SchoolChoice and Enrollment Information

SchoolChoice Round 1

SchoolChoice Round 1 for 2018-19 takes place Feb. 1-28, 2018

 

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.

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 Feb. 1-28, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.

Here’s how it works:

  • Find: Learn more about schools in which you might be interested. Use the Great Schools Enrollment Guides, check out our new School Finder, tour individual schools and visit one or more regional school expos.
  • Apply: Fill out the SchoolChoice application, including ranking your top five schools, when it becomes available on Feb. 1, 2018. See below for more information on a new online, mobile-friendly application tool. Submit your application by 4 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018.
  • Register: Make sure to register with your school. Placement notifications will be sent in early April.

New Tool

DPS is introducing an online, mobile-friendly tool which families will use to submit their SchoolChoice application. This new tool can be easily accessed from cell phone, tablet or computer. Because of this change to an online application process, lots of resources will be available for families, including: the SchoolChoice telephone hotline (720-423-3493); access to computer labs and technology support at their child’s school; one-on-one support from SchoolChoice staff; online information to help families use the new School Finder and SchoolChoice application tool; community events; and more!

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.

Expos

DPS SchoolChoice Expo Week

To make it more convenient for families to learn about their school options, DPS is holding five regional school expos rather than one large districtwide expo, as we have in the past. These expos will take place the week of Jan. 22, 2018. Families can:

  • Visit with school leaders from elementary, middle and high schools in the area.
  • Find out which schools might be a good fit for their student.
  • Learn more about the SchoolChoice process, which takes place Feb. 1-28, 2018.

Here’s a rundown of the expo schedule:

Northwest Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22
North High School
2960 Speer Blvd.

Southeast Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23
George Washington High School
655 S. Monaco Pkwy.

Near Northeast Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24
Manual High School
1700 E. 28th Ave.

Far Northeast Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25
Evie Dennis Campus
4800 Telluride St.

Southwest Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25
Kepner Campus
911 S. Hazel Court

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. Click here 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.