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In November 2010, the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education approved a comprehensive turnaround initiative for the Far Northeast Community of Denver, a region of DPS that had suffered from persistently low levels of student achievement.

In response to the Board’s mandate, DPS created the Denver Summit Schools Network (DSSN), the most comprehensive whole school reform initiative that any district in Colorado has ever attempted.

In the fall of 2011, Blueprint began working with the 10 schools of the DSSN to plan, implement, and monitor a comprehensive turnaround plan that integrated Blueprint’s framework for school improvement.

In 2012, DPS began implementing the Blueprint Fellows Program, our daily high-dosage tutoring program, as a standalone intervention in three additional turnaround schools.

In 2013-14 Blueprint's work expanded to include the West Denver Network of turnaround schools, bringing our total number of whole-school turnaround partner schools to 22. We continued this work over the following two academic years to expand the Fellows Program to an additional 39 schools across the district.

Implementation Highlights

Highlights of the DPS partnership with Blueprint include:


Learn more about the results from Blueprint’s partnerships in Denver.