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DPS Students Feel Engaged, Supported and Safe

Oct. 17, 2017
Bruce Randolph School students gathered to announce the results of the Whole Child Student Survey
Bruce Randolph School students gathered with school and district leaders to announce the results of the Whole Child Student Survey.

Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations,

Whole Child survey continues to highlight favorable results districtwide

Denver – For the second year, Denver Public Schools (DPS) surveyed students to hear their opinions on the supports the district provides. DPS is one of the first districts in the nation to not only focus on supporting the Whole Child as part of its Denver Plan 2020 goals, but to check-in with its students directly to make sure that they are feeling the positive effects of that support. In the 2016-17 school year, DPS surveyed its students in grades three and above to hear their opinions.

DPS is committed to providing equitable and inclusive environments where students are healthy, supported, engaged, challenged, safe, and socially and emotionally intelligent. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, DPS celebrated the Whole Child student survey results at Bruce Randolph School with remarks from Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Bruce Randolph educators and students who are active on the school’s Values Council to speak to the positive responses of their peers.

“Our support for the whole child is stronger than it has ever been,” said Superintendent Boasberg. “In 2016, voters approved funding to support the whole child in each and every DPS school. We know, as educators and as parents, that supporting our children as whole children is inexplicably linked to their academic success. Bruce Randolph Middle School is a shining example of a school that has fully committed to supporting the whole child – and their student survey results reflect those commitments.”

Districtwide, student responses were overall positive across all six Whole Child components, showing that schools are investing their time and energy into supporting their students beyond just their academic learning. The full results of the survey are available here. In particular, Bruce Randolph Middle School reported favorable responses in support for the whole child:

  • 88% of students reported being engaged
  • 87% of students reported feeling supported
  • 82% of students reported feeling safe

“[My] teachers not only let me face challenges by myself, but help me understand them,” said Bruce Randolph eighth-grader and Values Council student Lorraine Smith. “For example, Mr. Hanna, our restorative approaches coordinator and Values Council teacher, has helped me understand other people’s points of view and perspectives and let me see how it is to become an adult and how to talk to people if there is a problem outside of school.”

“What Whole Child means to me is being emotionally, physically and mentally stable in our school,” added fellow Values Council student Monica Barron. “Values Council helps students self-direct themselves onto the right path when they have a problem with a teacher or a peer. Of all the schools I’ve been to, I really feel at home at Bruce Randolph. I love it here.”