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 (DSST) operates public, open-enrollment STEM charter schools and is part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district. In 2019 we will also be expanding our network to also serve students in Aurora through a partnership with Aurora Public Schools. Our vision is to work with the districts to transform metro Denver into having the leading urban public school districts in the nation. DSST is currently on track to teach 10,500 students each year beginning in 2025. We currently operate 14 schools in Denver and are on track to replicate our highly successful model to grow to 22 Denver schools on 11 campuses, and 4 Aurora schools on 2 campuses at full build-out in the year 2025. We structure our program for the success of our students so that they are prepared for STEM careers and beyond - opening a world of possibilities for their future. We endeavor to ensure our graduates have the skills for college, career and life through both our world-class academic program and our school communities that focus on self-discovery and character development. For 10 years in a row 100% of DSST seniors have earned acceptance to four year college, and DSST graduates have consistently had amongst the lowest remediation rates in the state. DSST high schools have some of the highest average SAT scores in Colorado by student sub-group including: #1 for black students, white students, FRL students, non-FRL students, and #4 for Latinx students.
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: 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: Stapleton graduated its first class of seniors in the spring of 2008 and opened its middle school that summer. Since the Stapleton campus, DSST has thoughtfully and deliberately expanded, campus by campus, school by school, and grade level by grade level. At each campus, the program and environment prepares students for the rigorous secondary school program and ultimately for the challenges of college.
Students are selected to attend DSST through a random lottery; there are no admissions criteria. 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