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The Falcon Experience

We believe that by holding our students to a high standard, and through offering them high support, they will thrive academically. Our small school setting allows teachers and students to develop and nurture close relationships to create an inclusive, strong community and a culture where every student is valued for who they are and their successes.

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Why DSST: Byers Middle School?

Close, caring relationships are at the heart of our approach and our school culture intentionally fosters strong relationships. We prepare students for college, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science). Students succeed through classroom environments that are structured for success with clear academic and behavioral expectations, and flourish in our many extracurricular activities and athletic programs. Ultimately our goal is to ensure that our students are prepared for college, career and life. 

6th Grade

  • Advisory (Study Skills)
  • Math 6
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education

 

7th Grade

  • Advisory (Study Skills)
  • Math 7
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science

 

8th Grade

  • Advisory (Study Skills)
  • Math 8/Math Honors
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Spirit Team
  • Beginning Band
  • Drama
  • Honor Choir
  • Semantics
  • Skateboarding Club
  • Robotics
  • Falcons Without Borders
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Guitar Club

In order to fulfill DSST’s mission to eliminate educational inequity and serve all students, we must serve students with disabilities with excellence, to ensure they are welcomed, known and challenged through rigorous academic instruction to achieve their most ambitious post-secondary path. This requires embracing DSST’s view of the human condition and executing on a common set of guiding principles, foundational practices, and key levers that will translate into transformational outcomes for our students with disabilities.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

We aim to ensure that all students with disabilities are known, welcomed, and challenged to succeed within our schools and to achieve their most ambitious post-secondary path. In pursuit of equity and inclusion for all students, we measure our success through the following metrics:

  • Student and family sense of belonging
  • Re-enrollment
  • Academic growth
  • HS graduation rate
  • Success in college or post-secondary programming
GUIDING BELIEFS

The following guiding beliefs are central to our goals for our students and our approach to ensuring the individual needs of all students are met at DSST. These principles guide our thinking and our decisions at the student, school and network level.

  • All Means All - We believe all students, regardless of background, needs, or disability status, can thrive at DSST. In pursuit of our mission, we strive to serve all students’ diverse learning needs so that they may achieve rigorous outcomes while in our schools and succeed on their ideal post-secondary path.
  • Culture of Inclusion - We believe students learn best when they are included in their community and classrooms to the fullest extent possible. Meeting this ambitious goal requires the full engagement and collaboration of all community members. A truly inclusive environment requires that parents have input and staff members share ownership of all students.
  • Responsibility for Success - We believe that, ultimately, the success of all students is our responsibility. While we hold our students to high expectations and intentionally teach self-advocacy skills, we believe it is our job to provide the supports and instruction necessary to ensure students meet those expectations. We celebrate students’ successes and provide additional learning opportunities when students face obstacles.
  • Learning Organization - Serving the diverse needs of all students requires curiosity, openness to new ideas and a drive to be on the forefront of best practices. We must be open to examining what is and is not working for students, trying new things, and adjusting course when necessary.

We provide services to student in Special Education in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Push-in Special Education teachers serve within the general education classroom
  • Pull-out services: Special Education teachers pull small groups from the general education classroom to provide Specially Designed Instruction
  • Co-teaching- Some of our classes are co-taught with a gen-ed teacher and a special education teacher.
  • Special Services, Students who have an identified need on their IEP may gain access to a variety of service providers including, Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vision and Motor therapists, and Mental health service providers, School Psychologists and/or Social Workers.
  • Intervention courses: Full courses to provide remedial support in reading or math
  • In-class accommodations and modifications as determined by the IEP
  • Testing accommodations and modifications as determined by the IEP

How to Enroll

DSST: Byers Middle School is a tuition-free public school and participates in the DPS SchoolChoice enrollment process. To attend a DSST Public School you must submit a SchoolChoice form, which is available online on the SchoolChoice website. Round 1 of the process will be open in January and Round 2 will begin in April. Round 2 is contingent on how many seats are available. 

Should your student be interested in transferring mid-year, please contact our school.

 

VISIT DSST: BYERS MIDDLE SCHOOL

We know that seeing is believing. We are excited to offer in-person and virtual opportunities to visit our school this school year.

Families can explore our school building by taking a virtual tour and learn more about us during a pre-recorded webinar, or join us for an upcoming event! 

VIRTUAL TOUR

WEBINAR

EVENTS

SCHOOLCHOICE

To enroll at DSST: Byers Middle School, families must submit their SchoolChoice form during Round 1 or Round 2 of DPS SchoolChoice.

To learn more about the DPS SchoolChoice process, call us at (303) 802-4141 or visit the Denver Public Schools website.

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