In 2014, long-time educator and medical professional Melissa Mouton envisioned a different kind of high school.  Through her teaching experience, Melissa came to believe that traditional models of education often do not provide students with the skills needed to be competitive for the careers of the future.  Success today requires creativity, innovation, problem-solving, working well with others, and authentic use of technology.  The world is changing rapidly, and schools need to keep up.  Melissa also believes that the best high schools address more than academics, and develop students' minds, hearts, bodies, and souls.  Comprehensive wellness is the key to a healthy, meaningful life.  School should be enjoyable, inspiring, and prepare students for a purposeful life.  

5280 High School is a free, public charter school in Denver Public Schools.  It's students come from across the city of Denver, and represent the diversity seen across the student population of DPS.  It serves students from all backgrounds and supports all students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their dreams.  The first student class of 5280 High School will begin classes in August 2018.  


5280 Staff

Melissa Mouton, Founder melissa.mouton@5280highschool.org

Melissa Mouton, Founder

melissa.mouton@5280highschool.org

Cody Miller, 9th Grade Humanities cmiller@hightechhigh.org

Cody Miller, 9th Grade Humanities

cmiller@hightechhigh.org

We are hiring staff soon...check the Jobs Page.

We are hiring staff soon...check the Jobs Page.


5280 Board of Directors

Danielle serves as the board chair and is the Director of Adult Education at the Colorado Department of Education. She was a founding teacher at a charter school in NYC and has also done education policy work at the district and federal levels.

Danielle serves as the board chair and is the Director of Adult Education at the Colorado Department of Education. She was a founding teacher at a charter school in NYC and has also done education policy work at the district and federal levels.

Danielle Ongart

Xakema serves as the secretary of the board and is a practicing commercial litigation attorney. She is a 2009 Teach for America corps member, and before becoming a lawyer, she taught seventh grade reading and writing in Houston, Texas.

Xakema serves as the secretary of the board and is a practicing commercial litigation attorney. She is a 2009 Teach for America corps member, and before becoming a lawyer, she taught seventh grade reading and writing in Houston, Texas.

Xakema Henderson

Brett Kessler

Rachel Ksenyak is a Denver-based education consultant with over a decade of experience in charter school authorizing, program development, strategy, and human capital. Rachel's prior work experience includes STRIVE Prep charter schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and Chicago Public Schools.

Rachel Ksenyak is a Denver-based education consultant with over a decade of experience in charter school authorizing, program development, strategy, and human capital. Rachel's prior work experience includes STRIVE Prep charter schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and Chicago Public Schools.

Rachel Ksenyak

Dennis Cyr serves as treasurer of the board. After retiring from the IRS in 2004 after almost 34 years of service, he lives in Denver and works part-time a tax practitioner. He began his career as a Revenue agent in the Manhattan District and worked overseas for the Office of International Operations. He began his management career in the IRS National Office and held several positions including Computer Audit Specialist Manager in the Los Angeles District, tax shelter Branch Manager in the Laguna Niguel District, and Chief Examination Division in the Denver District. Dennis also served as Executive for Compliance in the Southwest Region and Chief Small Business Research in Denver. He is a graduate of Boston College and has served on the boards of 1311 York St, Children’s Charities of America, Community Education Outreach, Hornbuckle Foundation, and Larimer Place Homeowners Association.

Dennis Cyr serves as treasurer of the board. After retiring from the IRS in 2004 after almost 34 years of service, he lives in Denver and works part-time a tax practitioner. He began his career as a Revenue agent in the Manhattan District and worked overseas for the Office of International Operations. He began his management career in the IRS National Office and held several positions including Computer Audit Specialist Manager in the Los Angeles District, tax shelter Branch Manager in the Laguna Niguel District, and Chief Examination Division in the Denver District. Dennis also served as Executive for Compliance in the Southwest Region and Chief Small Business Research in Denver. He is a graduate of Boston College and has served on the boards of 1311 York St, Children’s Charities of America, Community Education Outreach, Hornbuckle Foundation, and Larimer Place Homeowners Association.

Dennis Cyr

Austin Eubanks is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor on topics surrounding behavioral health and addiction recovery. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment Center, also serves on the board of directors for Stout Street Foundation, and is a featured member of Speakers for Change. An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma. Austin has spoken to hundreds of thousands across the nation regarding his personal journey as well as strategies for addressing the issues of substance abuse plaguing the nation.

Austin Eubanks is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor on topics surrounding behavioral health and addiction recovery. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment Center, also serves on the board of directors for Stout Street Foundation, and is a featured member of Speakers for Change. An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma. Austin has spoken to hundreds of thousands across the nation regarding his personal journey as well as strategies for addressing the issues of substance abuse plaguing the nation.

Austin Eubanks