Academics

At Skinner, we are laser-focused on helping all students succeed academically.  Our focus and priority is growth.  Whether it’s pushing students who are proficient to the advanced level, or closing gaps for our most struggling learners, we build our schedule and program to meet the needs of all our learners.

Skinner provides enrichment experiences and higher-level work to students who are at grade level, as well as students who are advanced and performing above grade level.  We also spend significant attention to our most struggling students so they too can attain grade level proficiency.  Our teachers work intensely with our students to reach their full potential.

Skinner teachers have collaborative and independent planning time on a daily basis to meet the demands of our diverse learners in all our classrooms.

Additionally, City Year AmeriCorps team members are teamed up with Skinner teachers and assist on a daily basis in academic classrooms.


2018 CMAS Data Celebrations

At Skinner, we evaluate our students’ progress in many ways, and consider our students’ Social/Emotional growth and development to be as important as their academic growth. One of the ways in which our students’ academic growth is measured is with the annual CMAS proficiency tests. CMAS test data is especially valuable because it provides a comparison to students’ progress at other schools in DPS and across Colorado.

  2016 2017 2018 DPS – 2018
Language Arts (6th – 8th) 44% 51% 60% 43%
Math (6th – 8th) 31% 38% 42% 30%
Science (8th grade only) 20% 31% 49% 24%

Percentage of students scoring Met or Exceeded Expectation on annual proficiency test

English Language Arts – 60% of Skinner students scored “Met” or “Exceeded Expectations” in 2018. This is a 18% increase since 2017 and a 36% increase since 2016. Skinner beat the District average by 17 percentage points.

Skinner also beat the District in growth in literacy. Skinner scored 11.5 percentage points higher than the District or 68.5 MGP (Skinner’s median growth percentile) vs. 57 MGP (overall DPS-Middle school median growth percentile).

Math – 42% of Skinner students scored “Met” or “Exceeded Expectations” in 2018. This is an 11% increase since 2017 and a 35% increase since 2016. Skinner beat the District average by 12 percentage points.

Skinner also beat the District in growth in math. Skinner scored 4 percentage points higher than the District or 57 MGP (Skinner’s median growth percentile) vs. 53 MGP (overall DPS-Middle school median growth percentile).

Science (8th Grade Only) – 49% of Skinner students scored “Met” or “Exceeded Expectations” in 2018. This is a 58% increase since 2017 and a 145% increase since 2016. Skinner beat the District average by 25 percentage points.


Denver Public Schools is committed to ensuring our students are prepared for college and career in the 21st century. The standards, which include the Common Core State Standards in math and in reading, writing and communicating, represent a shift in education to provide a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn at each grade level. The goal is to make your child’s classroom an even more engaging setting, with increased opportunities for collaboration, conversation and problem-solving. You will also notice your child using more technology in the classroom to enhance learning.

Click here for more information on assessments at DPS.


Gifted and Talented at Skinner

Over 1/3 of Skinner’s students have been identified as Gifted and Talented (GT) or Highly Gifted and Talented (HGT). Skinner offers a multitude of services and enrichment activities for these students. Please click here for more information.


State Academic Standards

Denver Public Schools has embraced the Colorado Academic and Common Core State Standards to ensure that students are ready for college and careers in the 21st century. The new standards provide a clear and consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn at each grade level. Please click here for more information.

Academic standards are clear and consistent targets for what students are expected to learn each year. Colorado has always had standards, and by integrating new standards, we can ensure that our students are ready for college and careers in the 21st century. Why are these standards so important?

  • they will help your child be ready for college and career
  • they will focus on important skills like collaboration, communication and problem-solving
  • they will ensure students receive a world-class education with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed

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