Family of Schools

Elementary students standing in a group together

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.

Types of schools

What is a district-run traditional school?

District-run traditional 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 (2018-19)
Abraham Lincoln9-12 Accredited on Priority Watch
Academia Ana Marie SandovalE-6Accredited on Watch
AsburyK-5Accredited on Watch
BarnumE-5Meets Expectations
Bradley International SchoolE-5Meets Expectations
BromwellE-5Meets Expectations
Brown International AcademyE-5Accredited on Watch
Bruce Randolph School6-12Accredited on Watch
Bryant-Webster Dual Language ECE-8 SchoolE-8Meets Exectations
Career Education Center Early College9-12Accredited on Watch
CarsonK-5Accredited on Watch
CastroE-5Meets Expectations
CheltenhamE-5Accredited on Watch
CMS Community SchoolE-5Meets Expectations
ColfaxE-5Accredited on Watch
College ViewE-5Meets Expectations
ColumbianE-5Accredited on Watch
ColumbineE-5Accredited on Watch
Contemporary Learning Academy HS9-12Accredited on Watch
CowellE-5Meets Expectations
DELTA High School9-12Accredited on Watch
Denison MontessoriE-6Meets Expectations
Denver Center For International Studies 6-12Accredited on Priority Watch
Denver Online High School9-12Meets Expectations
Denver School of the Arts6-12Meets Expectations
Dora MooreK-8Meets Expectations
DoullE-5Meets Expectations
EagletonE-5Accredited on Watch
East9-12Accredited on Watch
EdisonE-5Accredited on Watch
EllisE-5Accredited on Watch
Emily Griffith High School9-12Accredited on Watch
Escalante-Biggs AcademyE-KMeets Expectations
FairviewE-5Meets Expectations
Farrell B. HowellE-8Accredited on Priority Watch
Florence Crittenton9-12Accredited on Watch
Florida Pitt WallerE-8Meets Expectations
ForceE-5Meets Expectations
Garden PlaceE-6Meets Expectations
George Washington9-12Accredited on Watch
Gilliam School4-12
Grant RanchE-8Accredited on Watch
GustE-5Meets Expectations
Hallett AcademyE-5Accredited on Priority Watch
Hamilton6-8Accredited on Watch
Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences6-8Meets Expectations
John F. Kennedy9-12Accredited on Probation
JohnsonE-5Meets Expectations
KaiserE-5Accredited on Watch
KnappE-5Meets Expectations
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy ESK-12Accredited on Watch
Lena ArchuletaK-5Meets Expectations
Lincoln ElementaryE-5Accredited on Watch
LowryE-5Accredited on Watch
Marie L. Greenwood AcademyE-8Meets Expectations
MarramaE-5Accredited on Watch
Math and Science Leadership AcademyK-5Meets Expectations
MaxwellE-5Meets Expectations
McKinley-ThatcherE-5Accredited on Watch
McMeenE-5Accredited on Watch
Montbello Career and Technical High School9-12Accredited on Probation
MunroeE-5Accredited on Watch
NewlonE-5Meets Expectatiosn
Noel Community Arts6-12Accredited on Probation
North9-12Accredited on Priority Watch
North High School Engagement Center9-12Meets Expectations
P.R.E.P. Academy 6-12Accredited on Probation
PalmerE-5Accredited on Watch
Park HillE-5Meets Expectations
Pascual LeDoux AcademyEMeets Expectations
Place Bridge AcademyE-8Accredited on Watch
Polaris Elementary SchoolE-5Distinguished
Respect Academy9-12Accredited on Watch
Sabin World SchoolE-5Meets Expectations
SamuelsE-5Accredited on Watch
Sandra Todd-Williams AcademyEMeets Expectations
SmithE-5Accredited on Watch
South9-12Accredited on Priority Watch
SouthmoorE-5Accredited on Watch
StedmanE-5Accredited on Probation
SteeleK-5Meets Expectations
Stephen Knight Center for Early EducationE-kDistinguished
SwanseaE-5Accredited on Priority Watch
TellerE-5Meets Expectations
Thomas Jefferson9-12Accredited on Watch
Traylor AcademyE-5Meets Expectations
University ParkK-5Meets Expectations
Westerly CreekE-5Meets Expectations
William (Bill) RobertsE-5Meets Expectations

What is a district-run innovation school?

District-run 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 (2018-19)Innovation PlanWaiversYear Innovation ApprovedNext Renewal
Beach CourtE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2018-192020-21
Bear Valley International6-8Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172021-22
Centennial SchoolE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132020-21
Center for Talent Development at GreenleeE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2018-192020-21
Collegiate Prep Academy9-12Accredited on ProbationPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112019-20
Compassion Road Academy9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132021-22
DCIS at FairmontE-5Accreduted on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132021-22
DCIS at FordE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112021-22
DCIS at Montbello6-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
Denver Center for 21st Century Learning6-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112021-22
Denver Discovery School6-8Accredited on Priority WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2014-152019-20
Denver Public Montessori Jr/Sr6-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132019-20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College6-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2008-092021-22
DSISD9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162020-21
Excel Academy9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2012-132021-22
Godsman ElementaryE-5Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
GoldrickK-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172021-22
Green Valley ElementaryE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
International Academy of Denver at HarringtonE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172021-22
Inspire ElementaryK-5Accredited on ProbationPlanWaivers2017-182019-20
Isabella Bird Community SchoolE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2013-142019-20
Joe Shoemaker SchoolE-5Accredited on Priority WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162019-20
Legacy Options HS9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-162020-21
Manual High School9-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2008-092019-20
Merrill Middle School6-8Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2019-202022-23
Montclair School of Academics and EnrichmentE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2008-092020-21
Morey Middle School6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2017-182019-20
Northeast Early College9-12Accredited on Priority WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
Oakland ElementaryE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2013-142021-22
Schmitt ElementaryK-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172021-22
Summit Academy6-12Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2010-112021-22
Trevista at Horrace MannE-8Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2011-122019-20
Valverde ElementaryK-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-172021-22
Vista Academy6-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2010-112019-20
West Early College6-12Accredited on WatchPlanWaivers2011-122020-21
West Leadership Academy6-12Accredited on ProbationPlanWaivers2011-122019-20
WhittierK-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2009-102021-22
Willow ElementaryE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2014-152020-21

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 (2018-19)Innovation Plan and WaiversYear Innovation ApprovedNext Renewal
Montbello Children's NetworkMcGlone AcademyE-6Accredited on ProbationPlan and Waivers2010-112019-20
Montbello Children's NetworkJohn H. Amesse ElementaryE-5Accredited on WatchPlan and Waivers2018-192020-21
Lake Skinner School PartnershipSkinner Middle School6-8Accredited on WatchN/AN/AN/A
Lake Skinner School PartnershipLake International School6-8Accredited on ProbationN/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 (2018-19)Innovation PlanWaiversYear Innovation BeganYear Joined iZoneNext Renewal - SchoolNext Renewal - iZone
Beacon Network SchoolsGrant Beacon MS6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2011-1220192020-212021-22
Beacon Network SchoolsKepner Beacon MS6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-1720192020-212021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkAshley Elementary SchoolE-5Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2013-1420162021-222021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkCole Arts and ScienceE-5Accredited on Priority WatchPlanWaivers2008-0920162019-202021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkCreativity Challenge Community (C3)1-5DistinguishedPlanWaivers2011-1220162020-212021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkDenver Green School Northfield6-8N/APlanSee Innovation Plan2019-2020192021-222021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkDenver Green School SoutheastE-8DistinguishedPlanSee Innovation Plan2009-1020162021-222021-22
Luminary Learning NetworkValdez ElementaryE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2009-1020182021-222021-22
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneMcAuliffe International School6-8DistinguishedPlanWaivers2010-1120182019-202020-21
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneMcAuliffe at Manual6-8Meets ExpectationsPlanSee Innovation Plan2016-1720182021-222020-21
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneNorthfield High School9-12Accredited on WatchPlanSee Innovation Plan2015-1620182020-212020-21
Northeast Denver Innovation ZoneSwigert International SchoolE-5Meets ExpectationsPlanWaivers2010-1120182019-202020-21

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. Contracts for individual schools can be found by searching for the school name on BoardDocs.

Charter School (school website links below)Grades (at scale)SPF Rating (2018-19)Financial InformationYear OpenCurrent Contract Term
5280 High School9-12N/AFinancials2018-192018-2022
Academy 360E-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2013-142017-2021
Academy of Urban Learning9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2005-062019-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2021)
Boys School of Denver6-8Accredited on ProbationFinancials2017-182017-2021
Colorado High School Charter - Osage9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2002-032018-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
Colorado High School Charter - GES9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2017-182017-2021
Compass Academy6-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2015-162019-2020
The Cube High School9-12N/AN/A2019-202019-2023
Denver Justice High School9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2009-102019-2021 (Possible Extension 2022)
Denver Language SchoolK-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Downtown Denver Expeditionary SchoolK-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2013-142019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
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 ProbationFinancials2011-122019-2021
DSST: College View HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2015-162019-2022 (Possible Extension Through 2024)
DSST: College View MS6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2012-132015-2020
DSST: Conservatory Green HS9-12DistinguishedFinancials2017-182017-2021
DSST: Conservatory Green MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2014-152018-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
DSST: Green Valley Ranch HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2011-122019-2024
DSST: Green Valley Ranch MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112018 - 2023
DSST: Henry MS6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
DSST Middle School @ Noel Campus6-8N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
DSST: Montview HS9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2003-042018-2023
DSST: Montview MS6-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2003-042018-2023
Early College of Denver12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2004-052017-2020
Girls Athletic Leadership School HS9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
Girls Athletic Leadership School MS6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2010-112017-2022
Highline Academy NortheastE-5Accredited On Priority WatchFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Highline Academy SoutheastE-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2004-052017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
KIPP Denver Collegiate HS9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2009-102015-2020
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy9-12DistinguishedFinancials2015-162019-2022 (Possible Extension Through 2024)
KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School5-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2011-122019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
KIPP Northeast ElementaryE-4Accredited on WatchFinancials2015-162019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2024)
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary E-4N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
KIPP Sunshine Peak5-8Meets ExpecationsFinancials2002-032017-2022
Monarch MontessoriK-5Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2012-132019-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Odyssey School of DenverK-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2003-042016-2021
Omar D. Blair Charter SchoolK-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2003-042015-2020
REACH Charter SchoolE-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2015-162019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Ridge View Academy Charter9-12Accredited on WatchFinancials2001-022017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
Rise Up Community School9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2015-162019-2020
Rocky Mountain Prep BerkeleyE-5N/AN/A2018-192018-2022
Rocky Mountain Prep CreeksideE-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2012-132019-2024
Rocky Mountain Prep SouthwestE-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2015-162019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2024)
SOAR at Green Valley RanchK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2010-112018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
STRIVE Prep - Excel9-12Accredited on ProbationFinancials2013-142017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
STRIVE Prep - Federal6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2006-072019-2024
STRIVE Prep - GVR6-8Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2012-132015-2020
STRIVE Prep - Kepner6-8Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
STRIVE Prep - Lake6-8Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2010-112016-2021
STRIVE Prep - Montbello6-8Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2012-132015-2020
STRIVE Prep - Rise9-12Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
STRIVE Prep - Ruby Hill ElementaryK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2014-152018-2020 (Possible Extension 2023)
STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy9-12Accredited on Priority WatchFinancials2012-132019-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2010-112018-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2023)
STRIVE Prep - Westwood6-8Accredited on WatchFinancials2009-102017-2020 (Possible Extension Through 2022)
University Prep - ArapahoeK-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2011-122018-2023
University Prep at Steele StreetK-5Meets ExpectationsFinancials2016-172016-2020
Wyatt Academy CharterK-5Accredited on WatchFinancials2003-042019-2021 (Possible Extension Through 2023)