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 2020-21 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 has made me become more mature and have a strong work ethic that I don't think I would have if I went anywhere else" -Hanna, DSST Alumni, Illinois Institute of Technology
"DSST starts off with the idea that anyone can do anything. I see the students start to believe this and they can reach these places they've never been before. -Andria, teacher at DSST College View
"I would describe DSST as an investment in your future. Here you have the opportunities to make connections and garner the skills to be successful in College". -Mustafa, DSST student, DSST Green Valley Ranch