STAPLETON ENROLLMENT ZONE
Principal: Dr. Amy Gile
School Website: http://hightechelementary.dpsk12.org/
Tours/Open Houses: http://hightechelementary.dpsk12.org/school-tours/
High Tech will attend all DPS sponsored events.
At HTES we embrace our core value of Accountability, striving to prepare our students for academic excellence. We have consistently performed with an overall Meets Expectations (Green) rating on the DPS School Performance Framework (SPF) since our school opened; showing consistent impact for students within the Academic Gap indicators. Our 2018 CMAS results for Math (51% meets and exceeds) and English Language Arts (61% Meets and Exceeds), surpassed both the district and state proficiency levels. On the 2018 SPF, we scored Distinguished (Blue) for students of color and Meets Expectations for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners. Historically, we have received an overall score of Meets Expectations for the academic gaps indicators. We are most proud of our growth in the sub category of Students with Disabilities. Shifting our scores into the “meets” category is a huge accomplishment for which we are very proud.
Number of students: 325
Principal: Marisol Enriquez Ph.D.
School Website: http://inspire.dpsk12.org
Tours/Open Houses: http://inspire.dpsk12.org/parent-corner/open-houses/
Inspire did not qualify to be scored on a majority of the DPS SPF criteria resulting in atypical weighting of priorities. We were scored on only 25 of a possible 166 given that we served a small number of students (93) and were in our first active year with students. A typical DPS School has 72% weight applied for Academic Growth, 23% weight applied for Academic Performance and 5% weight applied for parent satisfaction. By comparison Inspire had 24% applied for Academic Growth, 40% weight applied for Academic Performance and 36% weigh applied for Parent Satisfaction. Had our SPF been assigned the typical DPS weights with its emphasis on Academic Growth, our overall rating would have been “Meets Expectations” (Green). Moreover, our momentum is continuing to build. This school year our students are already showing phenomenal growth due to the hard work of our teachers and staff in Early Literacy. Our students are making significant academic gains this year. For example, 24% of our Kindergarten students were performing at grade level in August and in December of 2018 67% of students are performing at grade level.
Isabella Bird Community School (aka Izzi B)
Number of students: ECE-5th Grade 524
Principal: Lisa S. Schuba & Caleb Melamed (Asst. Principal)
School Website: https://isabellabird.dpsk12.org/
Phone/Email/Tours: 720-423-9900, email@example.com
Also at Northeast Expo – Thursday, January 16th @ Evie Dennis Campus 6-8 PM
Isabella Bird Community School’s mission is to provide our diverse learners with a compassionate, intellectually stimulating, vigorous learning experience that ensures their wellbeing, engagement, academic and personal success and contribution as global citizens. Our heart-centered, inclusive, service-learning and environmentally sustainable school practices provide an exceptional and holistic educational experience for our students.
Research correlates committed and experienced leadership with high academic outcomes for students. Under the leadership of Principal Schuba and Assistant Principal Caleb, our learning community is focusing on high academic achievement through weekly data team meetings coupled with instructional units that are aligned to rigorous common core standards. Growth mindset is seen in our teachers through effective observation and feedback cycles where adults and children are all engaged in continuous learning.
What sets us apart?
- Incredibly diverse population of students with over 28 different languages represented
- Explicit instruction in social emotional learning that provides our students the skills to be successful and compassionate people of this world.
- Early Childhood Education (ECE) program on site which allows students to make an easier transition into Kindergarten.
- Friday “Exploratories” are activities designed to give students the opportunity to “explore” a subject or activity of their choosing.
Spanish Instruction for students K-5
Number of students: 547
Principal: Shelby Dennis
School Website: http://swigert.dpsk12.org/
Tours/Open Houses: http://swigert.dpsk12.org/school-tours/
Open House and Tour: Friday, January 11, 8am; School Tour: 8:30am
School Tours: Friday, January 18 and 25: 8:45am
Please email Amy Beltzer, Community Liaison, at Amy_Beltzer@dpsk12.org with any questions
Swigert International School is an International Baccalaureate School of 547 ECE through 5th grade students. The IB philosophy is conceptual and inquiry-driven, which allows students to dive deep into units of study around relevant issues; including communities around the world, animal migration, immigration, and conflict, just to name a few. Swigert students spend the entire day engaging in trans disciplinary units of study, in an environment where curiosity and risk-taking is encouraged. We are a community of learners and are striving to develop a sense of agency to think critically and take action in the world. For example, our first graders study change makers – from Martin Luther King to Mother Theresa, and then go out into the community and take action helping the homeless across the city. Last year, they organized a food drive and distributed over 2,000 bags of food and supplies for the homeless. The IB program also emphasizes international mindness; looking at issues globally and honoring cultural diversity. Over the past 5 years we have maintained strong proficiency on PARCC, ACCESS, and early literacy measures. Our early literacy approach includes an Orton Gillingham approach for all K-3 learners. Alongside our strong academic programing we provide social emotional learning and support at all grade levels, emphasizing the whole child.
Number of students: 721
Principal: Jill A. Corcoran
School Website: http://westerlycreek.dpsk12.org/
Tours/Open Houses: http://westerlycreek.dpsk12.org/hours-schedule/
Open House: 1/15/2019 Tues. 9:15am
Tours: 2/5/19 Tues. 9:15am, 2/22/19 Fri. 9:15, 3/8/19 Fri. 9:15
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William (Bill) Roberts
Number of students: 900
Principal: Patricia Lea
School Website: www.billroberts.dpsk12.org
Phone/email/URL for tours or shadowing: http://billroberts.dpsk12.org/parents/take-a-tour/
William (Bill) Roberts ECE-8 School is proud of its strong reputation in the Stapleton community. We are a friendly, dynamic, hardworking, high achieving, wonderful place for kids and their families. Our tightly knit community of teachers, staff, and families believe in giving our children far more than a basic education.
At Bill Roberts E-8, we believe in nurturing and educating the whole child. focusing on academic learning, social and emotional growth, development of family and community relationships, hands-on and exploratory learning styles and numerous enrichment opportunities during and beyond the school day. Our specials programming includes art, music, PE, drama and SMARTLab (STEM).
Our curriculum follows Common Core Standards through Inquiry-based Learning Differentiation, supplemental curriculum, & teacher designed methodologies are incorporated. Curriculums include Benchmark, BRIDGES with Supplementation, and Orton-Gillingham. Our high-caliber staff focuses on cognitive thinking strategies to promote a deeper level of learning. We employ specialized, highly qualified intervention teachers who are dedicated to the support and development of students at every level of instruction, including those identified as Gifted and Talented (GT), as well as those needing special education and/or English language acquisition instruction.
In 2017 Bill Roberts was awarded the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence from the Colorado Department of Education for demonstrating exceptional academic achievement over time. Our commitment to excellence means we never stop improving. We continue to challenge ourselves to be better, to do more, to inspire and engage, and to continue to build upon what we learn.
PARK HILL NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS
Number of ECE-5 students: 215
Principal: Dominique Jefferson
Tours by request – 720-424-6070
Extraordinary things are happening at Hallett Academy where our 2018 School Performance Framework (SPF) results have skyrocketed this year! Our current SPF rating is an accurate reflection of our present trajectory. Our academic gaps rating is an accurate reflection of what we believe students can do, and what actions we have taken to ensure that the needs of all our students are being met.
At Hallett, we believe in what our students can achieve. We have committed to restoring the Hallett community to a place where learning begins and never ends. Hallett Academy is a safe, positive, and inclusive place to learn, work, and grow.
Number of ECE -5 students: 721
Principal: Ken Burdette
Tours – Wednesdays 9am, https://www.signupgenius.com/ – to sign up
At Park Hill, we are dedicated to growing the whole child, not simply focusing on academic standards. Park Hill focuses on providing a broad and rigorous education to prepare a diverse community for college and ambitious life pursuits. We strive to be a neighborhood school with a small community feel, with a belief in the whole-child approach. The SPF is not unlike many other measures in that it has some strengths and some shortcomings.
As a principal, it is beneficial to have this data to drive our next steps as a school. Based on my review of the numbers and the data, Park Hill is a high achieving school, and whether we are high-green or low-blue on the SPF, I know our teachers and students are doing a great job overall.
Number of ECE-5 students: 383
Principal: Emily El Moudaffar
Tours Wednesday 9:30am
Smith is an exceptional learning community making tremendous gains in student growth and achievement. Our increase in color ratings on the SPF from red, to orange, to yellow reflects that positive progress. We’re equally proud that our stand-out strength in developing a strong foundation for young readers was reflected. Moreover, the SPF highlights specific areas for growth that our staff utilizes in designing and implementing plans for improvement. In contrast, the SPF numbers can’t capture the heart of our community– it doesn’t measure the life-altering relationships with develop with students and their families. Nor does it reflect the joy and wonder of our learning spaces, the spark of passion in the eyes of our educators, or the resilience of our kiddos. It misses the deep-rooted pride Smith has in developing bilingual, biliterate young people. And it cannot measure the relentless spirit found throughout the halls and walls our our building. In closing, yes, the SPF is an accurate representation of the numbers, but our school community is so much more than just numbers.
Number of ECE-5 students: 311
Principal: Greta Martinez (Principal Resident – Mike Atkins – recently confirmed as principal for next year).
Tours – Mondays 10:30am
Stedman is a true community school that values diversity and inclusiveness.
Walking the halls of Stedman, you will be greeted by children who are comfortable navigating their academic and social space. You will experience small, structured classrooms full of thriving students absorbed by rigorous academic material as well as students engaged in both English instruction and Spanish Immersion. You’ll find teachers who are working hard to support the needs of their students and community partners volunteering to mentor, provide enrichment opportunities, and support our teachers’ work. You’ll find Stedman parents who actively engage in strengthening our community while also having fun building relationships. At dismissal, you will observe some students heading home, some headed to after school childcare, and some headed to self-selected enrichment activities.
All of Stedman’s stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, community members) believe in Stedman’s Mission and Vision and understand that it takes a village. While our historical data does not capture what is happening in today’s classrooms, we know that Stedman is on a path to being green on the SPF. One rating cannot accurately reflect the tremendous things currently happening in our building. We are Stedman Knights, a Community Growing Together.
MORE NE DENVER AREA SCHOOLS
Principal: Zachary Rahn
School Website: Ashley.dpsk12.org
Tours: Offered each Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30-9:30am. Schedule your visit with Ashley Office Manager Joyce Archuleta at Joyce_Archuleta@dpsk12.org
Ashley Elementary School is a vibrant and diverse community serving students across the Park Hill/Stapleton neighborhoods in ECE-5th Grade! Less than 3% to being a green school on the district SPF, Ashley Elementary is a school not to overlook! There are many unique attributes to our school community of which you should be aware:
- A partner with Denver School of the Arts! Any Ashley student who participates in 2 of the 3 pipeline programs we offer gains admittance into Denver School of the Arts.
- Small class sizes – the perfect learning environment for all students.
- Has consistently shown strong academic data – a high growth school for the past two-years, we are green for growth and for supporting all students.
- In the top ten of all DPS schools for performance in K-3 early literacy.
- A vibrant school community – from a thriving PTA, to monthly community & family events, families are engaged & supported.
- One of the most culturally diverse schools in the Park Hill/Stapleton neighborhood – send your child to a school that looks like the world in which we live.
Look beyond the SPF, or dig deeper, to see the incredible things happening within our school community – trust us, if you come for a tour, you’ll be glad you did!
Denver Language School
825 students (K-8)
Executive Director: Kathy Benzel
Principal (K-3): Doug Seligma
Principal (4-8): Robert Newman
Tours: Every Tuesday, at 8:30 am at the Whiteman Campus. 451 Newport Street, Denver, CO 80220. There is no need to schedule, just show up! For additional information, please contact Camilla Modesitt, Director of Advancement, at Camilla@denverlangaugeschool.org
Denver Language School is a DPS K-8 charter school. Our K-4 campus is located in Mayfair Park and our 5-8 campus is in the Five Points neighborhood. The school offers a full language immersion model in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Some highlights from the Spring 2018 CMAS testing:
Top 10 Middle School in DPS in English and Math
#1 in 3rd grade Math compared with DPS charter schools – second year in a row
#1 in 4th grade Math compared with DPS charter schools – second year in a row
#1 in 7th grade ELA compared with DPS charter schools, #5 in all DPS
#2 in 4th grade English compared with DPS charter schools
#2 in 6th grade ELA compared with DPS charter schools, #5 in all DPS
#2 in 6th grade Math compared with DPS charter schools, #6 in all DPS
#4 in 7th grade Math compared with DPS charter schools, #6 in all DPS
75% of our 4th graders met or exceeded expectations in Math – double the District average.
Farrell B. Howell
Number of students: 720
Principal: Rachel Massey
School Website: http://howell.dpsk12.org/
Open House/Tours: Thursday, January 27
Call our office to schedule a school visit at 720-424-2740
Farrell B. Howell is an ECE-8 building that serves students in the Northeast region of Denver.
A strong sense of community can be felt when you walk into the building each morning and are greeted by staff and families alike. Our students feel a strong sense of community in their classrooms as well, which is seen in daily connection circles, student led restorative practices, and student led bully prevention programs.
Howell has recently adopted Leader In Me, a social-emotional and academic curriculum based upon Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which honors and fosters leadership characteristics in all learners. Students learn to identify their own genius, and apply this in their lives in and out of school.
To support the diverse student population at Howell, instruction is consistently differentiated for all leaners. This is seen in our strong English Language Development classes, opportunities for math and/or reading intervention based upon student needs, and specialized student support personnel.
The impact of this on student learning is Howell’s continued success in closing academic gaps for English Language Learners, as well as for all students across content areas.
Students graduate Howell with lifelong skills to be successful in all of their endeavors.
Jessie Whaley Maxwell
Principal: Nivan Khosravi
ECE – 5: 630 students
Tours: Stop by the front office, call 720-424-5740, or email Stephen_wertz@dpsk12.org to learn more about the school or to schedule a tour. We will be giving tours and answering questions to all who contact our front office.
Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary is one of the highest-performing schools in all of Denver! Our school has grown academically each year, and last year we had the third highest growth in math of any school in all of DPS! Our students love to read and have shown growth in reading as well! We are a loving, smiling, positive school community a high-performing elementary school in the Montbello community in Far Northeast Denver.
We are an inclusive community where we embrace and value each of our students’ identities. Each of our students come to us with incredible talent and potential, and our hard-working team of educators work hard each day to ensure our students are learning. We provide support for the whole child, as our students enjoy recess every day and expanded arts opportunities, including our new STEM makers space! Additionally, we offer one of the highest, five-diamond-rated ECE programs in Colorado. In partnership with parents and community, we develop our students’ independence, critical thought, and enduring love for learning.
Number of students: 515
Principal: Ms. Adrienne Nault
School Website: lowry.dpsk12.org
Tours/Open Houses: http://lowry.dpsk12.org/enrollment-school-tours/
DPS SchoolChoice SouthWest Regional Expo January 15, 6 – 8pm
Lowry Elementary is an ECE (4 year old program only) – 5th grade neighborhood school. We offer a variety of programming, including 1st and 2nd grade HGT (Highly Gifted and Talented), after school enrichment options, before and after school care through Discovery Link, and ECE-5 recess facilitation with the non-profit group Connect Us. We offer art, music, PE, and STEM specials classes. We are a diverse school with an equal focus on social-emotional and academic supports for students. We provide access to a rigorous education for all learners and create a culture of unstoppable learning!
Monarch Montessori of Denver
Number of students: 209
Principal: Ann Massengill, Director, Laura Pretty, Executive Director
Tours: call 303-712-2001
Monarch Montessori offers an engaging Montessori experience to families in an inclusive and thriving community that fosters whole-child development, academic excellence, and a peaceful environment where everyone feels valued and supported. In the 2018-2019 school year, we will be offering a Dual Language Program for kindergartners.
Montclair School of Academics & Enrichment
Number of students: 410
Principal: Ryan Kockler
School Website: http://montclair.dpsk12.org/
Tours/Open Houses: call 720-424-5380 or Click here
Tuesday 1/8, 10–11am & 5:30–6:30pm
Friday 1/11, 12:45–1:45pm
Monday 1/14, 10–11am
Tuesday 1/15, 12:45–1:45pm
Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment is a Pre-K through 5th grade elementary school with a unique focus on personalized learning. Our school community is diverse, with 22 home languages represented across our student body. Our personalized learning model focuses on three areas: (1) We focus on a deep level of personal relationships built between staff and students through morning meetings using the Caring Schools curriculum. (2) We focus on goal setting with students so they are invested in their own learning. (3) Students demonstrate their learning using the Design Thinking model for science, social studies, and enrichments. Over the last few years, Montclair’s student satisfaction has increased, we’ve narrowed the opportunity gap within our school, and our early literacy data is among some of the top in DPS. Montclair is an amazing place that feels like family so please come for a tour so that you can experience our warm and loving culture paired with rigorous, personalized academics.
Odyssey School of Denver
K-5: 156 students
Principal: Marnie Cooke
School Website: www.odysseydenver.org
Tour/Open House: http://odysseydenver.org/enrollment/open-house-schedule/
Thurs, Jan 24 at 9:30am, Tues, Feb 12 at 9:30am, Wed, Feb 27 at 6pm
Odyssey School of Denver is a diverse, public DPS, K-8 Expeditionary Learning school. We teach students how to learn through a focus on academic achievement, critical thinking and social responsibility, preparing them for high school and beyond. Odyssey opened its doors in 1998 as a shared vision of a dedicated group of parents, teachers, and community members from the Park Hill area. Their specific goal was to design an innovative school based on the principals of Expeditionary Learning to serve a richly diverse community. Our vision for students is they will: take risks and innovate; lead with integrity and compassion; be civically and socially engaged; push themselves to exceed expectations; and embrace learning as a life-long adventure. Our school is small, allowing for deep relationships between student and teacher, staff and families. Adventure is a critical component of our Expeditionary Learning program for every student. Each “crew,” or class, camps twice each school year, with trips ranging from two to eight days. Through adventure, our students reach personal goals, build confidence, learn how to work as a team, and become more supple learners and leaders.
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