Innovation Status

Modeled after McAuliffe International School, McAuliffe Manual offers students a challenging, well-rounded liberal arts education that is based on learner-centered classrooms, character education and international-mindedness.

Innovation Status 

In order to offer the same programming as McAuliffe International School, McAuliffe Manual Middle School has applied for and received Innovation Status from the Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education and Colorado State Board of Education. Innovation status allows McAuliffe Manual Middle School greater autonomy in how it manages time, money and staffing in order to provide a high-quality academic program for students. The school’s innovation plan, submitted and approved by the DPS board, is available here.

McAuliffe Manual’s innovation plan contains the same key features as the founding McAuliffe International School’s plan, including:

  • Longer school day (8 hours)
  • Longer school year (186 days)
  • IB Middle Years Programme
  • Prioritization of funding and resources to directly support students and learning
  • All teachers are at-will employees

You can learn more about DPS Innovation Schools here.

Innovation Zone for Northeast Denver IB schools

Additionally, innovation schools may pool together (in groups of four schools) to form innovation zones in accordance with the same statute mentioned above. For information about the McAuliffe Schools Innovation Zone proposal, please read Mr. Dennis’ letter and the FAQs.

Denver Public Schools