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Denver school choice: How many students were accepted and waitlisted at each school in 2021

A high school student at DCIS Montbello leans toward a laptop on a table and looks intently into the screen. The hands of another student sitting to the right are seen on a laptop. The students were working on an assignment in class in May 2019.
Fewer Denver families filled out school choice applications in January and February this year than last year.
Nathan W. Armes for Chalkbeat

In the midst of a pandemic, more than 23,500 Denver families filled out school choice applications in January and February. That’s about 2,800 fewer families than last year, a 10.6% decline, with the biggest drops at the preschool and kindergarten levels.

Most of Denver’s 93,000 students are guaranteed a seat at their neighborhood school and don’t need to fill out an application. But students who live in “enrollment zones” must choose a school in the zone. Other families may fill out a school choice form because they want to request to attend a district-run school outside of their neighborhood or an independent charter school. Families can submit up to 12 rank-ordered school choices.

Families found out in March where their children were accepted for the fall. Acceptance depends on several factors, including a school’s capacity and enrollment priorities, as well as a student’s address and lottery number.

Eighty-nine percent of students got into the school they ranked No. 1. That’s up from last year, when 84% of students got into their first-choice school.

The searchable database below shows how many students were accepted at each Denver school in the so-called transition grades of kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade. The database also shows how many students are on each school’s waitlist.

There are several caveats to the data, which are detailed below the database.

2021 Denver school choice

School Level Accepted * Waitlisted **
School Level Accepted * Waitlisted **
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Kindergarten 39 26
Academy 360 Kindergarten 3 0
Asbury Elementary School Kindergarten 68 0
Ashley Elementary School Kindergarten 31 0
Barnum Elementary School Kindergarten 33 0
Beach Court Elementary School Kindergarten 22 0
Bradley International School Kindergarten 65 47
Bromwell Elementary School Kindergarten 39 68
Brown International Academy Kindergarten 88 21
Bryant Webster Dual Language ECE-8 Kindergarten 28 1
Carson Elementary School Kindergarten 53 66
Castro Elementary School Kindergarten 25 10
Centennial School Kindergarten 88 0
Center for Talent Development at Greenlee Kindergarten 36 0
Charles M Schenck (CMS) Community School Kindergarten 42 0
Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergarten 33 0
Cole Arts and Science Academy Kindergarten 20 0
Colfax Elementary School Kindergarten 25 0
College View Elementary School Kindergarten 57 0
Columbian Elementary School Kindergarten 19 0
Columbine Elementary School Kindergarten 53 0
Cowell Elementary School Kindergarten 17 0
Creativity Challenge Community (C3) Kindergarten 51 23
DCIS at Fairmont Kindergarten 45 4
DCIS at Ford Kindergarten 67 0
Denison Montessori School Kindergarten 49 0
Denver Green School Southeast Kindergarten 39 19
Denver Language School Kindergarten 104 106
Dora Moore ECE-8 School Kindergarten 51 0
Doull Elementary School Kindergarten 54 0
Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Kindergarten 32 0
Eagleton Elementary School Kindergarten 33 0
Edison Elementary School Kindergarten 89 0
Ellis Elementary School Kindergarten 44 0
Escalante-Biggs Academy Kindergarten 96 20
Fairview Elementary School Kindergarten 25 3
Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School Kindergarten 23 0
Florida Pitt-Waller ECE-8 School Kindergarten 46 0
Force Elementary School Kindergarten 41 0
French American School of Denver Kindergarten 56 6
Garden Place Academy Kindergarten 27 0
Godsman Elementary School Kindergarten 41 0
Goldrick Elementary School Kindergarten 37 0
Grant Ranch ECE-8 School Kindergarten 25 0
Green Valley Elementary School Kindergarten 75 0
Gust Elementary School Kindergarten 61 0
Hallett Academy Kindergarten 11 0
Highline Academy Northeast Kindergarten 47 0
Highline Academy Southeast Kindergarten 49 0
Holm Elementary School Kindergarten 50 5
Inspire Elementary Kindergarten 108 32
International Academy of Denver at Harrington Kindergarten 19 0
Isabella Bird Community School Kindergarten 67 0
Joe Shoemaker School Kindergarten 42 0
John H. Amesse Kindergarten 39 0
Johnson Elementary School Kindergarten 24 0
Kaiser Elementary School Kindergarten 31 0
KIPP Northeast Elementary Kindergarten 43 0
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary Kindergarten 7 4
Knapp Elementary School Kindergarten 47 0
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy ES Kindergarten 15 0
Lincoln Elementary School Kindergarten 29 20
Lowry Elementary School Kindergarten 75 2
Marie L. Greenwood Academy Kindergarten 32 0
Marrama Elementary School Kindergarten 47 0
Math and Science Leadership Academy Kindergarten 7 0
Maxwell Elementary School Kindergarten 55 0
McGlone Academy Kindergarten 65 0
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School Kindergarten 46 0
McMeen Elementary School Kindergarten 77 0
Monarch Montessori Kindergarten 31 8
Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment Kindergarten 50 0
Munroe Elementary School Kindergarten 36 0
Newlon Elementary School Kindergarten 27 0
Oakland Elementary School Kindergarten 37 0
Odyssey School of Denver Kindergarten 37 65
Omar D Blair Charter School Kindergarten 47 1
Palmer Elementary School Kindergarten 49 0
Park Hill School Kindergarten 114 55
Place Bridge Academy Kindergarten 32 0
REACH Charter School Kindergarten 15 0
Rocky Mountain Prep Berkeley Kindergarten 41 0
Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside Kindergarten 52 0
Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest Kindergarten 32 0
Sabin World School Kindergarten 74 0
Samuels Elementary School Kindergarten 32 0
Schmitt Elementary School Kindergarten 24 0
Slavens K-8 School Kindergarten 58 69
Smith Elementary School Kindergarten 52 0
SOAR at Green Valley Ranch Kindergarten 54 0
Southmoor Elementary School Kindergarten 65 11
Steck Elementary School Kindergarten 53 83
Stedman Elementary School Kindergarten 67 43
Steele Elementary School Kindergarten 75 33
Stephen Knight Ctr for Early Education Kindergarten 92 48
STRIVE Prep - Ruby Hill Kindergarten 51 0
Swansea Elementary School Kindergarten 24 1
Swigert International School Kindergarten 73 55
Teller Elementary School Kindergarten 73 49
Traylor Academy Kindergarten 42 0
Trevista at Horace Mann Kindergarten 52 0
University Park Elementary School Kindergarten 79 0
University Prep - Arapahoe Street Kindergarten 35 0
University Prep - Steele Street Kindergarten 24 0
Valdez Elementary School Kindergarten 29 51
Valverde Elementary School Kindergarten 38 0
Westerly Creek Elementary Kindergarten 107 49
Whittier ECE-8 School Kindergarten 15 0
William (Bill) Roberts ECE-8 School Kindergarten 106 18
Willow Elementary School Kindergarten 72 60
Wyatt Academy Kindergarten 25 0
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Sixth Grade 3 2
American Indian Academy of Denver Sixth Grade 15 0
Bear Valley International Sixth Grade 144 2
Bruce Randolph MS Sixth Grade 82 0
Bryant Webster Dual Language ECE-8 Sixth Grade 20 12
Compass Academy MS Sixth Grade 82 0
DCIS at Montbello MS Sixth Grade 37 0
DCIS MS Sixth Grade 59 0
Denison Montessori School Sixth Grade 2 9
Denver Discovery School Sixth Grade 27 0
Denver Green School Northfield Sixth Grade 181 81
Denver Green School Southeast Sixth Grade 11 42
Denver Language School Sixth Grade 1 18
Denver School of Arts MS Sixth Grade 126 0
Dora Moore ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 21 0
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College MS Sixth Grade 65 2
DSST Middle School at Noel Campus Sixth Grade 151 0
DSST: Byers MS Sixth Grade 163 64
DSST: Cole MS Sixth Grade 70 0
DSST: College View MS Sixth Grade 153 0
DSST: Conservatory Green MS Sixth Grade 132 1
DSST: Green Valley Ranch MS Sixth Grade 160 84
DSST: Montview MS Sixth Grade 170 1
Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 24 0
Florida Pitt-Waller ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 85 2
Girls Athletic Leadership MS Sixth Grade 73 0
Grant Beacon Middle School Sixth Grade 175 2
Grant Ranch ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 13 0
Hamilton Middle School Sixth Grade 300 4
Highline Academy Southeast Sixth Grade 17 35
Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences Sixth Grade 250 0
Kepner Beacon Middle School Sixth Grade 88 2
KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School Sixth Grade 17 45
KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy Sixth Grade 72 0
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy MS Sixth Grade 94 8
Lake Middle School Sixth Grade 139 0
Marie L. Greenwood Academy Sixth Grade 61 0
McAuliffe International School Sixth Grade 486 2
McAuliffe Manual MS Sixth Grade 63 2
McGlone Academy Sixth Grade 66 22
Merrill Middle School Sixth Grade 215 63
Morey Middle School Sixth Grade 188 0
Noel Community Arts MS Sixth Grade 33 0
Odyssey School of Denver Sixth Grade 8 29
Omar D Blair Charter School Sixth Grade 27 0
Place Bridge Academy Sixth Grade 18 13
Skinner Middle School Sixth Grade 218 35
Slavens K-8 School Sixth Grade 84 62
STRIVE Prep - Federal Sixth Grade 119 2
STRIVE Prep - Green Valley Ranch Sixth Grade 127 0
STRIVE Prep - Kepner Sixth Grade 44 0
STRIVE Prep - Lake Sixth Grade 63 0
STRIVE Prep - Montbello Sixth Grade 47 0
STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside Sixth Grade 55 0
STRIVE Prep - Westwood Sixth Grade 134 9
West Middle School Sixth Grade 90 0
Whittier ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 9 0
William (Bill) Roberts ECE-8 School Sixth Grade 82 16
Abraham Lincoln High School Ninth Grade 302 1
American Indian Academy of Denver High School Ninth Grade 8 0
Bruce Randolph HS Ninth Grade 97 1
CEC Early College Ninth Grade 128 2
Collegiate Preparatory Academy Ninth Grade 32 0
DCIS at Montbello HS Ninth Grade 49 0
DCIS HS Ninth Grade 27 0
Denver Montessori Senior HS Ninth Grade 1 16
Denver School of Arts HS Ninth Grade 50 0
Denver School of Innovation & Sustainable Design Ninth Grade 25 0
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College HS Ninth Grade 170 0
DSST: Byers HS Ninth Grade 56 23
DSST: Cole HS Ninth Grade 20 0
DSST: College View HS Ninth Grade 46 32
DSST: Conservatory Green HS Ninth Grade 30 82
DSST: Elevate Northeast High School Ninth Grade 39 10
DSST: Green Valley Ranch HS Ninth Grade 15 144
DSST: Montview HS Ninth Grade 35 61
East High School Ninth Grade 687 144
George Washington High School Ninth Grade 362 1
Girls Athletic Leadership HS Ninth Grade 12 0
John F. Kennedy High School Ninth Grade 270 0
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School Ninth Grade 36 12
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy Ninth Grade 59 21
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy HS Ninth Grade 67 6
Manual High School Ninth Grade 75 1
Noel Community Arts HS Ninth Grade 18 0
North High School Ninth Grade 447 2
Northeast Early College Ninth Grade 68 0
Northfield High School Ninth Grade 585 46
Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy Ninth Grade 59 0
South High School Ninth Grade 494 2
STRIVE Prep - RISE Ninth Grade 145 11
STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy Ninth Grade 141 28
Thomas Jefferson High School Ninth Grade 404 2
West High School Ninth Grade 108 0
*The number of accepted applications includes applications for students who didn’t apply but who live in that school’s neighborhood boundary and applications for students who didn’t need to apply because they were already admitted into the school. ; ** Some schools offer multiple programs. A single student could have a waitlisted application on multiple waitlists at the same school. Students who are waitlisted for a school’s center-based program are included in the count of waitlisted students.

Now, the caveats.

The “accepted” numbers include both students who applied through school choice and students who live within the school’s boundary and will likely attend. At some schools, the number of accepted students might look artificially low. That’s because those schools span grade levels — such as middle and high — and do not require students to apply to continue to the next level.

A single student can be on multiple waitlists. For example, if a student gets into his third-choice school, he’ll be put on the waitlist for his first- and second-choice schools.

These numbers will change by fall. Students move in and out of neighborhoods over the summer, and most schools keep seats open for them. Students also move off and on waitlists.

And finally, a note about Denver School of the Arts. It’s the only school in Denver that requires an audition to get in. It runs its own waitlist separate from the district process.

Families who didn’t participate in school choice in January and February have another shot. A second round of school choice is now open. You can find more information here.

For reference, here are our databases of round one school choice results from 2020 and 2019.

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