DSST Placement at Sandoval Campus, Resolution Supporting Northfield High School Approved

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Board members voted December 15 to approve the placement of DSST: Conservatory Green High School, which will open next fall with students in grade 9, at the Samsonite Campus with High Tech Early College for the 2017-18 school year. Because there is not enough space on that campus to allow the two schools to share space long-term, the board also voted to move DSST: Conservatory Green High School to the Paul Sandoval Campus when a new building is complete in fall 2018.

This move is designed to meet secondary enrollment needs for Stapleton and adjacent neighborhoods. It also meets the commitment that DPS made to place DSST: Conservatory Green High School in the same neighborhood as the middle school.

Board members also approved a separate resolution affirming support for Northfield High School, which is already operating at the Paul Sandoval Campus. The resolution, presented by board member Rachele Espiritu, who represents Stapleton, includes the following commitments:

  • DPS will provide the staff time and funding required for Northfield High School’s application to be certified as an International Baccalaureate school.
  • Every single student in the Near Northeast High School Enrollment boundary who wants to enroll at Northfield High School is guaranteed a seat at Northfield now and in the future.
  • We will continue to honor our commitment in DPS Board Resolution 3549 passed June 12, 2014 to make available at least 35% of Northfield High School seats to families from adjacent neighborhoods.

Both Espiritu and board member Mike Johnson, a former Stapleton resident, said they participated in various phases of planning the Stapleton high school designed to serve the area. Johnson noted the campus was always intended to house several schools to ensure high-quality choices for families.

“It’s always been an important value that all of our students have multiple choices for schools that meet their particular learning needs,” Johnson said.

In addition, the board approved placement of Inspire Elementary at the Paul Sandoval Campus for the 2017-18 school year until construction is complete on its new building in Stapleton.

Details about the Paul Sandoval Campus and these placements are available and updates are being posted at stapleton.dpsk12.org.