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Denver Public Schools

Denver County School District 1
Denver Public Schools
School District, Government Owned
Industry Education
Founded Denver, Colorado (1859)
Headquarters Denver, Colorado
Key people
Mary Seawell,
School Board President
Tom Boasberg, Superintendent
Number of employees

The Denver County School District No. 1, more commonly known as the Denver Public Schools (DPS), is the public school system in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, United States.


The first school was a log cabin on the corner of 12th Street between Market and Larimer streets that opened in 1859. The school district was created in 1902 by a constitutional amendment that created the City and County of Denver and consolidated five school districts into today's School District No. 1.


DPS' mission is to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our society.

Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. DPS' goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS operates 162 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current total enrollment of 81,870 students. Of those, 58.0% of the school district’s enrollment is Hispanic, 20.3% is Caucasian, and 14.5% is African American. Sixty-eight percent of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing large school district in Colorado in terms of enrollment and student academic growth. DPS is committed to establishing Denver as a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, and college and career readiness.

Student Population

Denver Public Schools is the largest school district in Colorado, and is one of the fastest growing urban school districts in the nation.

In the 2013- 2014 school year, 87,398 students were enrolled in 185 Denver Public Schools consisting of three Early Childhood Education schools, 85 elementary, 18 K-8, four K-12, 26 middle, 14 grades 6-12, and 35 traditional high schools. The number of children enrolled in preschool through 12th grade has increased 12 percent since 2009

2013 = 87,398

2012 = 84,424

2011 = 81,870

2010 = 79,423

2009 = 78,352

DPS Student Profile

American Indian .7 %

Asian or Pacific Islander 3.3%

African American 14.1%

Latino 57.5%

Caucasian 21.2%

Pacific Islander .2 %

Two or More Ethnicities 3.1%

All Students 87,398 100%

71.7 percent (62,977) of public school students qualified for free or reduced price lunch in 2013-2014 school year.

from Denver Children's Affairs, facts sheet :

Although Denver is about 40% non-Hispanic White, minority groups represent double the regular Denver population. The reason for this has been white flight over the past few decades and extremely strong Hispanic school-age growth due to relatively high birth rates. The predominant heritage in the Denver Public School system is Mexican American. Denver has a high Hispanic percentage of roughly 40% and they are a majority in the public school system. In addition, Denver's African-American percentage overall is half that of Denver Public Schools.

There are 13,087 employees of DPS; 4,555 of them are teachers.[1]

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High schools


Intensive Pathways





  1. "Facts & Figures". Denver Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 

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