Serving Students How and Where You Are Needed Most

Closing the opportunity gap, serving the whole child, and creating a foundation for success that allows Every Child to Succeed is the reason Denver Public Schools incentivize highly qualified education professionals and support staff like you to take on Hard-to-staff positions and bring their skills to Hard-to-serve Schools. From English Language Acquisition teachers to physical therapists and nurses, our market-based incentives help ensure our students are taught and guided by professionals excelling in their field. Read below the current Hard-to-staff positions and Highest-priority and Hard-to-serve Schools then consider teaching where you are needed most.

Current Market-based Incentive Opportunities

2017-18 Hard to Serve Schools

Elementary School

  • Amesse Elementary School – 292
  • Ashley Elementary School – 206
  • Barnum Elementary School – 207
  • Castro Elementary School – 287*
  • Charles M Schenck (CMS) Community School – 270*
  • Cheltenham Elementary School – 218*
  • Cole Arts and Science Academy – 188
  • Colfax Elementary School – 219
  • College View Elementary School – 220
  • Cowell Elementary School – 224*
  • DCIS at Ford – 166*
  • Eagleton Elementary School – 228
  • Fairview Elementary School – 238
  • Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School – 197
  • Force Elementary School – 240
  • Garden Place Elementary School – 241
  • Godsman Elementary School – 243
  • Goldrick Elementary School – 244*
  • Greenlee Elementary School – 172
  • International Academy of Denver at Harrington – 248*
  • Johnson Elementary School – 249
  • Knapp Elementary School – 250*
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy ES – 185
  • Marie L. Greenwood Academy – 258*
  • Math and Science Leadership Academy – 186
  • Maxwell Elementary School – 290
  • McGlone Academy – 299*
  • Munroe Elementary School – 260*
  • Newlon Elementary School – 261
  • Place Bridge Academy – 190*
  • Schmitt Elementary School – 271*
  • Smith Elementary School – 275
  • Swansea Elementary School – 280*
  • Trevista at Horace Mann – 189*
  • Valverde Elementary School – 285

Middle School

  • Bruce Randolph MS – 423*
  • DC21 at Wyman MS – 398
  • DCIS at Montbello MS – 447*
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College MS – 419*
  • Henry World School – 418*
  • Kepner Beacon – 384*
  • Kepner Middle School – 408*
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy MS – 449
  • Lake International School – 448*
  • Noel Community Arts MS – 434*
  • P.R.E.P. Middle School – 477
  • Summit Academy MS – 389
  • Vista Academy MS – 399
  • West Early College MS – 397*
  • West Leadership Academy MS – 396*

High School

  • Abraham Lincoln High School – 450*
  • Bruce Randolph HS – 463*
  • CEC Early College – 605
  • Collegiate Preparatory Academy – 468*
  • Compassion Road Academy – 515
  • Contemporary Learning Academy HS – 682
  • DC21 at Wyman HS – 610
  • DCIS at Montbello HS – 466*
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College HS – 469*
  • Emily Griffith High School – 602
  • EXCEL Academy – 516
  • Florence Crittenton High School – 473
  • Gilliam School – 673
  • High Tech Early College – 471*
  • John F. Kennedy High School – 453
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy HS – 465
  • Legacy Options High School – 522
  • Manual High School – 464*
  • Noel Community Arts HS – 467*
  • North High School – 455*
  • North High School Engagement Center – 507
  • P.R.E.P. High School – 671
  • P.U.S.H. Academy – 509
  • Respect Academy at Lincoln – 506
  • Summit Academy HS – 604
  • Vista Academy HS – 609
  • West Career Academy – 508
  • West Early College HS – 510*
  • West Leadership Academy HS – 511*

Federal Program

  • Denver Children’s Home
  • Family Crisis Center
  • Gilliam Youth Center
  • Mount St. Vincent’s
  • RidgeView Academy
  • Savio House
  • Synergy School
  • Tennyson Center
  • Third Way Center – 5th Ave.

* School is also eligible for the Highest-Priority Incentives. Additional information on these incentives is located on the DPS website.
Note: Hard-to-serve eligibility for schools new to DPS in 2017-18 will be determined in the winter of 2017. Schools new to DPS for the 2017-18 will be evaluated for Hard-to-serve eligibility in early 2018. If the school is designated as Hard-to-Serve, then monthly incentive payments will begin in 2018, with a retroactive payment made for the first half of the school year.

Elementary Schools

  • Amesse
  • Ashley
  • Barnum
  • Barrett
  • Castro*
  • Cheltenham*
  • CMS Community School*
  • Colfax
  • College View
  • Cowell*
  • DCIS at Ford*
  • Doull
  • Eagleton
  • Ellis
  • Fairview
  • Force
  • Garden Place
  • Gilliam Center
  • Godsman
  • Goldrick*
  • Greenlee
  • Greenwood*
  • Gust
  • Harrington*
  • Johnson
  • Knapp*
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Math & Science Leadership Academy
  • Maxwell
  • McGlone*
  • Munroe*
  • Newlon
  • Schenck
  • Schmitt*
  • Smith
  • Swansea*
  • Trevista at Horace Mann*
  • Valverde

ECE-K-8 Schools

  • Cole Arts & Sciences Academy
  • Howell
  • Place Bridge Academy*
  • Whittier

Middle Schools

  • Bruce Randolph*
  • Contemporary Learning Academy
  • DC21 at Wyman
  • DCIS at Montbello*
  • Gilliam Center
  • Grant Beacon
  • Henry World School*
  • Kepner*
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Lake International School*
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.Middle College*
  • Noel Community Arts*
  • P.R.E.P. Academy
  • Summit Academy
  • Vista Academy
  • West Early College*
  • West Leadership Academy*

High Schools

  • Abraham Lincoln*
  • Abraham Lincoln Respect Academy
  • Bruce Randolph*
  • CEC Middle College of Denver
  • Collegiate Preparatory Academy*
  • Compassion Road Academy
  • Contemporary Learning Academy
  • DC21 at Wyman
  • DCIS at Montbello*
  • Egos High School
  • Excel Academy
  • Florence Crittenton
  • Gilliam Center
  • High-Tech Early College*
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Legacy Options High School
  • Manual*
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College*
  • Noel Community Arts*
  • North*
  • North High School Engagement Center
  • P.R.E.P. Academy
  • P.U.S.H. Academy
  • Summit Academy
  • Vista Academy
  • West Career Academy
  • West Early College*
  • West Leadership Academy*
  • DPS Federal Programs
  • Denver Children’s Home
  • Family Crisis Center
  • Mount Saint Vincent
  • Savio House
  • Synergy Adolescent Treatment Services
  • Tennyson Center
  • Third Way Center — 5th Ave.

** School is also eligible for the Highest-priority Incentives. Additional information on these incentives is located on the DPS website.
Note: Hard-to-serve eligibility for schools new to DPS in 2016-17 will be determined in the fall of 2016. Schools new to DPS for the 2016-17 will be evaluated for Hard-to-serve eligibility in the fall of 2016. If the school is designated as Hard-to-serve, then monthly incentive payments will begin in 2017, with a retroactive payment made for the first half of the school year.

English Language Acquisition – Spanish Teachers

  • ChildFind Pre-school Teams-Bilingual Qualified
  • Special Education Assessment Team (SEAS)-Bilingual Qualified
  • Secondary Math Teachers (Includes Intensive Pathway Schools)*
  • Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Center Program Assignments
  • Secondary Mild/Moderate Special Education Teachers**
  • Itinerant HD
  • * Includes teachers in grades 6-8 at K-8 schools, as well as teachers in middle schools, high
    schools and 6-12 schools.** To qualify for the Secondary Mild/Moderate hard to staff position, you must be in correct job code. Please see the breakdown below:
  • K-8/ECE-8: Mild/moderate teachers in K-8 schools should be classified as a secondary mild/moderate teacher (7640) if they 1) teach students in either 6th, 7th or 8th grades and 2)teach a course that is content area qualified and requires the teacher to be qualified in that area.  All other mild/moderate teachers in K-8s should be classified as elementary mild/moderate (7639).
  • Elementary: All mild/moderate teachers in ECE and elementary schools should be classified as elementary mild/moderate teachers (7639).
  • Secondary:  All mild/moderate teachers in middle schools, high schools and intensive pathway schools should be classified as secondary mild/moderate teachers (7640).
  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Bear Valley International School
  • Bruce Randolph School
  • Castro Elementary School
  • Charles M. Schenck (CMS) Community School
  • Cheltenham Elementary
  • Collegiate Preparatory Academy
  • Cowell Elementary School
  • DCIS at Ford
  • DCIS at Montbello
  • Goldrick Elementary School
  • Harrington Elementary
  • Henry World Middle School
  • High-Tech Early College
  • Kepner Middle School
  • Kepner Beacon Middle School
  • Knapp Elementary School
  • Lake International School
  • Manual High School
  • Marie L. Greenwood Academy
  • McGlone Elementary School
  • MLK Jr. Early College
  • Munroe Elementary School
  • Noel Community Arts School
  • North High School
  • Oakland Elementary
  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Schmitt Elementary
  • Swansea Elementary School
  • Trevista at Horace Mann
  • West Generation Academy
  • West Leadership Academy

Read the Nov. 15, 2016 announcement of the Top Performing/High-Growth schools.

  • High Tech Elementary School
  • Bradley International School
  • Bromwell Elementary School
  • Brown International Academy
  • Bryant Webster Dual Language ECE-8 School
  • Carson Elementary School
  • CEC Middle College of Denver
  • Centennial Elementary
  • Cheltenham Elementary School
  • CMS Community School
  • Colfax Elementary School
  • Collegiate Prep Academy
  • Columbine Elementary School
  • Contemporary Learning Academy HS
  • Contemporary Learning Academy MS
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Creativity Challenge Community (C3)
  • Denison Montessori School
  • Denver Center for International Studies
  • Denver Discovery School
  • Denver Green School
  • Denver Montessori Senior HS
  • Denver Online High School
  • Denver Public Montessori MS
  • Denver School of the Arts
  • Denver School of the Arts (HS)
  • Dora Moore ECE-8 School
  • Doull Elementary School
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD)
  • East High School
  • Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Escalante-Biggs Academy
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School
  • Force Elementary School
  • Garden Place Elementary School
  • Godsman Elementary School
  • Goldrick Elementary
  • Grant Beacon Middle School
  • Gust Elementary School
  • High-Tech Early College
  • Holm Elementary School
  • Kaiser Elementary School
  • Knapp Elementary School
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Lake International School
  • Legacy Options High School
  • Lena Archuleta Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lowry Elementary School
  • Maxwell Elementary
  • McAuliffe International School
  • McGlone Elementary School
  • Merrill Middle School
  • Morey Middle School
  • Munroe Elementary School
  • North High School
  • Park Hill Elementary School
  • Pascual LeDoux Academy
  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Respect Academy at Lincoln
  • Sabin World School
  • Samuels Elementary School
  • Skinner Middle School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • South High School
  • Southmoor Elementary School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • Stedman Elementary School
  • Steele Elementary School
  • Stephen Knight Ctr for Early Education
  • Swigert International School
  • Teller Elementary School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Trevista at Horace Mann ECE-8
  • University Park Elementary School
  • Valdez Elementary School
  • West Career Academy
  • Westerly Creek Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary School
  • William (Bill) Roberts K-8 School
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