Denver Justice: The School of Second Chances

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Denver Justice High School, the school of second chances, is now celebrating our 12th-year anniversary.

When they started, one or two students graduated a year. The graduating class of 2019 is 35, just over a third of the entire student body.

A big part of their success is that they didn’t use the mold of traditional schools. Denver Justice has four curriculum intensive quarters. That means 70 minutes of every subject, every day. Traditional schools run classes on a rotating schedule so it takes longer to get through the coursework.

A student who works hard and stays focused can earn 120 credits in one year — as opposed to 60 at a traditional school — and graduate in two years rather than four.

That also means that if a student misses out on school, they have the potential to jump back in quicker and miss less.

Justice High offers modified schedules for students who would otherwise be unsuccessful. Some don’t have a first period so they can drop a child off at daycare or have more travel time to get to class. Others only attend half of the day so they can go to work. Students can earn elective credits for work hours as well. Some students take packets of homework with them to jail or the hospital and are giving extended amounts of time to complete assignments.

Read the Colorado Public Radio article  about our 10th year anniversary here:​