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John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses

2023-24 Application

The 2023-24 Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Request for Application (RFA) has closed. 

CDE has a new grant management system called GAINS* that this grant will take advantage of. Since we are releasing the application before the system is ready for this grant, please use the Application and Budget links below as references only to help you prepare your responses and budget your requested funds. Then between January 2-16, 2024, use the GAINS system to submit your application. Given this new process, we are asking that all applicants complete an Intent to Apply by January 8, 2024 (now closed) so that we can reach out to you directly to assist with the formal application in GAINS by January 16.

Application Materials (for reference only)


  • October 30, 2023: Application opened
  • January 8, 2024: Intent to Apply due (strongly encouraged) (now closed)
  • January 16, 2024: Applications due in GAINS
  • by March 15, 2024: Applicants notified of award status
  • by April 8, 2024: Funds sent to grantees

*CDE held a virtual (general) training on the new GAINS system on December 5. Watch the recording here. The accompanying slides may be found on the GAINS Training webpage.


Questions? Check out the new FAQ page or contact Alena Barczak at 303-548-8427.

The PWR of Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses

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.

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Grant Questions?

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Use of Funds

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Are You a Grantee?

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History of the Grant

Read the 2023-24
Fact Sheet

Background and Requirements

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 2019-20 school year and has been continued into the 2023-24 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.

Legislation Overview


Alena Barczak, Program Assistant, 303-548-8427