Timing will better serve families
Denver Public Schools is proud to have the strongest school choice system in the country, as well as some of the highest participation rates – and we’re always striving to make our system even better.
To continue meeting our families’ needs, we have moved the DPS SchoolChoice window from January to February. The 2018-19 school year choice window will be Feb. 1-28, 2018.
There were several reasons for moving the choice window, but they all stem from our Shared Core Value of Equity. We feel the new timing will allow us to better serve our families, including through the following:
• Families will have more time to research schools outside of busy times in the fall and around holiday breaks.
• A later deadline means more families will have finalized their living arrangements for the following school year.
• Schools will have more time to engage prospective families and share information about their programs and offerings.
• Other school districts who have shifted their choice windows to increase access have seen positive results.
With the new later window, the timelines of some of our important resources and events are expected to shift as well.
• DPS will hold a series of five regional school expos during the week of Jan. 22, 2018 (instead of one large districtwide expo).
• SchoolChoice communications to families, including the release of the Enrollment Guides, will begin in late November.
Due to the new February window, school assignment results are expected to be sent to families in early April, and Round 2 of SchoolChoice will open in mid-April. (Round 2 is for families who did not take part in Round 1, or who did but want to revisit their school options.)
Continue to check the SchoolChoice website for important updates and more information.
If you have more questions, please contact the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services at 720-423-3493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.