“STRIVE Prep is a place where I feel pushed professionally more and more every year.”
— Burgess LePage, Eighth Grade Writing Teacher, STRIVE Prep - Lake
As a network of Denver-based free, open enrollment, public charter schools, STRIVE Preparatory Schools is committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education. It’s our vision to make a college preparatory education the norm, rather than the exception. By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long lasting community change.
We hope you’ll consider joining us on this transformational journey.
We want to build a staff that brings diverse experiences and backgrounds to the work and relates to the communities we serve. Our community of more than 380 teachers, leaders and professional support staff share a passion for educational opportunity and a commitment to transform public education. Together, we are stretching beyond the status quo to help our scholars grab hold of a future they choose and deserve.
We open our doors everyday to prepare students for academic success from kindergarten through college with an excellent public education of high standards, structure and accountability. This unique model helps us:
STRIVE Prep prides itself on cultivating a robust internal pipeline of academic leaders. Teachers and assistant principals who are interested in pursuing a school leader position are encouraged to participate in our Principal Fellowship. Fellows spend two to three academic years in residency in a campus-based administrator role coupled with targeted professional development and mentoring. At the end of the residency, Fellows are prepared to lead an existing or new STRIVE Prep school.
All staff participate in robust summer training (12 days for returning teachers, 15 days for administrators, 17 days for new teachers) and six full days of in-year professional development, focused on Data-Driven Instruction and rigorous content-specific instructional strategies. Content teams, grade level teams, academic departments, and campus teams meet regularly to support this development.
Additionally, the Department of Teaching and Learning runs the Thiry-O’Leary Educational Leadership Program at STRIVE Prep, open to all STRIVE Prep employees who are interested in building their leadership skills and capacity both in and out of the classroom. Leadership Academy participants commit to two days of targeted professional development throughout the summer and six Saturday sessions during the school year.
“I wanted to work at a place where innovative thinking, improving and getting smarter over time were key parts of the organization. This is a place where you come with ideas, watch them come to fruition, and see your kids learn more.”
Rebecca Utton, Managing Director of Middle Schools, Former STRIVE Prep Principal
To ensure academic excellence in all STRIVE Prep classrooms, teachers are formally evaluated twice per year, with participation in multiple rounds of feedback and support from campus leaders at every level. At the end of each quarterly data period, staff participate in a data day, where teachers, content leaders and curriculum staff come together to evaluate and analyze student data and formulate comprehensive strategies to address support student achievement. All staff participate in robust summer training (12 days for returning teachers, 15 days for administrators, 17 days for new teachers) and six full days of in-year professional development, focused on Data-Driven Instruction and rigorous content-specific instructional strategies. Content teams, grade level teams, academic departments, and campus teams meet regularly to support this development.
All STRIVE Prep employees are formally evaluated twice per year, once in the fall and once again in the spring. Teachers’ annual evaluations include three components: student academic growth, instructional evaluation and culture evaluation. Academic growth is divided to reflect individual work and collaborative work and takes place annually at the end of the school year. Instructional evaluation and culture evaluation take place twice annually. Administrators are evaluated on the same three components, with a leadership evaluation replacing the instructional evaluation.
We’re proud of the community we’re building at STRIVE Prep. We’re excited to meet people from right here in Denver and around the country who refuse to accept the status quo in public education and dare to become the change-makers that shape scholars’ futures. Below are several ways to get to know us. Fill out the form below to receive email updates about STRIVE Prep’s upcoming webinars, hiring events, open positions and more.
Interested in joining the STRIVE Prep team for the 2017-2018 school year? Our hiring webinars offer a chance to ask questions about what it’s like to work in Denver and support the scholars in our community.
Employment nights are unique opportunities to meet STRIVE Prep teachers, school leaders and recruiters.
STRIVE Prep recruiters attend career fairs at all major Colorado universities and around the country during the fall and spring. Stay tuned to find out if we are coming to your town!
We have resumed campus tours for the 2015-16 school year. Interested in touring one of our schools? Contact Erica Garcia.
Recruiters hold information sessions at the University of Denver, Metro State University and the University of Colorado (Denver and Boulder) at various times throughout the year. Check back for specific event dates and times.
Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page for updates on recruiting events.
Ready to become a change-maker?
If you think you’ve got what it takes, we welcome you to apply for one of our open positions. Once you hit “Apply Now” you will be redirected to our careers site where you can apply for specific positions or submit a general interest application for future positions.