SchoolChoice Round 1 for the 2024-2025 school year
opens on Thursday, January 11, 2024 (10:00am) and
closes on Monday, February 12, 2024 (4:00pm).
Learn more about the SchoolChoice process here!
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary welcomes you and your learners! We are committed to providing equitable and accessible information about our school to all interested families, so we have created a 100% online experience that allows anyone to “visit” our school at any time!
Please click on the section heading you’re interested in to expand the dropdown menu.
McKinley-Thatcher is hosting a combination of in-person school tours and virtual open house sessions for prospective families during the 2023-2024 school year.
Please note that an RSVP is required to attend an in-person tour or a virtual open house. Space is limited for our in-person tours, so please plan to only attend one.
Virtual Open Houses are about 30 minutes in length and include a presentation by our principal followed by an open Q&A session for attendees. Open Houses are hosted online using Google Meet.
In-Person Tours are about 60 minutes in length and include a tour of our building, visits to our ECE and kindergarten classrooms, and an open Q&A session with our school leaders.
Please click on the RSVP link above for the specific tour or open house that you would like to attend. Once you have submitted your RSVP, you will receive a reminder email from our main office two business days before your tour / open house.
Please contact our main office with questions or for additional information: (720) 424-5600 or McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.
Interpretation services for in-person tours and virtual open houses are available upon request. Services must be requested two weeks in advance. Please request interpretation services by calling our main office at (720) 424-5600, emailing us at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org, or stopping by our main office. We can also help you RSVP for your preferred tour / open house date!
We are proud to share our interactive Virtual School Tour experience! This virtual tour is a great way to see our grounds, building, and classrooms from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Use the arrows on your keyboard or at the bottom of our Prezi presentation to move through our digital brochure! We suggest using the full-screen option for the best experience.
SchoolChoice is the Denver Public Schools application program designed to ensure all students have access to quality schools. Families complete a SchoolChoice application to sign up for a space at their preferred school.
Round One of the 2024-2025 SchoolChoice program will open in mid January 2024.
Please visit the SchoolChoice website for more information and to start your application!
The SchoolChoice process for ECE-4 families includes an additional step due to the state-wide Universal Preschool (UPK) program. The UPK program, signed into law by Governor Polis in 2022, gives families access to 15 hours/week of FREE, state-funded preschool for all children in ECE-4 (and 10 hours/week for eligible ECE-3 students).
The Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado program allows families to choose the right setting for their child, whether it is in a licensed community-based, school-based or home-based preschool setting, and provides access to state funding to assist with tuition.
To access UPK funding and apply for a spot in ECE-4 at DPS, families with incoming ECE-4 students must complete both a DPS SchoolChoice application and the UPK application on the State of Colorado website. For more information, visit the UPK page on the SchoolChoice website.
Please call our main office at (720) 424-5600 or email us at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org. We are always happy to help!