A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
DSST: Stapleton High School is an elite, public, charter school located in Denver, CO. It has 514 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
Address
2000 Valentia Street
Denver, CO 80238
Telephone
(303) 320-5570

Dsst: Stapleton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1240
40 responses
Average ACT
27
91 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • School pep rally's and games
    24%
  • Advisory competitions
    22%
  • Girl and Boys' Basketball Games
    22%
  • College celebrations
    19%
  • Volleyball games
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
514
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.6%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,061/ year
National
$12,239
55%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Dsst: Stapleton High School Reviews

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DSST is overall a good school. They have a rigorous academic program, but do lack some academic opportunities that a different school might give a student (i.e. dual enrollment classes, a variety of AP classes, arts courses). The admin and teachers are able to give students a very strong support system whether it be with their personal or academic lives. DSST does prepare most students to be college ready. As they claim, all students in the senior class do get accepted into a 4-year college/university. There is the caveat: their college counselors require that students apply to at least one "foundation" school that they know will accept said student to insure that their "100% acceptance" legacy holds true. Despite the fact that they are a STEM school, DSST has started to expand their clubs to be focused towards the arts as well.
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I've been at this school since 6th grade. I honestly hated it at the start. All the way until 12th grade I can say I didn't enjoy it at all. I changed my mind in my 12th grade year for many reasons. One was that my mom would keep telling me stories about her friends kids and how they fight, and do drugs and ditch school. This made me feel grateful for DSST because they helped me make it this far. Another reason was that I realized that I wouldn't be as strong as I am today without DSST. I've cried, laughed, been disappointed, but in the end, all those feelings made me who I am today. I've grown immensely from DSST. Lastly, I can say that the level of support at DSST could never be any stronger and that support was the two pair of hands that pushed me to continue to go through and make it. I did not like DSST at first, but this school is an important part of my life, and i'll always be thankful for it.
they do a great job with academics particularly Junior and Senior year. They have gotten better with IEPs/504s over the last 2 years. They need to have more teachers' aides as the teachers often get behind in grading due to the heavy load, but most of the teachers really care about the students. The building is older and as the student population is growing, it doesn't have enough room in the cafeteria and other places can get cramped. Sports are available, but lack of coaches accountability is a big issue when it comes to the athletes well being both physically and emotionally.