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August 3rd  8 to 2             9th grade

August 9th   8 to 2            10-12 grade

August 10th  8 to 2            10-12 grade

All South students (rising 10th-12th graders) enrolled in an Advanced Placement or Concurrent Enrollment course for the upcoming 2018-19 school year – We will have a mandatory College Ready Course Launch event on Thursday, May 17th from 2:30-3:30 in the cafeteria. Your teachers will be present and share important information with you including your summer assignments.


Rising 9th graders – your AP Human Geography launch date will be on a date in August that will be announced before the end of the school year.


Please reach out to with questions.

April 26:  5:00-6:00 pm:  Art Opening Reception  Room 105

April 26:  6:00:  Band Performance in the Auditorium

May 3:  5:00-6:30 pm  Art Closing Reception  Room 105

May 3:  Choir Performance:  Auditorium

May 18th: All Day Dance Festival




If you are an incoming 9th grader, please sign up for our awesome 9th Grade Academy!

Ninth Grade Academy is indeed the week of Aug. 6-10 from 8am to 12 noon daily. This is an important orientation for all incoming 9th graders to South High School that we highly recommend every student to attend if possible. They will learn about: expectations, rules, rituals, routines, athletic and activity offerings, meet teachers, go on building tours, learn study skills and time management, social emotional coping skills, participate in team building activities, to mention a few… but most importantly they will meet fellow 9th graders and hopefully make some new friends.


Welcome all incoming 9th graders and parents for the 2018-2019 School Year!  We are excited to meet you and share with you all of the fantastic things going on at South High School.  On April 24th, we will host all incoming 9th graders and parents for an orientation and the opportunity to choose your classes for the 2018-2019 school year!

Students will receive a FREE South High School Class of 2022 t-shirt too!


Join us for our South Rebels Football Fundraiser Event!

When:  June 7th      Where:  Wellshire Golf Course     Time:  7:30 am

South HS is the only high school in DPS that will be offering all FOUR content areas in Concurrent Enrollment Courses (College Courses) on site next year.    We have teachers who are certified to teach these courses on site at South for Social Studies, Math, Science and English.  The credits will transfer to any pubilc university in the State of Colorado!  Students can have the opportunity to graduate with a full year of college credits and DPS pays for the course credits!  GO REBELS!

An Evening with the Newcomers


Please join the Denver South High School PTSA and Youth Celebrate Diversity for an evening with Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.  EVERYONE is welcome!  Bring a friend or two.

  • When: Monday March 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Where: Denver South High School Auditorium
  • Address: 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Denver, CO 80210
  • Contact:


**If you would like to attend and are unable to pay the $10.00 ticket fee please contact us at

Books sales on site made possible by the Tattered Cover Bookstore


The South High Theater Program is seeking feedback on how to improve our overall program. If you would like to have your voice heard, please complete our survey!

Click Here for Survey Link

Choice runs from February 1st to February 28th; Second Round choice starts May 1st


South has been awarded a GOLD Recognition by the Schools of Opportunity high school recognition program. This award is through the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Formal recognition is also publicized in the Washington Post. 

Scroll down to see the links with the announcements!

Criteria for this award is listed below:


You can read more about the Schools of Opportunity recognition criteria and application process here.

Read the announcement on the Schools of Opportunity page here:

Read the announcement in the Washington Post here (scroll down a bit to see South!)



Our PT Conferences will be held on:

Thursday, February 1st and Thursday, February 15th.

You choose what day works best for you!

Time:  3:30-7:30 pm

Teachers will be in their classrooms to share information about your student’s progress.

At South, we pride ourselves in our well-rounded education.  Our goal has always been a college education opportunity for every student.  Recently, we had a set back in terms of grants and state funding that assisted our students with critical funds needed for college application fees, as well as AP and SAT testing fees.

We wish to eliminate these financial barriers so ALL students have the same opportunities.

Please contact South if you wish to discuss the need further and/or donate!

Our goal is $20,000!


Here are some important dates for you to remember!  Please see below:

DPS SchoolChoice Expo Week – DPS is holding five regional school expos rather than one large districtwide expo, as we have in the past. These expos will take place the week of Jan. 22, 2018. More information here.

 Round One of SchoolChoice opens – February 1.

 SchoolChoice closes – February 28 at 4:00 p.m.


Our three courses of AP Physics where given the challenge to engineer and build a working marble roller coaster with four specific features: a loop, a corkscrew, a camelback, and a banked curve. Students had to apply physics calculations to the engineering of their coaster. Students presented their roller coasters and the applied mathematics to their class during finals. It was an intensive group project where students persevered and ended up with some awesome final products. Some samples are below!

Last night we hosted 100+ middle school athletes for our first ever Rebel Athletics Night! We shared (and bragged) about our programs as we connected with our future Rebel student-athletes and their families. Shout out to teacher-coaches Ryan Marini, Veronica Marcelo and John Walsh who did a great job presenting on different aspects of their respective programs. We also had presentations from our current student-athletes (Hassan El Amin, Nicole Oberlag, Nate Kingdom) and former Rebel stars who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level (Zach Lindsay (UNC), Kendra Martin (Fresno St), Annie Hurney (Wyoming), Allison Hart (Florida Southern).

Thanks to all our coaches who attended and took the time to meet with our Future Rebels – feedback from parents and community was awesome!

BIG SHOUT OUT to Rich Cole who put together an exciting video which captures our program wowed our guests! (shared below)


Adam Kelsey
Denver South High School
Assistant Principal | Athletic Director
office: 720.423.6166 | email:

1. NEW! South College Fund: Immediate Need! Our Denver South Community Partnership Board is initiating our NEW COLLEGE FUND!
This campaign is the result of:

 Loss in state & federal funds that have helped support students with testing fees (AP & SAT) and college application fees for
students on free/reduced lunch rates

*Please see the link for the brochure:

and share with your friends and businesses that may be interested in supporting our South students!
There’s still time for a tax deduction in 2017 OR think about a 2018 donation! GOAL: $20,000!

You may pay cash, check or charge through our treasurer’s office or send checks to South: 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Denver, 80210
ATTN: Karen Duell





***The College Fund Brochure was created by: Hot Creative:

Hot Creative, Gayle Marquez, Owner


Author Helen Thorpe Reunites with Students She Profiled in Newly Released Book, The Newcomers
Immigrant teenagers at South High School recount their experiences adjusting to life in America

Denver – Throughout the entirety of the 2015-16 school year, award-winning and “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker) author Helen Thorpe was a fixture in Edward Williams’ English Language Acquisition class at South High School. She was there to follow the journeys of 22 immigrant and refugee teenagers as they learned English and adjusted to life in America. Wednesday, following the release of her critically acclaimed book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, Thorpe returned to South High School for a panel discussion with Edward Williams and several of the students whose stories she shares.

Check out the link for more details. It was AMAZING!

Author Reunites with Students She Profiled

WOW!  South teachers were recognized for their amazing work with students!
“The annual celebration recognizes teachers and specialized service providers, such as school counselors and nurses, who received the top rating of

Distinguished for growth and performance in the 2016-17 school year.”

Jesse Antuma

Joe Newander

Natalie Blake

Hayley Breden

Jason Brookes

Nick Childers

Rich Cole

Matt Craig

Sean Davis

Frank Deserino

Andrea Griffin

Karmen Kirtley

Charlie Knepper

Kiley Mack

Ryan Marini

Lance McClure

Trish Merewhether

Fernando Pabon

Chris Ritchie

Katie Ryan

Mandy Stringer

Dana VanTilborg

Jodie Skodol, Counselor