Three south Denver area schools given national award


Three Denver schools were recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award in Washington, D.C. last month. The program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement, according to a news release from Denver Public Schools.

The three Denver schools that received the award were the Bradley International School in the University Hills neighborhood, DSST: Byers Middle School in the Speer neighborhood and Slavens K-8 School in the Wellshire neighborhood. The state of Colorado was given five total Blue Ribbon School Awards, the news release said.

“This award is given only to the very best education programs in the nation. Bradley International School, DSST: Byers Middle School and Slavens K-8 School have proven yet again that Denver Public Schools is a great place for students to learn and grow,” said Susana Cordova, superintendent of DPS in the release.

Schools are eligible for the award if they meet one of two criteria: schools that rank among the highest in the state based on state assessments or tests referenced by national norms, or schools where at least 40% of its students come from a disadvantaged background that have reduced the achievement gap based on state assessments.

To learn more about the Blue Ribbon School Award, go to


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