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.

Every year, families may submit one application per student, on which they rank their students’ top five school preferences for the following school year. 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 Feb. 1-28, 20018. Click here for more information on Round 1.

Round 1 of SchoolChoice is Feb. 1-28, 2018 » Click here for more information
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What Should You Do Now?

The first step in the SchoolChoice process for 2018-19 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), the new mobile-friendly School Finder, and school tours.

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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 2018-19 opens Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

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SchoolChoice Round 2

Round 2 of DPS SchoolChoice for the 2018-19 school year will open following Round 1, in mid-April, 2018. 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. 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.

For an in-depth look at SchoolChoice for the 2017-18 school year, click here.