SchoolChoice and Enrollment Information

SchoolChoice Round 1

Round 1 of SchoolChoice begins Jan. 5, 2017

DPS believes all students should have the same access to quality schools, regardless of their background or where they live in Denver. That’s what SchoolChoice is all about.

Any DPS student who wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice. (To determine your neighborhood school, go to schoolfinder.dpsk12.org).

Families submit one SchoolChoice 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 next SchoolChoice season takes place Jan. 5-31, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year.

Here’s how it works:

  • Research: Learn more about schools in which you might be interested. Use the Great Schools Enrollment Guides and SchoolMatch (dpsk12.org). Attend the Great Schools Expoon Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and tour individual schools.
  • Prioritize: Be ready to fill out the SchoolChoice form by ranking your top five most-preferred schools in order.
  • Complete: Fill out the entire SchoolChoice form, including ranking your top five schools, when it becomes available on Jan. 5, 2017. Online submission is recommended and is available through a DPS Parent Portal account (dpsk12.org). Paper forms will be available at all DPS schools and at Choice and Enrollment offices. Printable forms will be available atschoolchoice.dpsk12.org.
  • Submit: Turn in the signed and dated form by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2017 online, at any school or the Choice offices. The DPS SchoolChoice system is designed to maximize the number of students who are placed in their most-preferred school. Letters and emails notifying families of their school placement will be sent in mid-March.

Choose Online!

When you fill out the SchoolChoice form online, good things happen! It’s quicker and easier – no paper shuffle, and no delivering the form to a school or drop-off center. Plus, you’ll receive your student’s school assignment sooner. Make sure you have a Parent Portal account at myportal.dpsk12.org, and fill out the SchoolChoice form online beginning Jan. 5, 2017. The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2017.

Guaranteed Seats

All kindergarten through 12th-grade students are guaranteed a spot at their neighborhood boundary school. Students living within an enrollment zone are guaranteed a seat at one of the schools within the zone, not just at one particular school. To learn if you live in an enrollment zone, enter your address at schoolfinder.dpsk12.org.

Enrollment and Registration

There are a few different processes you will go through depending on your specific situation:

Do you need to enroll in a DPS school? The first step is determining your neighborhood – or boundary – school. This is the school at which your student has a guaranteed seat. Click here to determine your neighborhood school.

Are you interested in attending a school other than your boundary school? You may take part in SchoolChoice, which offers a transparent, equitable way for your family to choose the best school for your student.

Finally, getting registered at the school in which you are enrolled is addressed below as well.

 

Find your neighborhood school

Are you a Denver resident new to DPS? You may enroll directly at the neighborhood school that serves your address. Clickhere to determine your neighborhood school. To enroll, contact the school office directly for registration dates, forms and required documents.

In some parts of Denver, DPS uses shared boundary enrollment zones. An enrollment zone is a geographic area in which students are guaranteed a seat at one of several schools, rather than one particular school. Click here for more information on DPS enrollment zones.

 

Need a new school?

If you want to enroll in a DPS school other than your neighborhood school, you may take part in SchoolChoice. The SchoolChoice process for the 2017-18 school year begins Jan. 5, 2017.

Families who want to transfer between schools during the current school year may submit an Administrative Transfer form. Transfer approval is based on space availability, demonstration of genuine need and student’s history. Families who are new to Denver or have moved within DPS during the school year can submit a Mid-Year Entry form. Enrollment at a new school is based on space availability. Contact the office of Choice and Enrollment at 720-423-3493 for information.