Last night, June 12, the Denver School Board approved STRIVE Prep and a district run school to open on the Kepner Campus fall 2015. Kepner is currently undergoing a phase-out-phase-in process with phase-out completion set for 2018. There were several applicants for the phase-in campus, including City Year, current Kepner Staff, and DSST. DPS ultimately recommended STRIVE because of their capacity to service the majority ELL population, a long wait-list, and STRIVE’s track record of successful co-location. The rationale behind opening a STRIVE school alongside a district-run school was to decrease population size in order provide students and families with stronger services. The district run school will provide a Transitional Native Language Instruction (TNLI) program for English language learners. The school board approved a total of 12 new schools to open 2015. STRIVE Far Northeast elementary school and high school were among those approved.
Congratulations to the Southwest Community members who advocated for this new school! Specific congratulations to my colleague and former assistant principal Katie Ryan, founding principal of the new STRIVE middle school.