DSST: Byers Middle School

Summary:

DSST: Byers Middle School is a public charter middle school in Denver, Colorado, serving 469 students in grades 6-8 and outperforming the district and state on academic assessments.

DSST: Byers Middle School consistently ranks among the top middle schools in Colorado, with 60.9% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 52.8% in Math, compared to 40.3% and 30.3% for the Denver Public Schools district, respectively. The school's diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 38.59% White, 18.34% African American, and 30.49% Hispanic, outperforms nearby schools in academic achievement, particularly among subgroups like African American and Hispanic students. DSST: Byers Middle School maintains a low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 12.3 to 14.5 over the past three years.

Compared to nearby middle schools like Kepner Beacon Middle School and KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, DSST: Byers Middle School stands out as a high-performing institution, with significantly higher academic achievement across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, the school's 8th-grade science proficiency rate of 43.1% was more than 4 times higher than the nearby Kepner Beacon Middle School (9.3%) and KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (11%) in the 2022-2023 school year. This consistent high performance, along with the school's socioeconomic diversity, with 50.96% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, makes DSST: Byers Middle School a model for effective public education in the Denver area.


Detail:

Public, Charter 6-8

 150 S Pearl Street
       Denver, CO  80209-2016


(303) 524-6350

District: School District No. 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
74th of 481 Colorado Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,256 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  12.3 Help
Number of students:  469

Racial breakdown:

White:
38.6%
Hispanic:
30.5%
African American:
18.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51% Help


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Compare Details DSST: Byers Middle School ranks better than 84.6% of middle schools in Colorado. It also ranks 5th among 31 ranked middle schools in the School District No. 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 81.28. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at DSST: Byers Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (38.6%), Hispanic (30.5%), African American (18.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at DSST: Byers Middle School is 12.3, which is the 13th best among 31 middle schools in the School District No. 1. (See more...)
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Compare DSST: Byers Middle School employs 38.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at DSST: Byers Middle School is $15,256, which is the 14th highest among 31 middle schools in the School District No. 1.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

DSST: Byers Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks DSST: Byers Middle School 74th of 481 Colorado public middle schools. (See DSST: Byers Middle School in the ranking list.)

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School District No. 1:

SchoolDigger ranks School District No. 1 79th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for DSST: Byers Middle School

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Rank History for all students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2015 98.38 9th 436 97.9%
2016 96.20 11th 400 97.3%
2017 95.84 12th 424 97.2%
2018 95.03 14th 418 96.7%
2019 94.50 17th 458 96.3%
2021 82.16 51st 369 86.2%
2022 77.35 82nd 448 81.7%
2023 81.28 74th 480 84.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 81.37 1st 6 83.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.14 2nd 222 99.1%
2019 98.33 4th 240 98.3%
2021 91.48 3rd 114 97.4%
2022 82.92 13th 197 93.4%
2023 76.91 28th 241 88.4%
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Rank History for Female students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.70 15th 315 95.2%
2019 90.37 23rd 352 93.5%
2021 64.49 72nd 254 71.7%
2022 66.47 94th 326 71.2%
2023 71.32 85th 363 76.6%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.67 44th 121 63.6%
2019 65.89 37th 134 72.4%
2022 60.08 46th 93 50.5%
2023 69.49 34th 125 72.8%
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Rank History for Male students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.93 13th 317 95.9%
2019 94.88 15th 343 95.6%
2021 82.90 32nd 249 87.1%
2022 76.51 58th 328 82.3%
2023 80.19 51st 356 85.7%
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Rank History for African American students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 98.05 1st 33 97.0%
2022 69.67 3rd 20 85.0%
2023 66.39 7th 25 72.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.96 11th 165 93.3%
2019 93.34 11th 220 95.0%
2021 58.52 30th 83 63.9%
2022 80.39 19th 169 88.8%
2023 79.10 26th 198 86.9%
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Rank History for White students at DSST: Byers Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.31 9th 199 95.5%
2019 96.56 8th 283 97.2%
2021 89.62 13th 203 93.6%
2022 87.03 21st 265 92.1%
2023 88.36 21st 286 92.7%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for DSST: Byers Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2014 92 11 7 35 2 0 7 0 154
2015 170 30 11 73 3 0 14 0 301
2016 245 43 14 119 4 0 23 0 448
2017 238 51 13 134 4 0 29 0 469
2018 228 56 13 144 3 0 30 0 474
2019 230 76 10 140 4 0 37 0 497
2020 197 91 16 144 4 0 30 0 482
2021 181 101 15 159 4 0 26 0 486
2022 191 94 13 147 1 0 30 0 476
2023 181 86 21 143 3 1 34 0 469

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at DSST: Byers Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 154 11.6 13.1 27.3
2015 301 43.0 7.0 34.6
2016 448 32.0 14.0 36.8
2017 469 31.2 15.0 38.8
2018 474 28.8 16.4 44.5
2019 497 32.0 15.5 44.1
2020 482 33.4 14.3 49
2021 486 33.4 14.5 51.2
2022 476 35.5 13.3 48.1
2023 469 38.1 12.3 51

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio DSST: Byers Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 154 11.6 13.1 27.3
2015 301 43.0 7.0 34.6
2016 448 32.0 14.0 36.8
2017 469 31.2 15.0 38.8
2018 474 28.8 16.4 44.5
2019 497 32.0 15.5 44.1
2020 482 33.4 14.3 49
2021 486 33.4 14.5 51.2
2022 476 35.5 13.3 48.1
2023 469 38.1 12.3 51

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for DSST: Byers Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $13,168
2020 $12,911
2021 $9,510
2022 $15,256

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on DSST: Byers Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 17th of 458 Middle schoolsRanks 74th of 480 Middle schools
 11.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (DSST: Byers Middle School)70.367.1
 3.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (School District No. 1)4038.8
 1.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)43.643.4
 0.2%
6th Grade Math (DSST: Byers Middle School)56.159.5
 3.4%
   6th Grade Math (School District No. 1)27.926.9
 1%
   6th Grade Math (Colorado)29.528.2
 1.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (DSST: Byers Middle School)84.760.4
 24.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (School District No. 1)45.140.3
 4.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.545
 1.5%
7th Grade Math (DSST: Byers Middle School)69.841.9
 27.9%
   7th Grade Math (School District No. 1)30.225.1
 5.1%
   7th Grade Math (Colorado)31.626.3
 5.3%
8th Grade Science (DSST: Byers Middle School)62.343.1
 19.2%
   8th Grade Science (School District No. 1)22.726
 3.3%
   8th Grade Science (Colorado)31.531.3
 0.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (DSST: Byers Middle School)77.653.7
 23.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (School District No. 1)4640.8
 5.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.942.4
 4.5%
8th Grade Math (DSST: Byers Middle School)68.556.6
 11.9%
   8th Grade Math (School District No. 1)34.430.9
 3.5%
   8th Grade Math (Colorado)36.932.7
 4.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (DSST: Byers Middle School)77.760.9
 16.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (School District No. 1)42.840.3
 2.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (DSST: Byers Middle School)64.952.8
 12.1%
   All Grades Math (School District No. 1)32.730.3
 2.4%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.732.9
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students497469
 5.6%
African American7686
 13.2%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian1021
 110%
Hispanic140143
 2.1%
Pacific Islander01
White230181
 21.3%
Two or More Races3734
 8.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients44.1%51%
 6.9%


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DSST: Byers Middle School ranks 74th of 481 Colorado middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 469 students attended DSST: Byers Middle School.

Students at DSST: Byers Middle School are 39% White, 30% Hispanic, 18% African American, 7% Two or more races, 4% Asian.


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