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John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses

2021-2022 Grant Applications now open!

Requests for Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now open for the Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program.

How to Apply:

Applicants must complete the online application via Smartsheet. Submission of application materials either in hard copy or via email will not be accepted. Materials include:

  • Request for Application (RFA) (Word) - This document is for reference only. Refer to pages 1-6 for detailed information about this grant opportunity and instructions for the application. Complete the application via the Smartsheet.
  • Budget Template (Excel) - Upload the completed budget template to your Smartsheet application.
  • Program Assurances Form - This is page 8 of the RFA above. Sign and upload to your Smartsheet application.


  • Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Applications open
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 9am - Informational Webinar
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 by 11:59pm - Applications due
  • by March 15, 2022 - Applicants will be notified of award status
  • by April 1, 2022 - Funds will be sent out to grantees
  • by June 30, 2023 - Funds must be expended; annual report due to CDE



The John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program is established in the Department of Education to provide funding for local education providers that automatically enroll certain students in advanced courses. The Program took effect in the 19-20 school year.

In order to be eligible for the grant program, a local education provider must automatically enroll students who are in 9th grade or higher in an advanced course in a subject related to one in which the student demonstrated proficiency on the prior year's statewide assessment, or in an advanced course based on any other measure, applied to all enrolled students, that demonstrates the student's ability to succeed in the advanced course.

Local education providers are encouraged to automatically enroll eligible 4th through 8th grade students in advanced courses as well. Local education providers must permit parents to remove their children from automatically enrolled classes and may permit parents to exempt their children from any automatic enrollment.


Traditionally, disadvantaged minorities and low-income students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds who perform well in school do not enroll in advanced classes at the same rate as their peers, regardless of preparedness. All students deserve the opportunity to learn higher-level content and students who have access to a rigorous curriculum perform better across multiple measures, including graduating high school and completing higher education.

The John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program, Senate Bill 19-059, is intended to increase the number of students enrolled in advanced courses for subjects in which the student has demonstrated proficiency.




Alena Barczak, 303-548-8427

Andy Tucker, 303-866-2089