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Mission and Vision

Every Child Succeeds

Our vision is clear: “…to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our society.”

Keep watching as Denver Public Schools continues to challenge itself, reform and grow.

Denver Public Schools is Thriving

Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of more than 200 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current total enrollment of more than 91,000 students. Of those, 56.1% of the school district’s enrollment is Hispanic, 22.6% is Caucasian, and 13.8% is African American. Additionally, 69% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of the Denver Plan 2020, DPS is among the fastest-growing in the following areas:

  • urban school districts in the country in terms of enrollment
  • large school districts in Colorado in terms of academic growth

DPS is committed to establishing Denver as a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, and college and career readiness.

Learn More About DPS

Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.

While its roots can be traced to 1859, when the city was founded, the district was officially created in 1902 when voters approved a constitutional amendment that created the City and County of Denver. The same constitutional amendment consolidated five school districts into today’s School District No.1.