A strong record of Academic Performance – Bill Roberts Middle School is:
Ranked among the top Northeast Denver Middle Schools, we are one of 4 middle schools in the entire district to be considered distinguished. We earned more than 82% of indicators related to academic growth, achievement, and parent/student engagement and satisfaction, including an “exceeding” rating in our ability close the achievement gap in service of ALL students.
The SPF is the most comprehensive report card for Denver schools that incorporates student achievement, student growth performance and parent and student engagement and satisfaction.
A solid focus on Whole Child Education – Bill Roberts Middle School is:
Tied for #1 in our boundary area according to the results from the Whole Child survey administered by DPS to Middle School students about their educational experience.
- 100% of Bill Roberts Middle School students believe they are getting a good education, that homework is valuable and relates to what they learn, and that teachers care about how they are doing in their classes.
- Bill Roberts is a leader among our boundary middle schools in students feeling CHALLENGED, SAFE and SUPPORTED by their teachers.
We are PROUD of these outstanding results and believe that they support the education that we provide to our students as they RISE through Middle School and prepare for a rigorous high school experience. Three unique qualities separate us from other schools:
Our Small Community
We are very aware that the Middle School years can be a challenging time for young adults as well as their parents. With a Middle School student population of 200 students, we know all of our kids and our families.
We know their passions, successes, challenges and opportunities for advancement. We develop an experience that is tailored to their needs, and allows them to reach their highest potential. With both strong GT support and intervention, we pride ourselves on meeting a student where they are on the educational continuum, and providing them supports to grow.
And that goes beyond academics. That is why we identify and add programming each year to meet students’ desires and interests. Some examples of those additions in the past few years include our girls engineering club, student-run tutoring club, advanced drama program, the Übergrippen climbing special, implementation of the Random Acts of Kindness curriculum and participation in our service learning initiatives. We feel compelled to mention our monthly food truck visits!! All of these stemmed from ideas brought to us from students, parents and teachers.
As a Bobcat, every student has the opportunity to participate in “Everything Roberts.” From playing on the sports teams (we are a no cut school; if we have a large demand, we will create a practice team so that everyone gets to play) to engaging in enrichments as well as clubs to learning through outdoor education as such places as Chatfield Reservoir (Avid for Adventure), Snow Mountain Ranch and the Florida Keys. We make certain that every student who comes forward and demonstrates interest has the opportunity to participate in the above listed adventures. At Roberts, we are a family; and just like a family, we value every one of our members.
Our Leadership Development
As the only E-8 school in the Stapleton/Park Hill boundary area, our Middle School students are leaders in our school. Whether they RISE up with us from elementary school or join us for Middle School, they begin their Middle School experience as “top dogs” in our school. Through their experiences as Buddies, Teacher’s Aides/Assistants and friends, they learn the value of character traits such as role modeling, integrity and leadership while practicing respect, compassion, and generosity. Our alumni often tell us that the self-esteem and confidence they gained at Roberts helped them to succeed in high school. In case you missed it, NPR reported on the benefits of a K-8 education for both students remaining in, and entering into a middle school configuration that is part of a larger K-8 school. You can see the article here:
“Sixth Grade is Tough, It Helps To Be Top Dog” study results as reported by NPR
We hope that this “bird’s eye” overview is helpful in your decision-making. We were humbled recently when a parent described us as the school with “a heart of gold” as we, above all, strive to support our students in their years of adolescence to become well-rounded, compassionate and successful young adults.
As a reminder, all 5th grade students planning to attend a Denver Public School for the 2019-2020 school year (6th grade) must participate in the choice process and indicate their school preferences on the choice application. Applications will be available beginning January 15th at School Choice.DPSK12.org/SchoolChoice-Round-1/. The deadline for submissions is February 15th.
In closing, if we can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to reach out to us. If you are interested in visiting Roberts, please RSVP at BillRoberts.dpsk12.org/Parents/Take-A-Tour/
All the best,
Patricia Lea, Principal
Erik Cohen, Assistant Principal