Denver Public Schools offer a wide variety of school choices, from traditional boundary (also called “home” or “neighborhood”) schools to magnet and charter schools. The DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services (OCES) coordinates all of the activities associated with matching a student with a school.
Families interested in preschool or full-day kindergarten enrollment must apply through the SchoolChoice process — even if Brown is your “home” or “neighborhood” school. Please read up on the DPS school choice process and download a SchoolChoice enrollment guide.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Brown’s Preschool and Kindergarten programs are strongly encouraged to participate in the first-round application of the choice process. Living within Brown’s school boundaries does not guarantee a space in Brown’s tuition-based preschool (ECE) and full-day kindergarten programs.
School tour information is available here.
The school choice process deadline are generally in January and February, for the latest choice deadlines visit the school choice website.
For questions regarding ECE and Kindergarten enrollment, please call 720-424-2639. For questions regarding Grades 1-12, please call 720-423-3493.
All new and returning students must register for each new school year. If you do not register, you will not have another chance until the first day of school. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes for registration.
If you are a new student enrolling at Brown (including ECE students entering Kindergarten this year), please be sure to bring the following documents to Brown on Registration Day (even if you already provided it during the choice process):
- Original or copy of child’s birth certificate
- Child’s current immunization record
- Proof of your address – utility bill, copy of lease, etc.
- If applying for tuition assistance for ECE, one full month of consecutive pay stubs or proof of receipt of public assistance (e.g., TANF, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.)
- If transferring from another school after kindergarten, your child’s academic records from their current school.
Class assignments are given out at registration.
Please see additional helpful information on our website about Enrollment and Registration, First Day of School and Helping Your Child Transition. Please also see information about your child’s grade level classrooms, where you can find curriculum for the year and links to teachers’ wikispaces/blogs if they are available. See here for school supply list by grade level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Brown is required to abide by DPS enrollment policies and procedures. Below are some frequently asked questions and links to the DPS website that can help you learn more about the process and consider key dates and enrollment information.
What is the enrollment process? What is “choice” and how does it work? At what age does ECE begin in DPS? Check out the DPS Enrollment Guides.
How are the ECE and Kindergarten programs structured at Brown? Please read this wonderful overview of Brown’s ECE and Kindergarten programs.
How large and how many classes are there? ECE has a maximum of 18 students per class with two adults in the classroom. In primary classes, class size ranges from 18 to 30, with the average class around 25 students. Once class size reaches a designated threshold, para-professional support is provided. Each grade K-5th have four classrooms per grade and each Kinder class has a para professional in addition to a classroom teacher.
How do I find out if Brown is my neighborhood school? Visit the DPS school locator.
Brown is not my neighborhood school. How do I choice in? On a space-available basis, a limited number of non-resident spaces for the next school year are awarded through the DPS choice lottery. First round applications are usually due in January, with notification of placement by March. Second round of applications usually begins in March and continues through the end of August. Some grades may already have a waiting list of choice applicants starting in the first round. Please contact the school for current information. Completed applications must be returned in person to a DPS school. Applications received by mail, fax or email are not valid and will not be considered. For all questions related to DPS choice process and policies, please review the DPS choice website.
What about special education? If you have questions regarding Brown’s special education programs, please call the school’s front office at 720-424-9250. You will be referred to the person who can best answer your questions.
What is Discovery Link? Discovery Link is a licensed childcare program that is offered before and after school to children in ECE through 5th grade. This option for families provides high-quality educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for children in a creative, safe and caring environment. Brown’s Discovery Link is staffed with qualified professionals trained in the areas of CPR, First Aid, activity planning and behavior management.