I recently spoke to the new principal of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School, Katy Myers. She spoke enthusiastically about her new school and what a wonderful option it will be for elementary students attending the DPS Montessori magnet schools (and other children in Montessori programs across the city). They will now have the opportunity to continue their Montessori public education through their middle and high school years. She’s the perfect leader to run this school based on her education and professional experience in the world of Montessori education here in Colorado. The school will open its doors in 2013 for 6th and 7th grade students. Please read the press release below to learn more!
DENVER MONTESSORI JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2949 CALIFORNIA STREET/ DENVER, CO 80205
September 27, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School
Denver to Open its First-Ever Montessori Junior/Senior High School
The city of Denver will open the doors of its first ever public Montessori junior and senior high school next year. Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School, which will be located in the city’s Five Points neighborhood, will begin enrolling students from across the city starting the 2013-14 school year.
The Denver Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the school’s performance school application in June. The school will be co-located at Gilpin Montessori Public School, which currently serves students from age 3 through 5th grade.
The school intends to begin with 6th and 7th grade only and add one grade per year, eventually serving 7th grade through 12th grade.
“My goal is to build on the achievement of Denver Public Schools’ Montessori elementary schools and the highly successful Compass Montessori program in Jefferson County to bring high quality junior and senior high school Montessori education to Denver Public Schools students,” says school principal Katy Myers.
Myers is no stranger to Montessori education at the secondary level in Colorado. An established leader in Montessori circles, she was a founding parent of Jeffco’s Compass Montessori, a Pre-K through 12th grade public charter school, where she also served in administration for 10 years including as Head of School for six years.
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS) will combine the best of Montessori practices with current research on adolescent brain development. Educators at DMHS will promote high academic achievement for each student while also supporting them socially and emotionally.
The junior high will use an integrated approach to humanities as well as daily experience working on an urban farm that allows for real world problem-solving in math and science. The high school will offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum within a Montessori schedule and environment.
Spanish and ELA will be integrated throughout the program to foster second language fluency. Lessons will best delivered in small groups, and students will be encouraged to deepen learning by exploring individual interests.
Denver currently boasts a handful of public Montessori preschool and elementary schools, but the introduction of a junior and senior high school is unique. Currently there are only six other public Montessori 7th – 12th grade programs in the United States. Due to the focus on intellectual challenge, gaining independence and taking charge of their own education, graduates from Montessori high schools have been accepted to highly selective colleges and universities and are thriving at the post-secondary level.
Myers says she looks forward to working alongside Gilpin Montessori Public School Principal Frank Vincent, a national Montessori leader in his own right. “Having experienced first hand the positive results of a pre-k through 12th grade Montessori school, co-locating with a Montessori elementary school is ideal.” The school plans to enroll 50 students for the 2013-14 school year and will grow one grade per year to a projected total enrollment of 225.
For more information please contact Katy Myers at 720-424-2600 or visit our website at dmhs.dpsk12.org.