Letter to STRIVE Prep-Kepner Families

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The below message was sent by STRIVE Prep to the community on December 14th, 2022. It is shared here as an informational item. To learn more please visit the STRIVE Prep website


Dear STRIVE Prep-Kepner Families,

We write to you today with heavy hearts and important news to share. STRIVE Prep – Kepner will be closing in June 2023.

STRIVE Prep – Kepner has been going through renewal this year with Denver Public Schools. We were recently notified that the District is recommending a non-renewal for the school based on several factors but specifically due to the low academic performance at Kepner over the past few years.

We view this recommendation as a reflection of our leadership as a network and not about the potential or capability of our incredible students or our community. STRIVE Prep asked for the opportunity to operate Kepner to better deliver for kids and families and despite our best efforts, we did not live up to our promises.

We know this may feel like a shock, and is rightfully upsetting and frustrating. School closures are painful and we hoped to have better news to share with you all. But we want to assure you that we are committed to finishing the year strong and supporting each and every one of you in finding the best school option for your student when the choice window opens on January 13th. 

We invite you to join us for a family forum on Thursday, December 15th at 4:00 pm at Kepner so we can share more information and we can hear from you. We also know this week is extremely busy for many of you, and we will hold another opportunity to meet in January when we are back from break.


Erik Jacobson

Tricia Noyola

Amber Valdez
Interim Board Chair