Starting Early for Success after High School

Nov. 10, 2017
Thousands of eighth-grade students met with representatives from companies, postsecondary institutions and high schools at the DPS Eighth-Grade Career Fair on Tuesday.

“Our goal with our apprenticeship program is to closely link our students’ academic and professional experiences to help them build careers they are passionate about.”

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Dear Team DPS,

This week was an inspiring week for Team DPS, as we watched eighth-grade students take a leap into the future at our annual Eighth-Grade Career Fair and we had the opportunity to co-host the Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network conference.

Students cannot explore career opportunities they aren’t aware of, and it’s our job to give them that intentional early exposure. We had more than 3,800 eighth-graders attend the Eighth-Grade Career Fair this year, where the kids interviewed veterinarians, bacteriologists, broadcasters, health inspectors and representatives from 150 other businesses and higher education institutions.

One of the many wide-eyed, eager students who attended was David Anderson, an eighth-grader at Morey Middle School, who is now interested in a career in education or hospitality.

“I know I will need more challenging, advanced classes, possibly college classes, while in high school to get me more qualified in my future profession,” David said, “and this helps me plan.”

This is the type of thoughtful planning we strive to instill in our kids, and it truly takes the support of the entire community.

Eighth-graders explore college and career pathways.

Eighth-graders explore college and career pathways.

This week at the Global Cities Education Network conference, which included educational leaders from seven countries, we focused on ways to better combine career and professional opportunities for our students with their academic experiences. Our goal is to provide a set of interconnected pathways that stress both college and career and continue to provide maximum opportunities for our young people.

Through our partnership with CareerWise Colorado, we’ve introduced this year a promising apprenticeship program for students, in which they have the opportunity to take college courses and gain valuable work experience in growing areas of our economy. Beginning as high school juniors, they commit to a three-year program in which they work for two days a week and take high school and, increasingly, college courses during the other three days. While the college courses are all free for students, the students are paid for the valuable work they do in their apprenticeships

We have learned much from the success of other highly developed, knowledge-based economies like Singapore and Switzerland in their ability to offer students a coherent and interconnected set of post-secondary pathways that include both excellent university opportunities and strong career and technical programs. This week at the conference, we had the opportunity discuss such programs with education leaders from several Asian, Canadian and North American cities.

We were proud to be chosen as the host for the conference and to share our progress in this area.

I look forward to many other conversations like this one. Let’s keep learning, and let’s keep growing.


Pictured above: Thousands of eighth-grade students met with representatives from companies, postsecondary institutions and high schools at the DPS Eighth-Grade Career Fair on Tuesday.

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SchoolChoice is Now Easier than Ever!

The next SchoolChoice season opens Feb. 1, 2018. Applications are due by Feb. 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.The DPS SchoolChoice application period for next year isn’t until February 2018, but now is the time for families to begin researching their school options. We believe all students should have access to quality schools, regardless of their background or address. Any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice.

Here’s how it works for families:

  • FIND the best school for your student by using the new mobile-friendly School Finder.
  • APPLY in February by ranking your top five school preferences on the online SchoolChoice application.
  • REGISTER when you get your school placement results in early April.

Have questions about SchoolChoice? Contact the SchoolChoice hotline at 720-423-3493 or visit

Female Political Leaders Share Advice at the Girls in Politics Forum

Female students and panel members at the first Girls in Politics Forum.

Female students and panel members at the first Girls in Politics Forum.

On Thursday, political leaders from across Colorado gathered at North High School for the first Girls in Politics Forum, where high school girls interested in a political career had the opportunity to hear from women who have made a difference in Colorado politics. During the forum, the leaders shared career advice with the students as they exchanged experiences, ideas and initiatives to increase the number and influence of women in political leadership positions.

With the overarching message of the event to “make your voice be heard,” former state lawmaker Elbra Wedgeworth shared this advice: “Think big. The only thing that holds us back is ourselves.”

Current and former elected officials in attendance included Rep. Leslie Herod, Rep. Faith Winter, Denver Board of Education Member Rosemary Rodriguez, and former state lawmakers Elbra Wedgeworth and Celina Benavidez.

Also in attendance were the filmmakers behind <a href="" target="_blank"Strong Sisters — a documentary about elected women in Colorado. Attendees participated in a panel discussion and breakout sessions.


Nov. 13: Board of Education Work Session
Nov. 16: Board of Education Meeting — Public Comment
Nov. 24-Dec. 10: Discounts to Performances of A Christmas Carol