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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Denver Public Schools is a public school district located in Denver, CO. It has 90,235 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
Address
1860 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone
(720) 423-3200
Website

Denver Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
1140
1,365 responses
Average ACT
23
2,249 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
90,235
Free or Reduced Lunch
68.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,033
Teachers in First/Second Year
35.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,087,297,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,061/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    42%
  • Other
    4%

Denver Public Schools Reviews

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I have been in DPS since kindergarten, DPS has had its up and downs as any school would. HOwever, NOEL COMMUNITY ARTS has been the best DPS school ever. A lot of people look down on us because we are on the montbello campus but they dont know all the talent we have in our school. Many students at my school are so artistic and intelligent, and the teachers are excellent they are very caring and try their very best to help us and they helped us become activist for our community. I love this school, all students are so supportive! Nobody judges anyone on how they are, they encourage you to be who you are, embrace who you are, and love who you are. Being a senior im going to miss this school so much, but i do have plans in coming back and giving back to my school! So if you are a artist looking for a school to embrace you NOel community arts is the best one.
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What DPS excels in is being a pretty diverse and inclusive school district. My school especially, Denver South High School, is known for its diversity. One thing I've learned from attending South High for the past three and a half years is that different cultures deserve a spotlight. I feel like the introduction to different cultures minimizes ignorance because a window into someone else's completely different life opens, which really puts your life into retrospect. Not everyone has a perfect life; people face hardships daily. Because of this, many feel inclined to help the community and ultimately learn a lot about others who may not be as privileged. Learning about the different cultures in general is also a really cool experience. Overall, I'm very happy with my experience regarding Denver Public Schools.
Denver Public Schools has been my home for the past five years. This school district has made countless resources available to me such as highly educational field trips (to the Downtown Aquarium and Museum of Nature and Science etc.) school events like prom, academic support through tutoring and counseling, extracurricular activities, and fantastic teachers. I would not be on the college trajectory that I am without this school district who provided me with the mentors and facilities that made it possible for me to learn and excel as a high school student. The Denver Public Schools district allows for a balance between the fun and enjoyment of school and activities alongside the academic rigor expected of students.