ABOUT THE DPS FOUNDATION
Our city and our communities are strengthened by each student who graduates ready to lead a successful life. Our goal is to help make sure every student, in every school, has the tools and resources to reach their highest potential. As the strategic fundraising partner for DPS, we work together to find and fund the highest impact investments. We engage our community, educators and DPS to accelerate progress and we help to find the most impactful ways to empower teachers, fuel engaged learning, and support students and their families.
Powered by the generosity of our donors, we have demonstrated the power of public education and impacted the lives of students across DPS for more than a quarter of a century.
Denver Public Schools Foundation was established in 1992 in recognition of the fact that public funds alone cannot adequately support the ambitious efforts to advance student achievement in Denver Public Schools. The DPS Foundation maintained a relatively passive role over the next ten years until it was revitalized in 2002 under the instrumental leadership of former DPS Superintendent Jerry Wartgow. In 2005, under Superintendent Michael Bennet, DPS launched a comprehensive strategic plan called The Denver Plan, and the DPS Foundation worked to align its mission and activities to support the goals and priorities of this far-reaching and ambitious plan. Since 2009, the DPS Foundation has worked closely with Denver Public Schools to support continued implementation of The Denver Plan, while meeting on-going, basic needs of schools and classrooms, teachers and students. As a result of its more than twenty-six year history, the DPS Foundation has become recognized as the portal of philanthropy for community investment in Denver Public Schools and a critical partner to the district for community engagement.
Denver Public Schools is comprised of more than 200 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current total enrollment of more than 90,000 students. This engaging, diverse and exciting school district is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every student in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current total enrollment of more than 92,000 students. Of those, 56.7% of the school district’s enrollment is Latinx, 21.9% is Caucasian, and 14.1% is African American. 67% percent of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
The Denver Plan 2020 confirms the commitment of Denver Public Schools to achieve its vision that Every Child Succeeds. Through the plan, DPS has committed to five specific goals designed to close academic achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in college and a career.