STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Rocky Mountain Prep is a network of inclusive public charter schools serving families in the Denver-metro area. Our mission is to empower every student to reach their full potential through a rigorous, loving, transformative academic experience, preparing them to excel in college, career, and life.

STRIVE Preparatory Schools was established to help change the achievement rates of many West Denver students of color from low-income communities, who were leaving the eighth grade seriously behind in critical basic skills of math, reading, and writing, and enter local high schools only to continue this trend.  STRIVE Prep was formed to provide another choice for parents and families.

Led by founder, Chris Gibbons, the first school, opened as West Denver Prep, was approved for a three-year charter from the Denver Board of Education in November, 2005, and opened its first middle school in August 2006 with 100 students in 6th grade. Due to demand from families, in August 2009, we opened a second middle school campus in southwest Denver called Harvey Park (now Westwood), followed by two middle school campuses in northwest Denver in August, 2010, Lake and Highland, and two more in far northeast Denver in August, 2012, Montbello and Green Valley Ranch.  In August, 2012, our first high school opened in southwest Denver, STRIVE Prep Science, Math & Arts (SMART) Academy.   We currently have seven campus locations serving 1,700 students in grades 6-9, with additional campuses planned.

Your generous donation will enable us to reach more students, so they too can achieve academic success.