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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 91,822 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.

Denver Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
1120
3,436 responses
Average ACT
23
2,659 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
91,822
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%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$68,855
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,361
National
$949
Median Home Value
$387,458
National
$184,700

Denver Public Schools Reviews

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Denver public schools have academic facilities and educational resources to educate children with character attributes such as empathy, passionate, responsible, respectful, and more importantly a kind leader. Denver in general is known for its diversity; I could engage with others opinions, custom, and personal lifestyles very easily. Entering college life, social development is necessary; engaging with diverse groups of individuals would expand my circle of contacts, enriching it with different experiences. I could learn lots from others through interactions helping me to improve my socialization skills and be able to navigate relationships later on. Diversity prepares me, as a student to have brighter future career success, and will well prepare me to work in a global society.
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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...
I attended Denver Public Schools for about 12 years. I came across some wonderful teachers who have helped me get to where I am today. Without the support of my teachers throughout high school, I would have not received my Certified Nurse Aide license. Thanks to those teachers I have gained experience in healthcare and have made connection with right people.
What I did not like about Denver Public Schools was how the teachers were underpaid. Each teacher plays an important role in each and every students live but they weren't being paid enough. Most teachers worked multiple jobs. Fortunately, this year their wages increased because of the teacher strikes which were supported by myself and many other students.