DSST Public Schools is a network of public, open enrollment, free charter schools in Denver and Aurora. Our eight campuses serve middle and high school students and are widely considered to be among the leading open enrollment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) schools in the United States, and has become a destination for educators nationwide. DSST schools are home to the highest performing and highest growth secondary schools in Denver Public Schools, and to date, 100% of our graduates have been admitted into college or university.
DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
DSST Working Definition of Educational Equity: Ensuring that outcomes of DSST students are high-achieving and do not correlate with any predictable social or cultural factors. This is achieved through interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases and other root causes of inequities, and actively valuing diversity and inclusion.
DSST Public Schools is a values-driven organization and a deliberately integrated community, serving students from all walks of life. Our six Core Values are central to our program and to our results. These values are truly embedded in everything we do.
Respect: We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
Responsibility: 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.
Integrity: We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
Courage: We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity: 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.
Doing Your Best: We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.