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60 DPS Schools Honored for Top Performance

McKinley Thatcher Students
Students at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School.

Congratulations to our students and educators whose hard work resulted in high growth or improvement on state assessments! Sixty DPS schools have earned a state award due to their performance on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS.

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes public schools in the state where 75% of students are considered at-risk and that demonstrate the highest rates of student academic progress, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. The following schools have received the Center for Excellence Award for demonstrating impressive results:

  • Charles M. Schenck (CMS) Community School
  • College View Elementary School
  • Cowell Elementary School
  • DCIS at Ford
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Goldrick Elementary School
  • Grant Beacon Middle School
  • Gust Elementary School
  • Holm Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • Knapp Elementary School
  • Kepner Middle School
  • Lena Archuleta Elementary School
  • Maxwell Elementary School
  • Newlon Elementary School
  • Rocky Mountain Prep: Creekside
  • STRIVE Prep – Rise
  • University Prep – Steele St.

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. The following schools “Exceed” expectations on the indicator related to student academic progress and “Meet or Exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps:

  • Cory Elementary School
  • Creativity Challenge Community School
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
  • Denver School of the Arts
  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
  • McAuliffe International School
  • McAuliffe Manual Middle School
  • McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School
  • Park Hill School
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Schmitt Elementary School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • Swigert International School
  • Valdez Elementary School
  • Westerly Creek Elementary School

The John Irwin Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. The following schools received an “Exceeds Expectations” rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts and Science:

  • Bromwell Elementary School
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Creativity Challenge Community School
  • Denver School of the Arts
  • DSST: Byers High School
  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • McAuliffe International School
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • Southmoor Elementary School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • Steele Elementary School
  • Swigert International School
  • University Park Elementary School
  • Westerly Creek Elementary School
  • William (Bill) Roberts K-8 School

The High School Academic Growth Awards recognize high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of students’ academic growth in reading, writing and math:

  • Denver School of the Arts
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy