Denver Public Schools reveals schools recommended for closure under new policy

DPS Closes Integrated Schools
Students dance with brightly colored scarves during a music class at Gilpin Montessori (Denver Post photo).

In the new norm [as of 2001 passage of No Child Left Behind] of “failing” schools, and privatization of education, DPS has once again chosen to close one and restart two more schools in Denver based on lagging test data. In the case of Gilpin, the school has turned around and is self-integrated and reflects the mixture families that live in the area and is supported by the parents, a value DPS claims to hold but does not act upon. Greenlee had a plan to turn around but despite blame being placed squarely on the teachers and admin for the school’s “failure,” the district refused to let the administration see the changes that were working through.


Three low-performing Denver elementary schools are being recommended for closure under a new school district policy: Amesse, Gilpin Montessori and Greenlee.

Denver Public Schools announced on Thursday the recommendations for Amesse, in the Montbello neighborhood in far northeast Denver, and Gilpin, in the Five Points neighborhood in northeast Denver. On Friday morning, the school district made public the recommendation for Greenlee in the Lincoln/La Alma Park neighborhood in west Denver.