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Denver School of Science and Technology
Denver, CO 2004-2006
In collaboration with klipp architecture, interiors, planning
www.scienceandtech.org


The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is a free, open-enrollment public school, founded in 2004. A college preparatory liberal arts school with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus, it serves 300 students in grades 6-8, and 400 students in grades 9-12. New Vista served as the Owner’s Representative and Educational Programmer to the school’s founders, New Schools Development Corporation, and worked in close collaboration with the project architects, Klipp Architecture, to ensure that the high school building embodied and supported the design team’s academic vision.

All DSST students are required to complete a rigorous curriculum including passing pre-calculus, 5 years of high school science, a workplace internship, and a senior project to graduate. Based on the Denver Public Schools new school performance framework (released in September 2008), DSST is the only “Distinguished” rated high school in Denver. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, DSST outperformed every other high school in Denver in both the student learning growth and absolute student performance.

Innovative building features include:
• Flexible robotics, science, and project labs
• Exposed HVAC and wall systems to allow for student monitoring of energy usage
• Separate Café and Fitness building with community access
• Energy conscious siting, use of sustainable materials and photovoltaic panels
• Easy flow of circulation with seating nodes and studios for formal and informal gathering
• Classroom connections to outdoor learning courtyards

Student demographics:
• 45% of DSST students are economically disadvantaged
• 60% of DSST students are Hispanic, or African American
• 50% of DSST students are first generation college bound
• Most of students enter DSST at least one grade level behind in math and English

Results:
• 100% of DSST’s first senior class were accepted into four your colleges, including CU Boulder, Stanford, MIT, Pomona, Cal-Tech and Wesleyan.
• From 2005-2008, DSST was the only Colorado high school to earn an “Excellent” performance rating and “Significant Improvement” growth rating on state report cards based on CSAP assessment testing.

Buidling design awards:
• Citation Award, AIA Denver Chapter
• Design Concept Award, CEFPI
• Grand Prize Award, Learning by Design

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