DPS SchoolChoice enrollment is open now through 4pm, February 12, 2024. This is the time for families to learn about the options Denver Public Schools provides and decide if they want to move their student to a different school. This is also an important time for families who are just joining their first school in kindergarten, or with students moving to a middle school, or a high-school.   

Choice enrollment can be overwhelming as you try to identify the best school for your children, which is why we are thrilled to share this new tool that can help!  One of our partners, RootED, created The Mile High School Guide, a tool for families and caregivers to find in-depth information about public schools in Denver. 

This valuable online tool is the newest addition to the Denver Education Explorer platform, which will now offer two tools for users to explore either citywide or school-specific information. Not only will you be able to see academic information, but also: 

  • Teacher demographics
  • School program offerings 
  • Student and parent survey results 
  • Discipline information 
  • Information about absenteeism 

As an organization, we strive to ensure families have access to information, so we encourage you to use this tool and send any feedback on how it can be improved! If you have any questions on the DPS School Choice Enrollment process, Call 720-423-3493, email [email protected] or visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org for more information. 

In 2023, Stand for Children Colorado will be publishing a report to give an update on the impact of literacy policy in recent years, including the passage of the READ Act in 2012 and subsequent updates related to evidence-based curriculum alignment, teacher and principal training in the science of reading, and increased funding for early literacy grants.  

To center educator voice and experience, we want to hear from you! If you are an early literacy educator and/or K-3 classroom teacher or administrator, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Our goal is to hear from as many Colorado educators as possible, so please consider sharing this with your colleagues.   

About Stand’s Early Literacy Work:  

Stand for Children Colorado has a longstanding and deep commitment to improving early literacy outcomes for Colorado students and supporting educators.  

In 2012, Stand supported the passage of the READ Act, Colorado’s early literacy policy to provide targeted supports for K-3 students reading significantly below grade level. In 2018, we championed HB18-1393, which strengthened the READ Act by increasing funding for Early Literacy Grants and for evidence-based approaches to be used. SB19-199 ensures that evidence-based literacy programming supports teacher training. In 2021, we advocated for the addition of a literacy-specific component to exams for teacher licensure to ensure that training programs prioritize using evidence-based reading approaches. Finally, in 2022, we championed SB22-004, which expands the science of reading training to principals and administrators. These policies were developed after hearing feedback from teachers about changes that would support them, and we are proud to advocate for them alongside educators from across the state. 

We have also developed two reports studying early literacy in Colorado: Improving Early Literacy in Colorado: Realizing the Promise of the READ Act (2016) and The State of Literacy In Colorado (2017). 

It is critical for policymakers to understand the perspectives of educators across Colorado, so if you are an early literacy educator and/or K-3 classroom teacher or administrator, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.