Executive Director's Message:

I am honored to be one of the first Executive Principals in Denver Public Schools. I welcome the opportunity to continue to build on the academic achievements we have made at GBMS and to set KBMS on a similar road to success.

The structure we provide within the Beacon Network prompts our students to become engaged achievers who are eager to learn. They are prepared to move on to high school, college, and career.

We attribute much of our success to the outstanding quality of our teachers and to community partnerships with parents, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. These partnerships allow us to offer a variety of enrichments that students may not otherwise experience. These programs help young people learn about topics that sometimes become lifelong passions such as; science and technology, art, dance, and sports. These partnerships also provide valuable family support and bring additional resources to the school that enhance our curriculum. We urge you to consider becoming a partner or a donor to the Beacon Network. Join us by making an investment in the future of our students.

If you would like to learn more about the Beacon Network or have any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Alex Magaña
Executive Principal


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Our Vision

BNS- Enriching Lives with Enrichment Programming for all Students-

Our vision for the Beacon Network Enrichment Program is to give all of our students the opportunity to receive enriching programming in STEM, Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership, and Academic support that would not normally be offered in a typical school day. Our vision is to foster curiosity, lifelong learning, career exploration, and creative pursuits through the collaboration of our staff, teachers, parents, and community partners.

Closing the Gap Through Enrichment Programming

The children who could benefit the most from Enrichment Programming typically have fewer opportunities to participate in high quality, affordable extended learning programs. When school-aged teens do not have access to such programming and are left unsupervised, they are more likely to receive poor grades, drop out of school, and engage in high-risk behaviors than children who participate in constructive activities supervised by responsible adults.

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Our Mission

Beacon schools are committed to the high achievement and growth of every student. Beacon schools provide a college preparatory program of study that sets high expectations and requires both critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Through the collaborative work of students, staff, families, and community partners, Beacon Schools will bring together diverse communities and prepare students with the academic knowledge and 21st century leadership skills necessary for college and career success.

Beacon Network Schools

The Beacon Network is a unique educational model within Denver Public Schools (DPS). We are part of an Innovation Management Organization that allows for an Executive Principal to oversee the two schools currently in the network — Kepner Beacon Middle School (KBMS) and Grant Beacon Middle School (GBMS). The Beacon Network has the potential for future growth and may add more schools.

Schools that are granted Innovation status by DPS have more autonomy to develop practices that better meet the needs of individual students. As Innovation schools, Beacon schools have implemented:

  •  A more rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
  •  Blended learning with technology-based instruction, applications, and assessments.
  •  A system for frequent analysis of student data.
  • Research-based interventions that result in high growth and achievement.
  •  Increased instructional time.
  •  Reduced class sizes for reading, writing, and math.
  • Professional development for teachers to assist them in meeting the needs of our diverse learners.

What is an Innovation School?

Passed in 2008, the Innovation Schools Act provides a pathway for schools to develop practices to better meet the needs of individual students and allows them more autonomy to make decisions at the school-level. Application for Innovation status must be approved by a local school board and the Colorado Department of Education.

GBMS has gained such approval giving it the ability to implement:

  • A more rigorous college prep curriculum
  • Blended learning with technology-based instruction, applications, and assessments
  • A system for frequently analyzing student data
  • Research-based interventions that result in high growth and achievement.

Innovation status allows Grant Beacon Middle School to increase instructional time, continue to reduce class sizes in reading, writing, and math as well as to continue to provide professional development needed to meet the needs of our diverse learners.

Specific Areas of Innovation Include:

  1. Integration of Technology including an assigned Chromebook for every student.
  2. Rigorous Academics and additional time for math and reading interventions in extended day.
  3. Enrichment Opportunities including music/band and foreign language electives.

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These cornerstones result in personalized learning plans, allow students to explore their unique interests, and develop character.