Denver Language School

  • Denver Language School serves 748 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 56% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 33%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 57% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Denver Language School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the Colorado state level of 17:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Colorado state average of 47%.

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School Overview

  • Denver Language School's student population of 748 students has grown by 35% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 46 teachers has grown by 84% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Total Students748 students
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Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Denver Language School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,718 schools in Colorado (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Denver Language School is 0.66, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CO)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#215 out of 1718 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
56%
33%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
57%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:117:1
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Asian
5%
3%
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Hispanic
26%
34%
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Black
6%
5%
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White
51%
53%
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Two or more races
12%
4%
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Diversity Score0.660.60
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Eligible for Free Lunch
12%
34%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
8%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSchool District No. 1 In The County Of Denver And State Of C School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CO Dept. of Education

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DLS has been a fantastic school for my children. They've flourished and acquired language skills in their target language without sacrificing English literacy. While they have a middle school program, a majority of families do leave for other schools after fifth grade. I believe that this is due to several factors including not having a large enough facility to house K-8 comfortably. They are well aware that this is an issue for parents and are actively seeking a permanent solution. Unfortunately, this might be a long game. Also, since most families leave, class sizes in the middle school are tiny, which limits social opportunities. Another issue is not having a robust enough middle school program. Parents want STEAM and they want their kids to be challenged in those disciplines. Families are in the unfortunate position of having to choose between a more academically diverse education and language immersion. Middle schools in the area can only offer a world language class twice a week at best, which means that many DLS students will be losing the language skills that they worked so hard to acquire. We haven't decided what we will do when we reach the middle school years just yet, but it's heavy on our minds.
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