With multiple thriving K-8 Catholic schools currently operating in central Denver, the Catholic community of Denver has been seeking options to open a new campus to fill the need for a Catholic high school in the area.

The Archdiocese of Denver, supported by private donors, has expressed interest to Denver Public Schools (DPS) about purchasing the former Rosedale Elementary School building, which has been closed since 2005. DPS is currently seeking community input as the school board considers its options for the facility located at 2300 S. Sherman St., Denver, CO 80210.

If DPS chooses to sell the property, and a bid from the Catholic community is accepted, our plan would be to renovate and upgrade the building into a Catholic high school for roughly 400 students, with facilities that preserve the original character, structure and intention of the school.

With multiple thriving K-8 Catholic schools currently operating in central Denver, the Catholic community of Denver has been seeking options to open a new campus to fill the need for a Catholic high school in the area.

The Archdiocese of Denver, supported by private donors, has expressed interest to Denver Public Schools (DPS) about purchasing the former Rosedale Elementary School building, which has been closed since 2005. DPS is currently seeking community input as the school board considers its options for the facility located at 2300 S. Sherman St., Denver, CO 80210.

If DPS chooses to sell the property, and a bid from the Catholic community is accepted, our plan would be to renovate and upgrade the building into a Catholic high school for roughly 400 students, with facilities that preserve the original character, structure and intention of the school.

Project Plan Highlights

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17 General Classrooms

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Additional Rooms for Art, Science and Music

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Upgraded Cafetorium and Kitchen

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Competition-Sized Gymnasium

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Outdoor Sports Field and Basketball Court

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New Library Media Center and Chapel

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New Parking Lot and Drop-Off Lane

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Investing in the Community  

As proud, longtime members of this neighborhood, we recognize the desire to see the facility re-opened as a school, and academic life returned to this beautiful pillar of the Harvard Gulch neighborhood. 

After sitting dormant for 15 years, this is an option that honors the rich history and original purpose of the Rosedale building, while making a multi-million-dollar investment in the neighborhood that will be a benefit for the entire community for years to come. 

The upgraded facilities and fields will be available for public use, and the school will provide another educational option for students and families regardless of their faith.  

Open and well-maintained schools have been shown to increase property values and decrease crime in a neighborhood.  

Background  

There are currently 35 Catholic grade schools and seven Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Denver. Four of these Catholic grade schools lie within Denver School District 1. There are four more Catholic grade schools within two miles of the District 1 boundaries. However, there is not currently a Catholic high school in District 1. 

There are also currently six Catholic parishes in Denver School District 1 with approximately 20,000 registered parishioners and nearly 1,500 school-age children.  

An Archdiocesan feasibility study in 2016-17 concluded there was a need for more Catholic high school options across the region, with a specific demand for a south-central option in Metro-Denver.  

In 2019, Chesterton Academy opened a private Catholic High School in Englewood with 20 freshman and a long waitlist for Fall 2020. This high school is currently utilizing temporary space at a local elementary school and would be the foundation for the first classes at the new Central Denver Catholic High School campus, as we gradually grow towards four classes and approximately 400 students. 

Project Breakdown | Timeline  

Phase I

  • Rehab the original 1924 Building to accommodate 9 or 10 classrooms, administration offices and chapel. 
  • New parking lot, parent drop-off lane and sidewalk walkway for pedestrians. 
  • Target: To open in limited capacity by Fall 2021. 

Phase II

  • Develop new 2-story addition replacing south wing. Because of slope of site, main story will match main level of existing building with garden level below. 
  • Main story includes two general classrooms, new modern librarycafetorium, kitchen and additional classrooms on the southern end of the building.  
  • Garden level includes four general classrooms, library media center and teacher work roomWill include elevator access 
  • Outdoor work includes playgrounds, field improvements, outdoor plaza and shaded outdoor learning center 
  • Target: Begin work in 3-5 years 

Phase III

  • Develop new 2-story addition replacing north wing. Because of slope of site, main story will match main level of existing building with garden level below. 
  • Main level includes art room, music room and science room. 
  • Garden level includes gymnasium, locker rooms and storage 

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