Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Kenneth Miller

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The educational attainment of low-income K-12 students in Denver Public Schools (DPS) is dismal. Seventy-two percent of the district’s students are classified as low-income, and these students significantly underperform their higher-income peers. This thesis explores whether interventions outside of the classroom can narrow this performance gap by improving educational outcomes of low-income students. The thesis will demonstrate that poor housing conditions and inadequate out-of-school educational opportunities are factors holding back this population from its educational potential. Further, it will argue that one way of increasing the educational attainment of low-income students in Denver Public Schools is to emphasize programs outside of the classroom such as affordable housing and afterschool programs.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.