What is DGS?
Green school to the core Basic Facts
Shared Leadership: The Green School model utilizes a team of administrators (licensed principal) and teachers that use consensus to make key school decisions around budget, professional development and strategy.
Education for Sustainability: Much like an International Baccalaureate school (IB) uses interdisciplinary units to teach skills that leverage interesting units of study and character development, our focus on sustainability helps drive teachers to develop relevant and engaging units. Our EfS standards target the knowledge, skills and values to live a sustainable life, which for us, focus on environmental sustainability, social justice issues, personal health/nutrition and fiscal sustainability.
Empowered Community: Each stakeholder in education, from administrator to teacher and student to family is best engaged when they have an authentic voice in the process. With this guiding philosophy in mind, we don't force curriculum on teachers, we don't do uniforms, we include students in our CSC (collaborative school community), and we prioritize transparency.
Excursion Program: In order for DGS to live the value of relevance, we must leave the campus to engage in the real world. In practice, this would be around ten excursions a year.
Location: Denver Green School Northfield is located at the Park Street Campus. In 2019-20 we will share our building with Inspire Elementary. In 2020-21, we will move into a new addition being built on-site.
Size: We expect to open with approximately 150 6th graders in year 1. As we grow, we expect to reach 180 students per grade, for a total of 540 middle school students.
Enrollment Zone: We are part of the Greater Park Hill Stapleton Enrollment Zone. Families within the zone that choice us number 1, will be near certain to get into DGS Northfield. Any family in the zone that lives more than 2.5 miles from the school will get district provided bussing. In some instances, families within the 2.5 miles can get a waiver for DPS provided transportation.
Innovation Zone: Just like McAuliffe, we are part of an innovation zone. This means we are not a charter school, but we have more autonomy than traditional schools and use this to opt out of district systems with the resulting funds going to more staffing and resources for students.
Schedule: Our school day begins each day at 8am. On Monday-Thursday, we dismiss at 3:30. On Friday, we dismiss at 12:45 so that teachers can collaborate and plan. We have after school opportunities each day, including Friday. Our calendar generally follows the DPS calendar with a few exceptions and will be released in the coming months.