STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy

“You won't find a more dedicated group of professionals or teachers that will sacrifice for these kids like STRIVE Prep’s do.”

Judith Garcia, STRIVE Prep Parent

Grades Served: 9-12

School Leader:

Josh Smith, Interim Principal

School Hours:

Mon-Fri: 7:45 AM - 3:05 PM


Josh Smith, Interim Principal

Welcome to STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy

STRIVE Prep – SMART Academy and our dedicated teachers and leaders are excited to share who we are within the network of STRIVE Preparatory Schools. Every day, our schools open the doors to prepare students for academic success from kindergarten through college with an excellent public education of high standards, structure and accountability. Our vision is to make a college-preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, not the exception. We opened in southwest Denver believing that all students deserve access to a free, high-quality college preparatory education. We meet scholars right where they are, challenging, encouraging and supporting them with tools and resources to push them beyond the limits of their previous achievements. We work hard to make good on two promises to families: 1) We’ll keep your child safe, and 2) We’ll prepare your child for the opportunities and challenges of college. STRIVE Prep – SMART Academy also provides service-learning experiences with community organizations to give scholars a chance to contribute to their own neighborhoods with dignity and purpose.

STRIVE Prep Shout Out

We are proud to celebrate our community’s achievements. From scholars and families to teachers, leaders and community partners, see who we’re giving a shout out to this Fall!

School Based Programs

  • Annual College Visits
  • College Planning & Application Support
  • Digital & Visual Art
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Student Leadership
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Football (offered through Lincoln High School)

Community Programs

  • Colorado Outward Bound
  • Project Lead the Way Engineering
  • University of Denver Public Achievement
  • Family Council

Our goal is to hold a mirror up to the talents and to the gifts that each student possesses.