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At DSST Public Schools, we believe that who you will become is just as important as what you will accomplish. That's why we focus on character development and rigorous academics in equal measure. So our graduates are ready to become the best versions of themselves — in college, careers and in life. 

Strength of character is the true measure of success.

Year after year, our schools are rated as the top middle and high schools in Denver. And our students stand out because our culture and shared values. A strong, supportive community gives students the confidence to take the lead -- their studies, athletics and activities, and personal passions. And the strength of character they develop sets them up for lifelong happiness and success.

Our Core Values


We commit to create a welcoming, values-driven environment for anyone that enters our school in order to create a vibrant and inclusive DSST Community. Every individual has their own unique set of personal values. Living a values-driven life is an ongoing journey for staff, students and families at DSST and beyond. DSST was founded on six Core Values, which create common agreements to develop a strong, healthy community. Staff and students agree to live out these Core Values for the purpose of creating a stronger community and sense of belonging. Healthy communities support individuals to become the best version of themselves in order to contribute to the human story. We create shared commitments, aligned to the following Core Values to create strong DSST communities which help us achieve our mission:


We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.


We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.


We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.


We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.


We are eager to learn, question, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.


We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.


We are an open enrollment network of charter schools in the Denver metro region.


DSST is a sought-after destination for educators worldwide.

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