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The two leaders greeted students at Hill campus of Arts and Science, formerly Hill Middle School.

Every school year, DPS administrators chose a school to highlight for the first day. Boasberg said Hill was chosen for how far the campus has come in the last five years.

"Five years ago it was half-empty, not performing that well," Boasberg said. "Today it's got a waiting lists for every grade; sixth, seventh and eighth grade. It's just knocking the ball out of the park academically."

On the first day of school at Hill, only sixth graders were required to attend. School administrators wanted to do this as a way to ease the students into the middle school environment.

There are several new additions to Denver public schools. For instance, lunch at Hill has gotten a makeover. Over the summer the school cooks took a class in cooking from scratch. This is a way the district is looking to move away from processed moves and go a more natural route.

DPS also receive a $25-million grant from the federal government. The grant is to teach students English, who do not speak English as their first language. In DPS 40 percent of students fall into that category.

Boasberg said this will help students "get to a full proficiency in English and really develop the skills in academic English that's so important for them to succeed in math and science and be ready for college."

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