DPS believes all students should have the same access to quality schools, regardless of their background or where they live in Denver. That’s what SchoolChoice is all about.
Any DPS student who wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice. (To determine your neighborhood school, go to schoolfinder.dpsk12.org).
Families submit one SchoolChoice form per student, on which they rank their students’ top five school preferences. DPS then matches students to schools based on those preferences, as well as school admission priorities and available space. The next SchoolChoice season takes place Feb. 1-28, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.
Here’s how it works:
- Find: Learn more about schools in which you might be interested. Use the Great Schools Enrollment Guides, check out SchoolMatch, tour individual schools and visit one or more regional school expos.
- Apply: Fill out the SchoolChoice application, including ranking your top five schools, when it becomes available on Feb. 1, 2018. See below for more information on a new online, mobile-friendly application tool. Submit your application by 4 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018.
- Register: Make sure to register with your school. Placement notifications will be sent in early April.
DPS is introducing an online, mobile-friendly tool which families will use to submit their SchoolChoice application. This new tool can be easily accessed from cell phone, tablet or computer. Because of this change to an online application process, lots of resources will be available for families, including: the SchoolChoice telephone hotline (720-423-3493); access to computer labs and technology support at their child’s school; one-on-one support from SchoolChoice staff; online information to help families use the new School Finder and SchoolChoice application tool; community events; and more!
All kindergarten through 12th-grade students are guaranteed a spot at their neighborhood boundary school. Students living within an enrollment zone are guaranteed a seat at one of the schools within the zone, not just at one particular school. To learn if you live in an enrollment zone, enter your address at schoolfinder.dpsk12.org.