I will answer this question perhaps more frankly than the professionals who have already responded - I am a product of DPS, and I don't have to be diplomatic! DPS is a troubled district. However, there are some very good schools. Some may not look great according to test scores, but are popular for other reasons, such as having an innovative dual language immersion program. In choosing schools for my kids, I have come to see that stats aren't that helpful for the qualities I seek in a school. Try to get online somewhere and get parents' opinions.
Just be aware that DPS has issues and is in transition right now with the Superintendent. You will need to get lots of parent feedback to be sure you are getting into the quality schools. Good luck!