Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
Denver Public Schools is thriving. Under the leadership of newly appointed Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools is committed to making Denver a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, college and career preparation, and college matriculation. Superintendent Boasberg has a clear vision for Denver Public Schools - become the best urban school district in the nation. Under this vision, the district has benefited from significant gains in student achievement, the implementation of ProComp - an innovative pay structure that rewards teachers for improving student achievement - and robust principal professional development including summer principal institutes that underscore principals' roles in leading the district's reform efforts. This work is guided by The Denver Plan, a living document that outlines the district's vision of achievement. The foundation of this plan is to ensure that all students achieve academically. The Denver Plan outlines the following goals:
Ensuring that all children learn from a highly skilled faculty in every school that is empowered by robust professional development and timely assessment data;
Highly trained principals and assistant principals who will serve as instructional leaders of the faculty in DPS schools; and
Collaboration among the Denver community and all DPS stakeholders who will support all children in a safe, orderly, and enriching environment in every school and classroom.
55% of the school district is Latino, 18% is African American, and 23% is Anglo. Sixty-six percent of the district's students qualify for free and reduced lunch. The current student enrollment is 75,269. DPS is comprised of 152 schools - 68 Elementary, 18 K-8, 16 Middle, 15 High, 21 Charter, 6 Alternative, and 8 Other.