All posts tagged: Education

Choosing the Right Preschool

Choosing a preschool can be quite difficult. Parents must consider a number of different factors, including the philosophy guiding the preschool as well as issues like cost and location. Thankfully, there are a number of great preschools located in the Denver Metro area, and while some are contingent on living in the right neighborhood, others require luck (or, rather, a lottery) and/or a waitlist. Luckily, there are enough options in Denver that everyone can find a preschool to suit their needs. Montessori Schools Montessori schools emphasize discovery and freedom of choice (within limits) for a child. One defining characteristic of Montessori schools is the aspect of mixed age classrooms, for instance 3-6 years old, where students interact and learn together. Montessori emphasizes the ability of students to discover materials on their own rather than via lecture, and students pick their activities. While there are some Montessori programs attached to school districts via charter programs, the Denver metro area boasts a number of private Montessori programs as well, including (but not limited to): Montessori School of …

A Profile of Denver Public Schools (DPS)

Denver Public Schools (DPS) comprises 185 schools in the city of Denver, educating over 87,000 students annually through magnet, charter, pathways and of course, traditional school programs. DPS is a diverse school district with students hailing from a variety of different backgrounds. While English and Spanish are the primary languages spoken, a large population of students speak a myriad of other languages, including Vietnamese and Somali, as well as many others. While many of the schools in DPS do not receive high scores on the state’s standardized tests, a number of schools perform very well and are even labeled as “distinguished” by the state. Other ranking entities, like US News and World Report, which ranks secondary and college programs alike, have recognized a number of DPS schools. The Denver School of Science and Technology The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is an open-enrollment, STEM charter school, which has achieved high results. With 12 K-12 Schools in the Denver Metro Area, many of which are in some of Denver’s traditionally low performing neighborhoods, DSST …