Downtown Denver Expeditionary School

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The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is an EL Education K-5 DPS public charter school. DDES seeks to richly implement the core principles, practices, and curriculum of El Education to offer a diverse, caring and collaborative learning environment while utilizing the city as our campus.

The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is a Denver Public School K-5 charter that opened in 2013. Founded by parents, community members and business leaders seeking a high-performing EL Education school in downtown Denver, DDES serves a diverse range of families who live or work in the city center. EL’s approach to teaching and learning makes subjects come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. The EL model provides academically rigorous learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service-learning projects to children of all backgrounds and ability levels. DDES is the first public elementary school in over 100 years in Downtown Denver, and has been in the Downtown Denver Area Plan for over 30 years. DDES currently serves a large cross section of Denver’s elementary students – 25 of 27 DPS zip codes and over 40 Denver Metro zip codes. DDES received the Downtown Denver Annual Award in 2014 by the Downtown Denver Partnership for driving economic growth in the city core.


Denver, CO 80203
United States


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