DPS is committed to providing great schools for every student in every neighborhood, and our work is grounded in the following beliefs.
- We believe that students and families thrive when they have high quality schools in their neighborhoods.
- We believe that those who work closely with our students – teachers, parents, leaders and community members – should be supported and empowered to drive student learning.
- And, we believe district leadership should support, oversee and hold a school’s performance accountable so students, leaders and teachers can thrive.
Through our family of high quality, diverse, autonomous public schools, including district-run traditional, district-run innovation, innovative management organizations (IMOs), innovation zones (iZones) and charter schools, we work to make these beliefs a reality – ensuring equity in school choice and accountability. This family of schools, sometimes known as a “portfolio” of schools, replaces a one-size-fits-all approach to education.
DPS’ Authorizing & Accountability team (A&A) helps ensure all our schools, regardless of governance type, serve all students, have access to all district resources, and are held accountable in equitable ways. We refer to this commitment to equity across our family of schools as the “Three Equities” that are described below.