About KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy

KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA), founded in 2002, is a tuition-free, college-preparatory public charter school in Southwest Denver. In 2015-16, we serve 390 students in grades 5 through 8.

We believe that all students can and will learn. KSPA works in partnership with parents, students, and teachers in ways that put learning first. KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy’s mission is focused on ensuring that our students are prepared with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to climb the mountain to and through college.

Our Students

Currently, 98 percent of KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy students are Latino, 1 percent is White, and 1 percent is Asian. Ninety-seven percent of KSPA students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. In 2014-15, over 80 percent of graduating KSPA eighth graders choose to remain part of the KIPP family by attending KIPP Denver Collegiate High School.

Our History

Founded in 2002, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy was the first KIPP school to open in Colorado. Since opening with 80 fifth graders, KSPA has grown to serve 390 students in grades 5 through 8 in the 2015-16 school year.

School Address

375 S. Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80223

Main Office

(303) 623-5772

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
7:25 am – 4:25 pm

Wednesday:
7:25 am – 1:25 pm

Designated Saturdays:
9:00 am – 12:45 pm

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
6:30 am – 5:25 pm

Wednesday:
6:30 am – 2:25 pm

Why Middle School Matters

Some folks might wonder why we push so hard. Why are we making such a big deal out of using every single moment of class time? Why do our students have so much work, and why are they assessed so much?  “It’s only middle school…they have plenty of time to catch up.”

The scary reality is that they don’t. What happens in middle school is the single biggest predictor of college completion and success. According to The College Board and ACT research

“ACT research shows that, in the typical high school today, the level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that currently happens academically in the typical U.S. high school. This research demonstrates that it is necessary to intervene with students who are not on target for college and career readiness—not only during high school but before high school, in the upper elementary grades and in middle school. Even improving the rigor of high school courses may not be successful unless we first increase the number of entering high school students who are prepared to benefit from such rigorous courses.”

Our teachers work hard to ensure that every minute counts at KSPA.