The University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus has formed a special partnership with the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) campuses at Green Valley Ranch Middle and High School. One of the newest charter schools in the Denver Public School system, Green Valley Ranch offers students a curriculum focused on college preparation. Instruction in core subject areas is balanced with opportunities for exploratory learning, particularly in the fields of mathematics and science.
Green Valley Ranch students may choose to participate in a variety of career-themed electives, including two classes developed by medical students at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Middle and high school students learn about human anatomy and physiology through case-based instruction that connects classroom education with real-world medical scenarios. Hands-on dissection laboratories run by CU medical students provide an important component of the curriculum. A second elective course focuses on “medical misnomers,” and provides middle and high school students a first glimpse into the weird and wonderful science of medicine.
The partnership between the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Green Valley Ranch Middle and High School gives medical students a chance to interact with young people in the Denver community, to serve as mentors and role models, and to share their enthusiasm for careers in the medical field. If you are a secondary teacher, student, or parent interested in partnering with medical students at the University of Colorado Denver, please contact us.