About 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 or needs to attend a new school the following year may take part in SchoolChoice. (ECE students need to apply on a yearly basis.)

Families submit one 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. The system is designed to maximize the number of students getting their most-preferred school.

Round 1 of SchoolChoice for the 2018-19 school year is closed and results have been sent via email and/or text message. Click here for more information on Round 2, which opens May 1.

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How Does the Process Work?

The first step in the SchoolChoice process 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 online and in schools), the new mobile-friendly School Finder, and school tours.

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 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 Round 1 for 2018-19 is open Feb. 1-28, 2018. Click here for more information on Round 1.

SchoolChoice Round 2

Round 2 of DPS SchoolChoice for the 2018-19 school year will open May 1, following Round 1 notifications. Round 2 is the first-come, first-served segment of Choice for families who missed Round 1; took part in Round 1 but want to re-explore their options; or are new to DPS for next school year.

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.

For an in-depth look visit SchoolChoice for the 2017-18 school year.