STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside

“Parents choose STRIVE Prep so that their students can have a life full of choices and my colleagues and I get up every day to see that come to fruition.”

Maile Akina, Assistant Principal

Grades Served: 6-8

Main Phone:


School Leader:

Jessica Tillis

School Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 7:45 AM - 4 PM
Fri: 7:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Thurs: 5 - 5:30 PM

Thurs: 5 - 5:30 PM


Welcome to STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside

STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside's 2015-2016 school year is off to a strong start! We have a great focus on achievement in literacy.  All students are developing a love of reading and building their skills daily.  It's great to see each student carrying their own independent reading books and taking pride in the number of pages they read each night.  They know that the goal is to read 1,000,000 words this school year, and that doing so puts them on a life path toward college and choice.  This month, we kicked off our Friday Community Meeting with three Minute to Win It competitions and then got to hear from members of the college classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 about what "being in it to win it" will mean for them this school year.  I want to shout out our first two STRIVE Stick winners, Dalila Rodriguez and Karina Cordero.

STRIVE Prep Shout Out

Lee VigilShout out our 6th Grade ELA teacher, Lee Vigil, who entered her 21st year of teaching with all of the passion, empathy, and commitment that she brings to everything she does.  She speaks, and everyone listens.  We couldn’t be more fortunate to have such a strong leader inside and outside the classroom.

School Based Programs

  • Daily Art or Physical Education
  • College Visits
  • Student Leadership
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Community Programs

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Cottonwood Institute
  • Denver Urban Scholars
  • Family Council (Coming Soon)

We opened in Northwest Denver believing that all students deserve access to a free, high-quality college preparatory education.