Enrollment, Intake, & Candidacy 

R-5 High School provides an alternative educational choice setting open to all learners. However, space is limited and all prospective learners must apply for entry. As an alternative school, R-5 offers fewer elective choices than a traditional high school (e.g., no art, languages or PE). The application and enrollment process is designed to match the school’s program and course offerings to the learner’s needs.

There will be five intake dates throughout the school year where we will be accepting new learners. Below is a list of intake start dates and the deadline to have the Pre-Enrollment completed for that intake. It is important that the Pre-Enrollment is done well in advance of the start date so that we have time to complete an intake interview and paperwork.

To Start on Intake Date Complete Pre-Enrollment By:

August 9, 2021 July 30, 2021

September 7, 2021 August 27, 2021

October 18, 2021 October 8, 2021

January 5, 2022 December 10, 2021

March 14, 2022 March 4, 2022

If we do not have your Pre-Enrollment application by the deadline for the current intake date, we will hold your application for the following intake.

How to Enroll: (NOTE: You must be at least 16 years old on the start date to start at R-5.)

Learners who were enrolled at R-5 at the end of the school year will automatically be enrolled at R-5 again the following school year and only need to come to registration on July 29th and 30th.

Step 1: Please fill out the Pre-Enrollment Here by the deadline. This will start the registration process and let us know you are interested in attending R-5.

Formulario de preinscripción de la Escuela Preparatoria R5 

Step 2: An R-5 secretary will call to schedule an intake interview. (If you fill this form out during the summer, you will not receive a call for an intake interview until the end of July.)

During the interview, we will assess the learner’s educational needs and goals. The learner will have the opportunity to explain why he/she wishes to attend R-5 High School, his/her goals and aspirations, educational experiences and academic history. Learners will be invited to begin the first day of the next available intake day.

Step 3: Once the intake interview is completed, registration paperwork needs to be filled out and turned into the school.


Upon entering R-5, learners 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. learners are in candidacy during their first ten days at R-5. During candidacy, the learner 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 learner below 90% attendance and may result in not meeting candidacy. Failure to meet candidacy results in the learner losing his/her status as an R-5 learner. Learners who do not meet the candidacy requirements may be invited to re-enter on candidacy at the next intake day and/or may always reapply at a future date. Upon successful completion of candidacy, the learner is an official member of the R-5 student body!

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