9/15/2020: Return to School Planning Committee Update The Return to School Planning Committee has now had the opportunity to meet twice to discuss health and safety guardrails that will be present in our schools to support a safe return to in-person learning. Presentations and artifacts from those sessions can be found using the links below.
U Prep in the News
September 14th, 2020: Return to in-person school As a result of local and statewide health metrics now being below the guidelines set by health official, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has given the go-ahead for schools to plan a return to in-person learning on or after September 28th for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. At
The National Charter School Resource Center developed a four-part case study to share the unprecedented success story of University Prep’s turnaround work across our country. This link includes four short videos that tell our turnaround story through a wide range of U Prep stakeholders (parents, children, educators, leaders and community members).
Following the 2016-17 school year, U Prep – Steele St. had the highest math growth in the state (out of 1,500 schools) and the eighth highest English Language Arts (ELA) growth. On the Denver Public Schools School Performance Framework (SPF) the school went from the lowest rating to the highest rating after one year of U Prep operating the campus.
This Denver Post article illuminates the challenges across our state’s educational system while highlighting the impact U Prep is having to change that reality saying, “The key to cutting into Colorado’s stubborn achievement gap between white, more-affluent students and their minority, less-affluent peers could reside in a public charter school in northeast Denver.”
Doug Lemov and his “Teach Like a Champion” team invited U Prep to share our turnaround story from the perspective of our leaders. Writing on his blog, this five-part series pulls back the curtain on each effort that went into converting the lowest performing school in DPS into being ranked in the 91st percentile.
As a result of University Prep’s track record of performance and deep commitment to children and families living in historically marginalized communities, U Prep was awarded a 3.7 million dollar grant by the Department of Education to support growth and expansion efforts.
The 74 million, a national blog focused on covering critical news in the education space ran a story on University Prep’s transformative turnaround work. “It’s an important reminder that when you have a team of teachers and leaders that work very thoughtfully, and with skill and love, of the remarkable things they can accomplish,” said the superintendent, whose district encompasses 199 schools and 92,000 students.