D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School began its 25th school year on Thursday, August 16th. D’Evelyn was founded as a liberal arts option school in Jefferson County for students in grades 7 - 12 and has honored that direction for the past 24 years. The school opened for students at the Manning School location on August 17, 1994, beginning its first year with students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. Since that year, D’Evelyn has undergone substantial growth and one major relocation. Nonetheless, we still hold true to the important tenets of the D’Evelyn Founding Document, including maintaining high academic and behavioral expectations for all students and a liberal arts curriculum for students.
In its first 24 years, D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School has maintained a standard of excellence for its students, nearly 2,700 of whom have graduated from the school since the first graduation in 1998. D’Evelyn has a rich history of extraordinary student achievement, both inside and outside the classroom. Guided by the educational vision established in the D’Evelyn Founding Document, D’Evelyn students have developed their minds and their character, as seen by great accomplishments in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Last week, we learned that for the 18th consecutive year, D’Evelyn juniors earned the highest scores on the SAT (the current statewide assessment for all Colorado juniors) among all public, non-charter schools in the state, with an average score of 1297. Prior to the 2017, juniors in Colorado completed the ACT as the statewide standardized assessment. Whether it has been through the ACT or SAT, D’Evelyn juniors have earned this highest score distinction for 18 consecutive years.
Additionally, the D’Evelyn Classes of 2020 and 2021 shined on the PSAT 10 and PSAT respectively. With an average score of 1182, the members of the Class of 2020 earned the highest score among Colorado public, non-charter schools, and with an average score of 1148, the members of the Class of 2021 earned the highest score among all Colorado public schools.
Congratulations to those students involved in these great achievements. It reflects your hard work and commitment to academic excellence. These achievements also reflect the valuable support provided by parents and families, the dedication and knowledge of our wonderful faculty, and the great impact carried within our timeless liberal arts academic program.
As principal, I am most proud of these results because they reflect the important values embedded in the Founding Document. The purpose of the school is to convey cultural knowledge to its students, with the intent of developing each student’s mind and character. The great school educates the whole child, expanding their knowledge and skills in a manner that allows for transfer to future challenges. The performance of D’Evelyn students on myriad of standardized exams is a clear reflection of the power and influence of this academic program. By dedicating themselves to mastering the academic content of the D’Evelyn Program, our students are prepared for future challenges and triumphs.
Outside of the classroom, D’Evelyn students have a long track record of success. In the 24-year history of the school, D’Evelyn student-athletes have represented their school with excellence. Among the many highlights, D’Evelyn sports programs have won 79 conference championships, and earned 11 Colorado state championships. The D’Evelyn Marching Band alone has won an additional six Colorado Bandmasters Association state championships. For eight of the past nine school years, D’Evelyn has earned the Steinmark Award, granted to the Jeffco school that has the most successful all-around athletic program during the year. Dozens of D’Evelyn student-athletes have earned all-state recognitions, along with dozens more who have won individual and relay state championships.
The work ethic, dedication, and resilience that D’Evelyn students establish at home and in the classroom support this level of outstanding athletic and extracurricular activities. For a school with such a rich tradition in academics, it is a great tribute to the talent, time management, and hard work of our students that they can reach such great heights in athletic competition.
As a school community, I hope that we can work together to honor and celebrate the great achievements of the past and present at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School. I also request your support in our efforts to maintain this standard of excellence. I have great conviction that the program offered at D’Evelyn for our students is a wonderful opportunity, and it is a privilege for our students to attend this great school. Please join us in the effort to support, encourage, and positively recognize our students for their great work throughout the course of this school year. The result will make it all worth it!
It has been a pleasure to enjoy the recent media exposure D’Evelyn has gained around our 25th anniversary year and the 18 consecutive years of ACT and SAT performance. I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the following two news reports from the past two weeks about D’Evelyn:
9News - Next with Kyle Clark
(televised on Wednesday, August 23rd):
7News - Morning News
(televised on Thursday, August 16th):
Josh Griffin, Principal