Jan. 13, 2023
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SchoolChoice Open Enrollment is Now Live!
DPS SchoolChoice for the 2023-24 school year is now open through 4 p.m. Feb. 14. DPS' annual open enrollment process is for any student who wants or needs to attend a new school for the following school year, particularly incoming kindergarten, sixth- and ninth-grade students. All incoming ECE-3 students, as well as incoming students who reside in an enrollment zone, must complete an application in order to list enrollment preferences.
 
Research your school options using School Finder, the Enrollment Guide, or by contacting schools directly. Once you have your preferred schools in mind, rank them in order of preference (up to 12) and submit your SchoolChoice application by the deadline. There is no advantage to submitting early. Simply submit your application anytime between now and 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Families will be notified of their results in late March.
 
Call 720-423-3493, email schoolchoice@dpsk12.org or visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org for more information.

ECE-3 and ECE-4 Families: Complete Both a SchoolChoice and UPK Colorado Application
Along with other Colorado school districts, DPS is working with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) to continue expanding its Early Childhood Education program by rolling out a new enrollment process for Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado. This new change will provide tuition support for families. Please refer to this one-pager for more information.

What does this mean for DPS students?
  • UPK Colorado ensures that, in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten, every child is eligible for half-day (minimum 15 hours per week) state-funded, voluntary preschool, beginning in the 2023-24 school year provided they complete the UPK application and attend a school/program that is a participating provider (like DPS). 
  • Four-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for additional hours of tuition free preschool.
  • Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for at least part-time (10 hours per week) preschool programming.

With these changes, the SchoolChoice process for ECE families will be much different than in previous years. ECE-3 and ECE-4 families must complete both a SchoolChoice application and a UPK Colorado application. The UPK Colorado application will open on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and close Feb. 15 -- please note that this window and application is separate from our DPS SchoolChoice window and application (Jan. 13-Feb. 14). 
Follow the steps in this ECE-3 or ECE-4 flier to complete both a SchoolChoice application and a UPK Colorado application. Fliers in additional languages will be available here.
For more detailed information, read this letter (Letters in other languages are available here.). Given that this is a brand new program and system, we encourage schools and families to continue checking the UPK Colorado webpage and the DPS UPK Colorado landing page regularly for updates.

If you have questions about the UPK Colorado process, call 303-866-5223 or email cdec_upkcolorado@state.co.us.
DPS 4-Year Graduation Rate Increases by 2.5 Percentage Points
Earlier this week, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released its annual report on graduation, completion and dropout rates for school districts across the state. These measures specify how schools are serving students and preparing them for success after high school.

According to data released by the Colorado Department of Education, DPS’ four-year, on-time graduation rate increased 2.5 percentage points, from 74% to 76.5%. This was the highest graduation rate for DPS students since the CDE started reporting graduation rates publicly. This increase equates to 223 more DPS graduates in 2021 compared to the previous year. 
2023-24 and 2024-25 School Year Calendars Now Available Online
You can find the school district's 2023-24 and 2024-25 school year calendars, including translated versions of the calendars that will be available in nine languages, Calendar and Publications page.
Reminder: Use Safe2Tell Effectively
DPS has been seeing a rise in the number of misused and malicious reporting on our 
Safe2Tell safety tip lines. The Safe2Tell tip line is not a resource for general complaints and should only be used in cases of emergency. Please note that false reports are a felony, and subject to criminal penalties according to Senate Bill 21-081. We encourage all parents and students who have a complaint to reach out directly to their schools for more information on how they can receive help or new accommodations. Help us keep DPS safe by using this tool effectively!
BFAC Receives Funding to Continue Supporting DPS
The Safeway Foundation recently provided funding to the Black Family Advisory Council (BFAC) and is an official sponsor to help ensure that the work the BFAC is doing in our DPS community continues. (Pictured here: Codie Egart and Tiffany Grays of the Black Family Advisory Council.)
EDUCA Video Podcast: Preschool Education
In this week's episode of the EDUCA Podcast, Javier Ibarra sits down with Eric Love, Director of Schools for the office of ECE! A lifelong fierce advocate of pre-k education, Eric likens early childhood education to building the foundation of a house. 

“If the foundation is not right, whatever the builder’s build on will collapse overtime.” 

Eric’s heart for early childhood education spans his 20+ year career. Later he goes on to say, 

“Pre-kindergarten education serves as the root that provides kids with social and emotional development, physical development, and pre-reading readiness skills. It is everything that a child needs to navigate the world of education and beyond.” 
Tune In to the Latest Episode of the Marrero Moment Video Series
In the first Marrero Moment of 2023, Superintendent Dr. Marrero answers questions from one of our special education teachers at North High School’s MI Center! Tune in to hear Dr. Marrero’s answer on how we’re setting up special education students for inclusion and his thoughts on Bad Bunny! Today's episode was filmed in our dazzling DPS studio located at Contemporary Learning Academy.
Check Out Services Offered at Our Community Hubs
2023 is officially here and our DPS Community Hubs continue to thrive! Previously known as “FACE Centers'' these hubs offer essential support for DPS families and the greater Denver community. Since their inception, the DPS Foundation has been able to raise over half a million dollars to support these hubs and the vital community services they provide.

With programs designed to engage with the community, DPS continues to send a strong message that everyone is welcome. DPS Community Hubs provide many resources including support for DPS parents based on the knowledge and understanding that when parents are cared for, our DPS children are cared for as well. Parents can find ESL classes, programs to foster learning for the entire family, as well as employment assistance like programs designed to train parents for future employment at DPS! 

Get an inside look at the current work of our DPS Community Hubs.
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