• Welcome to Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

Principal Sean Kavanaugh

Principal Sean Kavanaugh

Hill encourages students to grow and achieve Excellence in Academics, Arts and Athletics.

We offer two academic programs for students to focus their learning, grow as individuals and excel in their communities and the world. Each program advances students beyond their current levels of understanding to prepare them for a variety of opportunities awaiting them in high school, college, career, and beyond.

New 8th Grade Science Assessment

8th grade students at the Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences will be given the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) Science Assessment the mornings of April 22, 23 and 24, 2014. This new state required test replaces the 8thgrade TCAP Science test that was discontinued after 2013. It focuses on the Colorado Academic Standards taught in science classes.

To practice for the CMAS at home, please go to:
(This is the same practice test that was given to all Hill students before Spring Break.)

To learn more about the CMAS from the Colorado Department of Education, please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment

To learn more about the CMAS from PearsonAccess, the testing company, please go to:  http://www.pearsonaccess.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=Pearson/QuickLink/co

If you have questions, please contact Beth Douma at at 720-423-9695 or beth_douma@dpsk12.org

(April 22-24)

Hill Students at the Colorado State Science Fair!
StateScienceFair2014Sonoma Carlos and Max Rozmiarek both represented Hill and Denver Regional at the Colorado State Science Fair at CSU last week.

Both kids enjoyed the experience of going their first State Science Fair…Sonoma placed 3rd in the Junior Microbiology Division along with the Pioneers of Science Award!

(April 12)

MILO Pumps Up College Spirit at Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

MILO at HCASMilo the Lynx made such an impression on eighth-grader Elizabeth Cardenas at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences that she went home and talked to her mom about college.

Milo entertained students and pumped up college spirit at Hill’s monthly SOAR assembly on Friday afternoon. The assembly recognizes students who excel in the attributes of Safety, Ownership, Achievement and Respect. Teachers nominate four students from each grade level—sixth through eighth—for SOAR recognition.

Cardenas was among the 350 students who attended Friday’s assembly at the Denver Public Schools middle school. To be eligible for the assembly students must have 95 percent attendance and a GPA of 3.33 or above.

Read the entire article here!

(April 14)

Parent’s Guide to the New State Assessments: Click HERE

This guide describes the new assessments, timeline and what you can do at home to help your child in the classroom.

7th grade students at the Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences will be given the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) Social Studies Assessment the mornings of April 15, 16 and 17, 2014. This is a new state required test (like the TCAP) that focuses on the Colorado Academic Standards taught in social studies classes.

Much like the TCAP, the test will be given every morning until 10:00. Students who arrive after 8:00 any morning of testing must remain separated from the rest of the 7th grade until they have taken the test.

Late arriving students will remain away from other students until school staff is available to administer the 80 minute test. It is possible that lunch will be eaten alone, and many other classes will be missed.

Please make sure your 7th grader will be at school on time and ready to test the mornings of April 15, 16 and 17.

Please contact Beth Douma, Director of Assessment, at 720-423-9695 or beth_douma@dpsk12.org if you have any conflicts, questions or concerns.

(April 15-24)

Hill Students to Receive Asian Education Advisory Council Award, April 27, 2014

Hill’s very own Quentin YamasakiMary Keang and Roger Nakagawa will be honored by the Asian Education Advisory Council as academically outstanding students.  They were nominated based on their excellent grades as well as their citizenship at Hill.  We applaud this recognition and will be thinking of you at the breakfast ceremony.

(April 27)

 Incoming Freshman Night @ George Washington High School

Wednesday, April 30th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the Auditorium & North Lobby – (Please enter through the North Doors)

Please arrive on time at 5:30. Parents will meet in the auditorium for a brief introduction of Admin, Counselors, and extracurricular sponsors. Learn about extracurricular activities and clubs offered at GW. Review ninth grade course selections – this is the time to request electives. Sign up for Ninth Grade Academy (hopefully, the district will have decided on the dates)

(April 30)

Coffee with the Principal  in the Auditorium 

Each month, the school leaders will present a brief discussion on current events at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences (HCAS), after which we enjoy an informal discussion time when you can voice questions about the overall operations of HCAS or just get to know our school leaders on a more personal level. This monthly event is a great way to stay plugged in to what’s going on with the school. We hope you’ll join us!


  • Friday, May 9 - 8:00-9:00 a.m.


Download the Scientific & Cultural Collaborative Summer OPPS PDF listing over 100 camps and classes for children and workshops for educators (half-day, week-long, for credit and more)

Hill Gear Information (Shirts, Hoodies) Here

Homework Hotline!!  Live help with your homework.  See the Academics page or read their flyer here!

HCAS Speech and Debate Club!  Hill’s Speech and Debate club with the support of Matt Murphy and some of his East High School speech and debate students is up and running!! The club meets Tuesdays after school for an hour (3:00-4:00pm).  If your child is interested please send Cassie Perlmutter the attached form. (Hard copies are on the main office counter.)

2013-14 Winter Weather Information

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in  mind: the well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if schools closed due to inclement weather. Detailed DPS winter weather and snow day information, including information on how families can find out if school is closed, can be found on the transportation website transportation website or on the DPS website.