School district ends Edwards Elementary admissions lottery |

School district ends Edwards Elementary admissions lottery

Edwards Elementary School is eliminating its admissions lottery. Dual language immersion programs are now available at several other local schools.
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EDWARDS — There is no more lottery for Edwards Elementary School admissions, the school district announced.

Since the school’s dual language immersion model was launched decades ago, the school district has held a lottery to create an equal number of students who are native English speakers and native Spanish speakers.

While the lottery has worked relatively well for the school, several families in Edwards Elementary’s attendance area have been excluded from the school, the school district said.

Besides that, several other schools feature dual language immersion programs. Avon Elementary, June Creek Elementary and Homestake Peak School have dual language programs, and Red Sandstone Elementary will soon launch theirs.

“With numerous other upvalley schools adopting the dual language immersion program, the necessity of a matched pair language lottery has become unnecessary,” said Jason Glass, Eagle County Schools superintendent.

‘Serve our community’

For the 2017-18 school year, Edwards Elementary’s enrollment policy will match all the other district neighborhood elementary schools, beginning with next year’s kindergarten class.

That means all entering kindergarten students who live in the school’s boundary will be admitted to their neighborhood school.

Families who live outside Edwards Elementary’s boundaries can request admission through the school district’s open enrollment process. That runs Jan. 3 to Feb. 17. Outside enrollment will be based on capacity and staffing, the school district said.

“We are excited to be able to accommodate all of the new kindergarten students living in our school boundary area,” said Matt Abramowitz, Edwards Elementary principal. “Edwards Elementary will continue to provide its challenging dual language curriculum across all grade levels and serve our community as a neighborhood school.”

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935.

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