DSST: Byers Middle School opened its doors to 150 sixth graders in June of 2013, and we opened our High School in the fall of 2016 with our founding 9th grade class. Located in Denver’s Speer neighborhood at 150 S. Pearl Street, DSST: Byers now serves more than 700 sixth through tenth 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.
Round one of the DPS School of Choice lottery for the 2017-2018 school year closed on January 30th, 2017. The second round of the School of Choice Process opened in mid-March, and applications are accepted at the front desk of DSST: Byers on a first come, first served basis. We are accepting Round 2 Choice Forms until the first week of September. Students on the waitlist will remain on the waitlist until the end off December. On January 1, 2018, the waitlist will be dissolved for the 2017-18 school year--waitlists do NOT carry over year to year. Waitlist information is available from the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services. Should your student be interested in transferring mid-year to DSST: Byers, please first contact the front desk to find out about any openings. Mid-year transfers are considered only if there are no students on the waitlist already for that grade.
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 25th-July 6th for 2018), 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.
We have two options for interested families to visit our campus and learn more about our program. Dates for Open Houses and Family Tours for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted in September.
BYERS OPEN HOUSE
To learn more about DSST: Byers, please consider attending one of our Open Houses. At Open Houses, we answer questions regarding curriculum, electives, afterschool activities, and the process for participating in the lottery. You also get a chance to meet the school director and hear from current staff, students, and parents. All opportunities to visit DSST: Byers or any of our campuses are scheduled through our network booking site HERE. For initial inquiries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Open Houses for the 2017-2018 recruiting season are now over.
BYERS FAMILY TOURS
Family Tours are an opportunity to visit our campus during a school day. This will give you a chance to see a 6th grade Morning Meeting, our classrooms in action, and gain a sense of our school's culture. You will get the opportunity to interact with our students and staff, and hear about their experiences at DSST: Byers. Due to number of requests, at this time we are not offering shadowing for prospective students, so Family Tours are a great option to get a glimpse inside a day in the life of our students.There are limited opportunities for Family Tours, registration for which will be posted in September. All opportunities to visit DSST: Byers or any of our campuses are scheduled through our network booking site HERE. For initial inquiries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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