Why are new schools needed in Denver?
DPS determines if new schools are needed in our district based on two primary factors: enrollment growth and school performance. For the past several years, DPS has been the fastest growing urban school district in the nation. Although that fast pace of growth is beginning to slow, there are still some neighborhoods in Denver that continue to grow, creating a need for new schools.
In some cases, the Denver Board of Education votes to restart or close an existing school, or not to renew a charter authorization, due to persistently low performance. In these cases, DPS may seek a new, high-quality school to better serve our students.