Colorado High School Students Selected to Design Denver Billboards

Colorado HS students Leroy Bella, Laura Carillo, Gabe Winegarner and Albany Reynolds were selected to design the billboards for the City of Denver's "Healing As One" initiative.  "Healing As One" is a project led by the Denver Mayor's Office and features billboards around the city spreading the message of a unified city and community.  The students designed the billboards as part of their concurrent enrollment classes at Arts Street. 

See their work and learn more about the project here.

Congratulations to our students for this amazing contribution to our city!

Senior Laura Carrillo was interviewed by CBS Denver News - Watch their coverage here.

Leroy Bella and Gabe Winegarner were interviewed by Fox 31 News - Watch their coverage here.

Read the Denver Post article about the billboards.

Gut Project and Natural Highs Programs Featured on Colorado Public Radio

Mr. Michael Green's and Mr. Shawn St. Sauveur's Gut Project and Natural Highs Program were featured in a CPR article on education innovations.  Click here to read that article.

9News visited our Osage Campus and featured the Houston trip to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on the 4pm news!  Watch here.

Big Idea Project

FOX31 Denver: “Big Idea Project students help teen enjoy soccer”

–Bryan Diaz, a senior at Colorado High School Charter, led the effort to raise money to buy soccer equipment for a student with cerebral palsy.

–“It is a really eye opening project that's helped me understand how lucky I am, understand how I should be appreciative of what I have,” he said.

–There were plenty of hugs and smiles when Bryan and his team brought the soccer gear to 15-year-old Juan Mendoza, who loved the shin guards and other equipment.

–Beaming, he said, “here’s a big thank you to people who believe in me.”

–Diaz said he wants to inspire other teens to give help those in need and display kindness, “Maybe one day I'll struggle and I'll need this kind of help in my life.”

CHSC - Osage students take courses at Youth on Record

Westword: “Music Is Just the Method: Youth on Record's Young Musicians Release Album”

–“I almost feel like we’re a Denver School of the Arts for the streets,” says Adrian Molina, aka Molina Speaks, an MC, poet and music producer, as well as Youth on Record’s creative director and one of its instructors, or Partner Artists. “The less-polished kids and kids who don’t have any formal arts education are getting that now by being here. A lot of our students found their way here out of necessity; they know that they couldn’t be who they are without music and art.”

–Students from partner schools including Colorado High School Charter… can receive English, art and history credits based on Youth on Record’s unique curriculum. Classes such as Spoken Word, Emcee School and Social Solutions are offered throughout the school year, along with a rotating selection of other courses.

CHSC's own Mohamed Bashir was interviewed by 9 News as part of a story they did on the Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation.  The story aired on February 8 as part of a series of interviews during Black History Month.  Watch the story.

CHSC Turnaround Success Story “From turnaround to meeting expectations: A Denver charter success story”

–Four years ago, Colorado High School Charter faced possible closure. The board said the school, which had been placed in turnaround status — the worst category for struggling schools — needed to improve quickly or risk being shuttered.

–CHSC, which serves some of Denver’s most vulnerable youth, rose to green status on this year’s school performance framework after having been rated as a failing school the past five years. It was once second from the bottom of 20 alternative education campuses in Denver, but is now considered the highest performing AEC.

CHSC - GES students working with Grow Haus, one of our Partners

Huffington Post: “The GrowHaus: Building A Community Around Food In Elyria-Swansea”

–“What I really see here is a hub for community development, a place where we support and inspire the neighborhood”

–..An urban farm and marketplace in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood—to increase the accessibility and affordability of fresh, healthy food in an area that has been labeled a “food desert.”

–The GrowHaus… grows various vegetables, and even raises fish, which provide nutrients for plants in a process called aquaponics. The food is then distributed and sold in Elyria-Swansea.

–The ultimate goal is to create a self-sustaining community center where residents take an active role in producing and selling their food.

–To keep the community engaged, the GrowHaus hosts classes in urban agriculture, keeps community plots for locals to try their hand at urban agriculture, and throws parties and community gatherings.