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Happy Holidays from BNS

From out BNS family to yours we wish you the best! Happy Holidays and have an amazing new years. We look forward to seeing your student(s) when the return in 2024! ¡De nuestra familia BNS a la tuya te deseamos lo mejor! Felices fiestas y que tengáis un increíble año...

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Innovation Update 8.28

Innovation Update 8.28

Dear Beacon Families, Staff and Community Members, We have had an exceptional start to the school year. Kepner and Grant Beacon kicked off the year celebrating the students back in our buildings. Our theme for this school year is "Beacon Se Puede" (Beacon Can) which...


Beacon Schools are committed to the high achievement and growth of every student, providing a college preparatory program of study that sets high expectations and requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through the integration of technology and collaborative work of students, staff, families, and community partners, BNS will bring together its neighborhoods’ diverse communities and prepare students with the academic knowledge and 21st century leadership skills necessary for college and career success.


  • Culture Drives our Performance
  • Growth Mindset Creates our Solutions
  • Our Teams Lead Our Transformation Blended
    Learning is Our Path to Personalization
  • Data Informs Our Instruction
  • Social Emotional Learning Builds Our Character
  • Rich and Varied Learning Experiences Motivate Us

Our Theory in Action

    If Beacon schools…

  • …integrate and share resources and personnel
  • …engage and empower community collaboration
  • …create and replicate a successful model
  • …increase financial resources and efficiencies

   Then we will…

  • …increase effectiveness of instruction and
    retention of highly effective teachers
  • …increase student achievement gains and
    reduce opportunity gaps
  • …increase college and career readiness and
    prepare students to meet new graduation
  • …increase resources and support for students
    and teachers

How do schools join the Beacon Zone?

  • Schools have an approved school innovation plan
  • Are aligned to the Beacon Mission and Vision
  • Are commitment to personalized learning
  • A desire to join a high performing network of innovation schools
  • A will to contribute your expertise to make us all better.
  • If interested, contact: for an application

Benefits of Joining the Beacon Zone

AutonomySchools in the Zone work together to make key decisions that are best for students around curriculum, staffing, schedule, budget, and culture. School leaders can spend more time in their buildings on the most critical work to accelerate student growth and achievement.

Accountability – A common performance management system provides a shared definition of success for schools and holds them accountable for results. The Zone can provide accountability structures to keep the schools on target with their goals.

Support Schools are supported by an ecosystem of services provided by Zone staff, outside partners, and the district. These supports help to ensure that schools are using autonomy well and have the resources needed to provide high quality educational experiences for students.

CommunityThe Zone structure increases community engagement and voice in decision-making through the
community-based nonprofit charged with oversight, support, and accountability for Zone schools. 

Click here to learn more about Denver Innovation Zones. If you’d like to learn more about other zone, visit one of the websites below: