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State Recognizes 50 DPS Award Winners

Students at Cory Elementary
Students at Cory Elementary, which received the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award, the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award and the National Blue Ribbon School Award.

The Colorado Department of Education celebrated 2016 school and district award winners in a March 1 ceremony. Across all categories, DPS earned more than 50 awards! Among the highlights:

Colorado Centers of Excellence Award — This award celebrates schools with an at-risk population of at least 75% that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. Of the total 33 winners, 21 are Denver schools.

  • Career Education Center Early College (CEC)
  • Doull Elementary School
  • DSST: Cole High School
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: College View Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Force Elementary School
  • Garden Place Elementary School
  • Gust Elementary School
  • Holm Elementary School
  • Kaiser Elementary School
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • Knapp Elementary School
  • Maxwell Elementary School
  • North High School
  • Rocky Mountain Prep: Creekside
  • Sabin World School
  • Samuels Elementary School
  • STRIVE Prep: Montbello
  • Trevista at Horace Mann

Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards — These awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the School Performance Framework used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years. Of the total 128 winners, 15 are Denver schools.

  • Carson Elementary School
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Creativity Challenge Community
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Park Hill School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • STRIVE Prep: Ruby Hill
  • University Prep: Arapahoe Street
  • Valdez Elementary School
  • Whittier K-8 School

John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards — These awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the School Performance Framework, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. Of the total 168 winners, 13 are Denver schools.

  • Bromwell Elementary School
  • Carson Elementary School
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Denver School of The Arts
  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • DSST: Stapleton Middle School
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • Steele Elementary School

High School Academic Growth Awards – This award recognizes high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of student academic growth in reading, writing and math, within each classification used by the statewide association for high school activities for the sport of football. Of the total seven winners, three are Denver schools.

  • Denver School of the Arts
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School

National Blue Ribbon Schools — This award recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Of the total five winners, two are Denver schools.

  • Cory Elementary School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch High School

ELPA Excellence Award — This award honors 10 districts and 10 charter schools that achieved the highest growth among English learners in an English Language Proficiency Program and that achieve the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of an English Language Proficiency Program. DPS was one of 10 districts to receive the award; eight of the 10 charters statewide to receive the award are Denver schools.

  • Denver Public Schools District
  • DSST Cole Middle School
  • DSST College View Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • DSST Stapleton High School
  • DSST Stapleton Middle School
  • KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
  • STRIVE Prep – Westwood

Congratulations to all the winners!

To see a complete listing of all Colorado schools receiving awards, please visit this Colorado Department of Education webpage.