Denver Public Schools, Colorado
|Denver Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||162|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Happy Haynes|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Denver Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtDenver County, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Denver is home to 600,158 residents.
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
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.
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.
|Denver Public Schools Board of Education|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
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:
|“|| 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.
The table below displays the budget for Denver Public Schools:
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Denver Public Schools operates 162 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Denver Public Schools|
|Academia Ana Marie Sandoval|
|Academy of Urban Learning|
|ACE Community Challenge School|
|Balarat Outdoor Education Center|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Downtown Denver Expeditionary School|
|DSST at College View MS|
|DSST Byers MS|
|Emily Griffith High School|
|Emily Griffith Technical College|
|Escuela Tlatelolco (Corona Street)|
|Escuela Tlatelolco (Virginia Avenue)|
|Escuela Tlatelolco (Vrain Street)|
|Farrell B. Howell|
|Florida Pitt Waller|
|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|
|Green Valley Ranch|
|Hallett Fundamental Academy|
|Henry World School|
|High Tech Early College|
|High Tech Elementary|
|Hill Middle School Campus of Arts & Sciences|
|Isabella Bird Community School|
|John F. Kennedy|
|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|
|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|
|Omar D. Blair|
|P.R.E.P. Academy HS|
|P.R.E.P. Academy MS|
|Pascual LeDoux Academy|
|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|
|Southwest Early College|
|Stephen Knight Center for Early Education|
|STRIVE Prep - Excel|
|STRIVE Prep - Federal Campus|
|STRIVE Prep - GVR|
|STRIVE Prep - Lake Campus|
|STRIVE Prep - Montbello|
|STRIVE Prep - SMART|
|STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside|
|STRIVE Prep - Westwood|
|Summit Academy HS|
|Summit Academy MS|
|Swigert International School|
|Trevista at Horace Mann|
|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|
|Wyatt Academy Charter|
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.
Three-year performance trends
The following table details the performance of Denver Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||56.7|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Meets||37.5|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
This website was most recently evaluated on 12 Feb 2012.
- The school district explains how tax revenues are allocated, and at what rate citizens are taxed.
- Budgets are available from 2009. Audits are available on the same page.
- School Board meetings are accessible on the school's website.
- Names and contact information are available for all school board members except the president.
- Superintendent name and contact information are posted.
- Information on how to make CORA requests is available.
- Reports for national and statewide progress reports are made available online.
- Forms used in background checks appear online.
- Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not listed. However, information on how to obtain a contract with the district is prevalent.
- Denver Public Schools
- City of Denver
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Denver Classroom Teachers Association
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- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Denver, accessed October 29, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Denver Post, "Tom Boasberg, Denver school leader, has a lot riding on board election results," August 30, 2013
- Denver Public Schools, "Active Policies," January 1, 2002
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Denver Public Schools, "Adopted Budget Book, Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed December 9, 2014
- Denver Public Schools, "Traditional 2013-2014 Salary Schedule," accessed January 13, 2014
- Denver Classroom Teachers Association, "Board of Directors," accessed January 13, 2014
- Denver Public Schools, "List of Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 13, 2014 (timed out)
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- Denver Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 10, 2014
- Denver Public Schools, "Leadership," accessed January 10, 2014
- Denver Public Schools, "School Performance Framework," accessed January 10, 2014
- Denver Public Schools, "Request for Criminal History/Background Check," accessed January 10, 2014