SchoolChoice Round 1: Jan. 14 to Feb. 15!

Posted January 7, 2022

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What Is SchoolChoice?

SchoolChoice is the Denver Public Schools program designed to ensure all students have access to quality schools. Families with students going into ECE, kindergarten, 6th grade, or 9th grade next year should complete a SchoolChoice application to sign up for a space at their preferred school. Current families with students going into 1st through 5th grade do not need to complete an application if you are returning to McKinley.

Round One of the 2022-2023 SchoolChoice program runs from January 14, 2022 to February 15, 2022. Applications are due by 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.  

Please complete a 2022-2023 SchoolChoice application if your student is going into ECE-4, kindergarten, or 6th grade next school year.

We’re a Prospective Family –
Where Can We Get More Information?

Please visit our Information for Prospective Families page to sign up for a virtual Open House, view our interactive virtual School Tour, and see our digital brochure!

What Do I Need to Do to Apply for Next Year?

Complete a SchoolChoice application by February 15 if your student will be entering ECE-4, kindergarten, or 6th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. McKinley-Thatcher office staff are available to help with SchoolChoice questions and applications starting on Friday, January 14.

How to Complete an Application

The SchoolChoice application process is completely online! You may complete your application on your phone, tablet, or computer at You can even take pictures of the documents you need to submit! 

What Documents Do I Need for My Application?

  • ECE-4 students applying for tuition assistance must provide proof of income for the last 30 days.
  • NEW-to-DPS ECE-4 & kindergarten students must provide proof of address and proof of age (usually a birth certificate).
  • CURRENT DPS students do not need to provide any documents unless your family’s address has changed (please submit proof of address if this is the case).

How Much Will My Child’s ECE-4 Tuition Be?

Tuition for ECE-4 is calculated on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Check out this 2022-2023 tuition assistance chart to estimate how much your family might pay. 

There is no tuition for kindergarten.

I Need More Information — Where Do I Look?