Morey Middle School

840 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
(720) 424-0700
http://morey.dpsk12.org/

SCHOOL GOALS

Students will grow academically and exhibit personal agency in learning through classrooms that are responsive to each individuals' culture, interests, needs and learning styles.

  • 6th grade students will learn at their own pace and advance upon mastery of learning
  • Students will develop components of agency: self-reflection, self-awareness, goal-setting, self-motivation to interact effectively in a classroom toward academic achievement
  • Teachers' skill with differentiation will increase

We will create classrooms that allow students a flexible and comfortable environment that supports their social, emotional and academic needs, through opportunities to learn with students of mixed ages and abilities where appropriate.

We will take advantage of the strengths of our diversity and urban environment as cornerstones of our approach to learning.

HISTORY & CULTURE

Morey reached out to the imaginarium in the Spring of 2016. The school is seeking to change its entire school model in response to a diminishing enrollment rate and a desire to meet the needs of its entire community. To ensure this work is thoughtful and meets the true needs of Morey’s entire community requires a great deal of support. At one time Morey was one of our highest performing middle schools. Sadly, today, the school is encountering a tremendous struggle with enrollment. Enrollment has dropped from 735 students in 2011-2012 to 293 students in 2015-2016.  

Although the school continues to perform well academically, at this number of students, the school is at risk. In addition, the declining enrollment suggests a need to think differently in order to meet the needs of the entire school population. Morey reached out for help from the imaginarium for help in identifying the real causes of its struggles and for help challenging sacred cows and thinking outside of the box in creating effective solutions to those problems.

STATUS: Ideation

DESIGN TEAM

Signe Hawley, Alicia Milner, Richard Resendez
PRINCIPAL:

Noah Tonk

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:

Hillary Niebauer

LOWEST GRADE:

6

HIGHEST GRADE:

8

ENROLLMENT:

295

ELLs:

15-5.1%

TEACHERS:

20

DEMOGRAPHICS:

2.7% Asian, 25.4% African-American, 23.1% Hispanic, 38.6% White