DPS launched SchoolChoice in 2011-12 to ensure equity, consistency and simplicity in school registration. During the application window mid-January to mid-February, families rank their top school preferences and submit their Choice application. DPS then matches students to schools based on those preferences, as well as school admission priorities and available space. The system, based on the 2012 Nobel Prize-winning work of Dr. Al Roth, is designed to maximize the number of students getting their most-preferred school.
DPS is one of the only districts in the country in which all its schools are options in this enrollment process. Because of its commitment to real choice, DPS was rated the No. 1 school district in the country for choice by the Brookings Institution.