Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

SchoolChoice enrollment will follow five steps for any student who wants or needs to attend a new school in 2017-18, particularly “transitioning” students.

  1. Research DPS schools by reviewing the SchoolChoice Enrollment Guide; utilizing online resources, such as http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org/; attending district expos and school fairs; and visiting schools of interest.
  2. Prioritize your student’s top five preferences and list them in order on the SchoolChoice form.
  3. Complete any extra enrollment steps required by some magnet schools and programs.
  4. Submit your SchoolChoice form by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2017. SchoolChoice forms are available for completion online. Parents need to create a DPS Parent Portal account in order to submit a SchoolChoice form online. To obtain a Parent Portal account or confirm login information please call 720-423-3163.
  5. SchoolChoice will combine your student’s top five preferences with each school’s admissions priorities and available space. For schools with more interested students than available space, students will be 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 and you will be notified in mid-March 2016.

SchoolMatch is a school-search web site found at http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org/. Here, you can enter the features that are important to you, and get a list of matching schools that are ranked by how closely they meet your desired criteria.

A transitioning student is one who has completed the highest grade available at his/her current school or program. For example, a current 5th grader who is attending an ECE-5 school is considered to be “transitioning” into middle school.

Transitioning students living in a school’s boundary who do not submit a SchoolChoice form will be enrolled at their boundary school.  Transitioning students in an enrollment zone or shared boundary who do not submit a SchoolChoice form will be assigned to a school based on space availability.

Yes. Students who are interested in choosing a different school other than the school where they are currently enrolled should submit a SchoolChoice form.

Jan. 5, 2017 – Round 1 of SchoolChoice opens
Jan. 31, 2017 at 4 p.m. – SchoolChoice forms are due
Mid-March 2017 – Families are notified of school assignments

The SchoolChoice form will be available on Jan. 5, 2017. SchoolChoice forms will be available via the DPS Parent Portal https://myportal.dpsk12.org/, at http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org, and in each DPS school.

We strongly recommend that families submit their SchoolChoice form online. Forms can also be submitted to the office staff at either their current school or the school they would most like to attend. All district schools will accept forms through Jan.31, 2017 at 4 p.m. SchoolChoice forms may also be submitted to the Central Enrollment Center at 3131 Eliot St. or to the Far Northeast Enrollment Center on the Evie Dennis Campus, located at 4800 Telluride St.

Nearly all district schools participate in the SchoolChoice process, including neighborhood boundary schools, magnet schools, innovation schools and charter schools. Intensive Pathways (sometimes referred to as “alternative”) schools typically do not participate. Please contact those schools directly for enrollment information.

A few schools have extra enrollment steps for qualification beyond simply completing the SchoolChoice form. For example, Denver School of the Arts requires auditions as part of a student’s application. These schools are identified in the SchoolChoice Enrollment Guide, at http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org and on the SchoolChoice form.

Yes. All schools have the same deadline for submitting SchoolChoice forms on Jan. 31, 2017. Families that submit their SchoolChoice application online will receive notification of their school assignment via email, earlier than families that submit their application using the paper form. Some magnet programs have extra enrollment steps and follow separate timelines for completing these steps (usually in the fall leading up to the January enrollment deadline). If you are considering a magnet school or program, please contact the school for details about extra enrollment steps.

Students will be considered for enrollment at each school based on the preferences they list on the SchoolChoice form and the admissions priorities (i.e. siblings, Denver residents, etc.) established by each school. Admissions priorities for each school may be found at http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org. Within each priority group, a random number will be assigned to each student to break any “ties” within the priority group. The SchoolChoice system will consider student preferences, schools’ priorities and available seats to determine the order in which students are enrolled.

No. The number of schools listed on a SchoolChoice form will not affect the likelihood of being assigned to any particular school. DPS strongly recommends that each student lists his/her top five preferred schools.

If your student is not assigned to his/her first-preference school, he/she will be placed on the waitlist at that school. When/if the school has space available, you will be called and offered enrollment.

Yes. The SchoolChoice process does not change district policies including a guaranteed spot for grades kindergarten through 12th grade at your boundary school. Once a student has “choiced out” of the boundary school, then a seat at the school is no longer guaranteed. The “choice school” then acts as the “home school” and is where the student has a guaranteed spot. If, at a later date, the student wants to return to his/her boundary school, the student will need to complete a SchoolChoice form to be considered for admission.

High priority is given to siblings of current and returning students during Round One, and most siblings are approved to the same choice school.  However, enrollment for siblings at a choice school cannot always be guaranteed due to space limitations.

No. To return to your boundary school, you may submit a Round Two SchoolChoice form. If your boundary school is not full in your child’s grade after the Round One SchoolChoice assignments, he/she will be enrolled right away. However, if your boundary school is full after Round One, your child will be placed on the waitlist.

In March, your student will be given only one school assignment to his/her “best match” DPS school. You will need to ensure that you have prioritized your schools appropriately in January, prior to submitting your SchoolChoice form.

Round 2 of SchoolChoice begins following Round 1 notifications in March, 2017 and runs through Aug. 31, 2017. A Round 2 SchoolChoice form must be turned in at the requested school. If a student wants to be considered at multiple schools during Round 2, a separate form must be turned in at each school. Students will be assigned to their desired school on a first-come, first-served basis, contingent upon space availability. A Round 2 school assignment will replace the Round 1 school assignment. However, a Round 2 assignment will not remove a student from any waitlist placements from Round 1.

Transportation is not guaranteed. Please visit the DPS Transportation website at http://transportation.dpsk12.org for details.

The Office of Choice and Enrollment Services can be reached at 720-423-3493 or schoolchoice@dpsk12.org.