How to Apply

Our application deadline for the following year is 8:00 AM on the second Wednesday in May. If space is still available in a classroom after that date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Applications are not kept on file from year to year. If a family whose child is not enrolled must reapply each year. 

Application Checklist

A complete application for new students includes:

  1. Parents and students tour the school and meet the Director

  2. A family receives, completes and submits a pre-enrollment form to the CCS office.

  3. Records from previous schools are submitted, if applicable

Returning Students

A re-enrollment form will be sent to current students by the first week of April each year. Re-enrollment forms must be returned to CCS by Friday of the first week in May.

Lottery Process

Crestone Charter School offers highly individualized instruction. The class sizes are limited. If the number of applicants exceed the class limits, a lottery process is used and a wait list is instituted.

After enrollment is completed in May, and the number of applicants exceeds the enrollment openings for a given classroom, at 8:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of May a lottery will be conducted. A neutral third party will observe the lottery process.


For multiple birth applicants (twins, triplets, etc.) only one name will be entered in the lottery, and if that name is selected all siblings will be selected.


Applicants who are drawn in the lottery will be notified in writing and by phone no later than the Friday following the lottery and must accept or decline enrollment by a date specified in the notification letter.


Once the lottery is complete and the enrollment roster is finalized, remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist for the applicable year only.  The waitlist order is also determined by the lottery. Should space become available, the first person on the waitlist will be contacted by phone and the applicant will have five working days to accept or decline. If the applicant cannot be reached or declines an available slot, the applicant's name will be removed from the waitlist.


Class Size Determination

Early Elementary (K-1), Primary (2-3) and Intermediate (4-5) classrooms will ordinarily contain no more than 16 students per classroom. Middle School (6-8) will ordinarily contain no more than 24 students. High school (9-12) will ordinarily contain no more than 32 students.


The director can approve exceptions based on current student's individual needs for retention or advancement.


Enrollment and Lottery Ranked Priorities

The following is the ranked priority list:

  1. Currently enrolled students

  2. Children of full-time contracted employees

  3. Students returning from approved sabbatical

  4. Siblings or children of currently enrolled students or alumni​

  5. Students who live within the district who have applied and not gained acceptance in the previous year. Priority within this ranking will be given to the students who have applied for the most consecutive years.

  6. Students who live within the district

  7. Out-of-district students

Students with Special Needs

New students in special education will be admitted conditionally upon review of their IEP, by an IEP team. The IEP team will determine whether the student can receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) at CCS consistent with State and Federal law. If so, the student's enrollment or waitlist status will be determined under the same conditions as a student in regular education.