Group Informational Sessions

$125 per couple

  • Lecture and Q&A format

  • Scheduled for October- January each year

  • Free Child care offered on site (ages 2+)

  • Lap babies and younger children welcome with parent(s)

  • 4 hours in length | Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm (Denver)
    2:00pm - 6:00pm (Stapleton Enrolment Zone)

  • Public & Private school brochures and special guests

 

Objectives:

  1. Teach you how to successfully navigate the Denver public and private school Preschool/Kindergarten/Elementary process

  2. Connect you with valuable public and private resources

  3. Get you excited about the choices available

  4. Explain odds and admission priority groups for boundary, lottery, and Private Schools

  5. Prepare you to tour schools and speak with teachers and principals

  6. Demystify the DPS Choice process
     

Your assigned boundary school is legally holding a spot for you starting in Kindergarten, until you choice in somewhere else. If you live in an Enrollment Zone, you are legally guaranteed a spot at ONE of the schools in that zone starting in Kindergarten, until you choice in somewhere outside of the zone.

 

DPS Round 1 Choice deadlines are in February of the year they will start  for Preschool (ECE) - 12th Grade. Choice is determine using your randomly assigned lottery number within your admission priority group for each school.

DPS Round 2 starts in April and is first come, first serve within each admission priority group.

ECE Wait lists stay open until April (8 months after school starts).  K-12 Wait lists stay open until the end of September.

Before & After Care deadlines  are in May (DPS Discovery Link) and June/July (YMCA) for new families.

Summer Camp deadlines are in February (YMCA) and March (DPS Discovery Link).

 

It's never too early - all ages welcome! The sessions are designed to best help Denver area parents of kiddos age 2-5+, who are 6 months or more out from starting Kindergarten, and those moving into Denver with kiddos of any age.

                      Fall, 2019 - Spring, 2020 SCHEDULE:

Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • Denver 9:00am – 1:00pm | **Stapleton 2:00pm – 6:00pm**

Saturday, November 09, 2019

  • Denver 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Saturday, December 07, 2019

  • Denver 9:00am – 1:00pm | **Stapleton 2:00pm – 6:00pm**

 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

  • Denver 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location =  Martin School Event Center: 1885 S Ogden St, Denver, CO 80210

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Denver classes are designed for those who live in the Denver Public School (DPS) system, or who want to choice into DPS. Parents attend who are moving into Denver, live in the DPS boundary, and those that live in nearby districts: Littleton, Englewood, Cherry Creek, Jeffco, Aurora, etc. 

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**Stapleton classes are designed for those who live in the DPS Stapleton Enrollment Zone (80238) or who want to choice  into it. Parents attend who are moving into Stapleton, live in Stapleton, and those that live in nearby districts (e.g. DPS and Aurora).**

Best Practices
Denver Area Private Schools
Denver Public Schools
  • Neighborhood/Boundary/Home Schools

  • Enrollment Zone Schools
    (Stapleton, Far SE, Gateway, Five Points, and Tower)

  • Calendar and Deadlines

  • Traditional , Charter, Innovation Status, and Magnet Schools

  • Special Focus Schools: Science, Arts, Dual Language, International, IB, Montessori, Expeditionary, 

  • Accelerated Kindergarten - Exposure Based

  • The "right" time to start Kindergarten

  • Gifted & Talented (GT) - IQ Based (95th - 96th percentile)

  • Highly Gifted & Talented (HGT) - IQ Based (97th percentile)

  • Round 1 & Round 2 Choice

  • Wait Lists

  • New Schools

  • How to determine choice odds for schools

  • Teacher/Student classroom ratios

  • Preschool (ECE3 and ECE4) 1/2 Day and Full Day options

  • Religous and/or Parochial

  • Gifted (High IQ)/Creative Learners

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

  • International and Dual Language/Dual Immersion

  • Progressive

  • Montessori

  • Waldorf

  • Micro

  • Wait Lists/Interest/Application Process

  • Accreditation

  • Entrance Requirements

  • Grades Covered

  • Cost

  • Financial Aid opportunities

  • Preschool, Kindergarten, and beyond

  • Transportation

  • Schools

  • Principals

  • Teachers

  • Programs

  • Lessons Learned

  • Questions to ask during Tours

  • Questions to ask Principals

  • Questions to ask Teachers

  • Things to look for in a classroom

  • Assessments/Testing

  • How to find estimated available Kindergarten and 1st Grade choice seats (and any other grade)

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