Academics

What does it mean to be an IB School?

Hamilton Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) School. Our IB program is for all children. Every scholar receives the benefits of an International Baccalaureate education. All means all at Hamilton! 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.

English Language Acquisition

The goal of the English Language Acquisition (ELA) program is to help students access the English language skills they need to meaningfully and equally participate in the district’s mainstream instructional program.

DPS believes every student’s home language and culture are assets that enrich our classrooms and, combined with English language skills, leads to success in school and life.

Students enrolled in English Language Development (ELD) courses are more likely to be on track to English proficiency, according to the ACCESS Trajectory. Extensive research both within DPS and nationwide has shown that a separate, daily block dedicated to ELD is essential in providing quality language instruction that allows both beginning and intermediate English Learners (ELs) to succeed in both content and language throughout the course of their educational careers.

Hamilton invites the families of our ELA scholars to join our English Language Acquisition Parent Advisory Council (ELA PAC). Learn more HERE.

More information for Immigrant Families needing support with legal or law enforcement issues is available HERE.

For more information about Hamilton’s ELA program please contact our ELA Teacher Leader Ms. Martha Gomez (720)423-9545.

Gifted & Talented

What does it mean to be identified as gifted?

Gifted and talented children in DPS are students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and/or potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. These students perform, or show the potential of performing, at remarkably high levels in general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude or specific talent aptitude when compared with others of their age and experience. Gifted and talented children are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic or cultural background.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

  • Click HERE for more information about bright vs. gifted.
  • Click HERE for the checklist for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • Click HERE for information about GT identification.
  • Click HERE if you think your child may be gifted and you’d like to take an online quiz to learn more.

MORE QUESTIONS?
For more information contact our Gifted & Talented Itinerant Teacher, Chelsea Chappell-Cox, chelsea_chappell-cox@dpsk12.org

MyTech Chromebook

We are excited to be a 1:1 school, where ALL scholars have Chromebook devices in every class.

Hamilton Middle School uses the Learning Management System Schoology help our scholars prepare for college and  build 21st century skills. Parents, you can access Schoology to monitor your child’s academic progress through the DPS Parent Portal!

What is MyTech?

MyTech is a DPS program that is funded by the citizens of Denver through the 2016 educational technology bond. MyTech assigns Chromebook computers to students for use both at school and at home. Learn more about MyTech HERE.

How does it work?

To receive a chromebook your child must have:

For more information on caring for your child’s MyTech Chromebook, internet safety, or to learn more about the MyTech program visit mytech.dpsk12.org.

Special Education

Hamilton Middle School is committed to providing a quality educational experience based on the individual needs of each child.

Special education services provide specialized instruction for students to minimize the impact of their disability through a continuum of services, ranging from services provided in a general education classroom to fully contained classroom settings. We are proud to have both an AN and a MI center as part of our Hamilton Community.

In addition to special education teachers, students with disabilities may receive supports from paraprofessionals, nurses, school psychologists, social workers, speech therapists and physical therapists. The goal of special education is to provide services that allow students with disabilities to acquire the skills to pursue independent living and post-secondary readiness.