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.
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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.
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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:
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:
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:
Candidates for the honors program demonstrate many of the following characteristics:
Yes! All students have the opportunity to take honors options. Honors placement is made by subject, readiness, student interest, teacher recommendation, etc.
Skinner has a GT teacher who works with both teachers and children on a weekly basis. Each child has an Advanced Learning Plan to challenge and monitor the needs and potential of GT students. Skinner selects from various DPS HGT/GT programs and is working with area GT teachers from feeder schools.
Parents have highlighted Skinner’s culture of learning and nurturing as a valued school attribute that provides confidence and support for their children.
1-to-1 Technology – every student receives their own Chromebook for use at school and at home.
Skinner’s school culture nurtures students’ sense of belonging:
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.
The Skinner dress code has been updated for the 2022-23 school year. Please review the Dress Code document for more information.
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.
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.