Denver Public Schools, Colorado

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Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado
Denver Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Tom Boasberg
Graduation rate:58.8%
Number of schools:162
Budget: $1.5 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Happy Haynes
Board members:7
Term length:4
Denver Public Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 83,377 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the second largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Denver Public Schools is located in Denver County, CO
Denver Public Schools serves students in Denver, the county seat of Denver County, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Denver is home to 600,158 residents.[2]


Denver outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty in 2010. The average household income in Denver was $47,499 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Denver was 18.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 41.3% of Denver residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Denver (%) Colorado (%)
White 68.9 81.3
Black or African American 10.2 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.1
Asian 3.4 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 31.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 164,196 50.5
Unaffiliated 103,119 31.7
Republican 53,385 16.4
Libertarian 2,880 0.9
Green 1,187 0.4
American Constitution 630 0.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The current Superintendent of Denver Public Schools is Tom Boasberg. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Boasberg previously worked as an executive with Level 3 Communications.[6]

School board

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Two members are elected at-large while five members represent specific districts. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[7]

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Denver Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Happy Haynes At-large 2011 2015
Anne Rowe 1 2011 2015
Barbara O'Brien At-large 2013 2017
Rosemary Rodriguez 2 2013 2017
Michael Johnson 3 2013 2017
Landri Taylor 4 2013 2017
Arturo Jimenez 5 2007 2015

School board elections

See also: Denver Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

The Board of Education encourages the involvement of citizens in the public school system. One means for members of the public to assist the Board is by providing public comment to the Board on issues affecting the school system, especially issues directly affecting student achievement, budget policy, and those matters currently under consideration by the Board.

Members of the public wishing to address the Board may do so beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the date of the first regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board must contact the Board of Education office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting for placement on the speaker's list and shall give the following information:

1. Name, address, and telephone number

2. Item to be discussed

3. Group or organization represented, if any

4. Indicate whether he/she will be speaking pro or con

A three minute time limit shall be imposed on individual presentations. Individuals speaking on the same topic ordinarily will be grouped by topic and may select a spokesperson to present their views. A group of 4 or more persons grouped by the Board for the purpose of speaking on the same topic will be limited to ten minutes collectively. Unless the Board determines to the contrary, the total time allocated for speakers on a single topic shall not exceed 25 minutes.

The Board of Education will set the order of speakers. Generally, speakers on issues directly related to student achievement, budget policy, or matters currently under consideration by the Board will be heard first.

The Board of Education recognizes that many individuals, businesses, and other organizations interact and form relationships with the District and various schools. As a result, there are often reports, recognitions, commendations, and other public relations matters that need to be publicly noted before the Board. Such matters are more appropriately addressed at a regular or special Board meeting, and persons involved relative to such are encouraged to contact the Board office to schedule a time for such matters rather than including them in a public comment session.

Since a public comment session is for the purpose of receiving public comment, no response by the Board other than to thank the speaker will generally be given. Such lack of response should not be the construed as either indicating agreement or disagreement with the views expressed by the speaker.

The Board of Education understands that some speakers will wish to present strongly held views. Nevertheless, the Board will not tolerate vulgar, abusive, or threatening language, or loud or disruptive behavior, or conduct that is uncivil, rude, discourteous, or is otherwise disruptive to the orderly conduct of the meeting.

Persons who engage in such inappropriate behavior will be deemed to have forfeited their right to present further comment at the meeting. The Board may temporarily adjourn or terminate a public comment session that is not productive or becomes disruptive.

The Board of Education reserves the right to place a time limit of ninety (90) minutes on the amount of total time allocated for a public comment session. If such limitation is determined to be necessary, the duration of the public comment session will be announced at the beginning of the meeting and if such limitation results in any speakers not being afforded an opportunity to speak, those speakers will be given the opportunity to present their views in writing or to return the following month at which time they will be given first priority to speak. In order to ensure that the Board has the benefit of hearing the speaker's views on agenda items which are up for action at the Board meeting prior to the public comment session, the speaker is encouraged to submit the comments to the Board electronically or by leaving a message with the Board office.

The Board of Education will attempt to have a Spanish translator available at every public comment session, and if advance notice is given, the Board will also attempt to provide translation for other languages as needed.

Copies of this policy will be provided to all speakers at each public comment session.

The Board also welcomes comments from the public via email.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Denver Public Schools:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $821,554,783 51.8% $45,724,499 2.9% $375,265,274 23.7% $0 0% $34,227,834 2.2% $1,584,822,790
2014-2015 $857,611,417 58.7% $46,912,191 3.2% $243,836,536 16.7% $0 0% $313,513,522 21.4% $1,461,873,666
Averages: $839,583,100 55% $46,318,345 3% $309,550,905 20% $0 0% $173,870,678 11% $1,523,348,228

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Denver Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 38,117 52,939
B.A. 30 38,397 57,404
B.A. 60 38,675 62,021
MA 38,675 62,021
MA 30 39,944 66,333
MA 60 42,606 70,821
Ph.D. 45,282 75,335


Teachers in Denver Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). The current President of DCTA is Henry Roman.[11]

Schools in Denver Public Schools


The district served 83,377 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 12.4% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 74,176 -
2009 77,255 4.1
2010 78,317 1.3
2011 80,890 3.2
2012 83,377 3.0

District schools

Denver Public Schools operates 162 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Denver Public Schools
Abraham Lincoln
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval
Academy 360
Academy of Urban Learning
ACE Community Challenge School
Balarat Outdoor Education Center
Beach Court
Bill Roberts
Bradley International School
Brown International Academy
Bruce Randolph High School
Bruce Randolph Middle School
Bryant-Webster Dual Language
CEC Middle College of Denver
Cesar Chavez Academy
CMS Community School
Cole Arts & Science Academy
College View
Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Noel
Colorado High School Charter
Compassion Road Academy
Contemporary Learning Academy High School
Creativity Challenge Community (C3)
DCIS at Fairmont
DCIS at Ford
DCIS at Montbello HS
DCIS at Montbello MS
Denison Montessori
Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman HS
Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman MS
Denver Center For International Studies HS
Denver Center For International Studies MS
Denver Discovery School
Denver Green School
Denver Language School
Denver Online High School
Denver Public Montessori HS
Denver Public Montessori MS
Denver School of Science and Technology - Cole HS
Denver School of Science and Technology - Cole MS
Denver School of Science and Technology - GVR Campus HS
Denver School of Science and Technology - GVR Campus MS
Denver School of Science and Technology - Stapleton HS
Denver School of Science and Technology - Stapleton MS
Denver School of the Arts HS
Denver School of the Arts MS
Dora Moore
Downtown Denver Expeditionary School
DSST at College View MS
Emily Griffith High School
Emily Griffith Technical College
Escalante-Biggs Academy
Escuela Tlatelolco (Corona Street)
Escuela Tlatelolco (Virginia Avenue)
Escuela Tlatelolco (Vrain Street)
Excel Academy
Farrell B. Howell
Florence Crittenton
Florida Pitt Waller
Garden Place
George Washington
Gilliam School (Albion Street)
Gilliam School (Dexter Street)
Gilliam School (Marion Street)
Gilpin Montessori Public School
Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) HS
Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) MS
Grant Beacon
Grant Ranch
Green Valley Ranch
Hallett Fundamental Academy
Henry World School
High Tech Early College
High Tech Elementary
Highline Academy
Hill Middle School Campus of Arts & Sciences
Isabella Bird Community School
John F. Kennedy
Justice High
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
KIPP Montbello College Prep
KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy ES
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy HS
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy MS
Lake International School
Lincoln Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Early College HS
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College MS
Math and Science Leadership Academy
McAuliffe International School
Monarch Montessori of Denver
Montclair School of Academics & Enrichment
Noel Community Arts School HS
Noel Community Arts School MS
North High School Engagement Center
Odyssey Charter
Omar D. Blair
P.R.E.P. Academy HS
P.R.E.P. Academy MS
P.U.S.H Academy
Park Hill
Pascual LeDoux Academy
Pioneer Charter
Place Bridge Academy
Polaris at Ebert
Respect Academy at Lincoln
Ridge View Academy
Rocky Mountain Prep
Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (Sixth Avenue)
Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (Telluride Street)
Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (Steele Street)
Sabin World School
Sims-Fayola International Academy HS
Sims-Fayola International Academy MS
Smith Renaissance School
SOAR Green Valley Ranch
SOAR Oakland
Southwest Early College
Stephen Knight Center for Early Education
STRIVE Prep - Excel
STRIVE Prep - Federal Campus
STRIVE Prep - Lake Campus
STRIVE Prep - Montbello
STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside
STRIVE Prep - Westwood
Summit Academy HS
Summit Academy MS
Swigert International School
Thomas Jefferson
Traylor Academy
Trevista at Horace Mann
University Park
University Preparatory School
Venture Prep HS
Venture Prep MS
Vista Academy HS
Vista Academy MS
West Career Academy
West Generation Academy HS
West Generation Academy MS
West Leadership Academy HS
West Leadership Academy MS
Westerly Creek
Wyatt Academy Charter

Academic performance

Colorado Student Assessment Program

The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data is used to keep abreast of individual student, school and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards ensures that all districts are held to the same standards expected for students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas.[13]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Denver Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Approaching 39.6
Academic Growth Meets 67.9
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 56.7
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 37.5
Total 51.3

What do the performance indicators measure?

  • Academic Achievement: The Achievement Indicator reflects how a district's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments. This indicator includes results from CSAP, CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science), Lectura and Escritura.
  • Academic Growth: The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This indicator reflects:
  • Normative growth: How the academic progress of the students in this district compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score.
  • Adequate growth: Whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this district to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first.
  • Academic Growth Gaps: The Gaps Indicator measures the academic progress of historically disadvantaged student subgroups. It disaggregates the Growth Indicator into student subgroups, and reflects their normative and adequate growth. The subgroups include students eligible for free or reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities (IEP status), English Language Learners and students needing to catch up.
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or jobs upon completing high school. This indicator reflects student graduation rates, dropout rates and average Colorado ACT composite scores.

Contact information

Denver Public Schools logo.jpg
Denver Public Schools
Board of Education
900 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (720) 423-3210

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 12 Feb 2012.

The good

  • The school district explains how tax revenues are allocated, and at what rate citizens are taxed.[15]
  • Budgets are available from 2009. Audits are available on the same page.[15]
  • School Board meetings are accessible on the school's website.[16]
  • Names and contact information are available for all school board members except the president.[17]
  • Superintendent name and contact information are posted.[18]
  • Information on how to make CORA requests is available.
  • Reports for national and statewide progress reports are made available online.[19]
  • Forms used in background checks appear online.[20]

The bad

  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not listed. However, information on how to obtain a contract with the district is prevalent.[15]

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 10, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Denver, accessed October 29, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 29, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Denver Post, "Tom Boasberg, Denver school leader, has a lot riding on board election results," August 30, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Denver Public Schools, "Active Policies," January 1, 2002
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Denver Public Schools, "Adopted Budget Book, Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed December 9, 2014
  10. Denver Public Schools, "Traditional 2013-2014 Salary Schedule," accessed January 13, 2014
  11. Denver Classroom Teachers Association, "Board of Directors," accessed January 13, 2014
  12. Denver Public Schools, "List of Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 13, 2014 (timed out)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Denver Public Schools, "Budget Office," accessed January 10, 2014
  16. Denver Public Schools, "2013-2014 Board of Education Meetings," accessed January 10, 2014
  17. Denver Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 10, 2014
  18. Denver Public Schools, "Leadership," accessed January 10, 2014
  19. Denver Public Schools, "School Performance Framework," accessed January 10, 2014
  20. Denver Public Schools, "Request for Criminal History/Background Check," accessed January 10, 2014