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8
Grade PEP
Academic Guidance
School of Choice
Which High School should I choose?
Neighborhood
School
Magnet School
School
of
Choice
Multiple/
Intensive
Pathway
School
Charter School
High School Options
Traditional & Innovative Schools
• Public secondary schools, which are intended to
provide comprehensive knowledge and school
programming.
• Traditional Example: North, South, East, GW, Lincoln,
TJ, etc.
• Innovative Examples: Manual, Bruce Randolph, West
Leadership, etc.
Application Process:
• Students are automatically assigned to a
homeschool and/or they may select one of these
schools using the School of Choice enrollment
process.
High School Options
Charter Schools
• Charter schools are created and organized by teachers,
parents, and community leaders. These schools operate
independently of other schools and are allowed to
create their own educational programs and policies.
• Examples: DSST, Girls Athletic Leadership School, KIPP,
etc.
Application Process:
• Like public schools, charter schools must use a lottery
system when the number of applications exceeds their
enrollment.
• Charter schools may or may not participate in the
School of Choice process. If they do, they may also
require an additional application form.
High School Options
Multiple/Intensive Pathway Schools
• Multiple and Intensive Pathway schools provide intensive
supports for student groups with specific needs. They offer
curriculum and supports that are more flexible for students
than a traditional public school.
• Examples: Emily Griffith, CLA, Florence Crittenton, PREP, DC-21,
Summit, and Vista
Magnet Schools
• Magnet schools have specialized courses or curricula to
attract students from all over the district. RTD bus passes are
provided to students who live outside the school’s boundary.
• Examples: DSA, CEC, DCIS, GW IB, etc.
Application Process:
• Both of these types of schools are usually smaller and may
require additional application steps, in addition to the School
of Choice form required by all schools.
Magnet Schools
Magnet School Programs
CEC Middle College of Denver
Denver School of the Arts
Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS)
George Washington International
Baccalaureate
• Center for Communication Technology at TJ
• Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
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NEW:
- DSA and TJ’s Center for Communication Technology are the only
schools who select their students based on student’s audition
and/or application.
- All other magnet schools are now a part of the School of Choice
lottery process. However, these schools may still require additional
enrollment steps, such as participating in a mandatory orientation
or completing an intent to enroll form.
CEC Middle College of Denver
21 career
programs
CEC Middle College
• Career Education Center Middle College of Denver
(CEC) is dedicated to career exploration and
college readiness. Students divide the day
between academic classes and real-life career
experiences. Juniors and seniors get a head-start on
college, taking classes and earning full college
credit on the Auraria campus.
CEC Middle College
• Parent and Student Information Tours
o December 3rd 2014 and January 14th, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 am
• Open House
o Wednesday January 28th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
o Talk to teachers, see career demonstrations, sample food, etc.
• Application Process:
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CEC Information Form
3 Teacher recommendations
Attendance and academic record
Mandatory parent meeting
Student interview
• Application Deadlines:
o January 30th CEC Information Form
o + January 30th School of Choice form
Denver School of the Arts
Denver School of the Arts
• Denver School of the Arts is the only comprehensive
secondary arts magnet in the Rocky Mountain
region, offering grades 6 through 12. In addition to a
challenging and rigorous academic program,
students engage in intensive studies in 10 arts-focus
areas. The school community of faculty, staff and
students strive to achieve an exceptional level of
performance resulting in outstanding postsecondary placements, test scores and personal
fulfillment.
Majors: Piano, Theatre, Visual Arts, Video Cinema, Vocal Music, Stagecraft
and Design, Guitar, Band, Orchestra, Dance, Creative Writing,
Denver School of the Arts
• Visitation Mornings
o November 3rd, 7th, 12th, 14th, 17th, and 18th from 7:30– 10:00
a.m.
o A chance to learn about the different majors, tour the
school and visit with DSA Administration.
• Application Process:
o Online application due November 21st at noon
o Mandatory pre-audition parent meeting (Dec)
o Audition (January)
• Application Deadline:
o November 21st (noon) school-specific online application
o + January 30th School of Choice form
Denver Center for International
Studies (DCIS)
Denver Center for International
Studies (DCIS)
• DCIS, offering grades 6 through 12, focuses on
international studies and offers five world
languages. Students actively participate in local
and global service-learning, leadership and travel
programs, preparing to be college-ready and
globally competent. DCIS is proud of its high
graduation and college going rates.
Denver Center for International
Studies (DCIS)
• Open House
o November 20th from 9:00 – 7:30 p.m. in auditorium
• Application Process:
o Select DCIS (+language community preference) on
School of Choice form (e.g. 1st choice - DCIS
Chinese; 2nd choice – DCIS Japanese; etc.)
o Once selected through choice process:
• Mandatory orientation on January 22nd
• Student interview with faculty to review interests,
needs, strengths, etc.
• Application Deadline:
o January 30th School of Choice form
George Washington
International Baccalaureate
(Special magnet program within GW)
George Washington
International Baccalaureate
• Are you looking for a rigorous and rewarding high
school experience? The International
Baccalaureate diploma program at George
Washington offers a globally focused liberal arts
education for motivated and ambitious students.
Students are immersed in six academic subjects
and must participate in extra curricular activities.
• Students who want to attend must select George
Washington High School on their School of Choice
form and check the interest box for International
Baccalaureate.
George Washington
International Baccalaureate
• Information Meetings
o December 3rd and January 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
• Welcomefest (activities and extracurricular
showcase)
o January 29th at 5:30 p.m.
• Application Process:
o None
o Accepted students will take placement tests in the Spring.
• Application Deadline:
o + January 30th School of Choice form
The Center for Communication
Technology Magnet
(Special magnet program within TJ)
Where creativity is our focus, technology is our tool, and communication is our goal.
The Center for Communication
Technology Magnet
• The four-year, comprehensive Center for
Communication Technology at Thomas Jefferson
High School offers industry-standard training in Web
Applications, Software Engineering, 3D Design,
Robotics, and Broadcast/Broadband Journalism
and Communications. The Center for
Communication Technology gives students the
opportunity to enhance their computer, technical
and problem-solving skills as well as their oral,
written and visual communication abilities.
The Center for Communication
Technology Magnet
• Open House
o December 2rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
• Application Process:
o Online application at cctmagnet.com
o Student essay
o Teacher recommendations
• Application Deadline:
o January 9th school specific application
o + January 30th School of Choice form
Kunsmiller Creative Arts
Academy
• Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy is a K-12
educational environment that provides learning
based on documented research that active
learning, experiential investigation, and integrated
arts are vital for the development of higher level
thinking and of enthusiastic engagement inherent in
lifelong learning.
Kunsmiller Creative Arts
Academy
• Tours
o Fridays at 9:00 am. Call Main Office at 720-423-0200 to
schedule your tour.
• Application Process:
• Attend Mandatory Essay/Interview Event on January 10th.
• Submit Intent to Enroll form
• Submit 2 Teacher Recommendations
• Application Deadline:
o January 30th “Intent to Enroll” application form
o +January 30th School of Choice form
How do I find a school
that’s right for me?
• Things to Consider
o Location: How will you be getting to school on a daily
basis? Who will drive you? Will you take RTD?
o Extracurricular activities: Do the extracurricular activities
offered at this school match your interests and hobbies?
o School Culture/Environment: What is important to this
school? Do students attend class and value their
education? Do students and teachers treat one another
with respect?
o School Performance/Education: It’s important to research
the schools’ drop-out rates and school performance (SPF)
ratings. These ratings may indicate the quality of
education you will receive. In addition, it’s important to
research whether the school offers classes or programs
that support your career goals and academic needs.
Northwest
- CEC Middle College
- Girls Athletic
Leadership School
- North
- STRIVE Prep –
Highland
- West Generation
Academy
- West Leadership
Academy
Southwest
- Abraham Lincoln
- DCIS
- DSST: College View
- Florence Crittenton
- JFK
- KIPP Denver Collegiate
- Kunsmiller
- Summit Academy
Location
by Region
Far Northeast
- Collegiate Prep Academy
- DCIS at Montbello
- DSST: GBR
- DSST: Stapleton
- High Tech Early College
- MLK Jr. Early College
- Noel Community Arts
- Vista Academy
Near Northeast
- Bruce Randolph
- DC-21
- Denver Online
- Denver Montessori HS
- Denver School of the Arts
- East
- Manual
- PREP Academy
Southeast
- Venture Prep
- DSST: Byers
- George Washington
- Rocky Mountain School
of Expeditionary
Learning
- South
- Thomas Jefferson
School Performance (SPF)
• Blue (exceeds expectations)
o East High School
o DSST Green Valley Ranch
o DSST Stapleton
• Green (meets expectations)
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o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
Career Education Center Middle College (CEC)
Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS)
South
Denver School of the Arts (DSA)
George Washington (GW)
Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (MLK)
High Tech Early College
KIPP Denver Collegiate
STRIVE Prep –SMART Academy
Girls Athletic Leadership School
School Performance (SPF)
• Yellow (watch/approaching)
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
North
West Leadership Academy
Denver Online
Abraham Lincoln
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA)
John F. Kennedy (JFK)
Thomas Jefferson (TJ)
Noel Community Arts
Vista Academy
Emily Griffith High School
Sims-Fayola International Academy
High Tech Early College
Venture Prep
• Orange (priority on watch)
o Bruce Randolph
o Southwest Early College
o Collegiate Prep Academy
What are the School Performance
(SPF) ratings based on?
Academic proficiency
Academic growth rate
Student engagement and satisfaction
Parent satisfaction
Re-enrollment & drop-out rates
College and career readiness
School Performance
(Graduation Rates)
• 90% or above
o Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS)
o Denver School of the Arts (DSA)
o Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (MLK)
• 80% or above
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o
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CEC Middle College
East
Bruce Randolph
George Washington
DSST – Stapleton
• 70% or above
o John F. Kennedy
o Thomas Jefferson
• 60% or above
o
o
o
o
Abraham Lincoln
Manual
North
South
High School
Exploration
Resources
High School Exploration Resources
www.dpsk12.org
Click on the
“Parents & Students”
tab for extremely
helpful links!!
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High School Exploration Resource
http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org
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Basics
Performance
Special
Programs
Intensive
Programs
College &
Career
Readiness
Athletics
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After school
Programs
ELA services
Overall SPF
Rating
Arts focus
Engagement
Center
World
languages
Fitness
Center
Academic
club
Breakfast
Graduation
Rate
Fine Arts
Credit
recovery
AP courses
Spirit
Arts or music
club
Lunch
Performing
Arts
Honors
courses
Basketball
Community
service club
PE
International
Baccalaureate
Concurrent
enrollment
Field hockey
Club based
on ethnicity
Before-school
programming
International
Focus
Career/Tech
education
Golf
Yearbook or
Newspaper
Uniform
required
Science Focus
AVID
Lacrosse
Social clubs
DPS standard
curriculum
American
Indian
Future Center
Soccer
Student
leadership
Tutoring
Offered
Expeditionary
Learning
ASCENT
Soccer
Newcomer
Center
Pre-collegiate
Programs
Softball
- You will be asked to select the school categories JROTC
and features that are most important to you.
Pick 2 things that are important to you!
* If you attend a specialized school that doesn’t offer sports,
Swimming
Tennis
Track & field,
Etc.
http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org
Education Quality
Extra-Curricular
Location
Regional HS EXPOs
Northwest
- December 10th
- 9:00 – 11:00 am
- North HS
Southwest
- December 3rd
- 9:00 – 1:00 am
- Lincoln HS
Far Northeast
- December 3rd
- 10:00 am – noon
- Evie Dennis Campus
Near Northeast
- December 6th
- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Bruce Randolph
Southeast
- December 3rd
- 10:00 am – noon
- Merrill MS
Next steps?
1. Attend a regional high school EXPO
2. Attend an Open House or take a school tour
3. Continue using the enrollment guides, school
websites, and http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org to
research school options
4. Rank schools in order of preference (1 to 5)
5. Complete any other special application steps by the
required deadlines
6. Submit your School of Choice form by January 30th
at 4:00 pm
• Please rank order the
schools you are interested in
attending on the handout
provided.
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