October 13 – Message from the Principal

Denver School of the Arts families,

Thing’s went so well last year we are turning “BLUE”. I’m writing to share our 2017 School Performance Framework (SPF) results with you and I am very excited to report that DSA has moved back to being a distinguished, “BLUE” school. Of course, this achievement would not be possible without a dedicated, caring, and impassioned staff. It is these employees who work so closely with our students each and every day that made this rating possible. When you have an opportunity reach out to them, and thank them for their hard work.

The SPF is like a report card for schools, telling us important information about how much our students have improved their scores on state tests from year to year, and how satisfied our students and families are with our school. We are then able to use this information to make any necessary changes in the classroom and to bring in additional supports where needed.

Below are some highlights of our SPF report

Denver School of the Arts had high growth in 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grade math. We also maintained high growth in all grades in English/Language Arts.

Denver School of the Arts reduced our gap in achievement rates between students of color and white students.

Denver School of the Arts had the highest pass rate on Advanced Placement Exams in Denver Public Schools.

Denver School of the Arts had the highest PSAT scores in Denver Public Schools and the second highest SAT composite test score in the district.

Denver School of the Arts earned 97.89% of the possible points on the SPF in Post-secondary Readiness-Status.

Denver School of the Arts still has room to grow in closing the gap with student of color in high school math, and closing the over gap in achievement between Free & Reduced Lunch Students and the remainder of our DSA population.

This year, the SPF also focuses on how well we serve and challenge all of our students, especially students of color, students in poverty, English language learners and students with disabilities. You’ll see a new Academic Gaps rating on the report, which will help our school target areas for improvement that can help every student reach his or her full potential. Beginning this year, schools that do not score blue or green on the Academic Gaps rating cannot earn a blue or green overall SPF rating. I am happy to report that DSA scored green-exceeding in this category, and at the high school level our equity indicator was solid blue.

I hope you will join us for our upcoming community meeting to talk about our SPF results:

14th at 7:00 pm in the DSA Concert Hall

Please let me know if you have any questions about our results and how we are using them to make our school even better. For more information about the SPF, including more detailed school reports, visit spf.dpsk12.org.

William M. Kohut,