In 2014, a small group of committed community members envisioned a different kind of high school, driven by the belief that traditional models of education often do not provide students with the skills needed to be competitive for the careers of the future.  They recognized that success today requires creativity, innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, and authentic use of technology.  The world is changing rapidly, and schools need to keep up.  They also believed that the schools need to address more than academics, and develop students' minds, hearts, bodies, and souls.  Comprehensive wellness is the key to a healthy, meaningful life; and schools should be enjoyable, inspiring, and prepare students for a purposeful life.  

Based on these founding ideals, 5280 High School was born.  It 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 now hiring staff...check the  Jobs Page .

We are now hiring staff...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.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Dr. Brett Kessler, DDS, serves as the Vice-Chair and has been practicing dentistry since 1995, with experience in business start-up and ownership. He actively promotes healthy living in many ways, including testifying before Congress, presenting at industry conferences, and serving on various boards. He also  volunteers at recovery facilities, and has donated more than $1 million in complimentary dental services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Brett Kessler, DDS, serves as the Vice-Chair and has been practicing dentistry since 1995, with experience in business start-up and ownership. He actively promotes healthy living in many ways, including testifying before Congress, presenting at industry conferences, and serving on various boards. He also  volunteers at recovery facilities, and has donated more than $1 million in complimentary dental services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois.

 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.

Danielle Ongart

Brett Kessler, DDS

Dennis Cyr

 
 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.

 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.

 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.

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    Linda Brown, Director, has a strong passion for education and a long history of volunteer nonprofit leadership work. She has served on the boards of Art Garage, Scholars Unlimited, East Angels Friends & Alumni, as well as several school committees and boards.

Linda Brown, Director, has a strong passion for education and a long history of volunteer nonprofit leadership work. She has served on the boards of Art Garage, Scholars Unlimited, East Angels Friends & Alumni, as well as several school committees and boards.

Linda Brown