Apply for My Spark Denver

Are you having trouble applying for My Spark or finding programming for your student?

Parents/guardians should apply online on behalf of their child(ren).


You and your child(ren) are eligible for My Spark Denver if you answer YES to all of the following questions.

  1. Do you have a middle school student?
  2. Does this student attend a Denver Public School (includes charter and innovation schools)?
  3. Is your child eligible for free or reduced-price lunch?

How It Works

  • Apply online. You will need your child’s Denver Public School ID number when you apply. 
  • Choose from a list of participating afterschool and extracurricular providers. This list grows every week, so check back regularly. 
  • Register directly with the provider and use your My Spark Card to pay.

You can choose to upload documentation showing that your family is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, but this is not a requirement. 

How will I show my family’s free or reduced price lunch status?

  1. Locate Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) documentation that includes your student’s name, their FRL eligibility and their DPS Student ID, by doing ONE of the following:
    • Apply for School Meal Benefits at and receive a verification letter. (If you qualify for other programs that make your child automatically eligible for free school meals, please still apply through to get a letter.)
    • Complete the My Spark Free or Reduced Lunch Eligibility Form and get it signed by your school.
    • Find a copy of your verification from last school year (2022-2023).
  2. Upload the document as part of your My Spark Denver application.

Application Instructions For Parents Of 5th Grade Students

If you currently have a 5th grader transitioning into 6th grade, once you begin the application:

  1. Select “NO”, this individual currently attends a DPS Middle School 
  2. Enter the school your student currently attends
  3. Select “5th” grade
  4. Select “YES”, this individual will attend a DPS Middle School in 2024-25
  5. Select the school your student will attend during the 2024-25 school year 
  6. Select “6th” grade

(Screenshot of these steps below)

ALL KIDS should have access to experiences that spark joy and purpose.