Denver Business Journal Highlights Kent Denver STEM Excellence
This week, the Denver Business Journal asked the question "Which high schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] education?"
The answer—via a list ranking the top-20 Colorado high schools for STEM—recognized Kent Denver as #1 in the state. This designation was based on a combination of factors including enrollment in advanced classes, parent/student surveys, standardized test scores, college admissions, STEM college majors and more.
Science department chair Jeff Caulfield is delighted by the recognition, but emphasizes that he and his science colleagues are most proud of the "on the ground" work they do every day. "What we do is really driven by trying to give students the best, most engaging experience in each and every class," he says. "We want all students to share in the joy of discovery and develop strong scientific literacy, regardless of whether they end up pursuing STEM careers after they leave Kent Denver."
Math department chair Cheryl Askay attributes Kent Denver's STEM success to the relationships teachers develop with students. "Our math team works really hard to give each student individualized attention in and out of the classroom," she says. "We focus on encouraging curiosity and deepening students' critical thinking instead of just focusing on mechanics. This helps them see how math topics apply to other classes and content areas across the curriculum."
Both department chairs find special satisfaction in hearing from students after they graduate. "We are most excited when our students come back from college and tell us they are very prepared relative to peers," says Dr. Caulfield. "They feel like they were given a good experience at Kent Denver and it has opened doors for them in college and beyond."
Read more about Kent Denver's academic programs in mathematics, technology and science—including the newly-launched Rollins Institute for Technology and Design—in our 2018-19 Curriculum Guide. To explore Kent Denver's amazing robotics program and other extracurricular activities, visit our Student Life page.