Last week, we highlighted thetop 25 Denver Public Schools
as judged by the district's School Performance Framework, which gathers data to determine the effectiveness of schools at every level of the DPS system. Today, we look at the flip side -- the ten schools currently considered the furthest from making the grade.
The reasons institutions wind up on such rosters are multifaceted, complex and arguably systemic: During an appearance last night at Regis University, author Jonathan Kozol, whose books include The Shame of the Nation, lambasted the disparity of resources for schools in wealthy versus impoverished areas, as well as the deleterious effects of standardized testing, particularly at facilities cast as struggling. Keep these factors in mind as we count down the ten lowest performers, complete with photos and selected facts and figures. To see the complete list, click here.
See also: Photos: Top 25 Denver Public Schools
Number 10: Wyatt Academy Enrollment: 589
Points Earned: 72
Points Possible: 280
Percentage of Points Earned: 25.71 percent
Number 9: Venture Prep MS Enrollment: 108
Points Earned: 35
Points Possible: 139
Percentage of Points Earned: 25.18 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 8: Escuela Tlatelolco School Enrollment: 129
Points Earned: 60
Points Possible: 248
Percentage of Points Earned: 24.19 percent
Number 7: Centennial ECE-8 School Enrollment: 464
Points Earned: 65
Points Possible: 286
Percentage of Points Earned: 22.73 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 6: Kepner Middle School Enrollment: 796
Points Earned: 30
Points Possible: 147
Percentage of Points Earned: 20.41 percent
Number 5: Manual High School Enrollment: 417
Points Earned: 45
Points Possible: 230
Percentage of Points Earned: 19.57
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 4: West Generation Academy Enrollment: 449
Points Earned: 51
Points Possible: 263
Percentage of Points Earned: 19.39 percent
Number 3: Fairview Elementary School Enrollment: 281
Points Earned: 24
Points Possible: 145
Percentage of Points Earned: 16.55 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 2: Valverde Elementary School Enrollment: 400
Points Earned: 22
Points Possible: 141
Percentage of Points Earned: 15.6 percent
Number 1: SOAR at Oakland Enrollment: 558
Points Earned: 17
Points Possible: 151
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Percentage of Points Earned: 11.26 percent
Note: SOAR at Oakland closed at the end of the 2013-2014, with sessions beginning at the New Oakland Elementary School in August.
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