Widely acknowledged as one of the leading urban school systems in the United States, the Denver Public Schools (DPS) is the public school system serving the County and City of Denver, Colorado. It currently comprises 73 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 16 K-8 schools, 30 charter schools, 12 traditional high schools, 10 alternative schools, as well as six intensive pathway schools. 14.6 percent of the school district is African American, 19.8 percent is Anglo and 58.4 is Latino.
The Denver Public Schools aims to provide students the chance to attain the skills and knowledge essential to become contributing citizens in the society. Under Superintendent Tom Boasberg’s leadership, DPS is dedicated at making Denver a leader in student accomplishment, high school graduation, college matriculation, and college and career preparation. The school system works toward its vision of becoming the best urban school district in the country. Under this clear vision, the district has taken advantage of the substantial improvement in student achievement, robust principal professional development, and the implementation of the innovative ProComp, a pay framework that rewards teachers for enhancing student achievement.
The history of DPS can be dated back in 1859, when the city was established. In 1902, the district was created and voters approved a constitutional amendment that led to the creation of the City and County of Denver. This amendment also consolidated five school districts into School District No.1.
The Denver Public School uses the School Performance Framework to evaluate the performance of schools in terms of overall organizational strength and student achievement using various longitudinal measures. It is also used to determine the accreditation rating of schools for reporting purposes to the Department of Education of Colorado, as well as supply information for principal and teacher compensation systems. The SPF helps in determining how schools vary in their capacity to educate students and how students benefit from schools. This management tool helps identify best practices throughout the district. Its overall goal is to enhance overall student achievement and learning, and offer the most complete picture of the performance of schools.
Coordination of the increasing number of choice options in the school system is under the responsibility of the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services (OCES). The OCES is in charge of magnet schools, traditional choice process, as well as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) placement in the DPS.
In addition, the Communications Office has also automated the process for requesting support and submitting information, as well as launched new online tools, as part of its effort to further support departments and schools.