Learn More About Skinner

Thank you for your interest in Skinner Middle School. Skinner is a traditional, comprehensive neighborhood middle school built around the needs and interests of middle school children. We encourage you to consider the quality experience Skinner will offer your child: strong school leadership, a supportive learning environment, award winning teachers, robust social/emotional support, honors options, a host of different elective options and middle school sports.

Skinner Informational Videos – Please click here to see Skinner’s informational videos!

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What are Skinner’s school hours?

Supervision begins on school grounds at 8:00 am. Skinner’s first bell rings at 8:10 am. This is when the doors open. Instruction begins when the second bell rings at 8:20 am. The final bell rings at 3:20 pm. After school tutoring and athletics begin at 3:50 pm and run until 5:30 pm depending on the activity.

Can I take an online tour of Skinner?

Skinner Informational Videos – Please click here to see Skinner’s new informational videos! (Fall, 2020)

What classes do students take at Skinner?
  • Skinner students have 7 classes daily: 4 Core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) and two electives or Core+ classes. Skinner offers over 20 different Core+ classes including Spanish, art, STEM, P.E., wood shop, band, orchestra, choir, home ec, and many more.
  • Skinner offers Honors course options for all grades.
  • Skinner provides small group reading and/or math intervention for students not yet proficient in those subjects.
  • Skinner provides customized learning plan and custom built schedules for every student.
What are the Skinner enrichment programs, activities, sports, or clubs?

Skinner students have 7 classes daily: 4 Core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) and three electives or Core+ classes. Skinner offers over 20 different Core+ classes including Spanish, art, STEM, P.E., wood shop, band, orchestra, choir, yearbook, leadership, newspaper, home ec, creative writing, drama and many more.

Skinner offers different clubs like SOMOS 1 (Latinx Student Alliance), Restorative Justice League, Jazz & Rock Band, Journalism Club and many others. Please click here to see more information about Skinner Clubs.

DPS Middle School Sports also take place after school. Students can participate in: soccer, volleyball, basketball, flag football, cross-country and more. For more information visit Scorpion Athletics.

College Preparation Opportunities:

  • Honors Language Arts, Mathematics and Science
  • 10th Grade Math (Integrated II) for accelerated 8th graders
  • Skinner Mathletics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Destination Imagination
How can I be assured that my child will be academically challenged at Skinner?

The transition from elementary to middle school is an important period to keep academic achievement and rigor a central focus. Skinner administration and staff are equipped to provide continuous academic improvement for a range of achievement levels.

Several efforts are made to determine the academic level of our incoming sixth graders including coordination with area feeder schools to understand content and curriculum, review of student academic records and assessment prior to the beginning of the school year. Our ability to meet the individual needs of students include:

  • Intervention and ELL resources
  • Top ranked special programs for students with disabilities
  • District curriculum honors courses
  • Learning families to provide social and academic support throughout the year
Does Skinner offer Honors courses?

Skinner offers Honors options in Math, Language Arts and Science. Honors options offer an environment designed to stimulate and challenge learners who have met the criteria for the honors program.

In Honors courses, students will:

  • Strive toward the exemplary standard of assessment rubrics
  • Publish and present their new understanding and insights through use of multimedia (iMovies, skits, podcasts, blogs, etc.) (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of higher level texts for new perspectives and thematic connections (Language Arts and Social Studies)
  • Create examples of problems and participate in math competitions (Math)
  • Pursue self-expression within the context of the unit goals
  • Develop productive habits of mind: building stamina, striving for accuracy, thinking flexibly, generating questions that lead to deeper understanding, etc.
  • Self-assess and set ambitious goals for future learning

Candidates for the honors program demonstrate many of the following characteristics:

  • Is proficient/advanced in subject area
  • Takes initiative for his/her own learning
  • Has a lot of curiosity seeking the answer to “why?”
  • Has a large vocabulary
  • Works well in groups and communicates well
  • Strives towards excellence
  • Is self-motivated and has a strong work ethic
  • Is organized and able to self-assess progress and develop plans toward continual improvement
My child does not have HGT/GT designation, can they access Honors Classes?

Yes! All students have the opportunity to take honors options. Honors placement depends on subject, student readiness, student interest, teacher recommendation, assessment data, etc.

What programs do you have for children in HGT/GT programs at their elementary school?

Skinner has a GT resource teacher who supports both teachers and children on a weekly basis. Each child has an Advanced Learning Plan to challenge and monitor the academic and affective needs and potential of GT students. Classroom teachers provide extension challenges and project-based learning so students can dive deeper into each content area. The GT resource teacher supports teachers in creating these challenges, connects students and families to enrichment opportunities, and provides monthly focus groups for social emotional development.

My student needs extra support academically, what does Skinner provide?
  • Skinner’s teachers are here to help all students and make sure every student is successful academically. 
  • Skinner provides small group reading and/or math intervention for students not yet proficient in those subjects. These intensive, small group classes happen daily and are on students’ schedules in addition to traditional Language Arts and/or Math classes. 
  • Teachers offer extra, one-on-one help during Learning Family.
  • Additionally, weekly progress reports help parents/guardians stay on top of their student’s progress. 
What technology is used at Skinner?

1-to-1 Technology – every student receives their own Chromebook for use at school and at home.

How does Skinner provide a safe and caring environment?

Skinner’s school culture nurtures students’ sense of belonging:

  • The Principal and staff greet every student by name daily upon entering the school
  • A culture of learning and across-the-board peer acceptance are the norm for our diverse student population
  • Every student meets daily with their “Learning Family” of no more than fifteen students in the same grade and is mentored by a staff member. The mentor monitors progress, helps develop supportive learning relationships and teaches organizational skills.
  • All students take anti-bullying (RESPECT) classes each year. The Five Bs govern everyday interactions: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Team-Oriented, Be Peaceful, and Be Positive.
  • Students are organized by grades in different wings and have different passing times
  • Restorative Approach Program to support students and families mediate concerns and build relationships.
How do I apply to Skinner? What is the School Choice process?

To select Skinner as your 2023-2024 school of choice, you will need to participate in the DPS Round 1 School Choice process. The DPS SchoolChoice open enrollment window for the 2023-24 school year is 10 a.m. Jan. 13 through 4 p.m. Feb. 14, 2023. For more information on School Choice in Denver Public schools, or to access the school choice application, visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org.

Does Skinner have a dress code?

The Skinner dress code has been updated for the 2022-23 school year. Please review the Dress Code document for more information.

What are the “Skinner Family Values”?


Being part of a community gives us a sense of belonging. It is a feeling that people within the community matter to one another and share common interests and goals. Members of a community support each other and connect in ways that build pride in a shared identity. 


Equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place, so we need to make adjustments in order to overcome barriers and provide opportunities for all to meet their highest potential. We will strive for equity by empowering individuals with differentiated supports they need to thrive. 


Personal growth is the act of developing as an individual. It can be used to describe personal development in several areas including mental, physical, and emotional health. It can encompass academic progress or strengthening a skill or practice. 


Taking ownership is important because it builds trust, support, and bonds with people you care about. Ownership involves taking the initiative to bring about positive results. A team cannot thrive without a culture of accountability because it keeps everyone working together toward a collective school mission. 


Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing. Respect doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something you learn.

How do we apply to Skinner?

Skinner is in the NW Middle School Enrollment Zone. As such, Skinner does not have a boundary. Anyone wishing to attend Skinner must participate in the DPS School Choice (Round 1) process.

The DPS SchoolChoice (Round 1) open enrollment window for the 2023-24 school year is 10 a.m. Jan. 13 through 4 p.m. Feb. 14, 2023. For more information on School Choice in Denver Public schools, visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org.

What do students and parents have to say about Skinner?
  • “Our two daughters have really enjoyed Skinner! They love their well-rounded classes and their teachers. The communication from administration has been refreshing as we always feel we know what is going on. They really make sure 6th graders are ready for the big change to middle school and we feel our children are safe in this community-minded school. We have been very impressed with their thoughtful teachers.”
  • “I’ve been a parent at Skinner for 5 years now, and I have always appreciated the school and staff. They spend a great deal of time thinking bout how to create a kind and caring student body (very different from my middle school experience). And both my boys loved the elective classes, including Music, Gym, Woodworking, Home EC, Art, and Spanish.”
  • “My children can stay with neighborhood friends, meet new friends and be a part of their community.”
  • “The ‘feel’ of the school is welcoming and supportive.”
  • “It is a safe learning environment that actively encourages children from different backgrounds to collaborate.”
  • “Teachers and parents collaborate to make sure my children are challenged academically.”
  • “The school is based on the needs of middle school children.”
  • “This email is long overdue, but I wanted to express how fortunate we feel to have our son within your school. Even before he started his first class within Skinner your transition process into Skinner was reassuring that this would be a school that would focus on all aspects of our child whether it was educational, social and emotional, or the wide variety of activities and classes that were available to foster our child in countless ways. When (our son) started school each teacher went above and beyond to welcome him into their classrooms and the communication was extensive and clear. We could not be more impressed with the lessons that are being taught and the skills that are being developed as his teachers and coaches work tirelessly on his behalf. We can’t express how impressed we are!!This week exemplified the type of culture that is within your school with the gun violence walk-out activities that were planned on Wednesday. I know that there is a lot of pressure on schools to remain impartial to taking political stands around controversial activities, but I thank you so much for taking the courageous and important stance that you would support the students whether they wanted to walk-out or not. To know that the students could use their voice and they would be safe in doing so is one of the most important lessons that can be taught. I thank you for providing a police escort and allowing them to walk in a highly visible area in a safe manner for it was impressive. Your staff is simply amazing and we are so thankful for the great work that is being done on a daily basis. Keep the good and important work up!! With deep gratitude…”