SchoolChoice is for any student who wants or needs to attend a new school for the following year, particularly “transitioning” students. All incoming ECE and kindergarten students must complete an application. If your student is currently in kindergarten through 11th grade and is staying at his or her current school for 2019-20, you do not have to fill out a SchoolChoice application*. Here’s 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 five preferences and list them in order on the SchoolChoice application.
- Submit your SchoolChoice application online during the Round 1 window. The next SchoolChoice window has not been announced for the 2019-20 school year.
- SchoolChoice combines your student’s top five 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 and you will be notified in April. There is no additional priority given for selecting a school as your No. 1 choice. Rank the schools in the order of preferences.
*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.