Enrollment Intake, & Candidacy 


R-5 High School provides an alternative educational choice setting open to all students. However, as a school of choice, space is limited and all prospective students must apply for entry. As an alternative school, R-5 offers a narrower range of elective choices than found in a traditional high school. The application and enrollment process is designed to ensure a match between the school's program and course offerings and the student's needs. Students may obtain an application by visiting the school office or print the registration form here. Completed applications should be submitted to the main office. The application materials will be reviewed for information, completion and signatures.


Once the completed application is on file and it is determined that the student meets the R-5 criteria, then a R-5 secretary will schedule an interview with our counselor. During the interview, we will assess the student's educational needs and goals. The student will have the opportunity to explain why they wish to attend R-5 High School, their goals and aspirations, educational experiences, and academic history. R-5 offers multiple intake dates throughout the year (Aug 14, Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 16, Jan 8, and March 12), and the student will be invited to begin the first day of the next available intake day.


Upon entering R-5, students must have a signed training agreement for a job or volunteer position, be enrolled in Career Center or Western Colorado Community College, or be enrolled in a 7th and 8th hour vocational intervention at R-5. Students are in candidacy during their first ten days at R-5. During Candidacy, the student must demonstrate commitment to his/her education at R-5 by physically attending all classes a minimum of 90%, actively engaging in each class, demonstrating readiness for R-5 and participating in vocational training. More than one absence in this ten day period will bring the student below 90% attendance and may result in not meeting candidacy. Failure to meet candidacy results in the student losing his/her status as an R-5 student. Students who do not meet the candidacy requirements may be invited to reenter on candidacy at the next intake day and/or may always reapply at a future date. Upon successful completion of Candidacy, the student is an official member of the R-5 student body!

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