DENVER (CBS4)- Students from 11 schools in northeast Denver returned to the classroom on Wednesday.

They returned several days earlier than other students in Denver because school administrators wanted to make sure they were ready. Most of the schools that started the fall session are new.

In the past, schools in northeast Denver, specifically Montbello and Green Valley Ranch, had underperformed. That sparked a change in 2005 that included new schools. The expanded school year is part of the plan to make sure students get the help they need.

“That means more time for kids learning and for art and music and enlightenment. More time for teachers to collaborate. And it means, for an area of town that for too long the status quo hasn’t worked for our kids, a very new and different set of schools,” said Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg.

DPS officials credit the reforms with the school district’s improvements, including turning around the slowest growth in student achievement to the fastest growth.

The rest of the schools in the Denver Public School District is Aug. 18. Cherry Creek Schools begin class on Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. Jefferson County and Adams County both open on Aug. 22. Littleton Public Schools begin class on Aug. 15.


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