Welcome to Denver Public Schools! As you walk the halls of any of our 200-plus schools, you will see the diversity that is at the heart of our strength as public schools: 77% of our students are students of color and more than one-third of our students are English language learners. One of our district’s core beliefs, found in our Denver Plan 2020, is that diversity is a community treasure and equity is at the core of our mission. We are committed to building a culture that embraces the unique identity and potential of every child – and provides opportunity, access and inclusion for all. Equity means raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gaps between the highest- and lowest-performing students. We are committed to providing equitable and inclusive environments because when our students know they are respected, challenged and supported, they will be more successful as students – and in turn, we will be a more successful community. DPS will always welcome, support and protect our diverse student body. We believe that students should feel safe and respected at school regardless of their immigration status, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity – and we will continue to implement policies and practices to support this belief. From educational opportunities to hiring practices to discipline policies, we focus on how our actions further our shared core value of equity. At Denver Public Schools, what makes each of us different, makes us stronger. The role parents and families play in creating a culture of inclusion is vital. We invite you to share your diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We hope this handbook helps you become a better advocate for your child, and we encourage you to let us know how we can provide more inclusive and equitable experiences and environments for all of our kids.
Best, Tom Boasberg Superintendent
Please click the link above to read the 2017-2018 school year handbook.