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.