners for magnet schools do not need to reapply for Choice as
their Choice approval remains in effect through the highest grade served at
their magnet school.
duration of a Choice placement is valid only for the grades which that school
serves. For example, if a student attends a Choice elementary school, the
approval is valid to the end of fifth grade, as long as there are no
significant changes in that school’s enrollment or facilities. When a student
transitions from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school,
they must reapply for Choice. If they don’t, the student’s placement automatically
reverts to their boundary school.
learn more about the Choice Program and to get answers to frequently asked
questions, please visit the district web site at http://www.adams12.org/choice. The Admissions Office can be contacted via
email at email@example.com
or via phone at 720-972-4055.
Gifted Options Program is designed to
give gifted and talented students the opportunity to learn at an accelerated
pace, in a creative environment, and with high ability peers. Students find
that the Gifted Options Program provides them with a more appropriate pace, a
greater depth of study, and a higher complexity level of thinking. This
program, while accelerated, is standards-based, highly rigorous, and structured
through interdisciplinary instruction. In this environment, students are
encouraged to collaborate with other students and to incorporate their
interests into their learning.
instructional models are based on best practice research in the field of gifted
education as defined by the National Association for Gifted Children.
When considering whether a child is an appropriate candidate for Gifted
Options, parents should take into account the rigorous pace of instruction, the
high expectations, and the level of independence sometimes required.
Advanced Academic Program is designed
to provide a research & standards-based approach to education for average
to high ability students. Students enjoy a structured, rigorous approach,
combined with inter-disciplinary thematic studies. Students focus on grade
level and beyond skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Students receive instruction on and above grade level, that focuses on the
state and district standards along with higher level thinking. Differentiated
learning is provided for students whose advanced abilities are qualitatively
different enough to need differentiated opportunities within their learning
Hulstrom Options K-8 School is most successful for students who exhibit the
Independence, Emotional and Social Maturity, Enthusiasm and Passion for
Learning, Risk Taking, High Potential for Achievement and Production, Creative
and Critical Thinking, Strong parental support
within the Gifted Options Program will be be
challenged beyond what they find easy or comfortable. Optimal learning for
gifted students happens when they have a genuine challenge and appropriate
support to successfully meet these challenges. The Gifted Options Program
offers students an accelerated instructional model that is standards-based and
highly rigorous. Students are able to utilize creativity and problem solving to
authentic and relevant world learning opportunities.
Advanced Academic Program is a focused,
highly rigorous, structured program that is a standards-based curriculum model.
Curricular materials are used to support an integrated, thematic approach to
education. The Advanced Academic Program focuses on the application of
higher-order thinking skills, deductive reasoning, and analytical thinking.
do I know I'm making the right choice?
your own knowledge of your child.
your own feelings and instincts about a school.
that your child must be prepared for a world very different from the one you
experienced as a young child.
that school is not like it was when you were there.
your child in the decision-making process.
many different opinions.
cautious about making a decision based on only one factor.
Language and Culture at Hulstrom Options K-8
are pleased to announce that Hulstrom has been awarded a Mandarin Chinese
Language teacher grant from College Board. Mandarin Chinese instruction is
offered to our students in grades 3-8. This grant was highly competitive and we
are honored to have been selected by College Board. This grant really helps
Hulstrom to get world language instruction implemented in our K-8!
Here are some resource links supporting this decision:
Going Global, Scholastic News - May 8, 2006
Foreign Language Programs Grow at Schools - St. Petersburg Times - April 25,
Why Chinese Language Matters to Americans - Chinese Language Programs in
Chinese? Chinese Language Programs in American Schools
COLORADO PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (CPP)
Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers preschool to a limited number of CPP qualifying children. The Colorado Preschool Program is funded by the state of Colorado. Eligible children will attend at no cost to the family. Classes are 4 days per week, 2 hours and 55 mintues per day.
To be eligible for the Colorado Preschool Program in Adams 12 Five Star Schools:
è The child and parent/guardian must reside within the boundaries of the Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Two proofs of residency must be provided at the time of the screening appointment.è The child must go through the Adams12 free screening process.è The child must meet the State’s criteria for eligibility. Some examples of qualifying risk factors are:§ Child is eligible to receive free or reduced-cost lunch pursuant to the provisions of the Federal “National School Lunch Act”;§ Child is in need of language development, including but not limited to the ability to speak English;§ Child lives in a Multiple-Family Household;§ Parent or Guardian has not successfully completed a high school education or its equivalent.è All students must have an up-to-date immunization record and physical, required by Colorado State Law, and an official birth certificate as they enter preschool.è The parent/guardian must be responsible for transportation to and from the program.¨ Appointments are required. Call : Becky McLaughlin at 720-972-8761 Jody Davis at 720-972-6145 Katrina Groetken at 720-972-3870
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