Enrollment Process


As the only K-8 Chinese/Spanish total immersion school in the Denver Public School (DPS) district, we offer open enrollment for two full-day kindergarten classes in each language (Mandarin and Spanish) for the 2018-19 school year. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by October 1, 2018. Full day kindergarten does have a tuition rate and is income/district based.

Limited number of spaces are likely in grades 1 through 8. There are language proficiency requirements entering grades 2 through 8. Students applying for grades 2 through 8 are required to be assessed in order to determine their language proficiency for the grade level they are entering and whether or not they will be able to access the curriculum for the grade they are applying to.

Charter schools, like Denver Language School, are tuition-free public schools of choice (with the exception of Kindergarten). DLS participates in the School Choice process managed by DPS. By completing an application, you are entering your child into the lottery for the upcoming school year. This is not a guarantee of admission nor does it commit your child to attend DLS. 

Round 1 of School Choice enrollment for the 2018-19 school year opens February 1, 2018 and closes February 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm. The lottery will be conducted by the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services during March of 2018 and results are sent to families during April of 2018. Wait lists* from Kindergarten are generated from the applications not selected for any open seats from the first round. For DLS, all students applying for grades 1-8 are automatically wait listed* during Round 1.

Round 2 for the 2018-19 school opens May 1, 2018 and will close August 31, 2018.

*Wait lists do not carry over from year to year.  Families must reapply if they were not selected from the lottery or called from the wait list during the school year they applied for.

Questions regarding DPS School Choice process?

For further School Choice information, please contact the Choice and Enrollment Office at 720-423-3493 or visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org.

For questions about Kindergarten, please contact the registrar, Lyndsay Taylor, lyndsay@denverlanguageschool.org.