Skinner enrollment to skyrocket in 2013-4

Skinner will have its largest 6th grade class for the 2013-14 school year in 10 years!

According to numbers released by Denver Public Schools’ Office of Choice and Enrollment Services, 218 6th graders have been assigned to Skinner following the DPS choice process, a 66% increase over the current class of 6th graders, and the largest 6th grade class since 2003. For the first time since 2005, Skinner will have over 500 students across grades 6, 7 and 8 enrolled in August 2013.

“Skinner teachers have focused on high academic achievement for all of our students,” said Skinner principal Michelle Koyama. “It’s clear that our community is enthusiastic about our excellent academic program, extended Spanish language classes and rich arts offerings in a socioeconomically and culturally diverse environment.”

In 2011, Skinner jumped two levels to achieve the Green “Meets Expectations” status on Denver Public Schools’ School Performance Framework (SPF) rating system, a 53% increase in the school’s rating over 2010. In 2012, the school increased its points earned on the SPF by an additional 16%. Between 2010 and 2012, Skinner’s SPF rating increased a whopping 78%. Skinner has seen similar increases on statewide TCAP standardized test scores: Skinner’s overall median growth percentile in 2012 was the highest of all the DPS middle school network schools! Check out our achievements:

  • Median growth percentiles in writing increased in all three grade levels, with an overall increase of 17% from 2011 to 2012
  • 7th grade reading, writing and math all made double digit gains in 2012, increasing proficiency by 10%, 12% and 14%t respectively
  • Skinner has posted an increase in the percentage of students proficient in writing every year since 2009

“Skinner has become the ‘go to’ school in Northwest Denver because of the tremendous growth in test scores, programs offered, overall reputation and parent involvement,” said Renee Martinez Stone, the parent of a Skinner student. “This incredible growth shows that families want high-quality neighborhood schools for their kids. ”

In addition to the strong academic core classes Skinner offers, the school also provides honors options in all core subject areas; daily math and/or reading intervention for students not yet proficient in those areas; 8 levels of Spanish language instruction; P.E., visual arts, band and orchestra; and nearly 20 Friday Enrichment” classes options, including “Learn how to Geocache”, iPad Moviemaking, Woodshop, Skateboard Club and Phone App Development. Additionally, twelve different Skinner teams compete against other middle schools in sports like basketball, cross country and volleyball.

We are so proud of our students, families, teachers, staff and community – and look forward to an even more spectacular 2013-4 school year. Go Scorpions!

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