“No matter who you are, or where you come from, our kids can all feel like they belong.”
How do you instill a sense of belonging for more than 5,700 students across 14 schools? At DSST Public Schools in Denver, it starts with a strong focus on community.
“Our focus on community and common sense of values has been instrumental,” said Heather Lamm, chief advocacy and communications officer at DSST. “Having smaller schools, having an advisory structure that allows staff to know their students more deeply, it all makes students feel like they belong.”
DSST will continue its mission as it grows to serve more than 10,500 students across 22 schools by 2025.