American Indian Focus Schools
Focus Schools centralize the enrollment of American Indian students to enhance their learning. Educational support services are provided. Eligible students can enroll in one of four elementary schools – Brown, Carson, College View or Wyman. Hamilton Middle School, East High School and the Career Education Center serve students at the secondary level. Call 303-405-8172 for more information.
Highly Gifted & Talented Program
303 405 8272 • gt.dpsk12.org
Highly gifted students have extraordinary academic needs, abilities and potential. This full-day program is designed to cluster students with similar needs, to provide a challenging curriculum and personal learning plans and to focus on higher level thinking skills, individual interests and social/emotional development. Transportation is provided within geographic areas to elementary program sites at Edison (NW), Gust (SW), Crofton (NE), Cory or Southmoor (SE) and McGlone (Montbello) and citywide to Morey Middle School. Qualifying high-achieving students may also apply by Dec. 13, 2002 to attend Crofton or McGlone elementary schools or Morey Middle School on a space-available basis.
Denison Montessori School
1821 S. Yates St. • 303-934-7805
Supporting students as they become independent learners is the focus of Denison’s Montessori program. Under the guidance of Montessori-trained staff, students (children ages 3 through 12 may apply) are part of an educational community dedicated to academic excellence and meaningful participation in a pluralistic global society. Students may continue Montessori education at Hamilton Middle School for grades seven and eight. Some tuition is required for younger children.
Garden Place Denver Baccalaureate Preparatory Magnet
4425 Lincoln St. • 303-295-7785
First through fifth graders interested in rigorous academics may be ready for the challenge of the Garden Place magnet program. Qualified students – those achieving at or above grade level – focus on developing their creative and critical thinking abilities as well as strengthening their writing skills.
Gilpin Extended Day
2949 California St. • 303-297-0315
Gilpin Extended Day Center attracts the children of working families from throughout the metropolitan area. Before and after school classes are offered in music, art, drama, computers, and language. A mainstay in the downtown Denver community for 20 years, the Center continues to bring in artists, teachers, and college students to instruct its children.
Based on the beliefs that all children are gifted, that there are multiple intelligences, and that all children have a right to succeed, the Center provides all children with diverse opportunities for enriching their lives in a supported, warm, and caring environment. We believe our children deserve only our best!
Knight Fundamental Academy
3245 E. Exposition Ave. • 303-722-4681
Knight’s emphasis is on basic subjects, a disciplined learning environment and required, active parental involvement. Students must perform at or above grade level. Daily homework assignments help improve study skills, and mandatory uniforms help students focus on the building blocks of education: reading, mathematics, research skills, grammar and composition. High expectations are set for students and parents from the beginning. The 2002-2003 Motto at Knight Academy is “No Excuses.”
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval De Lenguaje Dual Montessori
3655 Wyandot St. • 303-455-9326
Since August 2001, this school has offered Dual Language/Montessori education. The school has been designated an “area magnet,” with students from the Smedley, Bryant Webster, Columbian and Valdez attendance areas receiving first priority for enrollment and for district transportation. The school currently serves students age three through first grade. One grade level will be added each year until reaching sixth grade. Forty percent of the children are native Spanish speakers and sixty percent are native English speakers. Three- and four-year-olds receive twenty-five percent of their instruction in their second language and seventy-five percent in their primary language. Five-year-olds receive forty percent of their instruction in their second language and sixty percent in their primary language. Students in grade one receive fifty percent of their instruction in each language as will all other grades through sixth-grade.
Traylor Fundamental Academy
2900 S. Ivan Way • 303-985-1535
For students living in the west side of Denver, Traylor provides a fundamental curriculum that includes reading, grammar, writing, mathematics, technology and research skills taught within a disciplined learning environment. Daily homework and active parent participation help boost student enthusiasm and achievement. Extracurricular activities, such as choir, gymnastics and jump rope club, are held during the lunch hours. Transportation is provided for Denver students who live west of Broadway.
Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center (CEC)
2650 Eliot St. • 303-964-3000
The award-winning Career Education Center, a DPS magnet school, offers two programs for career-oriented students. The Part-Time Career/Technical Program, which includes 21 highly acclaimed courses, is offered to all Metro Denver high school students. Students spend part of the day in their home school and the remainder at CEC. The Full-Time Middle College is an intensive full-day program for students in grades 9 through 12. This program offers a blend of technology-based, academic course work and career studies. Admission to the full-time program is by application and interview. In both CEC programs, students learn from experienced industry professionals as they prepare for the growing demands of the 21st century workplace or the college setting. College credit is available in several CEC courses.
Center for International Studies (CIS) at West High School
951 Elati St. • 303-620-5364
Through stimulating classroom studies, challenging student projects, academically oriented community service and cross-cultural interaction, students engaged in the rigorous CIS program acquire a broad-based academic background with a strong international focus. Students select from six foreign language offerings, and are encouraged to have an international experience. Students successfully completing the four-year CIS program earn a Diploma of International Studies.
Computer Magnet Program
North High School • 2960 N. Speer Blvd. • 303-964-2894
Thomas Jefferson High School • 3950 S. Holly St. • 303-691-7149
The Computer Magnet program is housed at North and Thomas Jefferson high schools. Students engage in simulations of e-business through case studies challenging them to solve authentic technology problems by integrating the three program strands: Technician, Web-Application Developer, and Software Engineering. Students learn personal and teamwork skills that are applicable outside of the program. Partnerships with businesses and local colleges provide opportunities for mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and access to college level curricula.
Denver School of the Arts (DSA)
150 S. Pearl St. • 303-722-4669
In addition to mentoring by professional artists, DSA students develop their creative abilities through a combined academic and arts curriculum. Students in grades six through twelve must audition to be accepted into the program and are required to focus on an artistic specialty such as dance, video/cinematography, creative writing, music, theater, visual arts or stagecraft.
Students are accepted into the program based on their audition in an artistic specialty: cinema arts, creative writing, dance, instrumental or vocal music, theater, visual arts or stagecraft. DSA is scheduled to move into the Houston Fine Arts Center (near the corner of Montview Boulevard and Quebec Street) in 2003.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) at George Washington High School
655 S. Monaco St. • 303-394-8600
The comprehensive IB program fits the needs of motivated students who are seeking an academic challenge. Students follow an international curriculum, pursue extensive research culminating in a major project, and participate in community service. Students apply for admission while in the eighth grade. The program at GW accepts students into grades 9 and 10 only with specific admission criteria.
Middle School International Preparatory Program at Hamilton
8600 E. Dartmouth Ave. • 303-755-1267
This program is especially designed to help prepare students involved in the elementary International Baccalaureate (IB) preparatory program for transition to the high school IB program. IB is a unique program for highly motivated students seeking a challenging curriculum.
Middle School Montessori at Hamilton
8600 E. Dartmouth Ave. • 303-755-1267
Seventh and eighth grade Montessori students continue their education at Hamilton. Public and private Montessori students can apply for entrance into this middle years program.