Education

Ten Denver Schools That Can Get Too Hot for Kids to Learn

All of us work and learn better when we're in a comfortable environment.

Which makes the situation at far too many Denver schools that much more problematic.

As reported by Chalkbeat Colorado's Melanie Asmar (a former Westword staff writer), Denver Public Schools has a "comfort goal" of 79 degrees for schools. But a survey last September showed that in eighteen DPS buildings (some of which house more than one school), the highest maximum average temperature soared above that level and, in a few cases, way higher...to a peak of 94 degrees.

With the start of another school year fast approaching, the issue is looming once again.


Asmar reports that "a committee of parents, students, teachers and taxpayers is recommending the district ask voters in November to approve raising $70 million in taxes for heat mitigation as part of a $572 million bond that would pay for a variety of construction and maintenance projects."

Below, see a photo-illustrated rundown of the ten schools that registered the highest average maximum temperature in the survey. Also included are figures about the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches — evidence that many of the schools with the worst overheating issues cater to some of the district's most impoverished families. To read the complete Chalkbeat Colorado story, click here.

Number 10 (tie): Morey Middle School
840 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
Lowest grade: Sixth grade
Highest grade: Eighth grade

Average maximum temperature: 84.7 degrees
Percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch: 47 percent


Number 10 (tie): Trevista Ece-8 At Horace Mann
4130 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80211
Lowest grade: Pre-kindergarten
Highest grade: Eighth grade

Average maximum temperature: 84.7 degrees
Percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch: 97 percent

Number 10 (tie): Cole Arts And Science Academy
3240 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80205
Lowest grade: Pre-kindergarten
Highest grade: Seventh grade

Average maximum temperature: 84.7 degrees
Percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch: 85 percent

Number 10 (tie): Lake International School (also known as STRIVE Prep — Lake campus)
1820 Lowell Boulevard, Denver, CO 80204
Average maximum temperature: 84.7 degrees
Percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch: 93 percent

Number 6 (tie): East High School
1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206

Average maximum temperature: 85.1 degrees
Percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch: 35 percent

Continue to see the remaining ten Denver schools that can get too hot for kids to learn.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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