SchoolChoice

DPS believes that all students should have the same access to quality schools, regardless of their background or where they live in Denver. Every DPS student is guaranteed enrollment in their neighborhood school. However, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice.

Families submit one 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 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.

Round 1 of SchoolChoice for the 2017-18 school year is now closed. Click here for more information on Round 2, which begins in mid-March.

Round 2 of SchoolChoice opens mid-March » Click here for more information
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What Should You Do Now?

The first step in the SchoolChoice process for 2017-18 is learning more about the schools that might be a good fit for your student. DPS provides several tools to help you gather information, including the Great Schools Enrollment Guides (available here and in schools), a family SchoolChoice guidebook (available here), and school tours.

For more information on resources, click here.

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SchoolChoice Round 1

Any DPS student who wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice. Families submit one SchoolChoice form per student, on which they rank their student’s top five school preferences. DPS then matches students to schools based on those preferences, as well as school admission priorities and available space. SchoolChoice Round 1 for 2017-18 is now closed. Click here for more information.

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SchoolChoice Round 2

Round 2 of DPS SchoolChoice for the 2017-18 school year will open in mid-March, following Round 1 notifications. Round 2 is the first-come, first-served segment of Choice for families who missed Round 1, or who took part in Round 1 but want to re-explore their options. For more information on Round 2, click here.

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SchoolChoice: At a Glance

Launched in 2011-12, SchoolChoice ensures equity, consistency and simplicity in school enrollment. Prior to SchoolChoice, DPS families who wanted to apply to schools other than their automatically assigned boundary school had to complete different applications on different timelines for different schools. Nearly 23,000 DPS students participated in SchoolChoice for the 2016-17 school year:

  • 86 percent of incoming kindergarteners were placed in their first-choice school
  • 80 percent of incoming sixth-graders received their first choice
  • 87 percent of incoming ninth-graders were enrolled their first choice

For an in-depth look at SchoolChoice for the 2016-17 school year, click here.