Denver Public Schools has launched an online, user-friendly tool called "SchoolMatch" that will help families search and filter schools so they can find the best fit for their students.
To help families find a school that best meets the needs of their students, DPS created SchoolMatch, which allows families to find their neighborhood, attendance-area school and additional programs and areas of academic focus. For example, parents can search for a neighborhood school that serves sixth grade, has achieved "Meets Expectations" on the School Performance Framework, and offers after-school programming.
Enrollment for school year 2013-2014 begins in early December, and the first round of SchoolChoice ends on Jan. 31, 2013.
The launch of SchoolMatch kicks off the SchoolChoice process for families to select and apply to schools for 2013-14 enrollment. (Watch a Fox-31 story on SchoolMatch.) SchoolChoice was launched
last year by DPS, and it is a simple, streamlined system that is used for researching, selecting, and applying to all DPS schools.
To further assist families with researching the array of schools available to them, the district each fall publishes its SchoolChoice Enrollment Guides, which give families detailed information about the full range of elementary, middle, and high schools available in DPS to serve their children.
The Enrollment Guides will be available at all DPS schools and at next week's DPS Middle & High School Expo, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 E. Kentucky Ave. The Expo features principals and staff from virtually every DPS middle and high school, and it is a great opportunity for families to see the array of schools and programs that are available to meet the distinct learning needs of their children. DPS is very appreciative of the support received from this year's Expo sponsor, College in Colorado, a statewide organization that promotes access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all Colorado students.
Throughout the SchoolChoice period, DPS will host a wide range of school and community events, in multiple languages, that will help families do more in-depth exploration of the schools they're interested in and to assist them in making their selections for the SchoolChoice process. In addition to the citywide Expo, there will be Regional School Expos across Denver to provide parents with information about the elementary, middle, and high schools in their neighborhood.
Below is a full rundown of all of the outreach that DPS is doing over the next several months, prior to the Jan. 31 SchoolChoice application deadline:
DPS Middle & High School Expo: Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 E. Kentucky Ave.
Regional School Expos: Each event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Far Northeast Denver - Evie Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St.
- Near Northeast Denver - Bruce Randolph, 3955 Steele St.
- Northwest Denver - North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd.
- Southeast Denver - South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
- Southwest Denver - Kepner Middle School, 911 S. Hazel Court
SchoolChoice Parent Information Session: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at George Washington High School, 655 S. Monaco Parkway
SchoolChoice Parent Information Session: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade
Families can also visit the SchoolChoice website or call 720-423-3493 for additional information.