STEM School Denver Elementary

At STEM School Denver Elementary we put innovation in the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.

Welcome! We are an innovative, FREE, public, charter learning community that exists to innovate K-5 education in order to prepare every student to lead change, solve problems and succeed in an exponentially changing world.

Projected to open in the Fall of 2023, STEM School Denver will serve students in grades K-5 (possibly ECE 3 & 4 upon approval) once it is at full capacity.

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Our Curriculum

We Innovate Early

Our unique K-5 model encourages innovation from an early age, laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovery.

We focus on providing a rigorous and relevant core education that taps into the innate curiosity of each student while integrating essential STEM skills and concepts within literacy, mathematics, social studies and science.

Our classrooms come alive with relevant, problem-based learning where 21st Century Skills are embedded through the use of technology, critical thinking, and collaboration to engage the heads, hearts and hands of students in authentic and real world issues. All elementary students will participate in specials classes that include art, music, physical education, and world language.

Character development is key as we nurture and develop responsible and respectful elementary students.

All curricular decisions begin with the alignment to the Colorado Academic Standards (CDE, 2010). Core Knowledge (Core Knowledge Foundation, 2010) topics are incorporated and embedded throughout each unit of instruction. Twenty-first century skills (P21, 2007) and technology are infused throughout each unit as well.

Our KOSON Instructional Model

Problem-Based Learning

Our KOSON Instructional Model is our secret sauce. It is what inspires our students and our staff every day.

What is it? It is Problem-Based Learning, done the KOSON way. That means it is a teaching methodology where learning is student-centered and driven by relevant, real-world problems.

Throughout their instruction, students learn about a problem, ask questions, research, brainstorm solutions, test, analyze and take action, all while learning the state standards.

Students access background knowledge and investigate standards, which are aligned concepts that might help solve the problem.

PBL encourages peer collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, all while learning responsible use of technology.

Working with industry leaders, students find new ways to collaborate and seek new solutions.

Students are in the driver’s seat of their education through meaningful learning opportunities that allow for them to constantly seek new answers and push themselves even further.

Our Mission

Never Stop Innovating.

Our Vision

We envision a world of exponential possibilities where every child develops the innate knowledge, skills, creativity and character to thrive, lead and succeed in an ever-changing future.

Our Goal

Our goal is not only to prepare students to thrive in the constant world of reinvention, but to lead it.

Core Beliefs

Creating an environment of respect and success in an exponentially changing world.
Nurturing unlimited human potential.
Leveraging the power of collaboration through continuous inquiry and experimentation.
Optimizing resources and operations.
Impacting the world ethically and positively.
Relentlessly reinvent and adapt.

The Timeline

March 18, 2022

Application Received by DPS

April 12, 2022

District-Hosted Community Event (Zoom)

April 21, 2022

Applicant Interview with DPS DAC

June 2, 2022

DAC and Superintendent Recommendations presented to the DPS BOD

June 9, 2022

DPS Board Votes to approve/deny

July/August 2022

If approved, begin implementation of Year Zero plans.

If denied, appeal to the Colorado State Board of Education.

Fall of 2023

Expected date to Open