MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS NIGHT IS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2018Bromwell PTA is hosting its annual expo-style Middle School Options Night on Tuesday, 9/25, from 5:30-7. Traditional DPS, Charter and Denver-based independent schools will be available to distribute information and answer questions. Although the event is open to the school, the night is recommended for parents of 3rd – 5th grade students – AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR 4TH GRADE FAMILIES. Here are some points generated from our 4th grade teachers, as well as from parents, about why understanding choices as early as 3rd and 4th grade can be helpful:
- If you are anxious, don’t be. There are lots of great options for middle school and you will find one, and likely more, that work for your family. Getting acclimated to the options as a 3rd grade parent can help you feel more in control of the middle school choice experience, and it can help you lead your 4th grader’s experience (If that is what you want).
- Given how busy the 5th grade fall experience is, 4th grade can be a good time to start a dialogue with your student and tour some schools together. Additionally, it can be very helpful to learn about possible early admission requirements and various academic programming. Certainly at independent schools, but even in DPS public/charter schools, there are situations where tests/auditions are required, or where nuanced policies can mean something to your student. (Denver School of the Arts requires that students audition in the fall of their 5th grade year, and submit established portfolios. Morey is the city’s HGT program, which kids must test into, and it is notable that GT designation does not guarantee entry into that program.)
- Just a note not to wait until the end of your student’s 4th grade year to try and book DPS tours. Many schools stop tours in March, right before testing. If you’re interested in getting a grip on possibilities before your student enters 5th grade, be sure to look at tour schedules now and figure out what will work for your calendar.
- Starting Fifth grade with a plan for middle school choice can take a significant amount of stress out of the equation – for you and your student (and any teachers/coaches that might need to help you by providing references etc.). Fall of your student’s 5th grade year is when your family will be in the thick of it. While this year’s choice deadline has not been released, last year first round was in February. Back that out and, with school break, you’ll likely want tour/shadow days completed by November. If you’re applying to independent schools, your timeline is likely to be even tighter. Our hope is that families leave this event with a good understanding of the application requirements for each school, their tour/shadow opportunities, and the application deadlines.
- Boys School of Denver *NEW*: http://boysdenver.org/schools/the-boys-school-of-denver/
- Colorado Academy: http://www.coloradoacademy.org/Page/Admission
- DCIS: http://dcis.dpsk12.org/about/prospective-students-admission-for-2017-18/
- Denver Discovery School:http://denverdiscoveryschool.dpsk12.org/tours/
- Denver Green School: http://www.denvergreenschool.com/come-visit-dgs/
- Denver Jewish Day School: https://www.denverjds.org/admission
- DSST Byers: https://www.dsstpublicschools.org/why-dsst
- Dora Moore: http://doramoore.dpsk12.org
- GALS: http://www.galschools.org/our-schools/denver/middle-school/enroll
- Graland: http://www.graland.org/Page/Admission
- Good Shepherd: http://goodshepherddenver.org/admissions/
- Hamilton: http://hamilton.dpsk12.org/enroll/shadow-a-student/ and http://hamilton.dpsk12.org/enroll/schedule-a-parent-tour/
- Hill: http://hill.dpsk12.org/about-hill/prospective-studentstours/
- International School of Denver: https://www.isdenver.org/enroll
- Kent: http://www.kentdenver.org/page.cfm?p=500
- McAuliffe *CAMPUS EXPANSION*: http://mcauliffe.dpsk12.org/about-mis/enrollment/ and http://mcauliffemanual.dpsk12.org
- Montessori Denver:http://www.montessoridenver.org/admissions/admission-process
- Morey: http://morey.dpsk12.org/prospective-parents/tours/
- Odyssey: http://odysseydenver.org/enrollment/
- Stanley British: https://www.stanleybps.org/domain/23
- Saint Annes: http://www.st-annes.org/admissions-process
- The Logan School: http://www.theloganschool.org/#!admission/c1z94
- Denver School of the Arts: http://dsa.dpsk12.org/admissions/
- RMSEL: http://www.rmsel.org/Prospective-Parents/index.html
- The following links to DPS’ Choice and Enrollment page where you can find a variety of resources from handbooks that cover enrollment guidelines, to interactive district maps of schools, to budget information: http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org//
- The following links to a list of all DPS Traditional and Charter schools, and each school’s website and enrollment information: https://www2.dpsk12.org/schoollist/default.aspx
- For everything SPF (School Performance Framework) visit this link: http://spf.dpsk12.org Please note that there was no release of SPF in 2015 due to changes in state testing and a consequential lack of growth data.
The session runs September 10 to November 8, 2018 and all classes are 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Full class descriptions can be found here.
After September 4, you will be charged a $10 late registration fee. Registration will not be complete without payment of the classes and the $6 Bromwell Enrichment fee/ per child.
All classes are subject to minimum and maximum. If a class does not meet the minimum and is cancelled, you will be notified.
Please be aware of the grade restrictions. They are listed in the class description and on Cheddar Up.
If we do not have school then we do NOT have enrichment class.
At this time we do not have enrichment for ECE. We want to give them time to adjust to their long day. They will have a class available to them next session.
Any questions — please contact Ashley Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
- CSC By-Law Review
- Proposed change: Number of teachers from 4 to 3 to be in compliance with state law
- Election of Officers
- CSC Data Review for 17-18 and 18-19 Goals for UIP
- Timeline of Meetings and Scheduled Items
- New Business
- Public Comment Period
- Set Next Agenda
Please join us for Back to School Night Tuesday August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will be an opportunity for our community to kick off the 2018-19 school year together as a community. Here is what to expect:
- – meet new staff
- – get information about our new school communications app!
- – take a deeper dive into some of our new programs, including the Second Step social emotional curriculum
- – receive information from your child’s teacher about the year
- – get updates from your PTA including plans for the Annual Fund and “Let’s Fiesta Bromwell” Auction
We will do our best to be done by 7:30 p.m., in time for the entire family to work on that “back to school” sleep schedule!