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DSST: Montview High School (2185)

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DENVER, CO 80238

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Grade 9 - Grade 12

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About DSST: Montview High School (2185)


DSST: Montview High School


Located in Denver's Central Park neighborhood at 2000 Valentia Street, DSST: Montview High School serves grades 9 - 12. Close, caring relationships are at the heart of our approach and our school culture intentionally fosters strong relationships. We prepare students for college, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science). Students succeed through classroom environments that are structured for success with clear academic an d behavioral expectations and flourish in our many extracurricular activities and athletic programs. Ultimately our goal is to ensure that our students are prepared for college, career, and life. PARTNER PROGRAMS: We partner with Relay for our apprentice teacher partnership. In this program, teachers receive a robust, two-year development program. In the first year, Apprentice Teachers will work towards earning state certification in secondary education. In the second year, the Apprentice will transition into a full-time classroom role and will complete coursework to fulfill a Master of Arts in Teaching. We also partner with Aspire for a SpEd certification. Additionally, we began partnering with the University of Denver to have resident student teachers in English and Social Studies. Similar to the ASPIRE program, the student teachers work with a mentor teacher for the year and work towards earning their certification. OUR PROGRAM: Each year, students take a base of core classes, which include English, math, science, social studies, Spanish, and an Elective. Students have the opportunity to choose electives each year. Currently, we offer a wide variety of electives. Examples include studio art, drama, and creative engineering, fitness, journalism, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, Comedy Studies. We believe that by holding our students to a high standard, and offering them high support, they will thrive academically. Our small school setting allows teachers and students to develop and nurture close relationships to create an inclusive, strong community and a culture where every student is valued for who they are and their successes. DSST: Montview HS also seeks to involve parents and stakeholders through school communication and opportunities for feedback. In the 11th and 12th grades, students also have the chance to engage with college coursework through AP classes. DSST is committed to not just offering AP courses, but to ensuring that students will be successful on the AP exams in order to earn college credit. Courses currently offered are AP US History, AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, and AP Spanish. Our small school setting allows teachers and students to develop and nurture close relationships to create an inclusive, strong community and a culture where every student is valued for both who they are and their successes. In the 11th grade year, all DSST students participate in a 10-week long internship. The intention of the internship program is to give students an opportunity to explore different career paths and apply the learning they?ve done in classes to a real-world job. Each school has an Internship Coordinator, who is responsible for finding organizations and matching them with student interns based on the student's interest. Students have been placed at organizations like the Denver Zoo, Atlas Physical Therapy, Mike Johnston for Colorado, and Teach for America, among others. Internships take place during the school day, in place for an elective for one trimester of the year. In the 12th grade year, all students will complete a Senior Project, intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST to culminate into a final, long-term project. Other key features of the DSST program include: Enrollment: Any Denver metro area student may apply for the lottery admissions process. Technology: One-to-one laptop computer program supports instruction in a wireless environment. Academic Rigor: Graduation requirements exceed those of Denver Public Schools and Pre-Collegiate Curriculum Requirements set by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students have the option to take Honors, Advanced Placement, and Concurrent Enrollment courses. Community: A commitment to six core values creates a school culture that fosters academic and personal success. Four days a week, all students and staff come together for a twenty-minute Morning Meeting to start the day. Morning Meetings are led by a staff member or student and most often center on a core value, celebrate our college-going culture, highlight student activities and events, or build culture and community through stories or games. Advisory: Each student is known, cared for, and held accountable for community participation and contributions, academic effort, and achievement through the advisory program. Faculty and staff are responsible for an advisory group of 15 to 16 students, and advisors meet with their advisees twice per week. The advisor also serves as the primary locus for the parent-school relationship.



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