SchoolChoice Round 1

Any DPS student who wants or needs to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice. (ECE students need to apply on a yearly basis.)

Families submit one SchoolChoice application per student, on which they rank up to five school preferences. DPS then matches students to schools based on those preferences, as well as school admission priorities and available space. SchoolChoice for the 2018-19 school year is now open through Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Click here to apply.

Here’s how it works:

  • Find: Learn more about schools in which you might be interested. Use the Great Schools Enrollment Guides, check out our new School Finder and tour individual schools.
  • Apply: Fill out the SchoolChoice application, including ranking up to five schools. See below for more information on a new online, mobile-friendly application tool. Submit your application by 4 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018. Simply log in using a current Parent Portal username or password, or create an account and apply here.
  • Register: Make sure to register with your school. Placement notifications will be sent in early April.

New Online Application

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 smartphone, tablet or computer. Because of this change to an online application process, lots of resources are available for families, including: the SchoolChoice telephone hotline (720-423-3493); access to computer labs and technology support at their child’s school; and one-on-one support from SchoolChoice staff; community events; and more!

The Matching Process

Following Round 1, when all applications have been submitted, the Choice algorithm will be run at an offsite location to ensure the integrity of the process. This algorithm will randomly assign all participating students a lottery number between 1 and 1,000,000. Students are also assigned a priority level for each of the schools they selected based pre-determined priority categories published by each school.

The algorithm will then rank and stack students within each priority category based on their randomly assigned lottery number. This produces an ordered list of students for every grade at every school. The system then allocates seats to students based on the order in which they fall on this list; the system then assigns waitlist numbers to all students who do not obtain a seat in order of how they were ranked and stacked. Click here for a deeper dive into how the matching system works.

Neighborhood Seats 

All kindergarten through 12th-grade students have a seat their neighborhood boundary school. Students living within an enrollment zone have 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 School Finder.

Click here for an in-depth FAQ on SchoolChoice.