Understanding the Results

Once you have applied, you will then receive notification (in March for Round 1 and immediately during Round 2). Once you receive notification, you will have to decide what to do next. For more on the application process, see Applying to DPS.

Please note: There is no guarantee of being accepted in a three year-old preschool program, a four year-old preschool program, or a full-day kindergarten program. Kindergarten students are guaranteed a half-day spot at their neighborhood school only if they haven’t previously “choiced” into another school. For example, if your student applies and gets accepted to a non-neighborhood kindergarten program during Round 1, they are no longer guaranteed a half-day kindergarten spot at their neighborhood school and will have to apply via the choice process during Round 2.

Round 1

If you apply during Round 1, you will receive notification via letter in early March. The letter will tell you whether your student is accepted, waitlisted, or inactivated at each of the schools/programs chosen.

For example, your letter may communicate the following:

Preference #1: Park Hill Elementary Full-Day Kindergarten Program WAITLISTED
Preference #2: Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy Full-Day Kindergarten Program WAITLISTED
Preference #3: Centennial Elementary Full-Day Kindergarten Program ACCEPTED
Preference #4: Brown Elementary Full-Day Kindergarten Program INACTIVATED
Preference #5: Cowell Elementary Full-day Kindergarten Program INACTIVATED

Interpreting the Results

Tips for interpreting the results:

  • Your student can only be accepted to one school at a time.
  • Any school with a lower preference than the school your child was accepted at will be inactivated.
  • Every school with a higher preference than the school your child was accepted at will be put at a waitlisted status.

What’s Next

  • If you are happy with the school that your child has been accepted to, you don’t have to do anything. Please feel free to contact the school to find out school-specific information on the upcoming school year.
  • If you would prefer a school you were waitlisted at, check with the school to find out how long the waitlist is and what the chances are of your child being accepted before school starts. There is a lot of movement between Round 1 and August. Think about applying to additional schools during Round 2, if needed.
  • If your child was not accepted to any schools, check with the schools where your student was waitlisted to find out the odds of being accepted. If necessary, apply to additional schools during Round 2.

Round 2

You are always welcome to apply to additional schools during Round 2, if you are not happy with the results from Round 1. Additionally, if you did not have the opportunity to apply during Round 1. You are welcome to apply to as many schools as you would like during Round 2. You must visit the schools individually to apply.

What’s Next

After you have applied to all the schools you and your student are interested in during Round 1 and Round 2, your choices are similar to those you would have during Round 1:

  • If you are happy with the school that your child has been accepted to, you don’t have to do anything. Please feel free to contact the school to find out school-specific information on the upcoming school year.
  • If you would prefer a school you were waitlisted at, check with the school to find out how long the waitlist is and what the chances are of your child being accepted before school starts. There is a lot of movement between Round 1 and August. Think about applying to additional schools, if needed.
  • If your child was not accepted to any schools, check with the schools where your student was waitlisted to find out the odds of being accepted. If necessary, apply to additional schools.

If you have any questions, please call the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services 720.423.3493.