AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Students headed back to class at a new STEM school in Aurora on Thursday. The new Aurora Science Technology School expands a successful Denver DSST program.

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The school year began with more than 150 sixth graders. For students and teachers, it’s the DSST success story that drew them to the school.

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“They had a more diverse curriculum, they had 100% of the students who apply for college get in and because I want to go to college that’s one of the reasons that I mostly chose this school,” said student Cassandra Maynard.

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“I think the mission of getting 100% of students into college, I think setting the foundation in 6th grade is so important, and so being able to be part of a founding school is just an incredible opportunity,” said teacher Natalie Graebe.

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The AST Owls are in a temporary space but there will be a groundbreaking next month for their permanent home. That school will be located on the Anschutz Medical Center campus.

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