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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  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 91,138 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% 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
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
1130
2,696 responses
Average ACT
23
2,557 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
91,138
Free or Reduced Lunch
67.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,355
Teachers in First/Second Year
35.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,087,297,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,110/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    49%
  • Support Services
    47%
  • Other
    4%

Denver Public Schools Reviews

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Denver Public Schools TEACHERS are very dedicated to helping all students succeed. I would only wish they were giving more resources to work with as the limited access to resources and technology is depressing. DPS spends all this money on resources just to block students and teachers from using them! DPS should also really change up their food sometime, it's been the exact same food every day for years now...
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My experience in Denver Public schools has always been bittersweet. On one hand, I feel grateful for being able to pursue an education at such a high level, but sometimes I feel like a number or a statistic. I realized that no student should ever feel insignificant in terms of their education, and their aspirations shouldn't be limited by those around them. I decided to take a stand against this by joining Student Board of Education so that I would work more closely with district professionals and voice my concerns more directly. Due to this program, I was able to make better changes in my school that are sustainable. But overall, I'm very grateful for DPS but there still needs to be major changes so that every student has equal access to a college education and greater success in the future.
I think DPS was alright. As any inner-city school might expect, there were the presence of gangs, but also the presence of students whose main priority was education, avoiding the social dilemna. One can find any type of club they desired, and the cultural celebrations really celebrated positive input from all cultures. School pride was celebrated, from pep rallies, to sports, to debate clubs, even chess clubs. The teachers were ok. Most seemed to care about student success, but there were certain teachers that seemed to care less about student efforts, failing students despite the amount of work completed, if it wasn't "up-to-par". Luck plays a large role: which teachers, what times, how many books teachers assigned, locker location and commuting. I often hauled all of my books for the whole day, avoiding the strict tardy policy and hallway sweeping security. It was average, only my school offered Advanced Placement and IB classes, bumping up the quality of education attainable.