In Southwest Denver, 52% of schools are high-performing. We believe bold, regional change is necessary now to ensure we meet our Denver Plan 2020 goal that 80% of schools in every neighborhood are high-performing. We have begun the work of improving schools in Southwest Denver, including new district-run and charter schools for families, but we believe more needs to be done to meet our Denver Plan goal. Please see more information below on how we are working to help all our students succeed.
Key Characteristics of Middle Schools
This past April, DPS staff has met with the community to discuss the key characteristics need for a high-performing middle school. Read the latest report to see what families are saying…
Lincoln High School
We are refocusing instruction at Lincoln High School to offer rigorous college preparatory and career and technical education pathways, including a new digital technology pathway launching in 2015-16. Because there is still a need for high-performing seats in the region and it appears there will be space on the Lincoln campus, we will use the Call for Quality New Schools to seek a new middle school option for possible campus sharing at Lincoln in 2016-17. We will not cap Lincoln’s enrollment, so any student who wants to attend Lincoln can do so, and we do not plan to move Respect Academy, housed at Lincoln.
Henry World Middle School
We will phase out Henry World School, our second lowest-performing middle school in the region, starting in 2016-17 because we are not seeing our students achieve sufficient academic progress. We will issue a Call for Quality New Schools seeking a high-quality program to phase in at Henry, also beginning in 2016-17. And we will design a district-run school program as one option for the Denver school board to consider for the new phase-in school at Henry.
For more information, please contact:
Amber Giauque Callender, Director, School Community Development & Change Management
720-423-3242 | Amber_Callender@dpsk12.org