22nd 2009
A Glimpse at New Schools: West Denver Prep II Looks Like a Great Sequel

Posted under Denver & Independence Institute & Parents & Public Charter Schools & School Choice

So this isn’t exactly a NEW school. But West Denver Prep, arguably the city’s most successful charter, has added a new campus and the opportunity to serve more students.

Back in May my Education Policy Center friends visited the original West Denver Prep. Ben DeGrow summed up the visit:

You can’t help but leave the grounds of the school on Federal near Jewell thinking that though the challenge is great, there is definitely hope to do more to improve educational opportunity for the poor children of our nation’s inner cities.

And now, a little over a mile away, West Denver Prep II has completed its first month in action, reaching out to a largely poor and Hispanic population, motivated by three Core Beliefs:

  1. Every child deserves a demanding, standards-based education.
  2. Accountable community develops character.
  3. Great teachers are essential for academic excellence.

Some excellent first efforts have had truly forgettable sequels: If you doubt me, think of Caddyshack II, The Sting II, and Speed II. (Sorry to dredge up painful memories there.)

But with a strong track record, great leadership, and an aptitude to listen and learn and improve even more, I am hopeful that the new West Denver Prep will be remembered more as the educational equivalent of The Godfather: Part II. (Not that my parents have let me see it yet, but I hear it’s one of the best of all-time.)

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3 Responses to “A Glimpse at New Schools: West Denver Prep II Looks Like a Great Sequel”

  1. Ed is Watching » A Glimpse at New Schools: Westgate Community School (Northglenn) on 30 Sep 2009 at 10:49 am #

    [...] West Denver Prep II [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Having a West Denver Prep Lottery is Sign of Progress, Still Plenty of Work to Do on 11 Feb 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    [...] in which 170 mostly poor and Hispanic 5th grade students were vying for 130 slots to enroll into the new West Denver Prep charter school. The original West Denver Prep is the highest-performing middle school in Colorado’s largest [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » Denver School Performance Framework Shows Signs of Reform Progress on 16 Sep 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    [...] The two West Denver Prep campuses (#1 and #4) and the Denver School of Science and Technology (#5) rank in the top five as shining [...]

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