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Admission/How to Apply

DCIS is part of Denver Public Schools’ SchoolChoice program and adheres to all deadlines set by the district. SchoolChoice decisions are not made by DCIS, but through the DPS SchoolChoice lottery system. Please visit DPS Choice & Enrollment for the most current information regarding this year’s process and deadlines.

Although DCIS does not require an application, we do have admission priorities like other schools in the district. An automated process fills spots in the order designated below, and a lottery system is activated when requests for admission exceed capacity.

Middle School Admission Priorities (1 is highest)

  1. Students who are currently attending DCIS Fairmont in 5th grade and have a sibling currently attending DCIS.
  2. District resident students with a sibling currently attending DCIS.
  3. Students who are currently attending DCIS Fairmont in 5th grade.
  4. Children of full-time employees of the school.
  5. District resident students impacted by school closure decisions.
  6. All other district resident students.
  7. Non-district resident students with a sibling currently attending DCIS.
  8. All other non-district resident students.

High School Admission Priorities (1 is highest)

  1. District resident students who are currently attending the school or district resident students with a sibling currently attending DCIS.
  2. Children of full-time employees of the school.
  3. District resident students currently impacted by school closure decisions.
  4. All other district resident students.
  5. Non-district resident students with a sibling currently attending DCIS.
  6. All other non-district resident students.

While the majority of our students enter DCIS in either the 6th or 9th grade, we welcome students at other grade levels as space allows.

NOTE: All DCIS 8th graders are guaranteed a spot in the DCIS high school, but they must fill out a SchoolChoice application listing DCIS high school as their No. 1 choice to secure their spot.