Shrinking Schools

Jefferson Academy, a local charter school, fell short of its enrollment goal to open.

Denver Public Schools, however, saw a slight increase in its official student count from October.

The new charter school, which will be part of the Jefferson Academy network, will operate a preschool through eighth grade program with before- and after-school care.

Figures provided to Chalkbeat break down the amount spent per school.

The district will now consider whether to let a new charter operate in the building that’s currently home to one of the schools. 

The increase will bring more state funding for the district, but it may be temporary.

One proposal would spell out rules and a timeline for closing schools due to declining enrollment. Another would cap elementary school enrollment at 600 students.

After closing 16 elementary schools due to declining enrollment, the Jeffco school board is turning its attention to secondary schools.

Sheridan union says higher salaries will help stem the turnover that’s driving families away.

The district’s top leader is retiring. Since Pat Sandos’ announcement, the school board is dealing with accusations of bribery, petitions to speed Sandos’ departure, and a delay in naming a replacement.

The Jeffco district expects to make recommendations for middle school and K-8 closures in August.

Middle school recommendations are expected in August, and will also consider schools at the end of the accountability clock.

Capping enrollment at popular elementary schools could bolster enrollment at smaller schools that have been losing students.

The 3-year-old charter school cited low enrollment and high costs as the reasons for the closure in a resolution passed by its board of directors.

Las escuelas Fairview Elementary, Math and Science Leadership Academy y Denver Discovery School cerrarán al final de este año escolar por tener una inscripción sumamente baja.