Our Mission Statement
Denver Justice High School’s mission is to provide a college preparatory education for all enrolled students. Justice High School targets student who are chronically truant, have been unsuccessful in the traditional school setting, or who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Denver Justice High is a place where “At-risk” youth can become successful “youth of promise” by being given high standards, opportunities and an environment which cultivates growth and learning. Central to these objectives is a focus on individual student's empowering other students to see the importance of the educational process.
The school utilizes high academic standards, tutoring and exceptional staff that create a diverse learning atmosphere which encourages acceptance and compassion for all human beings. Every child has a talent or an interest that, if nourished and encouraged, will result in excellence. Achieving excellent results gives hope and builds confidence. Denver Justice High School strives to take youth who have been labeled and believe they are “at-risk” into youth who believe they are truly “youth of promise”. We do this by providing each student with the opportunity to grow into respectful adults who have knowledge, will, and the self-esteem to succeed in college and in life.
Denver Justice High School (DJHS) was founded by Tijani "TJ" Cole and is a Denver Public School's alternative, charter high school that empowers students to rise from the ordinary to achieve the impossible. Gary Losh was the founding principal and he remains President of the Board, today. Denver Justice opened its doors to students in 2009 and was originally located on Shoshone St. in northwest Denver. It has since moved a few times and now is settled in the heart of Denver on 9th Ave. DJHS has grown steadily during its nine years of existence having served hundreds of students from all around the Denver metro area.
Denver Justice attracts a diverse student body and while some of the students attend DJHS because of behavior concerns or truancy, many students enjoy the personal atmosphere that only a smaller school can afford. Class sizes are smaller than average, ensuring relationship-building opportunities between staff and students. Staff members genuinely care about the success and well-being of each and every student. Students at Denver Justice are expected to work hard toward high school graduation by achieving 240 credits and proving competency in math and English.
Why should a student choose Denver Justice?
1. Small Class Sizes: below the public school average
2. Staff Commitment to Excellence: teachers and staff are highly qualified, exemplary experts in their respective fields.
3. Academic Program Options: students are able to achieve and recover credits faster than a traditional program, independent studies are utilized on a case by case basis.
4. Engaging Electives: including but not limited to: art, study skills, karate, yoga and cooking
5. Superior Educational Support: Individualized education plans (IEP) and classroom support, post-graduate guidance, and atmosphere of encouraging one another
6. Diverse Community: Teachers and staff encourage awareness and respectful attitudes of different values
7. We know you: At Denver Justice, you are a not just a number on a campus of hundreds. We know, care and walk alongside your path through high school.