February 1, 2017

At STRIVE Prep serving all students regardless of income, race, ethnicity, ability, or previous academic experience is what we come together to do each day. It’s hard work. It’s important work. And, we believe that preparing scholars with the skills and knowledge they need to attend the college of their choice is what each and every one of our scholars deserve.

But, it’s how we serve our scholars that makes our community a colectivo, a family. Yes, serving our students with dignity is essential to helping them STRIVE for College both as individuals and as the next generation of Denver leaders. But, more importantly, it’s essential for creating an environment where compassion, empathy and trust remain reasons for each of our scholars, their families and our staff to continue walking through our doors every day.

And, inside our doors, we will serve with Dignity for ALL, all of the time.

That said, our position from within each classroom and office hardly shields us from that which occurs just outside our doors. We are all living and working in a political environment of great uncertainty — an uncertainty that affects us all differently.

But, what remains the same, is that STRIVE Prep is a safe place for students, families and staff, regardless of immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or any other number of identities.

STRIVE Prep schools are a community, a colectivo, a family, and we share these core beliefs:

  • Every student in our schools deserves to be here.
  • Student, family and staff voice matters.
  • We are here to support each other – in our learning and in the well-being of our community.
  • Our schools are and will remain a safe place for everyone.
  • STRIVE Prep will advocate for all students, families and staff no matter what.

Our scholars are some of the brightest, most talented and hardworking students in this city. They know and understand the different sacrifices that many of their families have made to ensure they can attend great schools and have bright futures. Many of our students and their families left other countries looking for a better life. Others, including families and staff, have served our country protecting our freedoms, and all of them work hard to create opportunity for our scholars. All of them deserve such opportunity, and we will defend and protect that to the best of our abilities.

We are grateful to our families for their support and sacrifice. Making sure the unique experiences of their children are respected and valued remains at the forefront of our work right alongside preparing them for college.

We will continue to make information available to our scholars, families, staff, and the broader community about the important issues impacting so many of us. Anyone who has any questions or concerns may certainly reach out to me or a school leader. Thank you all for being part of the STRIVE Prep family and for your care and concern for our students and our community.

– Chris Gibbons, Founder and CEO of STRIVE Preparatory Schools


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