Information for Prospective Families

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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!

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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!

On this page, families can:

  • See our in-person school tour and virtual open house dates.
  • View our virtual school tour and brochure.
  • Learn about SchoolChoice and how to apply.
  • Contact us to ask more questions.

Please click on the section heading you’re interested in to expand the dropdown menu.

2023-2024 School Tours & Open Houses

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.

2023-2024 Virtual Open Houses
(Hosted on Google Meet)

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.

2023-2024 School Tours
(Hosted in-person)

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.

RSVP for a School Tour or a Virtual Open House!

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 note that:
  • An RSVP is required to attend an in-person tour or a virtual open house.
  • Our in-person tours are limited to 14 guests.
  • Each adult in-person tour guest must submit their own RSVP (please submit two separate RSVPs for partners attending together).
  • We prefer that children not attend in-person tours. We do understand that childcare is challenging and that small children may need to attend with their families!

Please contact our main office with questions or for additional information: (720) 424-5600 or

Would Your Family Like Interpretation During Your Tour or Open House?

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, or stopping by our main office. We can also help you RSVP for your preferred tour / open house date!

Virtual School Tour

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.

Virtual School Brochure

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.

What is SchoolChoice & How Do I Apply?

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 1 of the 2024-2025 SchoolChoice program runs from January 11, 2024 to February 12, 2024. Applications are due by 4:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Please visit the SchoolChoice website for more information and to start your application!

Updated UPK Application Process for ECE-4 Families!

New this year, all ECE families will submit a Round 1 SchoolChoice application in order to be placed in a DPS ECE program. Following Round 1 placements, DPS will reach out to ECE-4 families to provide instructions for completing an application for tuition support through the state-run Universal Preschool (UPK) program.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Please call our main office at (720) 424-5600 or email us at We are always happy to help!