Applying to DPS

To apply for an ECE or Kindergarten program, please submit a Round Two SchoolChoice form. The SchoolChoice enrollment process takes place during the following timeframes:

SchoolChoice Round Two for ECE (March 16, 2015 – April 2016) and Kindergarten (March 16 – August 29, 2016)

Round Two SchoolChoice forms will be available in the middle of March at all DPS elementary schools/early education centers and online. Forms must be submitted at the requested school.

During Round Two, a separate SchoolChoice form must be submitted to each school requested. Students are admitted on a first-come, first served basis. There is no limit to the number of Round Two SchoolChoice forms submitted.

When you turn in your form, the school to which you are applying can tell you if your child will be accepted or placed on the waitlist.

Breakdown of differences between Round One and Round Two:

Round One 2015-16

Round Two 2015-16

  • December 15, 2014 – January 30, 2015
  • One SchoolChoice form with up to five choices per student
  • Lottery and priority process
  • Notification in March 2015
  • ECE: March 16, 2015 – April 15, 2016
  • Kindergarten: March 16 – August 29, 2016.
  • One SchoolChoice form for each school requested
  • Unlimited number of forms per student
  • First-come, first-served
  • Immediate notification

How to Make the Application Process Work for You

  • Apply during Round One, if possible. All Round One applications are placed before Round Two.
  • If you are applying during Round Two, apply as soon as possible. Seats are awarded on a first come, first-served basis.
  • If you are interested in your boundary school, give it top priority (choice #1) during Round One. As a boundary resident, your student will be given a higher priority and will have a greater chance of being accepted.

You must apply each year for preschool and kindergarten, even if your child is currently attending a Denver Public Schools ECE program.