Equity is at the heart of SchoolChoice. DPS believes all families should have equitable access to the schools they feel are the best fit for their students, regardless of their background or address.
Prior to SchoolChoice, DPS families who wanted to apply to schools other than their neighborhood school had to complete different applications on different timelines for different schools. This process was stressful, confusing and inherently inequitable. So, in 2012, DPS implemented a unified one-application, one-deadline system to simplify enrollment for families and ensure equitable access quality schools. DPS is one of the only districts in the country in which virtually all schools participate.
When choosing a school, we encourage all students to first look at their neighborhood school. But, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice.