Belong. And Be Yourself. Volume 1


"At DSST, when I walk into this building, I feel at home.”
Roxana, DSST: Byers Class of 2020

As we look forward to the year ahead, we know our students will amaze us. Students like Roxana, who plans to become an astrophysicist at NASA, inspire us to give our best in service of their dreams every single day.

WATCH as Roxana shares her hopes for the future, and how the DSST community is helping her get there.

Of course, like Roxana, we’re not just thinking about the year ahead, but to the future.  We are thinking about how to ensure our students find happiness and success in every part of life. We know that to prepare Roxana and each one of our kids for the world ahead, they need so much more than rigorous, college-prep academics. They need strength of character, confidence, and the ability to see themselves for who they uniquely are and to see themselves as leaders of the future. I think the importance of DSST's educational communities is highlighted well in this week's article in The 74: 10, Years, 100% College Acceptance: Inside a Most Remarkable Decade at the Denver School of Science & Technology.

“At DSST, I feel safe to speak my own thoughts,” Roxana says. “I feel accepted and welcomed by all of my peers. And I’m really, truly happy.”

Now more than ever, we want our schools to be places that foster a sense of belonging for each one of our kids. In celebration of the one-of-kind DSST community that we build, we’re turning the spotlight on amazing student, teacher and parent leaders. Over the next few weeks, we hope you’ll join us as we share a brief series of videos and some helpful resources that underscore the power that our schools have to bring out the best in all students. Look for the tag #BelongAndBeYourself, and join the conversation.

Thank you for all that you do for students like Roxana, and so many more, every day


                                                                                                                                                                              Bill Kurtz

                                                                                                                                                                              CEO, DSST Public Schools