About Our School
Located in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood at 2000 Valentia Street, DSST: Stapleton High School serves grades 9-12.
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.
Each year, students take a base of core classes which include a science, history, English, math, and Spanish (Native and Non-Native) course. Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose electives each year.
Currently, we offer a wide variety of electives. Examples include creative writing, personal finance, astronomy, mindfulness, and Chinese linguistics.
In the 11th and 12th grade, students also have the chance to engage with college coursework through AP classes. DSST is committed to not just offering AP courses, but to ensuring that students will be successful on the AP exams in order to earn college credit. Courses currently offered are AP US History, AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Spanish.
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 both who they are and their successes.
In the 11th grade year, all DSST students participate in a 10-week long internship. The intention of the internship program is to give students an opportunity to explore different career paths and apply the learning they’ve done in classes to a real-world job. Each school has an Internship Coordinator, who is responsible for finding organizations and matching them with student interns based on the student’s interest. Students have been placed at organizations like the Denver Zoo, Atlas Physical Therapy, Mike Johnston for Colorado, and Teach for America, among others.
Internships take place during the school day, in place for an elective for one trimester of the year.
In the 12th grade year, all students will complete a Senior Project, intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST to culminate into a final, long-term project.
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