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STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of K-12 public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education. STRIVE Prep was founded in 2006 with the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.

In 2006, Chris Gibbons, founder and CEO of STRIVE – Prep, opened the first STRIVE – Prep school with the goal of closing historic achievement gaps in Denver. Over a decade later, Chris’ vision continues to guide our schools. Whether students join us in elementary, middle or high school, we welcome every child to achieve a bright future, regardless of their background or previous academic achievement.

strive quoteOur vision is to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, not the exception. STRIVE Prep clears a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town. By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.

We know that great teachers are essential to educational excellence and we’re always looking for passionate, individuals who want to positively impact education in Denver, while growing their own career.

Our People

We are driven by a singular purpose — to have a lifelong impact on our kids and communities.

Each team member at STRIVE Prep wakes up excited and honored to make a positive impact for the families in our community. Although our Central Office team members aren’t teaching in the classroom, they are supporting a talented team of teachers and school leaders to help our prepare our scholars for a future of possibilities.

What We Stand For
STRIVE Prep schools operate under the core beliefs of justice, achievement and perseverance so that students are taught the skills to be successful not just in school and college, but throughout their lives.

Why It Mattersstrive quote
STRIVE Prep is a place where students are learning to change the world and are inspired to give back and impact the communities most important to them. Every day, we inspire our students to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate openly while fueling their curiosity and creativity.

Our Voices

Together with our communities, we’re providing students the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Our Mission

To meet every student where they are and empower them to succeed through college and career.

Core Beliefs

Achievement – Justice – Perseverance

At STRIVE Prep, you can help kids as they are learning to change the world.
Every team member brings something unique to STRIVE Prep’s community, whether it’s their passion, vision, problem-solving skills or a combination. Across campuses, our community of educators is nearly 500 strong. While our strengths, perspectives and experiences are diverse, we share a singular purpose — to have a lifelong impact on our kids and communities. At STRIVE Prep, you can help kids as they are learning to change the world.

Equity and Inclusion

STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.


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