West High School (circa 1920) boasts a beautiful campus that looks somewhat like a castle in the heart of Denver. It is situated within walking distance of a robust business community, Generation School’s new Colorado headquarters, and major transportation thoroughfares. Unfortunately not unlike South Shore, the location of our pilot school in Brooklyn, educational results at West have been dismal for the majority of its students with graduation rates hovering around 50%.
Support for bringing in the Generation Schools model has come from the community via the West Denver Equitable Education Collaborative, the Denver Public Schools Office of School Reform & Innovation and Denver Public Schools Board of Education who approved West Generation Academy (WGA) with a 6-0 vote as one of the two new options to be placed at West High School for fall 2012.
Students interested in athletics have the opportunity to play on one of the historic “West Cowboy” teams. West Generation Academy, in partnership with the other academic programs at the West Campus, is keeping the West Cowboy tradition alive through a unified campus sports program.
Given our extended day and year, a student who begins middle school at WGA in fall 2012, and graduates in 2019 will receive the equivalent of two additional years of education. All students spend 40 days each year in our College and Career Intensives program, intentionally linking learning to life. Concurrent enrollment, earning college credit while still in high school, is available to all students and we aim to have all seniors graduate with a significant head start in higher education.
All of these innovations are the result of the strong, promising results realized to date at our pilot school, Brooklyn Generation School.