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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Dsst: Stapleton High School is a top rated, public, charter school located in Denver, CO. It has 523 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% 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
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1250
70 responses
Average ACT
27
94 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$56,258
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,035
National
$949
Median Home Value
$292,700
National
$184,700

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.21 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • College celebrations
    20%
  • Girl and Boys' Basketball Games
    20%
  • School pep rally's and games
    20%
  • Advisory competitions
    18%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • PROM
    4%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
523
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,033
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.6%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
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.33 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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I’ve attended DSST Stapleton since the 6th grade, and was in the graduating class for 2018. One thing I loved was how the teachers where available to offered their student one one help. Having teachers that where available to help you when you really needed it, is honestly the reason I was able to graduated. DSST core values left a ever lasting imprint on me, I sincerely still live by these core values because I’ve seen hands on how: respect responsibility, doing your best, courage, integrity, and curiosity(the six core values) opens doors of opportunity for a student. Now that I’ve left DSST culture I realized how much it shaped me into the young lady I am today.
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DSST Stapleton is a great place for students who come from low income background as 40% of students receive free and reduced lunch. This makes for a student body that is very diverse. DSST is a school and likewise it is driven by academic success, but if you want to compete in sports at a high level in high school, sports at DSST are not the best. Also, for students who excel in the classroom, it is tougher for those students to stand out from their class do to it's small size and the lack of "inflated" GPAs. At schools like East High School in Denver, it is very easy for excellent students to stand out in a 400 student class, as well as receive inflated GPAs for classes similar in rigor to those at DSST.
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.