DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
DSST Public Schools was founded as the Denver School of Science and Technology in 2004. DSST welcomed its first class of 9th graders at DSST: Montview (formerly Stapleton) High School in 2004 and has since become one of the most successful charter school networks in Colorado. Adding one grade per year, DSST: Montview (formerly Stapleton) graduated its first class of seniors in the spring of 2008 and opened its middle school that summer. Throughout the past 15 years, DSST has thoughtfully and deliberately expanded, campus by campus, school by school, and grade level by grade level.
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of STEM middle and high schools in Denver and Aurora, Colorado. For the 2019-20 school year, DSST will serve over 6,300 students at fifteen schools across ten campuses on behalf of Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools. All DSST students enroll via an open lottery--there are no other admissions criteria. DSST believes students are best served by integrated public schools that reflect the diversity of their community--over 70 percent of DSST students are students of color and more than 60 percent qualify for free or reduced price lunch. DSST's current growth plan envisions opening three additional schools in each of the districts it currently serves, resulting in a network at full buildout of 21 schools across 12 campuses serving over 10,000 students. Since DSST's inception in 2004, every DSST high school graduate has been accepted to a four-year college or university.
Additional information about DSST Public Schools is available at www.dsstpublicschools.org.
"DSST taught me how to take risks. It provided me opportunities that I know if I attended any other high school, I might not have had exposure to. From these risks and experiences, I grew into the person I am today. In a few months I'll be on to my next experience, college, another risk I'm now taking with confidence." -Altaf, DSST Class of '17
"The culture at DSST is incredibly strong. It creates a community of support and challenge that prepares you to succeed in college." -Brooke, DSST Alumni, Drury University
"DSST gave me knowledge. Seeing many struggle in college, I can say that I'm prepared, especially in math and science, because of DSST." -Alex, DSST Alumni, UNC Chapel Hill