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History and Mission

Lake Middle School, formerly known as Lake Junior High School, has deep roots in the City of Denver. The school opened its doors to students on  September 8, 1926. Lake’s outstanding academic offerings, location, historical architectural status and strong ties to thousands of local junior high graduates have made Lake an important educational institution for more than 90 years.

Our Mission

At Lake Middle School, we empower all students to achieve academic excellence, develop strength of character and build inclusive communities to impact our future.

Click here – Watch our video to get a glimpse of our mission in action!

Our History

Designed by Highlands natives Merrill and Burnham Hoyt, Lake Junior High School was built in 1926, and was referred to as “The Castle” for its English Tudor-esque features. Facing the snowy mountain range, the school is located on the East end of Sloan’s Lake, on 1820 Lowell Boulevard. Lake Junior High would become the most distinctive structure in the area because of its Moorish architecture combined with ornamental lights and soaring features, giving the school a medieval appearance. Artist Walter Pesman designed the garden area with varieties of native and imported flowers before the building was erected. Lake Junior eventually became a middle school in the Denver Public Schools.

Lake Middle School offers:

  • Individualized attention and careful consideration of each student’s needs and class schedule
  • Dedicated school leadership and outstanding teachers with a strong common focus on students in the important middle school (6th – 8th) years.
  • 1-to-1 Technology School – every student receives their own Chromebook for use at school and at home
  • Strong school culture and intentional structures which foster academic success
  • Weekly progress reports mean constant communication with parents and student accountability
  • Action Learning projects to increase global awareness
  • Math and Language Arts Honors classes
  • Spanish Language Arts and Spanish as a Second Language classes taught by two full-time Spanish teachers with a focus to prepare students for the DPS Seal of Biliteracy
  • Daily Electives on each student’s schedule! Elective choices include: Band, Choir, P.E., STEM, Visual Art, Spanish, Drama, Leadership, Yearbook & Photography, Newspaper & Journalism, Creative Writing, and many others
  • Highly trained and licensed staff members for nurturing students social/emotional needs
  • Academic intervention for literacy and math, as well as English Language Development (ELD) programming
  • Rigorous continuation requirements and assurance that all students are well prepared for high school and beyond
  • Free healthcare at the Denver Health school-based clinic
  • Partnership with Mi Casa Neighborhood Center provides access to afterschool clubs, activities and academic tutoring
  • Denver Prep League Athletics: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Cheer, XC and Tackle Football
  • Historic, beautiful building located on the eastern edge of Sloan’s Lake

Join us for a school tour!   We’d love to show you around our beautiful school and give you a look inside our classrooms in action!   Please click here for more information.

outside view of school