SchoolChoice is for any student who wants or needs to attend a new school for the following year, particularly “transitioning” students. All incoming preschool students, and incoming kindergarten students who reside in an enrollment zone, must complete an application. If your student is in kindergarten through 11th grade and is staying at his or her current school for the following school year, you do not have to fill out a SchoolChoice application*. Here is how SchoolChoice works:
- First, research DPS schools by reviewing the Great Schools Enrollment Guide, using School Finder and visiting schools of interest.
- Prioritize your student’s top preferences and rank them on the SchoolChoice application. We recommend listing multiple preferences, up to a limit of 12 schools.
- Submit your SchoolChoice application online during the Round 1 window, mid-January to mid-February. The SchoolChoice window for 2019-20 is closed.
- SchoolChoice combines your student’s top preferences with each school’s admissions priorities and available space. All students are randomly assigned a lottery number that will determine at which school they are awarded a seat.
Students will be awarded a seat at their highest-preference school with an available seat. You will be notified in late March. Rank the schools in the order of your preference.
*In rare cases, a student who wishes to stay at his or her current school will be asked to submit a SchoolChoice application. Families will be notified by DPS before Round 1 if this is the case.