Congratulations to the DSST: Stapleton and DSST: Green Valley Ranch classes of 2017, the 10th class of DSST graduates to achieve 100% acceptance to a four year college or university. In the last decade, and including the class of 2017, DSST has graduated a total of 1,173 students, each one of whom has been accepted college. 

 DSST: Stapleton was the first campus to achieve 100% acceptance in 2007 and they continue to trailblaze by sustaining a track record of student success through the changes and challenges of the last 10 years. The DSST: Green Valley Ranch class of 2017 was the first class to enter DSST: Green Valley Ranch as 6th graders. In their seven years as DSST students, they have defined their school as a National Blue Ribbon School and Denver's Far Northeast region as a home to academic excellence.

We are so proud of our amazing staff, community, and students, whose commitment to high quality education and the DSST mission is making college a reality for a decade's worth of DSST graduates. In the next ten years, we renew our commitment to ensuring our students' success in college and the 21st century as we graduate more students from more DSST schools, and work to transform urban public education. Congratulations class of 2017!  


This week, during a Colorado Department of Education event ​celebrating a host of awards given to schools, DSST schools appeared 20 times – almost a third of the total awards given to DPS schools—with at least one DSST school in each award category. A huge congratulations to DSST staff, students and families on these impressive accomplishments!


Colorado Centers of Excellence Award – Established by the Colorado State Legislature, the Centers of Excellence award recognizes schools that demonstrate the highest sustained rates of student longitudinal growth as measured by the Colorado Growth Model among those that have at least 75% at-risk students.

  • DSST: Cole High School
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: College View Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School


Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards –  The Governor's Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the School Performance Framework used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years.

  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School


Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards – The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the School Performance Framework, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. The Excellence Awards are named for a true friend and visionary of education, former Colorado State Representative John J. Irwin.

  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • DSST: Stapleton Middle School


High School Academic Growth Awards – The High School Academic Growth Awards recognize high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of student academic growth in reading, writing and math, within each classification used by the statewide association for high school activities for the sport of football.

  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School


National Blue Ribbon Schools – The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School


ELPA Excellence Award – The ELPA Excellence Awards honors 10 districts and 10 schools that achieved the highest growth among English learners in an English Language Proficiency Program and that achieve the highest ​academic achievement for English learners who transition out of an English Language Proficiency Program.

  • DSST: Cole Middle School
  • DSST: College View Middle School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • DSST: Stapleton Middle School​​

For Black History Month, we're celebrating figures and events in Colorado and Denver history. These are just a few of the many fascinating Coloradoans of African American descent in our local history. For more information, check out this list of local figures or visit the Black American West Museum (free admission Saturday, February 25th).


Jim Beckwourth (1798-1867)

Beckwourth was an early fur-trapper of the Rocky Mountain regions and a co-founder of Pueblo, CO. Did you know that about a third of 19th century American cowboys were of African American descent? You can learn about their lives at the Black American West Museum in Denver and learn about Beckwourth's adventures online!

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The Douglass Brothers (1840-1908)

After serving in the first black regiment in the Civil War, two of Frederick Douglass' sons moved to Denver. Lewis and Frederick Jr. created Denver's first black school, ran a mortuary, a restaurant on California Street and petitioned for Colorado to remain a territory until all men could vote. Learn more!

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 Lewis Douglass

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Frederick Douglass, Jr.

Sara Breedlove, also called Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919)

Breedlove was the first woman in America to become a self-made millionaire. In one speech she said, "I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the bus​iness of manufacturing hair goods and preparations....I have built my own factory on my own ground." Learn how she started her business in Denver.




Marie Anderson Greenwood (1912-  )

Greenwood was the first African American teacher in Denver. In high school, a dean told her she could only "work in somebody's kitchen or clean somebody's house." "It hurt, it hurt deeply," Anderson said. "I left home office and went to the girls' room. I cried, I pounded on the walls; I said, 'I'm going to show her.'" Watch a 9News interview with Greenwood.



Rachel B. Noel (1918-2008)

Rachel B. Noel was the first African American woman elected to Colorado public office and the first African American elected to the Denver Public School Board. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the Noel Resolution to integrate Denver Public Schools. Read more about her work integrating Denver schools. DSST: Montbello Middle School will open on the Rachel B. Noel campus in Denver's Far Northeast in Fall 2018.



Keyes v. Denver Public Schools (1973)

Denver has a long history of school segregation. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated the racial integration of Denver Public Schools and DPS buses were bombed in response (below). This CPR story interviews the lawyer who argued for integration and this Denver Post article speaks to re-segregation in Denver schools since the end of forced busing in 1995.



Evie Dennis (1924 -  )

Evie Garrett Dennis was the first female and first African American superintendent of DPS. Dennis has always been a staunch advocate for Title IX and for school integration. Read more about her work. DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle and High Schools are located on the Evie Dennis campus.



DSST: Conservatory Green High School will be located at the Samsonite campus for the 2017-2018 school year and then will be moving to its permanent placement at the Sandoval Campus in Fall 2018. DPS will build a facility at the Paul Sandoval campus to house DSST’s newest high school; architectural mock-ups of the building are above and below.

A big thanks our DSST: Conservatory Green Middle School staff and parents, who have engaged in this process and advocated on behalf of our students for a high quality, centrally located building. We cannot wait to see the Hornets in their new high school! 









DSST Community and Legal Resources for Families

In order to best serve our families, we have created an online legal resource guide. Access the guide by clicking here. 

Purposes of this guide:

  • Provide information about who families can reach out to for help within the community.

  • Provide general guidance on your legal rights in event of an immigration visit or raid.

  • Always seek the advice of an immigration lawyer on all legal issues. This guide is not meant to provide formal legal counsel.

  • Make sure that the sources you are using for updates and news are trusted and reliable sources.   

  • If you have questions about information within this guide, or would like to add resources to this guide, please contact our Manager of Advocacy, Monica Acosta (monica.acosta@scienceandtech.org).