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Green Valley Ranch E12 Campus has been named after Dr. Evie Garrett Dennis

On November 30, 2009, The Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education approved a resolution to name the Green Valley Ranch E-12 Shared Campus in honor of Dr. Evie Garrett Dennis.

Born September 9, 1924 in Canton, Mississippi, Evie Garrett Dennis was eighth of the nine children of Reverend Eugene Garrett, who owned a small sawmill, and Ola Brown Garrett. In 1958, Dennis moved to Denver. She worked as a researcher at Children’s Asthma Research Institute, the Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children and other medical institutions until 1966. She then taught mathematics for the Denver Public Schools, starting at Lake Middle School. Returning to school to certify as a teacher, she received her Master's degree in Education from the University of Colorado in 1971. She earned her doctorate from Nova University of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1976.

In 1971, Dennis began working in the Denver Public School system administration. In 1974, she was assigned to bring together a team that would prepare students, parents and teachers for court-ordered busing. By 1977, she was Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. Dennis continued to be promoted until she was appointed Deputy Superintendent in 1989. The next year, she became the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, a position she held until her retirement in 1994. Dennis was the first female and first African American superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

The Evie Garrett Dennis Campus will be the home to Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), SOAR Charter School, and a Multiple Pathways Center.

  • DSST will open in the fall with 6th grade. For more information about the program or enrollment, please go to or contact Jessica Degenhart at 303-524-6323 or

  • SOAR Charter School will open in the fall with grades Kindergarten through 2nd grades. For more information about the school and their enrollment process go to: or contact Gianna Cassetta, Head of School, at or 303-486-8573

  • The Vista Academy will open in the fall of 2011 and will provide high school students with a strong college preparatory program in addition to several vocational focus areas. Students will be able to attend this non-traditional program during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends in order to fit their needs. To learn more about the Vista Academy attend a regional community meeting or contact Stephanie Gurule at

Denver School of Science and Technology will serve students 6 – 12!

The DPS board voted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 to approve Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) and to locate their second high-performance school at the GVR E12 Shared Campus.  Please join me in welcoming DSST to the GVR community!

DSST currently operates their first campus in Stapleton.  GVR will be their second location and they plan to open an additional three schools over the next 4-5 years.  DSST's approach is predicated on a standards- based pedagogy and values-based school culture delivered in a college preparatory liberal arts program with a science and technology focus. DSST is the only "Distinguished" rated high school in Denver and 100% of its graduates have been accepted into four year colleges. For more information on DSST go to:

See images and photos of the groundbreaking.

Project History
Although there have been numerous discussions around the need for a new high school in GVR, the conversation really started to pick up steam in 2005-06 when the Foundation for Educational Excellence, in partnership with the Stapleton Foundation and DPS, held a design competition to select design teams for the future GVR and Stapleton community high schools. Following the completion of the design competition process, DLR Group was selected to design the GVR high school.

The effort started back up during the summer of 2008, when DPS assembled a Citizens Committee for Capital Needs to explore a possible bond program. After meeting for nearly four months, the Capital Needs Committee approved a bond package, which included only one new school project – the Early Childhood (ECE) through 12th grade shared campus. The DPS Board of Education approved the bond package and the voters of Denver unanimously approved the DPS bond in November 2008. In January 2009, HC Development, an affiliated company of Oakwood Homes was selected through a competitive RFP process to serve as the project’s “turnkey” developer.

Campus Vision
The shared E-12 campus represents a powerful opportunity to create an “energized platform” for teaching and learning that is flexible and responsive to the needs of today’s students.  Fundamental to this effort is thinking in a transformative way about what the facility can be as a teaching laboratory that supports active student engagement, exploration and critical analysis about the world and their role within it. The campus will also include a variety of eco-friendly design and construction elements to create a sustainable, energy-efficient campus and will serve as a learning laboratory for students, staff and faculty.

Between Pena Boulevard and Tower Road on Green Valley Ranch Boulevard on a 35-acre site (located just northwest of the McDonalds).

Campus Design Combines Numerous Best Practices
The design includes the development of three classroom academy buildings that each supports up to 450 students (primary academy, intermediate academy and secondary academy), a Student Union to house all of the shared public space and site features that help bring the campus to life (i.e. outdoor learning spaces, athletic fields, playgrounds, etc.).

Total Project Budget
Approved project cost not to exceed $47,238,000.

Project Team
Project Owner: Denver Public Schools
Developer: HC Development & Management Services, Inc.
Design/Build Contractor: Saunders Construction
Architect: DLR Group
Site Planners: Gage Davis Associates
Preconstruction Services: The Konrath Group
Community Outreach: Foundation for Educational Excellence and GVR Citizens' Advisory Board





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