2nd 2009
Successful Denver School of Science & Technology Impresses, Seeks to Expand

Posted under Denver & Independence Institute & Innovation and Reform & Public Charter Schools & Research & School Board & School Choice & Sciences

Not long ago my friends in the Education Policy Center went to visit the Denver School of Science and Technology, an innovative and successful public charter school in the city’s Stapleton neighborhood.

Ninth and tenth graders at the Denver School of Science and Technology meet for their morning assembly to share announcements, accountability for tardiness and other infractions, and a special performance by school faculty and staff

You can’t leave DSST and a meeting with head of school Bill Kurtz without a clearly unique understanding of how brain science research is applied to design the school’s program and classroom instruction. As an example, teachers are drilled in understanding the human mind’s 10-minute attention span and formulating lessons and activities accordingly to get the most out of every minute from each student.

DSST’s unique record of success at achieving both remarkable academic performance and significant academic growth (with a majority minority student population, and nearly half in poverty) makes clear that this is a model worth replicating. 100 percent of students attending a four-year college? More high schools should aspire to that sort of record.

The wonderful news is that the model very well may be replicated within Denver. DSST is seeking formal approval from the school board to expand to five campuses, as the school will create its own charter school management organization to oversee them all.

My Education Policy Center friends were very impressed by their tour, and especially with the two student guides they met. Each student has to do an internship in their junior year. One of them had worked at the Department of Agriculture unit in the same building as the Independence Institute offices. Small world.

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6 Responses to “Successful Denver School of Science & Technology Impresses, Seeks to Expand”

  1. Ed is Watching » Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien Highlights Colorado Charter Success to Congress on 08 Jun 2009 at 11:10 am #

    [...] expansion of successful charter school models. Two of the expansions — West Denver Prep and Denver School of Science and Technology — were highlighted specifically by name in O’Brien’s [...]

  2. Ana on 06 Jan 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Well I go to this school and it is relly cool because of the class room enviorment that allows you to learn. The techers know what they r doing and help the students understand the subject.

  3. Ed is Watching » S.S. Colorado Turns Slowly on Remediation: Let’s Hope for No Icebergs on 09 Feb 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    [...] more modeling after the highly successful Denver School of Science and Technology charter school would be a promising [...]

  4. Ed is Watching » More Choice Access and Information Would Help Serve Denver Students on 24 Feb 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    [...] Among the “Distinguished” schools are two of the city’s brightest and best charter school successes: West Denver Prep and Denver School of Science and Technology. [...]

  5. Ed is Watching » Vote Denver School of Science and Technology for Obama Commencement on 26 Apr 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    [...] one of the six finalists is the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST). The school’s track record of success is impressive. And Flypaper’s Mike Petrilli offers even more reasons to vote for [...]

  6. Ed is Watching » Foundation Gives High-Performing Poorer Denver Area Schools Cause to Celebrate on 24 Jan 2012 at 1:59 pm #

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