W Denver Prep was featured in today's Rocky Mountain News. The charter school had 181 students vying for 100 slots for next year's sixth grade class. I can see why parents are so interested in this charter school: it's a success by all accounts!
W Denver Prep focuses students on preparing for college. This starts even before they enter sixth grade when the principal, Chris Gibbons, meets with parents in their homes. It's a big commitment for families to choose this educational program because there are longer school days, a longer school year and lots of homework. Each homeroom is designated by the college their homeroom teacher graduated from.
I've visited W Denver Prep and know that their staff is extremely committed to the success of their students. Everything in this charter school is about the student's learning. It's not the students who switch classrooms, the teachers do. Students are encouraged to develop exemplary character traits. In "morning circle" students are publicly commended for achievements. This means their self-worth grows from authentic accomplishments; not the artificial "fluff" I've seen in some schools.
It's great to see Denver Public Schools embrace schools such as W Denver Prep. This charter school is definitely a shining star in DPS!