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DSST Celebrates! Hispanic Heritage Month

DSST is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! We are excited to share a video series with you, led by DSST Manager of Diversity and Belonging Mercedes Blea-Davis. Mercedes spoke with Rosita Mallo, Manager of College Success and Internships at DSST: Green Valley Ranch, Juan Saenz, Spanish teacher...

Community Engagement: A DSST Priority

At DSST we believe our role as educators is to prepare our students for what they need in the future - to have the courage to design and implement an excellent program that best equips our students for success in college and the 21st century and to reach their full potential. We want our...

2021-22 Is off to a great start!

Yesterday we were thrilled to welcome nearly 7,000 students in person at our 15 schools in Denver and Aurora. Masks could not hide the joy and excitement radiating from students and staff throughout our school communities. Check out a few highlights from the day below!

Welcome new school directors!

We are excited to welcome all our new staff members, including some new school leaders! Today we're featuring two new School Directors (neither of whom are new to the DSST family!), Meghan Janci from DSST: Conservatory Green High School and Misha Hudak from DSST: Cole Middle School!

DSST Celebrates Pride Month

When one hears, reads or thinks of the word Pride. What comes to mind? Is it pride in our country, pride in ourselves, pride in our community, or simply an acknowledgment of the joy, resilience and triumphs of one’s culture and lived experiences? PRIDE has multiple meanings for multiple people....

Spotlight on AAPI Personnel Making History in the US & DSST Community

As we at DSST continue to celebrate the multiple cultures, experiences, and backgrounds we have in our community, we are actively seeking to spotlight the living greatness of our staff. For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, we wanted our staff and students, particularly, to...

Senior Signing Day 2021 Highlights

On Wednesday, May 19, the Class of 2021 celebrated both their hard work and the bright futures. While our seniors weren’t able to announce their post-high school plans at the Denver Coliseum, they still found unique and meaningful ways to celebrate. At each school, there was a viewing party to ...

Virtual Senior Signing Day is May 19!

The Class of 2021 is celebrating Senior Signing Day on Wednesday, May 19! Each high school will host a watch party for the virtual event. Learn more and join the viewing parties here! You can help celebrate our seniors on social media - use #DSST2021 when you post!

Celebrating our seniors: DSST Cole High School

Today we celebrate the seniors at DSST: Cole High School! The Class of 2021 decided to commemorate their time at DSST: Cole in a special way with a time capsule. Seniors are able to add their own photos, letters, and other memorabilia, and they will open the time capsule together in seven years.

Celebrating our seniors: DSST Montview High School

We are excited to celebrate the DSST Montview High School Class of 2021! The Montview seniors continued a cherished Montview tradition and got creative with a way to leave a lasting memory at the school! Plus, hear from Associate School Director Josh Hugo on his thoughts about the Class of 2021.

DSST celebrates Earth Month

While honoring the Earth can’t be limited to just one month, April is a great opportunity to recognize the impactful ways that students and staff across our network are supporting our planet. At the Byers, Montview, and Cole campuses, there are already many different initiatives underway, and...

Celebrating our Seniors: DSST Green Valley ranch

We continue our celebrations of the Class of 2021 with the seniors at DSST: Green Valley Ranch!

While their senior year has been far from normal, the Class of 2021 has shown incredible resilience and commitment to the DSST core values. Check out this video the class created and a reflection from...

Women STEM leaders at DSST

We are excited to highlight just a few of the many DSST staff members who are STEM leaders in their own right, making an impact not just on the world today, but the STEM innovators of the future!  

CV HS Hosts Community Vaccine Clinic

On Sunday, March 21, the Wolves at College View High School hosted a vaccine clinic in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), delivering 202 vaccines to local community members in just one day!

From GVR Raptor to Duke Blue Devil

We believe students can find and pursue their passions at DSST - no matter what they may be. This past month, we saw this come to life as DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School Senior, Amarachi Onuoha, signed to the track and field team at Duke University.

Trimester 1 Family Survey Results

DSST has always believed that families are our greatest partners in our mission of ending educational inequity in urban education, and that family voice matters. As we have navigated this year with learning happening mostly at home, this is more true than ever before.  In December,  DSST...

Navigating the DPS School Choice Process

In Denver, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in School Choice; and Round 1 of the SchoolChoice window opens on January 15! Denver families will have from January 15 until February 16 to submit their SchoolChoice form on the DPS School...

DSST's Top 10 of 2020

We made it! As historic 2020 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the numerous high points and bright spots seen across our network and our larger community. From finding innovative ways to support our community, to celebrating our students’ vast achievements and offering different ways to...

A Warm Welcome Back To Our Center Programs

While delayed a day thanks to the early wintry weather, Center Programs across the DSST network reopened on October 27 with great excitement! Here are just a few snapshots of Center Program joy throughout the network! 

Support DSST This Colorado Gives Day


DSST is a “home-away-from home” for the 7,000 students and 800 staff members in our network. We are a family. And like a family, we are committed to making our home a safe and supportive place where our...

DPS Board Votes Against #1 School In Denver

After months of community turnout and parent pleas to the district, I am reaching out today with the disappointing news that the DPS Board of Education has voted against the opening of a DSST High School @ Noel for the 21-22 school year. While they have voted YES in favor of their resolution...

ICYMI: DSST’s College Fair Highlights!

In the midst of the big reopening news, let’s not forget the awesome virtual College Fair that juniors and seniors across the network attended on September 25. Nearly 100 colleges from around the world were in attendance, ready to share information about their schools and answer the many astute...

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I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified. Because you don’t know…” Lebron James, August 24, 2020

Preparing for the 1st Day of School

It is hard to believe E-School kicks off next week. We are so thrilled to welcome all of our students to the 2020-2021 school year. The start of school will look a little different this year, and we want to ensure all families feel ready to start the year strong.

Oops! An About Face for Neck Gaiters

You may have already seen the news coverage citing research that reports wearing a neck gaiter-style mask is much less effective than other masks. And isn’t it so 2020 that we just handed out these particular masks to our entire team of 800+ people, and 6,000 students?!

What Families Should Know about E-School This Year

We are thrilled to kick off the 20-21 school year with E-School. We are choosing to view this challenging moment as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to live our values, to use technology in new ways and to foster innovation and creativity. Our commitment to our students remains unwavering,...

Celebrating Our Special Education Teachers

The principles of equity and access are core to our approach to E-School and, as always, our Special Education teachers are key players in ensuring we fulfill this commitment to all of our students. 

COVID-19 Travel Ban Update

We are doing our best to keep you informed and up to date on the rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak. Please know that we are closely monitoring the situation, and are doing everything we can to keep your children and our staff healthy in a safe learning environment.   

Super Staff Spotlight: Cole Hensley from Cole HS

Our network is full of committed educators. However, not all of them have driven 1.5 hours each way, every day, from Colorado Springs (until his recent move to Castle Rock) to teach at DSST: Cole HS like Cole Hensley.

4 Things to Consider Before DPS SchoolChoice

In Denver, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in School Choice; and round 1 of the School Choice window opens on January 15! Denver families will have from January 15 until February 18 to submit their School Choice form on the DPS School...

Physical Fitness Gets a Leg Up At DSST: Henry

The middle schoolers at DSST: Henry have new ways to get active thanks to a big grant from DPS! 8th Grade Dean of Students Marcus Pumphrey won $20,000 that will be put towards expanding after-school physical fitness beyond their current athletics offerings. Every day beginning November 18,...

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How the Advisory system helps students feel known and supported

At DSST, we believe that students thrive best in small-school environments so that each and every student is known and supported. Beyond simply having a small-school model, DSST has a few programs in place to make sure that students “don’t slip through the cracks.” One of those programs is...

College & Career Success Month

College & Career Success Month

October is not just spooky season- it’s College & Career Success Month! And while a track record of 100% of seniors solidifying post secondary plans doesn’t happen in just one month’s time, there has certainly been a flurry of October initiatives to get students ready for their next step. We are...


College View HS Goes Camping

This past weekend, 14 College View High School students went camping in the San Isabel National Forest, near Buena Vista. The overnight trip, led by four teachers, allowed students to build community across grade levels and social groups.


DSST: College View Student Earns Summer internship with Gov. Polis' Office

This summer, DSST: College View student Tiana Pham is participating in Governor Polis’ Executive Internship Program at the State Capitol. This selective internship is reserved for graduate, undergraduate and high-achieving high school students who demonstrate strong academics and a commitment to...

Books & Resources for Parents

At DSST, we know our families and parents are vital partners in student success. We also know that kids, no matter their age, do not come with instruction manuals and that there are often many questions parents and caregivers have around their adolescent students. We asked DSST teachers, staff,...


Celebrating 15 Years: DSST's Year in Review

This May, DSST Public Schools completed our 15th school year. Our first school, DSST: Montview High School (formerly DSST: Stapleton) opened in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver in the fall of 2004. In the 15 years since, we have opened 14 schools on 8 campuses and will expand into Aurora,...

A New Chapter for DSST's Founding School

For almost two years now, engaged students at both the middle and high schools have dedicated countless hours and tons of energy to both the idea of changing the name of DSST’s founding school. At the middle school, students were led by Writing teacher PJ Shields, who dedicated extensive class...


Hornet & Falcon help turn bill into law

Olivia, a 9th grader at DSST: Conservatory Green High School, testified at the State Capitol back in January to advocate for a bill that would automatically enroll high performing high school students into advanced classes. 

Celebrating COURAGEOUS Student Activists

Last month, College View High School celebrated 100% of their founding class being admitted into college. Almost 90% of these graduates will be the first generation of their families to attend college next year. This class is full of dedicated and resilient students- and two of them are deeply...


Behind the Essay: A Senior Breaks Beauty Norms

Every one of our graduating seniors has a fascinating story to tell - and there are some we have been fortunate enough to learn about through a short but powerful 500 word college essay. One of those is DSST: Cole senior Reem , who opened up about shattering beauty norms that were unconsciously...

Alumni Stories: Flor

Flor is an alumni of DSST: Cole High School and currently a Freshman at Claremont McKenna College in California. Even though she's busy wrapping up her first year of school, we we're lucky enough to be able to talk to her about the challenges and successes that she has encountered so far!

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DSST: Byers HS Goes to Chicago!

Over Spring Break, the DSST: Byers High School Choir had the amazing opportunity to travel to Chicago. 26 Byers 9th -11th graders made the 15 hour trek to Chicago via bus for a week full of exploring the city and sharing their music.

Alumni Stories: Aldo

Aldo is a graduate of the founding class of DSST: Cole High School and attends the University of Colorado - Denver. He's just about to finish his first year of college, so we sat down with him to learn about what he has learned over this last year! 


Stapleton Juniors Visit the Reptile Expo

On March 2nd DSST: Stapleton Juniors traveled to the Denver Reptile Expo to learn about different species of reptiles and how to care for these animals. Science teacher Lara Thomas and English teacher Rhett Seeloff chaperoned this exciting trip!


Celebrating the Founding Class at DSST: College View

As college admittance letters continue to come in and Senior Signing Day looms around the corner,  you can feel the excitement building across the network as we celebrate our incredible seniors. If it wasn’t for the epic bomb cyclone this week, Cole’s Class of 2019 would have celebrated their...


Top 8 Books for Parents, Recommended by Teachers

It’s hard to believe Spring Break is less than two weeks away. Whether you’re staying home or travelling, we’ve got the book list for you... the 8th grade team at DSST: Byers Middle School put this list together specifically for parents, and it addresses many of the frequent questions that...

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Black History Month at DSST

The February chill hasn’t stopped students and staff across the DSST network from celebrating Black History Month. Staff members, student leaders, as well as school-based Black Student Alliances (BSA), an organization that promotes achievement from awareness to activism, organized a range of...


What's up with AST?

DSST's newest school - and first in Aurora, CO - will open this summer and welcome their founding class of 6th graders! The Aurora Science & Tech team has been working hard behind-the-scenes getting ready for the school year ahead... check out some highlights below about what they have been busy...

2/8 DPS Strike Updates

You have likely heard already that Governor Polis has decided against intervening in the DPS-DCTA contract negotiations.  As we understand it, DPS and DCTA are tentatively scheduled to continue bargaining today, but under state law DCTA is now free to proceed with a strike and has stated its...

Frequently Asked Questions for Students Regarding the DCTA Strike

You have probably been hearing about the teacher strike in the news. While we definitely do not have all of the information, we wanted to put together some Frequently Asked Questions and try to answer them for you as best we can.  If you have any further questions or worries, please talk to your...

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From DSST Student to Questbridge Scholar

DSST’s classrooms and hallways are full of vibrant and diligent students with impressive work ethics and big dreams. This week, we met with five very special DSST seniors, who have the distinguished honor of being named a Questbridge Scholar - Ayanle, Daniel, Yoseph, Diaraye, and Ahmed.


DSST's Top 10 of 2018

As we charge forward into 2019, we wanted to take some time and reflect on DSST's 2018 top highlights. From new school openings to winning the prestigious Broad Prize, there was always something exciting happening across the network. Read on for pictures, videos, and stories that capture just a...


4 Things You Need To Know About DPS SchoolChoice This Year

SchoolChoice season is nearly here, and many of you may be feeling overwhelmed about it - or maybe you simply have never completed DPS choice before. Whether you’re a new or seasoned parent, a few things have recently changed about the Denver Public Schools SchoolChoice process. Here are the big...

College Success at CGHS

This past fall DSST sat down with four 10th grade students at Conservatory Green (CG) High School (Joyce Caballos, Jeremiah Warren, Nicole Huerta, and Bryan Mendoza-Gonzalez)  to get a sense of their college aspirations, excitement or fears around the application process and how they want to...

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How DSST Staff Support Student Success

Our teachers and staff members are deeply committed to their work and if you walk through the halls of our schools, this commitment is palpable. However, this commitment doesn’t end when our students leave their schools. From hosting Saturday study sessions at Starbucks before assessments, to...

Announcing... Aurora Science & Tech!

Last week, we officially announced our new DSST Aurora middle school, named Aurora Science & Tech, to the Aurora community, the school will open mid June 2019. Our kick off event was attended by community members, APS staff and DSST staff and included remarks by Bill Kurtz, APS Superintendent...

Why middle school students don't slip through the cracks at DSST

At DSST, we believe that students thrive best in small-school environments, so that each and every student is known and supported. Beyond just having smaller grades, we have a number of programs in place to make sure that students “don’t slip through the cracks.” One of those programs is...


Small school community, big school sports

DSST middle and high schools have a wide range of extracurricular activities, including robust athletic departments with sports like soccer, volleyball, and basketball. But, sometimes students are looking for that “big school” competitive sports environment. It usually surprises them that even...


The Road to College Success at DSST

Preparing students for success in college, career, and in life is written into our DNA at DSST. However, the colleges our graduates ultimately attend can either serve as a launchpad into a fulfilling career, or a frustrating roadblock to excellence. It’s why we take extra care to ensure that our...

4 Questions to Consider as You Create Your College List

With so many facets to the college application process, it can be daunting for students and their families to know where to begin. A good starting point, and a crucial piece of the application process, is creating a college list. DSST High School students begin their lists Junior year, leaving...

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Teacher's Lounge: Patrick Clark

At DSST, our staff and students support each other, push each other, and grow together - both inside and out of the classroom. We have all sorts of absolutely amazing teachers and staff members, and each member of the DSST Team has so much to offer outside of their role in our schools. We sat...

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Attend DPS "Super Search" Community Meeting

As you likely already know, Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools’ Superintendent of nearly 10 years, will be stepping down October 19th. The search for the new Superintendent will be executed in three phases, with the goal of having a new leader selected later this fall.  We need your help in...

#SeniorSpotlight -Charles Kendee

Charles Kendee is a Senior at DSST: Cole High School. As graduation quickly approaches and before his time at DSST comes to a close, we asked him a few things about his high school experience and his post-grad plans. Here's what he had to say...

#SeniorSpotlight - Peter Le

Peter Le is a Senior at DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School. Before he departs on his journey to college, we asked him a few things about his time at DSST and his post-grad plans. Here's what he had to say...

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#SeniorSpotlight - Madison Smith

Madison Smith is a Senior at DSST: Stapleton High School. Before she departs on her journey to college, we asked her a few things about her time at DSST and her post-grad plans. Here's what she had to say...

Explore Your Dream Job: DSST's Professional Internship Program

Being a high school student is stressful, and the pressure to study to go to your top college and reach your dream job can make it even more so. On top of all of that, thinking about choosing a career path can be incredibly daunting, especially as a 16-year-old. However, DSST strives to ensure...


Zia Ahmadi is a senior at DSST: Green Valley Ranch and has applied to USC, the University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines. Here are a few thoughts and reflections as he prepares for graduating from DSST and going to college.


In this week's #Seniorspotlight DSST: Cole Senior Iesha Essien talks about DSST staff who have helped and influenced her, lends some words of advice to younger students and talks about what she feels proud about as she has been accepted to college and is on the verge of graduation.


My name is Eve Guess, and I am a senior at DSST: Stapleton High School. After graduating high school, I intend to pursue higher education at an accredited university. Of the eight schools I applied to, I am most interested in continuing my education at a Historically Black College or University....


At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our...


At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our...


At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our...


At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our...


At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our...

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4 Things to Consider Before Round 1 of School Choice

In Denver, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in School Choice; and round 1 of the School Choice window opens next week! Denver families will have from Thursday, February 1st until February 28th to submit their School Choice form on the ...

Liftoff! Families and Students On Founding Schools

Everything in our world has a starting point. An idea turns into a business, a baby turns into a child, who then becomes an adult; people and things build off that starting point and develop into their fully fledged form. For DSST Public Schools, it’s not different. We build our campuses out not...

DSST Holiday Gift Guide - Young Adult Books

We sat down with two DSST: Byers 6th grade teachers - Ms. Murphy and Mr. Morin (pictured below) to give us their list of popular young adult books and timeless classics to help you in this holiday giving season.

DSST is thankful for your support on Colorado Gives Day

As Colorado Gives Day 2017 approaches, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported DSST and our students throughout our 14 years. Furthermore, we hope you consider DSST when choosing which organization(s) you support this year.

How To Choose A School In Denver

There are less than 6 weeks left until the Denver Public Schools (DPS) School Choice process opens and families can begin selecting their schools for next year. At this point in the year, many parents are thinking “What should I be doing now to prepare to help my child choose a new school next...

Integrated Schools: The Power to transform students and our city

Recently, integrated schools have been a focus of a number of publications. And for good reason. Integrated schools have the power to close all-too-wide achievement gaps all while improving average test scores for all students and reducing all students biases.

My Choice, My Future: School Electives and Self-Discovery

Now, more than ever, students need to harness self-esteem, character, and vision to beat tremendous obstacles that stand before them. Education plays a critical role in facilitating that growth and putting it at the forefront of the school experience. In order to do this, many schools are...

6 Things Parents Should Ask Their Child's Teachers Before December

As the first half of the school year winds down, it's easy to shift focus to holiday plans and transition into “family mode”. However, winter break is actually the perfect time to take a moment to connect with your child’s teachers about the first half of the year and reset before January rolls...

Mandatory, in-school tutoring reduces stress for students

Falling behind in middle or high school can feel like falling into a hole that deepens as time passes. One misunderstood lesson can easily lead to a failed quiz or exam, a failing grade and missing credits. With delayed or even lost hopes for graduation, low academic performance can lead to...

Top 5 Reasons Students and Parents Choose Small Schools

When looking for the right school, size makes significant difference for students and their future prospects. Both social and academic factors impact students’ ability to learn, grow and be happy. Below are the five reasons why we find that students and parents choose smaller schools.

Learn More About School Board Candidates

DPS Board of Education elections are in November, and there are 10 candidates are vying for four seats. A+ Colorado has released a "Candidate Survey," in which several candidates provided their thoughts on various issues surrounding public education in Denver. The winning candidates will be...

Cole HS Teacher Finalist for Colorado Succeeds Innovation Prize

This past March, DSST: Cole High School’s Maggie Dering created a platform, Involve Board, to more easily share and connect students with opportunities. Maggie was awarded DPS’ Imaginarium Award last spring and this year, DSST: Cole, DSST: College View, and DSST: GVR will be using Involve Board...

Vol. 2 - Our Staff

"We prepare our students for the future by putting character first. They will be students for a few short years, but their character will last a lifetime."

Vol. 1 - Our Students

"At DSST, when I walk into this building, I feel at home. I feel safe to speak my own thoughts. I feel accepted and welcomed by all of my peers. And I’m really, truly happy.”