SchoolChoice Application Information 2020-21

SchoolChoice for 2020-21 takes place January 15 – February 18, 2020

DPS believes all students should have the same access to quality schools, regardless of their background or where they live in Denver. That is 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 during the dates listed above.

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.

You must apply for 3 yr ECE, 4 yr ECE, and Kindergarten each year. Once you are accepted at a school for Kindergarten, you will only need to complete the Annual Family Update each year (mid-July).

Find additional information from the SchoolChoice website at

How to submit a SchoolChoice Application:

  • Find a School: Learn more about schools in which you might be interested by looking online and touring various schools of interest. You can also attend the DPS Regional School Expo January 21-23, 2020.
  • Apply: (middle green tab) Fill out the SchoolChoice application, including ranking your top twelve schools, when it becomes available on January 15, 2020. Deadline to submit applications is 4:00 p.m. February 18, 2020. No exceptions. You’ll be notified late March with your placement. (For Step-by-Step Instructions: School Choice Instructions)
  • Annual Family Update: In late summer, Mid-July, complete the Annual Family Update through your DPS Parent Portal Account.
  • August 2020: You may be required to submit additional documentation; you school will notify you of that during August.

Find your neighborhood school

Click here to determine your neighborhood school by entering your address at: School Finder

DPS Parent Portal

Follow this link for the DPS Parent Portal:

To setup at Parent Portal:

Create a DPS Parent Portal account at (you will need one students’ ID number which is on any progress report or contact your school’s office)

* Enter all information: use the email address that DPS has on file for you and create a password. (please keep user name and password for future use).
* You will receive an immediate email confirming your email address; confirm email.
* Wait about 15 minutes for welcome email which means your account has been created.
* Log in and see what the Parent Portal has to offer!