Current Call for New Quality Schools

Now Accepting Applications for Long Term Placement in the Gilpin Facility Beginning in 2018-19

The District is initiating a process for the long-term placement of school programs at the Gilpin facility beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  The Placement Process is designed to help the Board of Education choose the best available option for placement in District facilities, based on the Facility Allocation Policy.  This application will be reviewed by Placement Review Committee and evaluated based on the accompanying rubric.  Applications will be due November 10, 2017; more information is in the process overview document linked below.

UPDATED 10/27: The application and rubric have been updates as of 10/27 to include Criteria 4, Community Priorities.  There have also been other minor changes throughout the document so ask that you work off these versions.

If you would like to take a tour of the Gilpin Facility please contact Liz Mendez at


To view each of the applications submitted for placement please click here.


The 2017 Call for New Quality Schools (closed)

The 2017 Call for New Quality Schools process is now closed.  Application materials for the 2018 Call for New Quality Schools will be published in the winter of 2017 or thereafter. 

School designers interested in applying for the 2018 Call for New Quality Schools should contact Ashleigh Madonna at or 720-423-2482  for more information.

The Call for New Quality Schools, also known as the Call, is three things:

  • public document, which transparently articulates the needs DPS has for new or expanded school programs.
  • quality review process, through which DPS evaluates the quality of proposals for new district and charter schools, engages with communities and supports the Denver Board of Education in making decisions about which schools to approve or deny in a public vote.
  • placement process, through which approved schools compete for placement in a district facility under the Facility Allocation Policy, and are placed by the board in a public vote.


The Call document transparently articulates District needs for new schools and defines, within those needs, the requirements for service and placement in a District facility to meet those needs. Please click on the following link to view the 2017 Call for New Quality Schools.


2017 application materials for new and replicating schools are listed below:

2017 Quality Review Process Timeline*

  • Letters of Intent (Appendix A of the Application) are due February 10, 2017 via email to
  • New School and Replication Applications are due April 3, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Please see the application for specific submission requirements.
  • Applicant Interviews will occur during the week of April 24
  • Regional Community Meetings for new schools will occur during the week of April 10 and April 17
  • Applicants will present to the DPS Board of Education and the Board will host Public Comment on Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • The DPS Board of Education will vote on the quality of the plans on Thursday, May 18, 2017

*A detailed timeline can be found in the 2017 Call for New Quality Schools Document.


The placement review process that is part of the 2017 Call for New Quality Schools is informed by the Facility Allocation Policy and the Facility Allocation Policy Part A GuidelinesOnce applicants have been approved through the Call, district staff and the Board of Education use the Facility Allocation Policy and the Facility Allocation Policy Part A Guidelines to determine which schools will be placed in a district facility.

2017 Timeline:

  • March 3rd: Appointment Committee members seated
  • March 8th: Meet the Applicants Community Meeting at Amesse
  • March 9th: Meet the Applicants Community Meeting at Greenlee
  • March 10th: CRB Applications Due
  • March 24th: CRB Members Selected
  • April 3rd: New School Applications Due
  • April 10th-21st: Regional Community Meetings for New School Applicants

o   Far Northeast: April 13th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

o   Near Northeast: April 18th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

o   Northwest: April 19th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

o   Southeast: April 12th from 6:00pm-7:30pm - Canceled

o   Southwest: April 11th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

  • May 5th: Placement Applications Due
  • May 15th: Staff and DAC recommendations to Board on New Schools and New School Presentations
  • May 18th: Board Vote on New Schools and Public Comment
  • June 12th: CRB/Superintendent Recommendation to Board on Placement/Applicant Presentations
  • June 15th: Public Comment
  • June 19th: Board Vote on Placement

2017 Documents:

Additional Resources for 2017 Call