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The Dragon Experience

At DSST: Cole Middle School we are preparing students with the skills they will need for high school, college, career and life.




Why DSST: Cole 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.

The Cole team is proud to bring the DSST promise—to prepare ALL students for success in college and the 21st century—to our families. Click here to meet out team.

DSST: Cole Enrollment Timeline & Important Dates

Orientation (Required)
Orientation will provide vital information for both students and families about the coming years at DSST: Cole, guidance and support for the next steps in the enrollment process, and a space for students and families to build community.

  • Tuesday, May 7th if your student’s last name starts with A-L from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 9th if your student’s last name starts with M-Z from 5:30-6:30pm

New Student BBQ (Recommended)

This event is an opportunity for new students to meet DSST: Cole teachers and administrators, enjoy some BBQ, some music, and sunshine. 

  • Friday, May 10 at 5:30pm

New Student Academy (Required)

New Student Academy (NSA) is a unique opportunity for new-to-DSST students to meet their new classmates and staff members, build community, and better understand DSST:Cole. Attending New Student Academy is required for all new DSST students. 

  • Thursday, June 6th and Friday, June 7th, 2024 from 8:00am-1:00pm

    Registration 2024 

Registration should be completed online through DPS parent portal; however, DSST: Cole will be offering support. ALL families MUST complete the online registration in order to be able to attend DSST: Cole for the 2024-2025 school year. 

  • Early Bird Registration: Early Bird begins May 6th, 2024 to May 24th 
  • Regular registration will begin in July 2024 
  • Link to online DPS registration: 

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 13, 2024

6th Grade

  • Math
  • English and Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Creative Engineering
  • Music
  • PE
  • Health

7th Grade

  • Math
  • English and Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Health

8th Grade

  • Math
  • English Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Health

DSST provides a program that fosters participation and enjoyment of interscholastic team competition, as well as non-competitive fitness activities. The athletic program emphasizes high level skill and strategies, teamwork, good sportsmanship, school spirit, character building and fun. The goal is to provide each student with a sense of affiliation, motivation, and accomplishment by balancing a challenging experience with support and encouragement. The athletic program is an integral part of DSST's curriculum and emphasizes living the school's Core Values.

  • Basketball
  • Co-Ed Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer

DSST: Cole Middle School offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to engage with and explore their passions.

  • Environmental Club
  • Band
  • Crafts
  • Student Council
  • Fitness
  • Poetry
  • Yearbook
  • Photography
  • Culinary Arts
  • Magic
  • Sculpture
  • Woodworking
  • Digital Art
  • Political Philosophy
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Debate
  • Pride
  • Mindfulness
  • Board Games
  • Literary Magazine
  • Women's Studies
  • Book Club
  • Drumline
  • Hip Hop Ensemble
  • Pop Rock Ensemble
  • R&B Ensemble

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: Cole 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

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


We know that seeing is believing. We are excited to offer in-person visits to our school this school year.

Families can explore our school building by joining us for an in-person event! 

More information to come!


To enroll at DSST: Cole, families must submit their SchoolChoice form during Round 1 or Round 2 of DPS SchoolChoice. Round 2 opens in April 10th, 2024.

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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