Family of Schools

DPS believes that those closest to students – families and school leaders – know what’s best for their students academically, socially and emotionally, so we offer diverse school models that promote school empowerment and family choice to meet diverse needs. Learn more about our school autonomy model and our family choice model.

Our family of schools is similar to an actual family, where different members are part of one cohesive unit but have different roles as well as different strengths. All DPS schools – regardless of model type – are equally part of our family of schools and are equally held accountable to performance standards, while also meeting different needs, taking different approaches, and having various forms of flexibility. Additionally, DPS collaborates with and supports every school in this family to ensure their voices are heard and considered. Learn about our collaboration structures.

The table below lists the different types of schools that make up the DPS family of schools. Questions? Contact the Portfolio Management Team for more information.

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Types of schools

What is a district-run school?

District-run schools are public schools that are directly run and overseen by the district. They follow all state requirements and DPS Board of Education policies, without the ability to have waivers.

NameGrades (at scale)SPF Rating (2016-17)
Abraham Lincoln9-12 Accredited on Priority Watch
Academia Ana Marie SandovalECE-6Meets Expectations
AsburyK-5Meets Expectations
BarnumECE-5Meets Expectations
Bear Valley International School6-8Acredited on Watch
Bradley International SchoolECE-5Meets Expectations
BromwellECE-5Accredited on Watch
Brown International AcademyECE-5Accredited on Watch
Bruce Randolph High School9-12Accredited on Watch
Bruce Randolph Middle School6-8Accredited on Watch
Bryant-Webster Dual Language ECE-8 SchoolECE-8Meets Exectations
Career Education Center Early College9-12Meets Expectations
CarsonK-5Meets Expectations
CastroECE-5Meets Expectations
CentennialECE-5Accredited on Watch
CheltenhamECE-5Accredited on Watch
CMS Community SchoolECE-5Meets Expectations
ColfaxECE-5Meets Expectations
College ViewECE-5Meets Expectations
Collegiate Preparatory Academy9-12Accredited on Watch
ColumbianECE-5Accredited on Watch
ColumbineECE-5Accredited on Watch
Compassion Road Academy9-12Meets Expectations
Contemporary Learning Academy HS9-12Accredited on Watch
CowellECE-5Meets Expectations
DCIS at FairmontECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
DCIS at FordECE-5Meets Expecatations
DCIS at Montbello HS9-12Accredited on Probation
DCIS at Montbello MS6-8Accredited on Probation
DELTA High School9-12
Denison MontessoriECE-6Meets Expectations
Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman 9-12Meets Expectations
Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman MS6-8Meets Expectations
Denver Center For International Studies HS9-12Accredited on Watch
Denver Center For International Studies MS6-8Accredited on Watch
Denver Discovery School6-8Accredited on Watch
Denver Online High School9-12Distinguished
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design9-12Distinguished
Denver School of the Arts HS6-12Distinguished
Denver School of the Arts MS6-8Distinguished
Dora MooreK-8Meets Expectations
DoullECE-5Meets Expectations
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College HS9-12Meets Expectations
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College MS6-8Meets Expectations
EagletonECE-5Accredited on Watch
East9-12Meets Expectations
EdisonECE-5Accredited on Watch
EllisECE-5Meets Expectations
Emily Griffith High School9-12Meets Expectations
Escalante-Biggs AcademyECE-KDistinguished
Excel Academy - Denver9-12Accredited on Watch
FairviewECE-5Meets Expectations
Farrell B. HowellECE-8Meets Expectations
Florence Crittenton9-12Meets Expectatiosn
Florida Pitt WallerECE-8Accredited on Watch
ForceECE-5Meets Expectations
Garden PlaceECE-6Meets Expectations
George Washington9-12Accredited on Watch
Gilliam School ESECE-5
Gilliam School HS9-12
Gilliam School MS6-8
GodsmanECE-5Meets Expectations
GoldrickECE-5Meets Expectations
Grant RanchECE-8Accredited on Watch
Green ValleyECE-5Meets Expectations
GreenleeECE-5Accredited on Watch
GustECE-5Meets Expectations
Hallett AcademyECE-5Accredited on Probabation
Hamilton6-8Accredited on Priority Watch
Henry World School6-8Accredited on Probation
High Tech ElementaryECE-5Meets Expecatations
Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences6-8Accredited on Watch
International Academy of Denver at HarringtonECE-5Meets Expectations
John F. Kennedy9-12Accredited on Watch
JohnsonECE-5Accredited on Watch
KaiserECE-5Meets Expectations
Kepner6-8Accredited on Priority Watch
KnappECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy ESK-5Meets Expectations
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy HS9-12Meets Expectations
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy MS6-8Meets Expectations
Legacy Options High School9-12Accredited on Watch
Lena ArchuletaK-5Meets Expectations
Lincoln ElementaryECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
LowryECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
Manual9-12Accredited on Priority Watch
Marie L. Greenwood AcademyECE-8Accredited on Watch
MarramaECE-5Accredited on Watch
Math and Science Leadership AcademyK-5Accredited on Priority Watch
MaxwellECE-5Meets Expectations
McKinley-ThatcherECE-5Meets Expectations
McMeenECE-5Meets Expectations
Merrill6-8Accredited on Watch
Montbello Career and Technical High School9-12Accredited on Priority Watch
Montclair School of Academics & EnrichmentECE-5Meets Expectations
Morey6-8Meets Expectations
MunroeECE-5Meets Expectations
NewlonECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
Noel Community Arts School HS9-12Accredited on Priority Watch
Noel Community Arts School MS6-8Accredited on Priority Watch
North9-12Accredited on Watch
North High School Engagement Center9-12Meets Expectations
OaklandECE-5Accredited on Watch
P.R.E.P. Academy HS9-12Accredited on Watch
P.R.E.P. Academy MS6-8Accredited on Watch
PalmerECE-5Meets Expectations
Park HillECE-5Meets Expectations
Pascual LeDoux AcademyECEMeets Expectations
Place Bridge AcademyECE-8Meets Expectations
Polaris Elementary SchoolECE-5Distinguished
Respect Academy9-12Meets Expectations
Sabin World SchoolECE-5Meets Expectations
SamuelsECE-5Meets Expectations
Sandra Todd-Williams AcademyECEMeets Expectations
SchmittECE-5Meets Expectations
SmithECE-5Accredited on Priority Watch
South9-12Accredited on Watch
SouthmoorECE-5Meets Expectations
StedmanECE-5Accredited on Priority Watch
SteeleK-5Meets Expectations
Stephen Knight Center for Early EducationECE-KDistinguished
Summit Academy HS9-12Meets Expectations
Summit Academy MS6-8Meets Expectatiosn
SwanseaECE-5Accredited on Watch
TellerECE-5Accredited on Watch
Thomas Jefferson9-12Meets Expectations
Traylor AcademyECE-5Meets Expectations
University ParkK-5Meets Expectations
ValverdeECE-5Accredited on Watch
Vista Academy HS9-12Accredited on Watch
Vista Academy MS6-8Accredited on Watch
West Early College HS9-12Accredited on Watch
West Early College MS6-8Accredited on Watch
West Leadership Academy HS9-12Accredited on Watch
West Leadership Academy MS6-8Accredited on Watch
Westerly CreekECE-5Meets Expectatiosn
WhittierECE-8Meets Expectatiosn
William (Bill) RobertsECE-5Meets Expectations

What is an innovation school?

Innovation schools are district-managed public schools with a strategic plan that allows waivers to specific district policies, state statutes, and collective bargaining agreements with the goal of improving student outcomes and executing with excellence a specific model. Innovation schools are governed by the Innovation Schools Act (§ 22-32.5-107, C.R.S).

Innovation SchoolsGrades (at scale)SPF Rating (2016-17)Innovation PlanWaiversYear Innovation ApprovedNext Renewal
Beach CourtECE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2017-18
Bear Valley International6-8Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2016-172018-19
Centennial SchoolECE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132020-21
Center for Talent Development at GreenleeECE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2017-18
Collegiate Prep Academy9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112019-20
Compassion Road Academy9-12Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2012-132018-19
DCIS –FairmontECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2012-132018-19
DCIS –FordECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112018-19
DCIS at Montbello6-12Accredited on ProbationPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
Denver Center for 21st Century Learning6-12Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112018-19
Denver Discovery School6-8Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2014-152018-19
Denver Public Montessori Jr/Sr6-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132019-20
DSISD9-12DistinguishedPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162020-21
Excel Academy9-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2012-132018-19
Godsman ElementaryECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
GoldrickK-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2016-172018-19
Green Valley ElementaryECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
High Tech Early College9-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
High Tech ElementaryECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2014-152020-21
International Academy of Denver at HarringtonECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2016-172018-19
Inspire ElementaryK-5N/APlanWaivers2017-182019-20
Isabella Bird Community SchoolECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2013-142019-20
Joe Shoemaker SchoolK-5Accredited on ProbationPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162018-19
Legacy Options HS9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162020-21
Manual High School9-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2008-092019-20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2009-102018-19
Montclair School of Academics and EnrichmentECE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2008-092020-21
Morey Middle School6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2017-182019-20
Noel Community Arts6-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanWaivers2010-112018-19
Oakland ElementaryECE-5Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2013-142018-19
Place Bridge AcademyECE-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2014-152017-18
Schmitt ElementaryK-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2016-172018-19
Summit Academy6-12Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112018-19
Trevista at Horrace MannECE-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2011-122019-20
Valverde ElementaryK-5Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2016-172018-19
Vista Academy6-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
West Early College6-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2011-122020-21
West Leadership Academy6-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2011-122019-20
WhittierK-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2009-102018-19

What is an Innovative Management Organization (IMO)?

An IMO is a group of public schools that share a model and are overseen by an executive principal, with the ability to leverage their resources across school sites. Schools in an IMO may or may not possess innovation status.

IMOSchool NameGrades (at scale)SPF Rating (2016-17)Innovation PlanWaiversYear Innovation ApprovedNext Renewal
Beacon Network SchoolsGrant Beacon6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2011-122020-21
Beacon Network SchoolsKepner Beacon6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172020-21
Montbello Children's NetworkMcGlone AcademyE-6Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112019-20
Montbello Children's NetworkJohn H. Amesse ElementaryE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2018-192020-21
Lake Skinner School PartnershipSkinner Middle School6-8Accredited on WatchN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lake Skinner School PartnershipLake International School6-8Accredited on ProbationN/AN/AN/AN/A

What is an innovation zone (iZone)?

An innovation zone is a group of public innovation schools that share common interests and seek additional flexibility. There are two types of iZones:

  • iZones with Governance Innovations: These zones operate separately from the district instructional network structure and are overseen by an external nonprofit and its board. This board is responsible for support and oversight of the member schools, although the district maintains ultimate legal responsibility for the schools.
  • iZones within District Network Structure: These zones allow schools the opportunity to organize around common interests, while remaining within district network and reporting structures. Some additional autonomies are available to these schools. (Note: There are currently not any approved iZones of this type.)
iZoneNameGrades (at scale)SPF Rating (2016-17)Innovation PlanWaiversYear Innovation ApprovedYear Joined iZoneNext Renewal - SchoolNext Renewal - iZone
Luminary Learning NetworkAshley Elementary SchoolE-5Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2013-1420162018-192018-19
Luminary Learning NetworkCole Arts and ScienceE-5Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2008-0920162019-202018-19
Luminary Learning NetworkCreativity Challenge Community (C3)1-5DistinguishedPlanWaivers2011-1220162020-212018-19
Luminary Learning NetworkDenver Green SchoolE-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2009-1020162018-192018-19
Luminary Learning NetworkValdez ElementaryE-5DistinguishedPlanWaivers2009-1020182018-192018-19
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneMcAuliffe International School6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-1120182019-202020-2021
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneMcAuliffe at Manual6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2016-1720182018-192020-2021
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneNorthfield High School9-12Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-1620182020-212020-2021
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneSwigert International SchoolE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-1120182019-202020-2021

What is a DPS charter school?

DPS charter schools are public, independently operated schools. Each charter school board has a contract with the DPS Board of Education that outlines their operating terms, including performance goals, program elements, and required compliance with State and Federal Requirements. In Colorado, charter schools are operated pursuant to the Colorado Charter Schools Act. All DPS charter schools are nonprofit organizations.

Charter School (school website links below)Grades (at scale)SPF Rating (2016-17)Financial InformationYear OpenCurrent Contract Term
5280 High School9-12N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
Academy 360E-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2013-142017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
Academy of Urban Learning9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2005-062017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
Boys School of Denver6-8N/AFinancials2017-182020-2021
Colorado High School Charter - Osage9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2002-032018-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
Colorado High School Charter - GES9-12N/AFinancials2017-182020-2021
Compass Academy6-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2015-162015-2019
Denver Justice High School9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2009-102018-2019 (Possible Extension 2020)
Denver Language SchoolK-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Downtown Denver Expeditionary SchoolK-5Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2013-142017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
DSST: Byers HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
DSST: Byers MS6-8DistinguishedFinancials2013-142017-2022
DSST: Cole HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2014-152018-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
DSST: Cole MS6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2011-122017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
DSST: College View HS9-12DistinguishedFinancials2015-162015-2019
DSST: College View MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2012-132015-2018 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
DSST: Conservatory Green HS9-12N/AFinancials2017-182020-2021
DSST: Conservatory Green MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2014-152018-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
DSST: Green Valley Ranch HS9-12DistinguishedFinancials2011-122014-2017 (Possible Extension Through 2019)
DSST: Green Valley Ranch MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112018 - 2023
DSST: Henry MS6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2016-172016-2020
DSST Middle School @ Noel Campus6-8N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
DSST: Stapleton HS9-12DistinguishedFinancials2003-042018-2023
DSST: Stapleton MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2003-042018-2023
Girls Athletic Leadership School HS9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
Girls Athletic Leadership School MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112017-2022
Highline Academy NortheastE-5Accredited On WatchFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Highline Academy SoutheastE-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2004-052017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
KIPP Denver Collegiate HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2009-102015-2020
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy9-12DistinguishedFinancials2015-162015-2019
KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School5-8Accredited on ProbationFinancials2011-122017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
KIPP Northeast ElementaryE-4Meets ExpectationsFinancials2015-162015-2019
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary E-4N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
KIPP Sunshine Peak5-8Meets ExpecationsFinancials2002-032017-2022
Monarch MontessoriK-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2012-132017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
Odyssey School of DenverK-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2003-042016-2021
Omar D. Blair Charter SchoolK-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2003-042015-2020
REACH Charter SchoolE-5Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2015-162015-2019
Ridge View Academy Charter9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2001-022017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Rise Up Community School9-12Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2015-162015-2019
Rocky Mountain Prep BerkeleyE-5N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
Rocky Mountain Prep CreeksideE-5DistinguishedFinancials2012-132015-2017 (Possible Extension Through 2019)
Rocky Mountain Prep SouthwestE-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2015-162015-2019
Roots ElementaryK-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2015-162015-2019
SOAR at Green Valley RanchK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
STRIVE Prep - Excel9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2013-142017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
STRIVE Prep - Federal6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2006-072014-2019
STRIVE Prep - GVR6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2012-132015-2018 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
STRIVE Prep - Kepner6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
STRIVE Prep - Lake6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112016-2018 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
STRIVE Prep - Montbello6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2012-132015-2018 (Possible Extension Through 2020)
STRIVE Prep - Rise9-12DistinguishedFinancials2016-172016-2020
STRIVE Prep - Ruby Hill ElementaryK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension 2023)
STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy9-12Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2012-132017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2010-112018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
STRIVE Prep - Westwood6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2009-102017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Southwest Early College9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2004-052017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
University Prep - ArapahoeK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2011-122018-2023
University Prep at Steele StreetK-5DistinguishedFinancials2016-172016-2020
Wyatt Academy CharterK-8Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2003-042017-2019 (Possible Extension Through 2020)