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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
1130
1,828 responses
Average ACT
23
2,328 responses

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%
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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 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.
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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.
The DPS school district is very good overall. The academics are outstanding and the students are eager to learn. There is a lack in racial and socioeconomic diversity in students and teachers. I would like to see an increase in racial and socioeconomic diversity in the district because being introduced to diverse backgrounds is beneficial for students' social and emotional health. Also, the increased tolerance and understanding of other backgrounds and cultures from these interactions will benefit civil society.