DSST: Green Valley Ranch was named the state’s Top Transformational High School at the inaugural Colorado Succeeds Prize awards, capping off the campus’ strong 2016-2017 school year.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Colorado Succeeds, which was created by educational and business leaders whose mission it is to find, recognize, and reward schools and educators who have a transformative impact for their students.
“Our entire school community has worked tirelessly and relentlessly to support the success of all of our students,” said School Director Jenna Kalin. “We are truly honored to receive the Succeeds Prize award for Transformational Impact in a High School, and we are grateful for the opportunity to build on this success even further through future professional development and learning opportunities made possible through this initiative.” The honors also include a $15,000 grant to help continue to their innovative work.
DSST: Byers also was nominated for the Excellence in STEM Education award, and DSST: Cole’s Maggie Dering was a finalist for the Innovation Prize for creating a website that helps students find and apply for summer enrichment plans.
“I am so proud of the DSST: Green Valley Ranch and DSST: Byers teams, as well as Maggie, for living our Core Values and rising to excellence every day,” said CEO Bill Kurtz. “The fact DSST had finalists in three categories is a testament to the great work we’re doing across the network.”
The Succeeds Prize was created to honor “the transformational impact Colorado’s public schools and educators are leading across the state. It also serves as a year-long campaign to implement and scale successful innovations and best practices so that every student in Colorado can benefit.” The Colorado Succeeds organization was created by educational and business leaders whose mission it is to find, recognize, and reward schools and educators who have a transformative impact for their students. Additionally, the organization is looking for and spread best practices which will benefit students across the state.