Round 1 of SchoolChoice is closed

The Round 1 window of SchoolChoice for the 2021-22 school year is now closed. What happens now? 

DPS will run its Choice computer algorithm, which is designed to maximize the number of students who receive their most-preferred school. Last year, 81% of incoming kindergartners were placed in their first choice; 83% of sixth-graders received their first choice; and 85% of ninth-graders were enrolled in their first choice.

Families will get their placement results in late March.

Round 2 of SchoolChoice for the 2021-22 school year opens April 6. Round 2 begins every year after families are notified of their Round 1 school placement, and ends in late August. Round 2 is the first-come, first-served segment of SchoolChoice for families who:

  • Did not take part in Round 1 and would like to change their student’s school.
  • Have changed their minds since submitting a Round 1 application. If you are happy with your school placement following Round 1, you do not need to take part in Round 2.

Please note: If your student was waitlisted at a school in Round 1, do not submit a Round 2 application to the same school, as your student already has a spot on the school’s waitlist.

Round 2 applications are available by accessing your SchoolChoice account.

Round 2 applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the application is received by the school, your student will be placed on a waitlist while the school processes the application. If the school has available space, your student will be approved and enrolled for next year. There is no lottery in Round 2, but admission priorities are given. If a waitlist exists, your student will be added to the list in date and time order within your given priority.

This means that waitlist positions may change up or down. Read more about how waitlists work.

If your student is accepted to a school in Round 2, any Round 1 school assignment is relinquished. You will remain on waitlists for any higher-ranked schools.

Call our hotline at 720-423-3493 or email for more information.