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A+ Denver is an independent, nonprofit organization working to bring
the power of Denver’s citizens to bear on school reform. Our mission is to harness the power of civic leadership to build public will and advocate for the changes necessary to dramatically increase student achievement in public education in Denver.
on the intersection of policy, practice, and politics— building support for changes that put the interests of students over those of adults.
We exist because
, despite recent and laudable gains in Denver Public Schools, we still have a long way to go before the zip code a child is born in no longer dictates his or her destiny.
for more and better options for families, to hold schools to high standards, to push for effective district management, and to raise awareness about issues that matter most for our kids.
Today in Denver
, the average ACT score for a low-income student is 16, while that of a non-low income student is 21. Nine out of 10 kids at the 10 worst performing schools are low-income. Based on five year trends, 100% of all low-income kids won’t be proficient until 2054, and over half of African American boys fail to graduate high school on time.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every child in Denver has access to an excellent public education.
A + D E N V E R
"A+ Denver has played a unique role in improving the performance of DPS students and the school district...A+ has moved Denver schools forward."
—Federico Peña, former Denver Mayor