A Letter from Our Principal

Dear Friends of Denver Center for 21st Century Learning,

It is with pleasure that I begin my second year as principal at DC21. I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children.  I—and my team—will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for our scholars and providing supportive systems to assure those expectations are met.  Be addressing schoool culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, and creating an academic setting, we honor the trust that you have extended to us by allowing us to partner with you during this 2016-17 school year. 

I am looking forward to working in conjunction with students, parents, and teachers to assure that each of our students finds a clear path toward high school graduation. Additionally, our goal is to ensure that every every graduate leaves us ready to succeed in college, career, and life!  We work hard to accelerate student achievement and growth through a student-centered educational environment.  We are dedicated to working longer school days and a longer school year than the traditional public schools in order to ensure that the students will master the skills and knowledge needed for life beyond DC21. 

While academics are our top priority, we also believe it is vitally important that our students are able to grow socially by having positive interactions with peers and adults. Students at DC21 will be encouraged to embrace honesty, integrity, hard work, and respect for all as the keys to success. In addition to the student-centered academic environment, DC21 will also provide a character development  focus to foster behavior management and a growth mindset.

At DC21 we truly do operate as a family because we are large enough to provide a challenging curriculum yet small enough to pay attention to the needs of every scholar. We know that each scholar is unique and deserves our support to find success and reach their potential. You have trusted your children to us and we intend to do all in our power to live up to that responsibility.

We are committed to providing scholars, parents, and community advocates with a warm, welcoming environment where all have the opportunity to experience success in a school culture that inspires dreams, builds compassion, and opens minds!  It is important to keep the lines of communication open with you, our families.  Please keep in touch, attend community events and parent conferences, and contact us with your questions, concerns, and compliments too.  We need you to partner with us to make sure your scholar attends daily, ready to learn.  Together, WE are the “village” that it takes to raise a child!



Renard A. Simmons
 – DC21