Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org
Call for New Quality Schools identifies need for additional seats to meet increasing demand and enrollment growth
Denver – In order to meet increasing demand for middle school seats in the Greater Park Hill – Stapleton Middle School Enrollment Zone, Denver Public Schools (DPS) released a Call for New Quality Schools Tuesday. Middle school enrollment in the area is expected to continue to increase over the next few years due to growth in the population of middle school-aged students, and the desire of the area’s schools to ensure diverse student bodies.
Students and families thrive when they have great schools in their neighborhoods. That is at the heart of DPS’ strategic plan – the Denver Plan 2020 – which seeks to increase the quality of schools available in every neighborhood in the city.
This is the first new school DPS seeks to open since the Strengthening Neighborhood Committee shared its recommendations, and the district plans to take the committee’s guidance into consideration throughout this process. As part of the Strengthening Neighborhoods process, school communities in Park Hill and Stapleton expressed their clear desire for promoting diverse student bodies in their schools.
In light of those recommendations, the new school is intended to help DPS ensure there is enough capacity for students who live in the boundary area, while also promoting integration and inclusive excellence in all schools in the enrollment zone. DPS remains deeply committed to the success of the wonderful middle schools already serving students and families in Greater Park Hill – Stapleton, including Denver Discovery School, DSST-Stapleton, DSST-Conservatory Green, McAuliffe International School and William (Bill) Roberts. With the increase in middle-school aged students in the 2019-20 school year, there will be enough students to ensure strong enrollment at all schools in the zone.
Community members will be invited to provide input on potential providers this fall, and the Denver Board of Education will select a new school in December 2018. The selected school will open in fall 2019 in a temporary location in North Stapleton with sixth grade students. It will then move into a permanent location (also in North Stapleton) for the 2020-2021 school year and add a grade each year. DPS plans to take out financing this fall to be able to add the additional middle school capacity in North Stapleton.
To learn more about how DPS selects and starts new schools, visit greatschools.dpsk12.org/en/new/. To learn more about the SchoolChoice enrollment process, please visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org. Community members with questions may also contact the Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054 or FACE@dpsk12.org.