Parent View: Our School Choice Experience

Hello my name is Caitlyn, I am a proud DPS parent and a TEN parent leader. I am here tonight to share our family’s story about how we got our daughter, into a school that was right for her- and the confusion and fear that we felt along the way. DPS has a school of choice system, which both empowered our family to attend a better school than we would be able to if we attended the school closest to our house, but also, the school of choice process was really scary.

Without the school of choice process, my daughter would not have had access to a school where more than 20% of students are reading on grade level.

Two years ago, we were looking for a school to send my daughter to kindergarten.When I found out that the school that would have been our home school had about 2 out of every 10 students reading on grade level, I felt panicked. I felt panicked because as a mother, I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter is ready to flourish as she ventures into the world little by little on her own. I have made sure she eats good foods, understands the importance of kindness and respect. I have created a beautiful home for her to live in, I have tried to do