Prospective Applicants

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

  • public document, which DPS uses to announce the need for new schools to serve changing enrollment and capacity needs and to replace persistently low-performing schools.
  • 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 for New Quality Schools is open to both district-run and charter schools.

A district-run school is a public school with a governance structure directly connected to DPS. It has DPS employees, and the Principal is hired and supervised by the district. A district-run school may seek flexibilities around its mission, curriculum, staffing terms, school calendar, school day, and other fundamental aspects of their school design. Depending on the type of flexibilities that the school requires in order to operate its model, the school may choose to seek Innovation Status through a separate process.

A charter school is a public school with a governance structure that is independent of the district. Charter schools are incorporated as non-profit entities in the state of Colorado and are overseen by a governing board established directly by the school. Charter schools are publicly funded and are free and open to the public without discrimination or selective criteria. Charter schools have the same responsibility to equitably serve students as district-run schools have and are held accountable through the same School Performance Framework employed throughout the district.

For more information about the current call cycle and identified areas of need, please visit our Current Call for New Quality Schools page or contact:

Ashleigh Madonna
(720) 423-2482
ashleigh_madonna@dpsk12.org

 

2017 Prospective Applicant Workshops 

The School Development Team offers a series of workshops for prospective applicants, designed to:

  • Provide relevant information and ensure all applicants have equitable access to information regarding the Call for New Quality Schools (CNQS) process
  • Improve the overall quality of applications received by clarifying expectations

Please RSVP to attend any one of the workshops using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Ywf0jzFjtt2FjgeC3 


Application Workshop #1: 

Application Overview Webinar

November 7, 2016, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. MST and from 4:00-5:00 p.m. MST (we will host the same session twice).

During this webinar, the School Development Team will walk applicants through the new school applications and rubrics, changes from last year’s application, provide an overview of the quality review process, and answer any initial questions applicants may have.

To view the recorded webinar of the morning session click here. To view the afternoon session click here.


Application Workshop #2:

Call for New Quality Schools Overview and Placement Process Overview

February 9, 2017, from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Emily Griffith Campus, 10th Floor, Room 1035 (Call-in line available)

Call for New Quality Schools Overview and Placement Webinar

To view the recorded webinar click here.


Application Workshop #3:

Content Area Workshop (we’ll cover the budget and ELA requirements)

February 21, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM

Emily Griffith Campus, 10th Floor, Room 1035 (Call-in line available)


Application Workshop #4:

Content Area Workshop (we’ll cover Student Services including the MTSS process, Special Education compliance and more)

March 14, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM

Emily Griffith Campus, 10th Floor, Room 1035 (Call-in line available)


 

For more information about the Prospective Applicant Workshops or to obtain the call-in line number please contact:

Ashleigh Madonna
(720) 423-2482
ashleigh_madonna@dpsk12.org