financial-transparency

Denver Public Schools is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and is subject to periodic monitoring by the State to ensure continued compliance with accreditation standards. Accordingly, DPS has a strong interest in showing how district money is spent in the pursuit of a quality education for all students in DPS.

While DPS has provided financial information online for years, consolidating materials here is an important step toward even greater financial transparency.  As you access these links, know that DPS – with over 90,000 students – is the second largest school district in the state and is one of 178 school districts statewide.

Denver Public Schools primarily serves the residents of the City and County of Denver; 54% of the District is Latino, 16% is African American, and 25% is Anglo. Seventy-one percent of the District’s students qualify for the federal free lunch program.  DPS is comprised of 76 Elementary, 16 K-8, 12 Middle, 18 High, 31 Charter and 8 Alternative schools. The District’s special education and gifted and talented programs are among the most highly respected programs of their kind in Colorado and the District’s adult education program at Emily Griffith Opportunity School is widely recognized across the country.

Disclaimer: Please consider the context when evaluating financial transactions. Some transactions may appear improper on the surface but are perfectly normal and justifiable when placed in the proper context. We welcome your questions regarding our financial transactions or records.

Financial Reports

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver and State of Colorado (the “School District”) is submitted in compliance with 29-1-603 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and the by-laws of the Board of Education.  This report is prepared by the Financial Services Department.  The responsibility for both the accuracy of the presented data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, including all disclosures, remains with the School District.

  • The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (“CAFR”) is presented in three sections: introductory, financial, and statistical.
  • The introductory section includes a transmittal letter, the School District’s organizational chart, a list of principal officials and a reproduction of the GFOA Certificate of Achievement and the ASBO Certificate of Excellence;
  • The financial section includes management’s discussion and analysis, the basic financial statements, required supplementary information, and other supplementary information, as well as the independent auditors’ report on the financial statements and schedules and;
  • The statistical section includes selected financial and demographic information, generally presented on a multi-year basis.

Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015

Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016

Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015

Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014

Fiscal Year 2012 – 2013

Fiscal Year 2010 – 2011

Quarterly Reports

Quarterly Cash Reports

The Single Audit of School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver and State of Colorado (the “School District”) is submitted in Accordance with Government Auditing Standards and in compliance with OMB Circular A-133. This report is prepared by the Financial Services Department.

The Single Audit (OMB Circular A-133) is presented in the following sections: