About Us

Our Story

The ability to create the life you want is something we believe in. In 2013, Mile High Youth Corps wanted to offer a diploma program to their Corps members and the many other youth who apply for the YouthBuild program but had to be wait listed—thus the idea of RiseUp was born. We assembled the best teachers, counselors, staff, and leadership from around the country and built a school that works for young people. Each staff member brings an area of expertise that, together, creates a well-rounded and meaningful education for each student.

We’ve worked hard to ensure each student is given the opportunity to learn, practice, and excel with skills they need to be an active participant in their community. Our curriculum is designed to examine self and community, our wrap-around services help students navigate barriers to school, and community building helps us understand each other as individuals rather than judge each other based on biases.

We are excited to open our doors this fall and help students create the lives they want.

Mission & Vision


To engage young people who have previously dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out. In a supportive learning environment, each student is held to high expectations, cultivates a sense of social justice, and is inspired to obtain a high school diploma and prepare for college and careers after graduation.


All young people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequities and realize their full potential.

How We’re Different

A meaningful curriculum

Every graduate shows mastery in three areas:

  • Higher Order Thinking: Students go beyond memorizing facts and apply what they learn in real world situations.
  • Social Responsibility: Students recognize and address issues in order to better their communities.
  • Post-Secondary Readiness Every student develops a personal road map to meet their goals.

Student-centered support

Students drive their own learning. Every student is given a case manager and advisor to work with throughout their career at RiseUp Community School. Case managers and advisors help students set and meet goals and meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum.

Job Skills

Students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships in construction through our partnership with Mile High Youth Corps , where they learn valuable job skills, get a paycheck, and earn an AmeriCorps award to use towards post-secondary education.

Short, Focused Classes to Earn Credits

Each class at RiseUp Community School is six weeks long. Students earn credits at an accelerated rate without taking shortcuts on course quality. Each class provides an engaging in-depth look into a topic that is meaningful to students.


Are you a charter school?

Yes- RiseUp Community School is a free, public charter high school authorized by Denver Public Schools. Our school is open to any high school student in the Denver metro area.

What sort of students are you looking for?

We are looking for students ages 16-20 that have dropped out, or are in danger of dropping out of high school. Our school model is specifically set up to support these students.

How is RiseUp different from other schools that serve at-risk students?

While students can earn credits at an accelerated rate, we are not a typical credit recovery school. Every class gives students a deeper glimpse into their communities and arms them with the tools needed to become leaders.

Where is RiseUp located?

We are located at 1801 Federal Blvd, and are housed in the same building as Mile High Youth Corps.