DSST: Byers Middle School opened its doors to 150 sixth graders in June of 2013. Located in Denver’s Speer neighborhood at 150 S. Pearl Street, DSST: Byers now serves more than 450 sixth through eighth graders from across the city. The school’s opening helped accommodate a growing urban student population and offers the highest quality of college preparatory education for families.
This college prep focus, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science), is the foundation of academics at DSST: Byers. Students succeed through structured classroom environments with clear academic and behavioral expectations. After completion of our program, students will be confidently prepared for rigorous high school instruction and, ultimately, for the rewarding challenges of a college education.
The DSST: Byers campus occupies the beautiful Byers Junior High School building, a historic site that was constructed in 1921 and first closed to the community in 2003. A decade later, the renovated building reopened with the support of the community and now continues to be a place of learning and growth.
Thank you for your interest in DSST: Byers Middle School, the fifth campus of the DSST Public Schools award-winning network of public, open enrollment charter schools.
DSST: Byers participates in the Denver Public Schools School of Choice Process. As such, all admissions to DSST are coordinated through the lottery process.
The second round of the School of Choice Process opened in mid-March, and applications were accepted at the front desk of DSST: Byers on a first come, first served basis. We are no longer accepting Round 2 Choice Forms (as of first week of September). Students on the waitlist remained on the waitlist until the end off December, and as of January 1st it has been dissolved for the 2016-17 school year. Should your student be interested in transferring mid-year to DSST: Byers, please first contact the front desk to find out about any openings.
Round one of the DPS School of Choice lottery for the 2017-2018 school year opened on January 5th, 2017 and closes on January 31st at 4:00pm. Forms can be submitted online through Parent Portal, or a paper version of the Choice Form that can be submitted to any DPS school front office.
For more information about the process for selecting DSST: Byers for your student, please refer to the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment website.
Post Enrollment Qualifications
DSST: Byers has post-enrollment requirements including DSST Orientation (April), mandatory Summer School for all students new to DSST (June 19th-July 7th for 2017), and fall DPS registration (Verification Forms). Failure to complete one of these steps could result in the loss of a student's place at DSST: Byers.
Want to learn more?
To learn more about DSST: Byers, please consider attending one of our Open Houses. Open Houses for the 2017-2018 recruiting season are now available. At Open Houses, we answer questions regarding curriculum, electives, afterschool activities, and the process for participating in the lottery. For initial questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Due to number of requests, at this time we are not offering shadowing for prospective students. There are limited opportunities for School Tours, registration for which are now posted. .
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