DSST: Byers Middler and High School
150 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209
From the School - Sponsored
DSST: Byers Middle and High School is a public, tuition-free, STEM-focused charter school located in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood. Our Core Values, respect, responsibility, integrity, curiosity, courage and doing your best, are foundational to all we do.
We believe that by holding our students to a high standard, and through offering them high support, they will thrive academically. Our small school setting allows teachers and students to develop and nurture close relationships to create an inclusive, strong community and a culture where every student is valued for who they are and their successes.
Close, caring relationships are at the heart of our approach and our school culture intentionally fosters strong relationships. We prepare students for college, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science). Students succeed through classroom environments that are structured for success with clear academic and behavioral expectations, and flourish in our many extracurricular activities and athletic programs. Ultimately our goal is to ensure that our students are prepared for college, career and life.
Highlights of our STEM program
Starting in 6th grade, all students engage in a variety of courses in STEM & Creative Core, including health & fitness, music, visual arts, and computer science. Starting in 9th grade, students have additional options in the five specialty areas at DSST: Byers High School.
In high school, in addition to our specialty areas, each student has the option to pursue additional AP courses, including: Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Music Theory, Psychology and US History.
We have a robust offering of after-school programs, including: Yearbook, Honors Choice, Leadership Committees, Global Citizenship International Trips, Chess, Band, Robotics, Drama and Harry Potter Clubs.
Our school building has strong facilities for students to use computer-aided design and fabrication tools through high-resolution 3D printers as well as welding equipment.
DSST: Byers offers a robust variety of athletics, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, flag football, spirit team, step/dance and cheerleading. Our cheerleading team has placed in the top three in the state competition for the last two years! Go Falcons!
In the 11th grade year, all DSST students participate in a 10-week long internship. The intention of the internship program is to give students an opportunity to explore different career paths and apply the learning they’ve done in classes to a real-world job. Each school has an Internship Coordinator, who is responsible for finding organizations and matching them with student interns based on the student’s interest. Students have been placed at organizations like the Denver Zoo, Atlas Physical Therapy, Mike Johnston for Colorado, and Teach for America, among others.