FAQs

What is the Portfolio Management Team?

The Portfolio Managament Team (PMT) is a department in Operations at DPS.  The PMT supports autonomous schools in meeting Denver Plan goals.  This includes running the Call for New Quality Schools and the renewal processes for charter and innovation schools, supporting new innovation school designs, and providing ongoing oversight and support. In addition, the PMT helps spread best practices of autonomous schools throughout the District.

What is a Portfolio Strategy?

“In portfolio cities, families have the freedom to attend their neighborhood schools or choose one that is the best fit for their child. The portfolio strategy supports principals and teachers—those who work most closely with students—and frees them to use their best ideas to ignite student learning. And it presses city and district leaders to support and expand successful schools until every child in the city attends a great school.” -Center for Reinventing Public Education

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently-operated, public schools. Charter school boards have contracts with the school district that outlines the terms of their operation, including performance goals, program elements, and compliance with State and Federal Requirements. To learn more, please visit the charter schools page.

What is an innovation school?

Innovation schools are district-managed schools that have the ability to waive provisions of District policy, state statute, and collective bargaining agreements with the goal of encouraging schools and districts to design and implement innovative practices in a wide variety of areas for the purpose of improving student outcomes. To learn more, please visit the innovation schools page.

How many charter schools are there in Denver?

In 2016-17 there will be 57 operating charter schools in Denver, all authorized by DPS.  See a list of charter schools in DPS.

How many innovation schools are there in Denver?

There are currently 40 innovation schools in DPS. See a list of innovation schools in DPS.

How can I learn more about a specific charter school?

What is the School Performance Framework?

The School Performance Framework (“SPF”) is the tool used to evaluate the academic performance of all schools, charter and District-run.  For more information as well as the see the SPFs for all schools, please visit spf.dpsk12.org.

How can I open a school in DPS?

New school decisions in DPS are made through the Call for New Quality Schools process. To learn more, visit the Call For New Schools page.

What criteria are used to evaluate new school applications?

Applications are reviewed by an Applicant Review Team using the School Quality Framework, who makes a recommendation to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent then makes a recommendation to the Board, who make the final decision. View the School Quality Framework rubric.

Who makes decisions about opening and closing schools in Denver?

The Denver Public School Board makes all new school and closure decisions.  The Board is also responsible for charter and innovation renewal decisions.  Learn more about them at Board.dpsk12.org.

Who can attend a charter school?

Charter schools are open to all students; individual schools have unique enrollment preferences.  To learn more about how to apply please visit Choice and Enrollment.

Who can attend an innovation school?

Innovation schools are open to all students; individual schools have unique enrollment preferences.  To learn more about how to apply please visit Choice and Enrollment.

How do I know when a specific charter school is eligible for renewal?

Charter schools are eligible for renewal during the last year of their contract.  Contract terms are listed on the charter schools page. To see the list of charter schools eligible for renewal in the current year, please visit charter renewal decisions.

Why do schools seek innovation status?

Schools seek innovation status for a range of reasons but generally it is to allow them the flexibilities they need to best meet the needs of their students and families.  To see a list of common flexibilities, please visit the innovation schools page.

What should I do if I want to work for the Portfolio Management Team?

All opening are listed at careers.dpsk12.org.