Groundbreaking Charter Schools
About the School:
The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is a free, open-enrollment public school serving middle and high school students. Founded in 2004, DSST is a college preparatory liberal arts school with a science and technology focus. All students are required to complete a rigorous curriculum—which includes pre-calculus, five years of high school science, an internship and a senior project—to graduate.
DSST reflects the racial and economic diversity of Denver. Students attending DSST are from all neighborhoods across the Denver-metro area and are selected through a random lottery. There are no admissions criteria for students, nor is there tuition.
- 45 percent of DSST students are economically disadvantages
- 60 percent are Hispanic or African-American
- 50 percent are first-generation college bound
- Most students enter DSST at least one grade level behind in math and English
One hundred percent of DSST's first graduating class was accepted into four-year colleges, including Stanford, MIT, Pomona, Cal-Tech and Wesleyan.
In 2007 and 2008, DSST outperformed every other high school in Denver in both student learning growth and absolute student performance.
For more information, visit ScienceandTech.org.