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A guide to schools and open enrollment for 2009-10 NOVEMBER 2008

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Editor’s Note Parents in Colorado can enroll their children in any public school in the state, as long as there is enough room. Boulder Valley’s open-enrollment period for the next academic year runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 16. Schools now are holding open houses and tours for the 2009-10 school year. Open-enrollment applications will be available Dec. 1 at every school in the district and online. In the St. Vrain Valley School District, where families apply directly to the school, open enrollment runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. This Choice Guide is designed to give parents a snapshot of their school options in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts, as well as their private school options. Information is compiled from school districts, the Colorado Department of Education and Camera staff. Descriptions were provided by the schools.

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Enrollment figures and student demographics are from fall 2007. Boulder Valley’s parent-satisfaction question is from the Parent Snapshot Survey given in spring 2008. The survey question chosen for this year’s guide is: What percentage of parents agree or strongly agree that their children have a positive attitude about their school?

To graduate students in the New Century, each of whom has the knowledge, skills and personal characteristics that will make this world a safer, more thoughtful and more inclusive place in which to live.

2008 CSAP scores are from Colorado Student Assessment Program tests taken by students in spring 2007. The categories are: Unsat., unsatisfactory; PP, partially proficient; Prof., proficient; Adv., advanced; Pass, combined proficient and advanced

Index Boulder Valley

Elementary schools ............................... 5 K-12 schools ....................................... 18 K-8 schools ......................................... 20 Middle schools .................................... 20 Middle-senior schools ......................... 23 High schools ........................................ 24

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St. Vrain Valley

Elementary schools ............................. K-8 schools ......................................... Middle schools .................................... Middle-senior schools ......................... High schools ........................................

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Boulder Valley School District has 55 schools, more than 28,000 students, and nearly 4,200 employees. BVSD covers approximately 500 square miles and serves 12 communities: Boulder, Broomfield, Erie, Eldorado Springs, Gold Hill, Jamestown, Lafayette, Louisville, Marshall, Nederland, Superior and Ward. CAMERA

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Host of factors tied to open-enrollment Construction projects could lure or deter families from schools

By Vanessa Miller Camera Staff Writer

A lot goes into a family’s decision to open enroll their child in a school outside their neighborhood’s attendance area. Some parents consider a school’s size, demographics, test scores and special programs — like arts, foreign language, music and athletics. Other families consider whether a school offers a unique learning philosophy or the standard core-knowledge approach. Open enrollment has become increasingly popular in the Boulder Valley School District, where parents and students can pick from a wide range of elementary, middle, high and multi-level schools — some of which focus on specific subject areas like language or art. In the St. Vrain Valley School District, open enrollment is less popular because fast growth in some parts of the district has limited the opportunity to switch schools. More families in Boulder Valley recently have been considering open enrollment due to heightened awareness of that option, positive and negative press for some schools and uniquely focused educational programs, said Jonathan Dings, chief of planning and assessment for the district. And, this year, Boulder Valley families considering whether or where to open enroll their children will have more than just academics and special programming to think about, Dings said. Many of the Boulder Valley schools have completed, are in the

middle of or are planning major construction projects to be funded through the $296.8 million bond issue that voters approved in 2006. Because of ongoing construction, Boulder Valley schools could have both obstacles and a vision of longterm benefits that they didn’t have at this time last year. “Now that some of the construction projects are wrapping up, I can that see some schools might be more attractive to families,” said Susan Cousins, a spokeswoman for the district. “I can see how families would be excited about being in new, modern spaces.” Because the open-enrollment process doesn’t begin until December, Cousins said it’s hard to gauge the impact district-wide construction will have on open enrollment. But, she said, during the last openenrollment season, some families were persuaded by construction to move their children out of Casey Middle School after learning that students will be taking buses to Platte Middle School until the project’s completion — for half of this school year and all of the next. Casey families, in that case, were given open-enrollment preference — meaning the district made it a priority to get them into their preferred new school, even if that school had limited space and was forming a waiting list. Cousins said it’s unclear whether construction will increase open enrollment, and — if it does — whether families will want to move their children because of the nuisance construction or the long-term improvements. “It’s certainly hard to tell,” Cousins said. “The work might be a factor in families’ consideration in what schools they choose for their students. But, I think, they’ll still just be looking at what school is right for their children.”

Camera hosts School Choice Fair

Parents can get the information they need to choose schools for their students at the Daily Camera’s School Choice Fair. The fair is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Millennium Harvest House hotel, 1345 28th St., Boulder. Participating schools include Alexander Dawson, Bixby School, Boulder Country Day School, Boulder Jewish Day School, Bridge School, Broomfield Academy, Eastern Sun Academy, Friends School, Hillside School, Jarrow Montessori, Mountain Shadow Montessori, Peak to Peak Charter, Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative, Running River, September High School, Shepard Valley Waldorf, Shining Mountain Waldorf, Tara Performing Arts High School and The Watershed School.

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Boulder Valley elementary schools

Bear Creek

Description: Bear Creek Elementary is a focus school that emphasizes the cognitive and conceptual connections among mathematics, science and music. The program is supported by a partnership with faculty members from several schools and departments at the University of Colorado. A high priority is placed on a rich language arts experience as a solid foundation in literacy skills. Open house/visitation: Open houses will be 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Dec. 15 and Jan. 14 Address: 2500 Table Mesa Drive, Boul-

der, CO 80305 Phone: 303-499-8555 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ bearcreek/ Principal: Kent Cruger

Enrollment: 361 Capacity: 350 Daily schedule: 8:35 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 82.3; Hispanic, 3; Asian, 12.5; African-American, 0; American Indian, 1.1; free lunch, 1.9; reduced-price lunch, 1.4; English-language learners, 1.9; special education, 4.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff:13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.7-to-1

State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PP 2 7 4 16 10 6 5 2 5 12

Prof. 63 78 56 55 71 43 22 36 18 31

Adv. 35 16 40 29 19 52 73 62 77 57

Pass 98 93 96 84 90 95 95 98 95 88

Prof. 56 63 67 45 38 57 28 38 39 44

Adv. 17 7 9 20 22 14 55 34 32 13

Pass 73 70 76 66 60 71 83 73 71 57

Birch Description: Birch Elementary School has a well-earned reputation of being a cohesive neighborhood school that sets high standards for all students. Birch offers a comprehensive academic curriculum supported by classroom extensions including field trips, assemblies, and fine arts and physical education programs. This unique combination of class and community learning allows students to express themselves through their personal learning style. Birch has very active parent volunteers. Open house/visitation: Open houses will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11

and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 8 Address: 1035 Birch St., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 303-469-3397 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/

birch/ Principal: Tracy Stegall Enrollment: 421 Capacity: 463 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78.8; Hispanic, 13.6; Asian, 4; African-American, 3.1; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 16.9; reduced-price lunch, 8; English-language learners, 4.7; special education, 9.9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Nine Average student-to-teacher

ratio: 16.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 13 7 4 3 4 0 0 5 4 4

PP 14 22 19 31 34 27 17 21 25 39

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Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies Description: Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies is a focus school that opened in 1997. It is a “holistic, arts-integrated” school with a multicultural curriculum that emphasizes the development of children’s sensitivity to nature. Teachers use stories, songs, movement, art and music from around the world as tools for teaching math, language arts, science and social studies. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 14. Classroom visits and introductions to BCSIS are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 8 and Jan. 8; and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 12. Meet

Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ bcsis/ Principal: Phil Katsampes Enrollment: 287 Capacity: 230 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. the principal and teachers from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 8 and Jan. 8; and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 12. Address: 3995 East Aurora Ave., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-494-1454

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 88.2; Hispanic, 3.1; Asian, 5.2; African-American, 3.5; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 9.1; reduced-price lunch, 2.4; English-language learners, 1; special education, 8.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Eight

Coal Creek

Columbine

Description: Coal Creek Elementary, a neighborhood school in northwest Louisville, promotes a balanced literacy program that emphasizes a multi-sensory approach to reading and writing. Students participate in small reading groups of four to 12 students, which meet for 30 to 40 minutes four times a week during the literacy block. The content during guided reading has a wide range, including a focus on phonemic awareness, word study, comprehension strategies, spelling and writing strategies. Investigations, a hands-on/ concept-based math program, emphasizes problem solving in conjunction with proficiency in computation methodology. Social studies and science activities are project-oriented; experiences in physical education, art, music and computer science round out the academic program.

Description: A primary goal of the Columbine school community is to serve a broader spectrum of its north Boulder neighborhood’s children. Parents are encouraged to learn about Columbine’s new initiative in talented and gifted education, its clear and focused approach to math instruction, and its unique method of reducing kindergarten through fifthgrade class sizes to 18. Because the school enrolls many children learning English as their second language, aggregate CSAP test scores are lower than some other schools. However, Columbine students achieve some of the greatest year-to-year growth in CSAP scores in all of Boulder Valley. This reflects the dynamic learning environment created by teachers who are masters in challenging all children.

Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 and Jan. 9 Address: 801 W. Tamarisk St., Louisville CO 80027 Phone: 303-666-4843 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ coalcreek/ Principal: John Kiemele Enrollment: 470 Capacity: 440

Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 92.3; Hispanic, 3; Asian, 2.6; African-American, 1.1; American Indian, 1.1; free lunch, 3.6; reduced-price lunch, 1.1; English-language learners, 0.4; special education, 7.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 16 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.7-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Usat. 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3

PP 7 6 10 30 17 20 7 9 14 30

Prof. 80 79 74 51 63 65 37 35 42 50

Adv. 13 15 13 20 20 15 56 57 41 17

Pass 93 94 86 70 83 80 93 91 83 67

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 2 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

PP 6 8 7 51 19 22 26 8 15 13

Prof. 79 79 74 38 63 67 40 56 43 65

Adv. 13 10 20 9 15 11 34 37 41 22

Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 13.9; Hispanic, 82.6; Asian, 1.9; African-American, 0.8; American Indian, 0.8; free lunch, 83.4; reduced-price lunch, 4.9; English-language learners, 79.6; special education, 10.6

Address: 3130 Repplier Drive, Boulder, CO 80304

State CSAP rating: Low

Phone: 303-443-0792 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ columbine Principal: Lynn Widger Enrollment: 368 Capacity: 410

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: Nine

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State CSAP rating: Excellent

Open house/visitation: Enrollment/ informational meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 11, Dec. 16, Jan. 8 and Jan. 13.

Bond construction projects: Columbine Elementary School is being demolished and rebuilt with the district’s bond money and revenue from the Washing-

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Average student-to-teacher ratio: 17.9-to-1

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 10.2-to-1

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Usat. 36 44 46 8 31 21 10 33 21 62

PP 24 30 33 72 50 59 30 39 56 33

Prof. 40 23 21 20 13 21 50 19 23 5

Adv. 0 2 0 0 5 0 10 7 0 0

Pass 40 25 21 20 17 21 60 27 23 5

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Community Montessori Description: Community Montessori is a focus school and the only public Montessori school in the district. Community Montessori serves children from preschool through fifth grade. Classrooms are multi-age: Primary is for ages 3 to 6, lower elementary is for ages 6 to 9 and upper elementary is for ages 9 to 11. The Montessori method challenges each student through a child-centered, individualized approach. The classroom environment allows children to move freely and make challenging choices within safe limits and clear academic expectations. Transportation and a program for English language learners is offered for those who qualify. Open house/visitation: An open house is set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14. To sign up for a tour, call 303-447-5407. Address: 805 Gillaspie Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-444-7479 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ communitymontessori/ Principal: Marlene Skovsted Enrollment: 228 Capacity: 240 Bond construction projects: Community Montessori Elementary School is getting $1.7 million in upgrades through

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the school bond. Work began in 2007 and is picking up again this fall. The school is getting numerous upgrades including remodeled classrooms and labs, as well as upgraded outdoor equipment. Daily schedule: 8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 72.4; Hispanic, 16.2; Asian, 10.1; African-American, 1.3; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 15.8; reduced-price lunch, 3.9; English-language learners, 13.2; special education, 7.9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 14 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Usat. 7 0 4 0 0 4 3 0 4 7

PP 3 8 7 30 21 14 17 13 29 7

Prof. 77 75 64 57 58 54 40 50 29 50

Adv. 13 17 25 13 21 29 40 38 39 36

Pass 90 92 89 70 79 82 80 88 68 86

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Crest View Description: Crest View Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves a large area of north Boulder represented by a cross-section of socio-economic and ethnic groups. The school uses personalized education programs to encourage the highest academic achievement and student growth. Crest View has both state and national accreditation. It offers a wide variety of programs for specialneeds students, talented and gifted, and English-language-learners. A long-standing conflict mediation program has received state recognition. The science program has received national awards for the creation of “Habitat,” a natural learning environment attached to the school playground.

Principal: Ned Levine Enrollment: 511 Capacity: 530

Open house/visitation: Guided visits are scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 12. A kindergarten meeting for parents only is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 13. Address: 1897 Sumac Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-443-6363 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ crestview/

Bond construction projects: Crest View Elementary School is getting $5.8 million in upgrades through the bond. In March 2008, crews began making building upgrades including a new cafeteria, more classroom and administrative space and a kindergarten addition. Work is scheduled for completion in July 2009. Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 72; Hispanic, 18; Asian, 7.8; African-American, 2; American Indian, 0.2; free lunch, 19.6; reduced-price lunch, 4.5; English-language learners, 16.6; special

education, 9.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 16 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 15.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 10 11 9 6 5 3 4 6 4 8

PP 9 16 7 28 36 21 9 15 20 24

Prof. 65 59 69 48 48 57 30 38 30 37

Adv. 16 13 13 17 10 16 57 41 42 31

Pass 81 72 82 65 58 73 87 79 72 68

Creekside at Martin Park Description: Creekside, located in south Boulder, is a dynamic neighborhood school hosting an international student population that speaks 25 languages. Creekside also maintains close ties with the University of Colorado. The Garden to Table Program is a collaborative project that provides fresh, healthy, delicious meals in the lunchroom and uses the organic school garden as a means of teaching. Academic programming is provided on a differentiated basis, determined by student performance levels. Special programming is available for both talented and gifted students and for those struggling. The literacy program is supported by a

Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ creekside/ Principal: Alejandra Sotiros Enrollment: 330 Capacity: 316 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. 25,000-volume book room. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 6 p.m. Dec. 4, 8:15 a.m. Dec. 11, and 11:45 a.m. Jan. 8. Address: 3740 Martin Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-494-1069

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 52.1; Hispanic, 32.1; Asian, 10.9; African-American, 3.6; American Indian, 1.2; free lunch, 36.4; reduced-price lunch, 5.8; English-language learners, 34.2; special education, 15.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.5-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 11 21 16 14 14 8 14 7 8 17

PP 19 12 16 59 33 42 24 27 24 35

Prof. 57 58 56 19 40 46 35 27 42 35

Adv. 11 9 12 8 14 4 27 40 26 8

Pass 68 67 68 27 53 50 62 67 68 42

Adv. 16 8 36 27 29 32 51 64 74 34

Pass 99 88 94 74 84 89 96 97 100 87

Douglass Description: Douglass has a longstanding reputation as a neighborhood school, offering a challenging academic program, high-quality instruction in the arts, and a welcoming and embracing school climate. Douglass has received many awards, including the Colorado Department of Education’s “school of excellence” for high academic achievement and the “creative ticket school of excellence” award for exemplary arts programs. Douglass also has been recognized by the School Mediation Project for its strong character education program. Parent volunteerism is high, and the staff is highly committed to meeting the needs of all children.

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Web site: www.douglasselementary.com Principal: Monica Draper Enrollment: 439 Capacity: 390 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12. Kindergarten registration and orientation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Address: 840 75th St., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-499-4884

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 93.2; Hispanic, 1.6; Asian, 4.8; African-American, 0.2; American Indian, 0.2; free lunch, 1.6; reduced-price lunch, 0.5; English-language learners, 0; special education, 5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 14

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Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

PP 1 12 6 26 15 11 4 3 0 13

Prof. 82 80 58 47 55 57 45 33 26 52

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Alexander Dawson School

303-665-667 • www.dawsonschool.org • Grades K-12 Open House Feb. 7

Bixby School

303-494-7508 • www.bixbyschool.org • Pre-K-5 Call for School Tour

Boulder Country Day School

303-527-5569 • www.bouldercountryday.org • Pre-K-8 Call for Tour or Appointment

Boulder Jewish Day School

303-449-5565 • www.bjds.org • Grades Preschool-5 Call for Tour or Appointment

Bridge School

303-494-7551 • www.bridgeschoolboulder.org • Grades 6-12 High School Shadow Day Jan. 14

Broomfield Academy

303-469-6449 • www.broomfieldacademy.com • Pre-K-5 Open Houses: 2nd Tuesday Each Month

Catalyst Education of Colorado

303-604-5512 • www.catalystedu.org • Grades 9-12 Call for Personal Tour/Visit

Eastern Sun Academy

303-443-3302 • www.easternacademy.org • Grades K-6 Open Houses Dec. 3, 17

Friends’ School

303-499-1999 • www.friendsschoolboulder.org • Pre-School-5 Call for Tour/Class Observation

Hillside School

303-494-7551 • www.hillsidelearning.org • Grades 1-8 Call for Individual Tour

Jarrow Montessori School

303-443-0511 • www.jarrow.org • Pre-K-6 Open Houses Feb 12, Apr 16

The Living School

303-449-0866 • info@livingschool.org • Ages 5 and Up Open Houses Dec. 13, 17, Jan. 17

Mountain Shadows Montessori School

303-530-5353 • www.mountainshadows.org • Ages 3-12 Open Houses Jan 15, Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr 8

The Patchwork School

720-271-6729 • www.thepatchworkschool.com • K-3 November Tours Wednesday & Thursday Afternoons

Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative 303-545-9230 • www.rms.org • Pre-K-8 Parent Orientations Dec. 9, Jan 13

Running River School

303-499-2059 • www.runningriver.org • K-6 Open Houses Dec. 3, Feb. 4

September High School

303-443-9933 • www.septemberschool.org • Grades 9-12 Call for Tour/School Visit

Shepherd Valley Waldorf School

303-652-0130 • www.shepherdvalley.org • Pre-K-8 Open Houses Jan 24, March 7

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

303-444-7697 • www.smwaldorf.org • Pre-K-12 Open Houses Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 2, May 1

Tara Performing Arts High School

303-440-4510 • www.tarahighschool.org • Grades 9-12 Open Houses, Nov. 22, Feb. 9

Watershed School

303-440-7250 • www.watershedschool.org • Grades 6-12 Open Houses Dec. 5, 6, Jan. 23, 31

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Boulder Valley elementary schools

Eisenhower

Emerald

Description: Eisenhower is a vibrant school serving a dynamic community. We are proud of our students’ achievement record, which has earned the school the John Irwin School of Excellence award. The school urges students to reach their fullest potential through authentic work, fun and real accomplishment. We strive for all those associated with Eisenhower to understand the wonder of learning and the importance of community. Gifted programs, ESL programs, special-education programs, before- and after-school care, and a variety of student activities are available. Our diverse student population is truly a community of learners. Open house/visitation: Kingergarten tours and teacher meetings at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Dec. 11 and 9:45 a.m. Jan. 9. General tours are set for 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 10:15 a.m. Dec. 10 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Address: 1220 Eisenhower Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-443-4260 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ eisenhower/ Principal: Charles Serns Enrollment: 468 Capacity: 525 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

Description: Emerald is a neighborhood school with a balance of diversity that mirrors the real world. We believe building positive relationships and eliminating fears for every student is critical for maximum learning to take place. Contributing to our continued success are social development, strong balanced literacy and math programs, small class size of 18-to-1 in grades kindergarten, first and second, and an incredibly dedicated staff with high but realistic expectations. We provide support for our parents through Love and Logic parenting classes, at no charge and with child care provided.

casian, 72.9; Hispanic, 15.6; Asian, 9.8; African-American, 0.9; American Indian, 0.9; free lunch, 16; reduced-price lunch, 4.1; English-language learners, 15.8; special education, 9.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 8 4 4 6 4 1 6 4 3 3

PP 14 10 12 39 18 20 13 13 12 19

Prof. 65 79 68 44 56 70 24 26 36 31

Adv. 14 7 16 11 21 9 57 57 49 46

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Open house/visitation:An open visitation is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8. Address: 755 W. Elmhurst Place, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 303-466-2316 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ emerald/ Principal: Larry Leatherman Enrollment: 384 Capacity: 477 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 44.8; Hispanic, 45.3; Asian, 9.4;

African-American, 0.3; American Indian, 0.3; free lunch, 52.6; reduced-price lunch, 10.4; English-language learners, 28.9; special education, 12.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 15 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 11.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 18 4 10 5 18 3 2 4 4 5 3 3 9 4 12 5 0 5 18

PP 31 45 18 67 61 41 41 25 20 32

Prof. 45 41 47 30 30 38 35 45 34 41

Adv. 5 4 18 2 4 18 15 19 46 9

Exhibitors include:

4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 Millennium Harvest House Hotel Boulder

Alexander Dawson Bixby School Boulder Country Day School Boulder Jewish Day School Bridge School Boulder Valley Schools Peak to Peak Charter School Broomfield Academy Catalyst Education of Colorado Eastern Sun Academy Friends School Hillside School Jarrow Montessori Mountain Shadow Montessori School Rocky Mountain Christian Academy Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative Running River School Sacred Heart of Jesus School September High School Shepherd Valley Waldorf School Shining Mountain Waldorf School Tara Performing Arts High School The Watershed School

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Boulder Valley elementary schools

Fireside

Foothill

Description: Fireside is a neighborhood school serving the Louisville community. Our school is characterized by strong academic programs, coupled with a philosophy that encourages respect and celebrates the development of the whole child. With a rich multicultural population, Fireside serves families speaking 15 different languages. Points of pride include our talented and gifted program, our ESL instruction and our special education support to meet the instructional needs of all of our students. Fireside has an experienced and competent staff that welcomes our dedicated parent volunteers. As a result, we provide a first-class learning experience that reaches beyond the bounds of the school. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 16 and Jan. 8, and at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 and Jan. 12. Address: 845 W. Dahlia, Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-665-0700 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ fireside/ Principal: Pat Heinz-Pribyl Enrollment: 444 Capacity: 440 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Description: Foothill is a successful neighborhood school with high-achieving students, an involved parent community, and committed faculty and staff. Located in northwest Boulder, Foothill has been educating children for more than half a century. Lifelong learning, academic achievement and world citizenship are integrated within the Boulder Valley curriculum. Our students are supported by an array of services including special education, literacy support, and talented and gifted programs. Additionally, there are many extra-curricular and co-curricular options available. Our school has been named a John Irwin School of Excellence for student achievement and a Green Star Environmental School for our waste-free recycling program.

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 71.8; Hispanic, 14; Asian, 11.5; African-American, 2.5; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 15.8; reduced-price lunch, 2; English-language learners, 17.3; special education, 11.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 14 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 6 8 8 3 0 0 2 8 8 8

PP 8 20 8 27 38 22 12 11 11 12

Prof. 63 63 65 37 50 51 33 42 45 49

Adv. 22 8 18 31 11 26 52 38 35 30

Pass 85 70 82 69 61 77 85 80 80 78

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Address: 1001 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-443-1847 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/ Foothill/default.aspx Principal: Melisa Potes Enrollment: 526 Capacity: 485 Bond construction projects: Foothill Elementary School is getting $9.5 million in upgrades. In April 2008, crews began adding classrooms, administra-

Flatirons Description: Flatirons Elementary is a neighborhood school with a long tradition of offering an outstanding educational experience for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is accomplished through the efforts of an excellent collaborative faculty and staff, supportive and energetic parents, an innovative inclusive learning community, and students aspiring to become lifelong learners by being curious, creative, analytical, adaptable and motivated to fulfill their highest potential. The goal is for every child’s experience at Flatirons to promote success academically, socially and emotionally. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 11 and 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Address: 1150 Seventh St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-442-7205 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ flatirons Principal: Scott Boesel Enrollment: 295 Capacity: 300 Bond construction projects: Flatirons Elementary School is getting $4.2 million in upgrades through the school bond. Crews in January are schedule to begin making additions and upgrades to classrooms, the gymnasium, administrative offices and the cafeteria. Work is scheduled to be complete by August 2009.

Open house/visitation: An open house has been scheduled at 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

tive offices and a new cafeteria. The project is due to be complete by August 2009. Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 88.8; Hispanic, 5.5; Asian, 4; African-American, 1.1; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 4.9; reduced-price lunch, 1.3; English-language learners, 1.9; special education, 8 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 10 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 0 4 0 5 1 3 0 4 0 5 0 3 1 4 1 5 0 5 0

PP 1 10 2 25 17 8 2 12 6 20

Prof. 73 78 75 55 54 55 30 43 46 64

Adv. 25 11 21 20 28 36 67 43 48 16

Pass 98 89 95 75 82 91 96 86 94 80

Gold Hill Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 92.2; Hispanic, 2; Asian, 4.1; African-American, 1.7; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 2.4; reduced-price lunch, 0.3; English-language learners, 0.3; special education, 11.9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 2 8 4

PP 5 12 10 22 33 23 5 19 19 19

Prof. 78 84 73 61 53 60 38 51 33 60

Adv. 18 4 13 15 12 15 58 28 40 17

Pass 95 88 85 76 65 75 95 79 73 77

Description: Gold Hill is a historic mining town nestled in the mountains above Boulder. Founded in 1873, Gold Hill School is the oldest continuously run elementary school in Colorado. Once a one-room schoolhouse, the school now has three rooms and two teachers. The school is small, experiential and a vital part of this vibrant mountain community. Children in these multi-age classrooms experience a greater variety of material at an earlier age. With only two teachers in a six-year period, transitions between grades are easier, and strong, lasting relationships tend to form. Open house/visitation: Call to schedule a visit. Address: 890 Main St., Gold Hill, CO 80302 Phone: 303-245-5940 Web site: www.bvsd.org

Capacity: 41 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 96; Hispanic, 0; Asian, 4; AfricanAmerican, 0; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 8; reduced-price lunch, 16; English-language learners, 0; special education, 12 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Eight

Principal: Kelley King

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 9.3-to-1

Enrollment: 25

State CSAP rating: Unsatisfactory

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Boulder Valley elementary

Heatherwood

Serving grades 9 – 12 with a rigorous college-preparatory Waldorf curriculum, offering an emphasis on the performing arts.

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Description: Heatherwood Elementary’s academic strength lies in a balanced and integrated curricular program, school officials said. Children master and apply literacy and math skills through learning that emphasizes research, problem solving, simulations and technology. The instructional program does not end with the acquisition of discrete skills, but goes on to teach the use of those skills in higher-level problem solving. The school motto is “Heatherwood Has Heart.” Staff and parents foster mutual cooperation, emotional support, and personal and academic growth for all students, school officials said. Several parents volunteer in the classrooms. Children benefit from flexible classroom settings, team teaching, multi-age and traditional classes, and communication that keeps parents involved. Open house/visitation: Kindergarten tours are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 11, Dec. 16 and Jan. 8. Open house and registration is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13. For an appointment, call 303-530-1234. Address: 7750 Concord Drive, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 303-530-1234 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ heatherwood Principal: Larry Orobona Enrollment: 368

Capacity: 316 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.9; Hispanic, 6.5; Asian, 5.2; African-American, 1.4; American Indian, 1.1; free lunch, 7.3; reduced-price lunch, 1.9; English-language learners, 2.4; special education, 11.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.7-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Usat. 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 4 0 9

PP 4 9 13 23 24 25 6 14 15 18

Prof. 62 80 69 53 53 62 30 37 33 51

Adv. 32 8 15 21 24 13 64 45 53 22

Pass 94 88 84 74 76 75 94 82 85 73

High Peaks SLIDING SCALE TUITION & AD D I T I O N A L F I N A N C I A L A I D A V A I L A B L E Accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year ACIS accredited, NAIS member

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Description: High Peaks is a coreknowledge focus school that opened in 1995. Teachers use dramatizations, art projects, writing workshops and collaborative learning groups to bring the coreknowledge sequence “to life.” Core knowledge uses a planned progression of specific content in history, geography, mathematics, science, language arts and fine arts. The program builds from year to year, and is designed to prevent the repetition and gaps that can result from less specific curricular guidelines. The comprehensive everyday math program is used in kindergarten through fifth grade and is a spiraling curriculum that complements core knowledge. Open house/visitation: Open houses and tours with a principal and teachers are scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 8. School visits with kindergarten teachers are set for 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 10 and Jan. 14, and at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 and Dec. 15. Address: 3995 East Aurora Ave., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-494-1454

Boulder Jewish Day School B Ac Academic Excellence. Jewish Values.

74 7415 Lookout Rd.

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303 449-5569 contact@bjds.org

Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/hp/ index.php Principal: Rosemary Lohndorf Enrollment: 299 Capacity: 230

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Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 79.6; Hispanic, 5.4; Asian, 14.4; African-American, 0.7; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 4.7; reduced-price lunch, 1.3; English-language learners, 2.7; special education, 9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Nine Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

PP 4 8 4 28 15 6 2 4 2 10

Prof. 74 73 57 47 56 58 36 33 23 46

Adv. 21 17 40 26 29 36 62 63 74 42

Pass 96 90 96 72 85 94 98 96 96 88

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Boulder Valley elementary Shining Mountain Waldorf School . . . A place where everyone knows your name Classroom Tours

Thursdays, December 11 & January 15 • 9-11 am & January 15 • 9:30-11:30am Come tour our campus to see why Shining Mountain has been voted Best Private School in Boulder for the past four years.

Jamestown

Description: Jamestown is a one-room school with a small student-to-teacher ratio, individualized learning and creative educational approaches. Students can work with a teacher for up to five years in a multi-age classroom setting. Community and parent involvement is high. The town is full of musicians and artisans, which is reflected in the children. Address: 111 Mesa St., Jamestown, CO 80455 Phone: 303-442-6613 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ jamestown/index.html Principal: Kelley King Enrollment: 22 Capacity: 18 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

King Winter Faire & Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 6 • Holiday Gift Bazaar – 9 am to 5 pm • Children’s Activities in King Winter’s Realm – 10 am to 3 pm

All-School Open House

Saturday, January 10 • 12-2pm

High School Shadowing

January 7 & 21, February 3 Reservations required

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 95.5; Hispanic, 0; Asian, 4.5; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 0; reduced-price lunch, 0; Englishlanguage learners, 0; special education, 4.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Unreportable

Kohl Description: Kohl is a neighborhood school with strong test scores and parent volunteerism. Its vision statement is: “Empower each student with the knowledge, skill and personal characteristics that enable them to reach their potential and prepare them to meet future challenges and embrace life-long learning.” Kohl is indicative of the fact that neighborhood schools can offer an exemplary educational program for students, school officials said. Open house/visitation: An open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 8. Address: 1000 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 303-466-5944 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/Kohl Principal: Cindy Kaier Enrollment: 469 Capacity: 480 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.7; Hispanic, 6.4; Asian, 5.5; African-American, 1.7; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 10.4; reduced-price lunch, 5.1; English-language learners, 1.1; spe-

PreK–12 • Fully Accredited • 303.951.8579 999 Violet Avenue, Boulder • www.smwaldorf.org

Dreams

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That’s why two of our June graduates are currently attending Juilliard School of Music in New York.

cial education, 12.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 14 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 4 1 4 3 0 1 4 3 3 1

PP 9 10 10 40 29 28 23 13 16 30

Prof. 79 83 76 51 58 57 37 42 37 51

Adv. 9 4 9 6 12 13 36 42 43 18

Pass 87 87 85 57 70 70 73 83 81 69

An Individualized Education

For Exceptional, Accelerated & Creative Students Average 1:9 Teacher-Student Ratio Year-round Enrollment Nationally Accredited Now Enrolling Pre-K through 6th Grade

Let us show you how Bridge School can help your children achieve their dreams. Call to arrange your personal tour or to find out more about our middle and high school programs.

6717 South Boulder Road, Boulder 303.494.7551 www.bridgeschoolboulder.org

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Boulder Valley elementary The St. Vrain Valley School District Student Achievement, Well-Being, Partnerships.

NASA engineer Jose Matienzo with students at Coal Ridge Middle School.

A chance for your child to grow & learn. Come to our Classroom Tour 8:30am Thursday January 15th and our Open House January 24th 10am-noon Call now to RSVP Visit Shepherd Valley Waldorf School

at 6500 West Dry Creek Pkwy, Niwot, CO 303-652-0130 • www.shepherdvalley.org

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Description: Recognized for progress made on reaching academic excellence, Lafayette is a neighborhood school that develops talents and skills of individual students through differentiating daily instruction. Its diverse population creates a unique multicultural learning environment. A focus on gifted and talented education gives the school unique and challenging curricular options. High-quality standards-based curriculum, frequent formal and informal assessments, and timely feedback to parents help provide an appropriate program for all learners. The school has smaller class sizes, a strong literacy program, individualized math instruction, a state-of-the-art computer technology lab, and a playground that is accessible to students with disabilities. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and Jan. 13 and 9 a.m. Jan. 15. Address: 101 N. Bermont Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-5046 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ lafayette/ Principal: Holly Hultgren Enrollment: 475 Capacity: 413 Bond construction projects: Lafayette Elementary School is getting $3 million in upgrades. In January 2008, crews began adding classrooms and im-

proving outdoor facilities. The project is due to be complete by August 2009. Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 74.1; Hispanic, 18.1; Asian, 4.8; African-American, 2.3; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 20.4; reduced-price lunch, 3.4; English-language learners, 10.1; special education, 15.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 15.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 3 8 11 3 0 4 3 5 7 11

PP 13 16 11 40 34 36 26 17 24 35

Prof. 59 66 67 41 53 51 27 41 36 42

Adv. 26 11 11 16 13 9 44 38 33 13

Pass 84 77 78 57 66 60 71 78 69 55

Louisville

“At September High

303.443.9933 www.septemberschool.org

Lafayette

- JM, parent

Description: Louisville Elementary is a neighborhood school in the heart of old town Louisville. At Louisville Elementary, student achievement, along with building students’ self-esteem and selfconfidence in a safe, caring environment, is our primary focus. We believe character education is part of our educational responsibility, and we pride ourselves on creating a safe and caring school community. We strive to see our students become self-confident, lifelong learners, and we support the growth of the whole child toward emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as toward academic success. Parents support our school in a multitude of ways, from volunteering to organizing fun and well attended school social events. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 12. Address: 400 Hutchinson St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-666-6562 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/les Principal: Jennifer Rocke Enrollment: 427 Capacity: 460 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87.5; Hispanic, 6.8; Asian, 3; African-American, 1.6; American Indian, 0.9; free lunch, 8.7; reduced-price lunch, 3; English-language learners, 0.9; special education, 11.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 17.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 2 4 6 0 0 1 2 3 6 3

PP 6 10 4 20 32 22 6 12 13 15

Prof. 76 77 72 58 51 46 35 56 29 49

Adv. 17 10 18 23 18 31 58 29 51 34

Pass 92 86 90 80 68 76 92 85 81 82

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Boulder Valley elementary

Mesa

Accredited K-12 College Preparatory, Liberal Arts Public Charter School operating in Boulder Valley School District 800 Merlin Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 303.453.4600 • Locally and nationally recognized public school of choice! • Only Top 100 high school in Colorado, rated 40th best out of 27,000 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek in 2008 • John Irwin School of Excellence Awards, K-12 (Top 8% of Colorado schools) • Excellent and extensive college counseling program • Highest ACT scores in the district and 2nd highest in Colorado • Commitment to positive school culture and community service, K-12 • State championship level high school athletics and extensive arts programs and extracurricular activities, K-12 • Challenge for gifted students through flexible, appropriate placement • Random district lottery determines enrollment, no tuition • Located on and near RTD bus lines • 100% of 2008 graduates were accepted into a college of their choice!

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One of only two Colorado public schools with NCA accreditation as a college prep school!

Good Character

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Description: From the moment you walk into Mesa, you notice genuine warmth between teachers, staff and families. The critical attribute that distinguishes Mesa from other schools is our strong sense of community. In addition, we are a nationally recognized, awardwinning school with an emphasis on providing a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade experience that is integrated across subject areas and grade levels. Our challenging academic program is enhanced by a rich curriculum in art, music and athletics. Some parents recently said, “We chose Mesa for its excellence, but we fell in love with this school for its commitment to our children.” Open house/visitation: An open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 2. Address: 1575 Lehigh St., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-494-4704 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ mesa/ Principal: Josh Baldner Enrollment: 355 Capacity: 295 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

casian, 89.9; Hispanic, 1.7; Asian, 7.6; African-American, 0.3; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 2.5; reduced-price lunch, 1.1; English-language learners, 1.1; special education, 8.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 17.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 0

PP 2 7 8 38 8 19 6 1 15 21

Prof. 79 75 60 56 68 54 42 38 38 44

Adv. 17 17 29 6 22 23 50 60 48 33

Pass 96 92 90 62 90 77 92 97 85 77

Pioneer Description: Located in old town Lafayette, Escuela Bilingue Pioneer is a dual-immersion bilingual focus school where all students enroll through the district’s open enrollment process. The student population is about half native-Spanish speakers and half native-English speakers, with a considerable range of socioeconomic status. In this unique bilingual program, students learn to read and write in their first language. Students also receive daily second language, math and content instruction, which is aligned with the Boulder Valley standards and differentiated for individuals’ specific needs. Highly qualified literacy and math instructors support a schoolwide intervention schedule. A multicultural perspective is infused throughout the curriculum. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 12, and 6 p.m. Jan. 12. Address: 101 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-666-4971 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/ Pioneer Principal: Miguel Villalon Enrollment: 414 Capacity: 348 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

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casian, 38.9; Hispanic, 58.5; Asian, 1; African-American, 1.2; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 41.3; reduced-price lunch, 7.2; English-language learners, 45.4; special education, 9.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 13.7-to-1 Parent satisfaction: 93 percent of parents agreed or strongly agree that their children have a positive attitude about their school. State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 7 20 11 2 12 7 17 13 4 20

PP 12 17 37 39 38 43 26 23 33 35

Prof. 68 55 39 44 40 43 37 38 35 33

Adv. 12 7 13 15 8 7 18 23 26 13

Pass 80 62 52 59 48 50 55 62 61 46

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Nederland

Sanchez

Description: Nederland Elementary is dedicated to providing a variety of learning and enrichment opportunities for all of our students. Our location is adjacent to National Forest land, allowing us unequaled access to the natural environment for study and exploration of the mountain ecological system by our students. Our academic programming is well-rounded in all content areas, with an emphasis on meeting the individual needs of every child in literacy, math, science and social studies. In addition, we emphasize character growth and development through our Caring Community programming. Our parent and community support and involvement is high and contributes to our success. Open house/visitation: Call to schedule individual tours, shadowing and visits. Address: 1 Sundown Trail, Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: 303-258-7092 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ nederlandElem/ Principal: Debra Benitez Enrollment: 285 Capacity: 305 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Description: Alicia Sanchez Elementary is in the application phase of gaining International Baccalaureate status. The students, parents, community and highly trained staff are excited about this possibility. Sanchez already practices the characteristics of IB and holds true to the philosophy of educating all students. We welcome the challenges and work necessary to fulfill IB ideals as we incorporate the district curriculum and standards. Currently all instruction is in English. The IB adoption will allow for phasing in of Spanish instruction for 15 to 20 minutes per day. Sanchez uses school, community and district resources to meet the needs of all students, including smaller class sizes; interventions and extensions for learning; after school programs; and parent and family support programs. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m. Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. Jan. 8. Address: 644 Sir Galahad Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-2044 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ sanchez Principal: Doris Candelarie Enrollment: 280 Capacity: 350

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 90.9; Hispanic, 2.5; Asian, 3.9; African-American, 1.1; American Indian, 1.8; free lunch, 11.9; reduced-price lunch, 3.9; English-language learners, 1.4; special education, 15.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 14.5-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 11 7 11 9 3 0 11 4 7 4

PP 13 9 33 55 38 47 38 22 31 47

Prof. 74 78 47 30 46 38 40 59 33 31

Adv. 0 3 9 4 10 16 9 13 29 18

Pass 74 81 56 34 56 53 49 72 62 49

Ryan Description: Ryan is a math and science focus school dedicated to making each day a powerful learning experience in all subject areas for all children. Students and teachers examine all curricula through a math and science lens. The school is dedicated to meeting the needs of each student, coupling the Boulder Valley curriculum with personalized instruction to ensure that students are taught at their maximum instructional level each day. Parents are a vital part of the school and are encouraged to get involved in the School Improvement Team and Parent Teacher Association, or by volunteering in the classroom or on learning trips. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 18 and Jan. 15, and at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 8. Address: 1405 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-3345 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ ryan/ Principal: Cyrus Weinberger Enrollment: 430 Capacity: 357 Daily schedule: 8:05 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

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Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 31.8; Hispanic, 61.8; Asian, 4.3; African-American, 1.4; American Indian, 0.7; free lunch, 66.8; reduced-price lunch, 13.9; English-language learners, 37.1; special education, 16.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 10.5-to-1 State CSAP rating: Low Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 24 12 10 12 6 5 3 9 7 19

PP 27 47 23 55 68 40 50 34 21 50

Prof. 45 38 60 27 18 43 32 51 57 26

Adv. 0 0 3 3 6 8 12 3 10 2

Pass 45 38 63 30 24 50 44 54 67 29

Superior

casian, 68.6; Hispanic, 21.6; Asian, 5.3; African-American, 3; American Indian, 1.4; free lunch, 20.5; reduced-price lunch, 4.4; English-language learners, 10.2; special education, 10 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 16 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 2 4 9 5 3 3 5 4 2 5 1 3 5 4 9 5 4 5 4

PP 23 27 23 67 56 48 22 33 37 37

Prof. 72 63 66 27 38 46 55 48 39 46

Adv. 3 1 8 2 4 4 18 10 20 13

Pass 75 64 75 28 42 51 73 58 59 59

Description: Superior is a friendly neighborhood school offering an outstanding educational program. Our content-rich curriculum addresses all district content standards. Highlights of the curriculum include spiraling social-studies topics through which children learn American and world history, geography and many cultures. We have exceptional programs in physical education, music and art. Choirs, clubs, intramural sports and enrichment classes extend the school day. Our character education program unites the school with themes such as respect, altruism, perseverance and cooperation. Morning TV announcements, power point presentations, digital photography and Internet research add to rich integration of technology into the curriculum. Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled for 8 a.m. Jan. 7, Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Jan. 12 and 13. Address: 1800 S. Indiana St., Superior, CO 80027 Phone: 303-543-9330 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ superior Principal: Mary Hausermann Enrollment: 633 Capacity: 505

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.3; Hispanic, 2.2; Asian, 10.1; African-American, 1.7; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 0.6; reduced-price lunch, 0.5; English-language learners, 1.7; special education, 5.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 10 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 1 4 2 5 0 3 1 4 1 5 0 3 0 4 1 5 0 5 0

PP 5 3 0 28 14 3 8 5 9 23

Prof. 75 81 70 56 59 55 42 42 45 57

Adv. 19 14 28 15 25 40 49 52 46 18

Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Boulder Valley elementary schools

University Hill

Whittier International

Description: University Hill Elementary offers one of the most unique educational settings in the district. We offer a dual-language program that promotes biliteracy and bilingual and bicultural curricula. Our classrooms are exciting places where students learn academically challenging content while building literacy in two languages, Spanish and English. We offer pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade instruction using small class sizes, small group instruction and additional adult support for students in reading and math. Equity, diversity, respect and understanding are the cornerstones of our school community.

Description: The second school built in Boulder, Whittier International, was founded in 1882 and is situated in the heart of the city. Whittier is a neighborhood school with an international focus, serving students from more than 20 countries. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, Whittier incorporates the Boulder Valley School District curriculum, state standards and an internationally recognized academic framework. “Inquiry” is a primary strategy used to integrate higher-order thinking, questioning and application of content knowledge through science and social studies. In addition, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are introduced to Spanish as a world language. Open house/visitation: A kindergarten open house is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Address: 2008 Pine St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-442-2282 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ whittier Principal: Becky Escamilla Enrollment: 320 Capacity: 300 Daily schedule: 8:05 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Open house/visitation: Open houses are scheduled at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 13. Tours are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Jan. 7 and Jan. 15. Address: 956 16th St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-442-6735 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ unihill/ Principal: Leonora Velásquez Enrollment: 306 Capacity: 375 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

casian, 30.1; Hispanic, 66.7; Asian, 1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1.3; free lunch, 55.6; reduced-price lunch, 3.6; English-language learners, 49; special education, 12.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 11.6-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 6 21 23 6 13 10 0 6 6 27

PP 0 31 19 38 50 35 8 18 42 40

Prof. 75 44 46 50 35 44 39 43 27 23

Adv. 19 4 13 6 2 10 53 33 25 10

Pass 94 48 58 56 38 54 92 76 52 33

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 71.3; Hispanic, 21.3; Asian, 5.6; African-American, 1.9; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 35.6; reduced-price lunch, 2.2; English-language learners, 23.4; special education, 11.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 15 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 14.4-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 13 4 8 5 18 3 9 4 7 5 5 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 16

PP 13 31 14 35 39 32 18 26 27 29

Prof. 61 56 48 47 43 61 32 56 45 42

Adv. 14 5 20 9 11 2 46 13 23 13

Pass 75 61 68 56 54 64 79 69 68 56

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Morning of Montessori

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Boulder Valley K-12

Our extraordinary teachers have a mission to educate and elevate the whole person - mind, body and spirit.

Peak to Peak Charter Description: Peak to Peak is a liberal arts, college preparatory school designed for graduates to exceed entrance requirements of top colleges and universities. High expectations are an important part of the school culture. Students are challenged through appropriate placement in each subject. Character development is an integral part of all aspects of the school. Peak to Peak’s standards-based elementary program is based on the national recognized Core Knowledge sequence, with substantial use of ability grouping and differentiation. In addition to reading, writing, spelling, math, social studies and science, Peak to Peak elementary students participate in physical education, art, Spanish, French, music and information literacy skills. Peak to Peak Middle School offers a small school environment with a challenging sequence of standard and honors courses in core academic areas, along with a rich variety of electives to prepare students for Peak to Peak’s challenging high school program. College counseling engages students in early stages of the process. The high school program includes a wide variety of standard, honors and Advanced Placement classes. The liberal arts experience includes the arts, technology, world languages, community service, and physical education. The strong extracurricular program includes state-ranked CHSAA sports teams, theater productions, clubs, dances, competitions and other activities. Open house/visitation: A kindergarten and elementary informational meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 3, and an elementary informational meeting and tour is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 6. Elementary school tours are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9 a.m. Jan. 12. Address: 800 Merlin Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-453-4600, elementary; 303-453-4700, middle/high Web site: www.peaktopeak.org Principal: Noelle Roni Enrollment: 1,341

Capacity: Not given Bond construction projects: Peak to Peak Charter School is expecting $1.6 million in upgrades. Project specifics and a time table haven’t been determined. Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 80.4; Hispanic, 6.1; Asian, 10.9; African-American, 1.3; American Indian, 1.3; free lunch, 2.7; reduced-price lunch, 1.7; English-language learners, 1.5; special education, 3.8 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Six Average student-to-teacher ratio: 13.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science Science

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5 8 10

Unsat. 3 5 3 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 8 6 9 10 0 7 6

PP 9 4 4 6 13 6 7 8 29 22 15 17 25 23 19 28 9 11 9 16 31 22 21 38 18 15 13

Prof. 72 73 61 72 69 69 75 62 55 62 65 68 61 54 63 53 44 43 25 43 31 30 34 40 51 58 65

Adv. 17 18 33 20 14 24 17 30 14 16 20 13 13 22 19 19 46 44 65 37 28 43 35 12 32 19 16

Pass 88 91 94 92 83 93 92 92 69 78 85 81 75 76 81 72 90 87 90 80 60 72 69 52 82 78 81

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Boulder Valley K-8

Aspen Creek

Description: Aspen Creek K-8 students receive a rigorous academic programming. Art, music and physical education at the elementary level and the exploratory/elective programs at the middle level are outstanding. In grades six through eight, we offer teaming and exploratory programming to students. Our quality teachers are provided with job-embedded professional development opportunities that support quality instruction within the classroom. We have a strong parent community supporting Aspen Creek K-8. Open house/visitation: For information on school tours, call 720-887-4537. Address: 5500 Aspen Creek Drive, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-887-4537 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ aspencreek Principal: Brett Livingston

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 19.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: High

Enrollment: 912 Capacity: 969 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.9; Hispanic, 7; Asian, 5.7; African-American, 1.1; American Indian, 0.3; free lunch, 5.5; reduced-price lunch, 1.8; English-language learners, 0.3; special education, 9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11

Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade Unsat. 3 6 4 0 5 5 6 2 7 3 8 5 3 1 4 3 5 4 6 1 7 1 8 1 3 2 4 3 5 5 6 9 7 7 8 12 5 5 8 11

PP 8 19 12 12 15 13 39 30 27 38 30 36 11 13 12 22 30 28 36 26

Prof. 80 78 70 69 72 72 46 52 59 48 56 52 53 43 43 42 37 33 47 50

Adv. 6 3 13 17 11 9 14 16 11 13 13 9 34 42 40 28 26 27 12 13

Pass 86 81 83 86 83 82 60 68 70 61 69 61 87 84 83 70 63 60 59 63

Eldorado Description: Eldorado K-8 is a neighborhood school committed to providing exceptional learning experiences and high academic standards for all students through the Boulder Valley curriculum. The school offers talented and gifted programming, an inclusive special education setting, and an English as a Second Language program for Louisville and Superior students. Eldorado also offers accelerated classes for qualified sixth- through eighth-grade students in math and language arts, and foreign language offerings in Spanish and French. The school provides opportunities that address the many different learning styles of students. Open house/visitation: Eldorado K-8 school is over-enrolled, and no open houses planned. A parent evening for neighborhood sixth graders will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Shadowing available in the mornings of Dec. 11, Dec. 12, Jan. 15 and Jan. 16. Address: 3351 Indiana Street, Superior, CO 80027

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: 10 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 19.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent

Phone: 720-304-6524 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ eldorado/index.htm Principal: Robyn Hamasaki Enrollment: 1012 Capacity: 924 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 79.4; Hispanic, 4.7; Asian, 15.1; African-American, 0.5; American Indian, 0.2; free lunch, 2.6; reduced-price lunch, 0.7; English-language learners, 5.5; special education, 5.6

Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

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Grade Unsat. 3 3 4 4 5 4 6 1 7 2 8 2 3 0 4 3 5 4 6 1 7 1 8 1 3 0 4 1 5 3 6 1 7 2 8 4 5 6 8 9

PP 6 9 11 6 10 10 21 14 24 20 20 11 7 4 17 10 24 17 40 26

Prof. 78 75 73 65 58 61 61 64 54 56 48 55 21 34 39 33 31 29 42 57

Adv. 14 12 12 28 29 27 18 18 18 23 32 33 72 61 40 56 43 49 11 8

Pass 92 87 85 93 87 88 79 83 72 79 80 88 93 95 80 89 74 78 54 65

Horizons Alternative Description: Students at Horizons are guided to become self-directed learners and community/global contributors in a respectful, caring, inclusive learning environment. High academic and behavioral expectations for students in kindergarten through eighth grade are maintained through an integrated, authentic curriculum that honors personal interests, individual learning styles, choices and goals. Small, multi-age classes, individualized goal setting, an emphasis on quality work, service learning, Spanish language, student choice, outdoor education, performance opportunities and meaningful community participation characterize the school. Open house/visitation: Informational meetings will be at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 13, and at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Address: 4545 Sioux Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-447-5580 Web site: http://horizonsk8school.org/ Principal: Sonny Zinn Enrollment: 304 Capacity: 342 Daily schedule: 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 89.8; Hispanic, 2; Asian, 7.9; African-American, 0.3; American Indian, 0; free lunch, 2; reduced-price lunch, 0.3; English-language learners, 0.3; special education, 11.8 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.5-to-1 Parent satisfaction: N/A Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 5 8

Unsat. 0 3 6 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 3 10

PP 0 12 11 3 3 3 30 12 17 19 14 20 7 6 14 19 23 17 19 17

Prof. 83 71 61 70 57 67 50 59 58 57 49 50 30 32 44 49 26 30 50 50

Adv. 17 15 22 27 40 27 17 26 25 24 37 27 63 59 42 32 51 40 28 20

Pass 100 85 83 97 97 93 67 85 83 81 86 77 93 91 86 81 77 70 78 70

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Boulder Valley K-8

Boulder Valley middle schools

Monarch K-8

Angevine

Description: Monarch K-8, Boulder Valley’s first neighborhood K-8 school, serves Louisville and Superior students. The school claims many successes, with structured cross-graded activities, such as computer buddies, reading partners, physicaleducation challenge groups and science pals. The middle-level students also mentor elementary students and help in their classrooms. Monarch K-8 provides a balanced program that truly works at developing the “whole child.” The advisory program (I CARE) is Monarch K-8’s philosophical cornerstone for daily interaction. Integrity, Courage, Altruism, Respect/Responsibility and Excellence follow each student through the day. Open house/visitation: Open house will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 8. Address: 263 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-665-6424 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ monarchk8/ Principal: Richard Glaab Enrollment: 757 Capacity: 768 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 82.7; Hispanic, 6.7; Asian, 8.7; African-American, 1.5; American Indian, 0.4; free lunch, 4.9; reduced-price lunch, 0.8; English-language learners, 1.6; special education, 11.2

Description: Angevine is a child-centered, academically focused middle school marked by a strong and caring teaching staff, highly qualified in the subjects they teach. Dedicated students, parents, staff and community members contribute to Angevine’s culture of excellence. Its diverse learning community is nurtured by opportunities to pursue pre-collegiate programs in science, math and literacy, as well as preparatory courses like AVID, dual language, individualized supportive programming for gifted students. A winning athletic program and a variety of after school enrichment activities, many of which are built through community partnerships, contribute to the Bobcat pride that is distinctively Angevine Middle School. Open house/visitation: Open house tours will be available from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 9.Address: 1150 South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-5540 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/ Angevine/Pages/default.aspx Principal: Mike Medina Enrollment: 550 Capacity: 884 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Average years of teaching experience on staff : 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 17.6-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 5 8

Unsat. 4 5 5 3 4 3 0 3 0 2 4 1 4 10 5 6 12 11 0 8

PP 12 10 7 11 16 12 25 29 17 24 24 33 2 18 5 18 27 28 22 23

Prof. 71 79 64 66 66 72 58 53 39 49 54 52 23 39 29 42 31 33 47 54

Adv. 12 6 24 20 13 12 17 13 44 26 18 13 71 34 61 34 30 27 31 14

Pass 84 85 88 86 80 84 75 66 83 74 72 65 94 73 90 75 61 60 78 67

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50.9; Hispanic, 42.2; Asian, 3.6; African-American, 2.4; American Indian, 0.9; free lunch, 38.7; reduced-price lunch, 8.9; English-language learners, 22.5; special education, 17.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 14.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 15 16 14 8 8 6 20 30 33 36

PP 27 26 27 42 36 51 31 34 40 36

Prof. 49 48 51 44 42 32 33 25 15 24

Adv. 8 9 7 5 12 8 14 11 9 2

Pass 57 57 57 49 54 40 47 35 25 25

Platt Middle School The CHOICE Program is a focus school with total access to resources and benefits of the larger Platt Middle School. Key features include project-based experiential approach to learning, one teaching team for all three years, multi-grade classes, alternative assessments, and field trips aligned to the curriculum. Emphasis on a highly supportive community builds an environment where students develop a love of learning, thriving both emotionally and academically. Application to the CHOICE Program is only through open enrollment.

Open House Wednesday, December 3,

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Boulder Valley middle schools

Broomfield Heights

Centennial

Description: Broomfield Heights Middle School has a proud tradition of providing middle level education designed to provide the diverse student body with challenging curriculum, individual programming, and a variety of exploratory and extra-curricular activities. High student achievement thrives in a safe learning environment, supported by grade-level teaming, advisor-advisee classes, and extra time and assistance for learning built into the school day. Effective communication and a strong alliance with our parents ensure continued success for all students. The active parent community participates in overall school improvement through volunteer efforts and membership on the School Improvement Team and Parent-Teacher Organization. Open house/visitation: Open houses will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 13. Address: 1555 Daphne St., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 303-466-2387 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ broomfieldheights/ Principal: Nancy Vaughn Enrollment: 523 Capacity: 914 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Description: Centennial is a neighborhood school that is proud of its challenging instructional program, exceptional veteran staff and personalized attention for each student. The school has a broad elective program, offering honors language arts and math classes, as well as accelerated reading and writing classes. Centennial also offers clubs and activities such as Kids’ Visions of Peace, computer club, chess club, golf team and mountain biking club. Open house/visitation: An open house will be held from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 4. Building tours will be Dec. 9 through Dec. 11 and Jan. 12 through Jan. 14. Call the school to schedule a time. Address: 2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-443-3760 Web site: http://bvsd.org/schools/ Centennial/Pages/default.aspx Principal: Cheryl Scott Enrollment: 583 Capacity: 750 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 75.3; Hispanic, 16.1; Asian, 7.2;

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 76.9; Hispanic, 14; Asian, 7.1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1.1; free lunch, 16.8; reduced-price lunch, 7.6; English-language learners, 6.5; special education, 13.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 15 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 7 8 5 4 3 5 10 15 15 21

PP 15 25 16 34 37 31 28 34 26 28

Prof. 61 56 69 52 48 52 39 29 31 45

Adv. 16 9 10 8 11 12 22 20 28 6

Pass 76 65 79 61 58 64 61 49 59 51

African-American, 1; American Indian, 0.3; free lunch, 18.7; reduced-price lunch, 2.7; English-language learners, 13.7; special education, 10.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 15 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 9 9 6 7 5 2 12 12 11 12

PP 12 10 11 24 15 23 17 25 23 22

Prof. 56 58 56 50 54 52 35 25 28 52

Adv. 23 22 25 18 25 21 35 37 37 12

Pass 79 81 81 69 79 73 71 62 64 64

Casey Description: Casey Middle School is a dynamic learning community of students, parents, and faculty from an array of cultures. Casey promises both challenging academics, and a socially and emotionally nurturing environment valuing the uniqueness of each student. Key features of our program include: our highly ranked math program provides students with appropriate levels of challenge to ensure high levels of growth; a continuum of English classes exists ensuring all students are supported and challenged; our bilingual program offers classes in Spanish language arts, reading and social studies; and an award-winning arts program rounds out our instructional offerings. Open house/visitation: Coffee with the principal and school tours will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 14. An information night will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Shadowing is provided for students at area elementary schools. Shadowing will be available to students from University Hill on Dec. 1; Foothill and Flatirons elementary students can shadow Dec. 5; Whittier Elementary students can shadow Dec. 12, and Columbine Elementary students can shadow in May. Address: 2410 13th St., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-442-5235 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/ Casey/Pages/default.aspx

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Principal: Alison Boggs Enrollment: 345 Capacity: 521 Bond construction projects: Casey Middle School is being demolished and rebuilt with district bond money. The $32.9 million project is set to begin in January and finish in June 2010. Casey students are being moved to Platte Middle School in east Boulder until the project’s completion. Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 47.2; Hispanic, 44.6; Asian, 3.2; African-American, 4.3; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 47.5; reduced-price lunch, 5.8; English-language learners, 31.3; special education, 12.5 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 12 21 16 4 11 11 19 34 30 28

PP 22 25 20 43 39 38 22 24 29 22

Prof. 48 39 43 39 27 35 27 24 17 33

Adv. 16 13 14 12 22 10 31 17 18 11

Pass 64 52 57 51 49 45 58 41 36 44

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Louisville Description: Louisville Middle School is an extraordinary environment where students and staff partner in a mission of academic excellence in character, artistic expression, physical challenges and a common sense of community. Our parents help collaborate to ensure a caring and nurturing environment where everybody is welcome. Louisville Middle School is known for its advanced math, science, social studies and language arts, as well as our academic support classes in math, reading, written language and study skills. LMS continues to be a dynamic and vibrant neighborhood school. Open house/visitation: An open enrollment meeting will be from 8:30 to 10

Enrollment: 567 Capacity: 651

a.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 14. Open enrollment night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Address: 1341 Main St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-666-6503 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ louisvillemiddle/ Principal: Adam Fels

Bond construction projects: Louisville Middle School’s old portions are being demolished and rebuilt. The $16.6 million project began in June and is due to be completed by July 2007. Most of the school will be new, and there will be a larger special-education space and auditorium. Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 88.7; Hispanic, 4.2; Asian, 4.9; African-American, 1.6; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 6.2; reduced-price lunch, 2.6; English-language learner, 0.5; spe-

Manhattan School

Nevin Platt

Description: Manhattan Middle School of Arts and Academics is in the application phase of gaining International Baccalaureate status. The students, parents, community and staff are excited about this possibility. Manhattan already practices the characteristics of IB and holds true to the philosophy of educating all students. The IB Middle Years Programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become reflective thinkers. We welcome the challenges and work necessary to fulfill IB ideals as we incorporate the district curriculum and standards. Our school climate is enhanced by our Welcome Every Body transition program, weekly tutor/ workshop time, a participatory Principals’ Advisory Council, school spirit activities, and multiple charitable endeavors. Manhattan also provides a south/ central Boulder English as a Second Language Program.

Description: Nevin Platt is a school where children thrive in a safe academic environment provided by caring, qualified staff. We understand pre-adolescent children and design programming to meet their intellectual, physical and emotional needs. We promote technological expertise, exploration of the humanities and community building. Our Choice team features multi-age grouping and alternative assessments. Students must apply for this three-year program through open enrollment.

Open house/visitation: Coffee with the principal will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 20 and Jan. 8 in the library. An information night with guided tours will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and Jan. 13. Guided tours for fifth-grade students accompanied by an adult will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 12. Fall Arts and Academics Festival will be from 6:30 to 8:30 Dec. 11. The band and orchestra concert will be at 6:30 on Dec. 4. Shadowing is available on Fridays during open enrollment; call 303-494-0335 for details. Address: 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-494-0335 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ manhattan

Enrollment: 413 Capacity: 600 Bond construction projects: Manhattan Middle School is getting $11 million in upgrades, including more office space, special-education classrooms and an enlarged auditorium. Construction started in Februaryand is scheduled to be complete by August 2009. Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:44 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 67.3; Hispanic, 19.6; Asian, 10.2; African-American, 1.5; American Indian, 1.5; free lunch, 21.3; reduced-price lunch, 3.6; English-language learners, 14.3; special education, 18.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12

Unsat. 9 10 8 3 4 4 11 17 17 14

PP 15 15 12 34 28 26 27 31 21 24

Prof. 57 55 57 54 50 50 38 29 34 54

Phone: 303-499-6800 Web site: www.bvsd.org/schools/ Platt/Pages/default.aspx Principal: Kevin Gates Capacity: 729

State CSAP rating: High Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Address: 6096 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303

Enrollment: 556

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 14.4-to-1 Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Open house/visitation: Information nights will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and Jan. 8. Open house for traditional Platt will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 10 and Jan. 14. Open house for Platt Choice will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 16 and Jan. 13.

Adv. 18 18 19 9 16 17 24 22 27 6

Pass 75 73 76 63 66 67 62 51 61 60

Bond construction projects: Platt Middle School is getting $8.1 million in upgrades., including new classrooms, an expanded gymnasium and upgraded band and choir rooms. A timetable

cial education, 12 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 8 9 11

PP 3 11 11 16 20 27 14 24 21 20

Prof. 65 67 64 59 57 48 38 31 32 50

Adv. 30 19 23 25 22 23 46 37 37 18

Pass 95 86 87 84 78 71 84 68 69 68

hasn’t been set. Daily schedule: 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 88.7; Hispanic, 3.2; Asian, 5.6; African-American, 2; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 5.2; reduced-price lunch, 1.4; English-language learners, 0.5; special education, 7.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5

PP 6 9 5 17 15 16 13 20 15 20

Prof. 57 61 65 63 51 61 39 35 38 60

Adv. 37 29 27 19 33 23 47 41 44 15

Pass 93 90 93 82 84 84 86 76 82 75

Principal: Martha Gustafson

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Boulder Valley middle schools

Southern Hills

Summit

Description: Southern Hills is a neighborhood middle school in south Boulder adjacent to Fairview High School. As a relatively small school with a rich tradition for academic excellence, Southern Hills offers students a high degree of personal attention and a closely knit community based on the school values of Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Kindness. Southern Hills offers accelerated classes in mathematics, language arts and foreign language along with a wide array of electives. With strong programs for Talented/Gifted and Special Education students, Southern Hills prides itself on meeting the varying needs of our students. Southern Hills also has many school-to-parent communication methods which are used to support student success and keep parents informed.

Description: Summit Middle School, founded in 1996 as the first charter school in BVSD, offers an individualized curriculum designed for students who want more academic challenge. For many years, Summit has earned the highest CSAP scores of any school in the district in every subject tested at every grade level (sixth, seventh and eighth). Summit is also the only middle school in BVSD to have been named a U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the highest national award given in education. Summit offers core subjects of English, science, math, social studies and world language, along with a variety of elective classes. At Summit there is no ceiling on learning, and creativity and scholarship are central to our school culture. Summit is a unique, vibrant, safe learning community where students are nurtured and challenged.

Open house/visitation: An evening open enrollment and program presentation will be held at 6:30 on Dec. 4. Daytime presentations and classroom tours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Dec. 17, Jan. 8, Jan. 12 and Jan. 14. To reserve a spot, call (303) 494-2866, Ext. 225. Address: 1500 Knox Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-494-2866 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ southernhills Principal: Terry Gillach Enrollment: 487 Capacity: 503 Bond construction projects: Southern Hills Middle School is getting $10.5 million in upgrades. In April 2008, crews

2008 began adding a new gym and upgrading administrative offices and classrooms. The project is schedule for completion by August 2009. Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87.1; Hispanic, 2.7; Asian, 7.6; African-American, 2.1; American Indian, 0.6; free lunch, 2.5; reduced-price lunch, 0.2; English-language learners, 0.4; special education, 11.9 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 16.9-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 2

PP 8 4 3 14 9 10 13 16 7 11

Prof. 63 58 64 65 53 56 41 31 30 64

Adv. 28 34 28 21 36 32 45 50 59 20

Pass 91 92 93 86 89 87 86 81 89 84

Open house/visitation: School tours will be from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 16, Dec. 17, Jan. 8, Jan. 12 and Jan. 14. Reservations are required, call to schedule. Student/ parent information nights will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dec. 11 and Jan. 13. Address: 4655 Hanover Ave., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-447-5529 Web site: http://bvsd.org/schools/ summit/Pages/default.aspx Principal: David Finell Enrollment: 312 Capacity: 337

Bond construction projects: Summit Middle Charter School received $5.2 million in upgrades, including new science labs, classrooms and offices. All the work has been completed. Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.9; Hispanic, 1.6; Asian, 11.9; African-American, 0.3; American Indian, 0.3; free lunch, 3.5; reduced-price lunch, 0; English-language learners, 0; special education, 3.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 14-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 6 0 7 0 8 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 8 0

PP 1 1 0 2 2 3 2 5 5 5

Prof. 46 59 45 59 41 36 24 33 23 59

Adv. 53 40 53 39 57 59 75 62 69 34

Pass 99 99 98 98 98 95 98 95 93 93

Adv. 18 10 12 8 20 18 2 9 13 10 38 14 28 15 8 9 20

Pass 90 76 76 88 73 84 62 60 73 59 86 40 60 46 43 57 69

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Boulder Valley middle/senior

Nederland Middle/Senior

Description: Nederland Middle/Senior is a small school offering a comprehensive middle-school and high-school curriculum, including honors classes in math and science. Other middle-level classes include Spanish, French, pottery, jewelry, band, foods and computers. High-school advanced placement classes are taught in English, math, science, social studies, Spanish and French.

bond. Improvements to the schools’ athletic facilities were completed in November 2007. Further upgrades inside the school are planned for a later date. Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Open house/visitation: Potluck dinner for all incoming students and parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Shadowing is available Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11; call Julie Ikler at 303-258-3212, ext. 237, to schedule. Incoming ninth grade parent night 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan 8.

Phone: 303-258-3212

Address: 597 County Road 130, Nederland, CO 80466

Bond construction projects: Nederland Middle/Senior High School is getting $5.5 million in upgrades through the

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Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ nmshs/index.php Principal: Rich Salaz

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 92.3; Hispanic, 4.5; Asian, 1.6; African-American, 0.3; American Indian, 1.3; free lunch, 12.5; reduced-price lunch, 5; English-language learners, 0.8; special education, 9.8 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.6-to-1

Enrollment: 377 Capacity: 674

Parent satisfaction: 74 percent of parents agreed or strongly agree that their children have a positive attitude about

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Grade 6 7 8 9 10 6 7 8 9 10 6 7 8 9 10 8 10

Unsat. 2 6 2 2 4 0 0 3 2 6 4 10 12 17 20 5 12

PP 6 10 19 10 16 14 32 33 25 29 8 46 24 38 31 34 12

Prof. 72 66 64 79 53 66 60 52 60 49 48 26 33 31 35 48 49


Boulder Valley high schools

Arapahoe Campus

Boulder

Description: The Arapahoe Campus High School is a unique, highly personalized high school designed to meet the needs of students who prefer a different approach to learning. Arapahoe Campus High School students earn their high school diploma while enjoying smaller class sizes and a block schedule format, allowing time to concentrate on fewer subject areas concurrently. The studentfriendly environment and instructional approach based on individual learning styles motivates students who have a gift or interest in a specific area and are not typically interested in the traditional academic approach, better preparing them for success after high school as a “new century graduate.” Arapahoe Campus Technical Education Center (TEC) programs are available to all Boulder Valley high school students as elective credits in career and technical areas. In small classes, students follow a sequence of courses that provide hands-on technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for an immediate career and/or further education. Students enroll in either a morning or afternoon 160-minute TEC session, while concurrently enrolled in a high school. TEC is a state-certified Designated Area Vocational School and offers state-approved vocational secondary programs. Students with transcripted TEC certifications may apply for state escrow credit and articulation credit at FRCC and Aims Community College. Open house/visitation: Open houses for the entire campus are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6, March 7 and May 16. Arapahoe Campus High School open houses are scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 11. Address: 6600 E. Arapahoe Ave., Boul-

Description: Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High is the oldest established high school in Colorado. Students regularly access the CU libraries, the Conference on World Affairs and cultural community activities. Boulder High is an advanced placement focus school, with one of the most comprehensive programs in the state, offering 28 advanced placement courses. Visual and performing arts have an excellent reputation. The pottery, photography and video production studios and science labs are state-of-the-art. Boulder High has the district’s largest English-as-a-secondlanguage program, serving students from 30 countries. It offers five foreign languages — Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Latin. Open house/visitation: Shadowing, Nov. 17, 18, 20, 21 and Jan. 12, 13, 15, 16 (no Wednesdays), please register at http://schools.bvsd.org/boulderhigh (preferred method) or through the registration hotline (303-245-5700); Showcase evening, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. in auditorium, for parents and students; Parent tours, 9 a.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and 12, and Jan. 16, for reservations call Eileen at 303-245-5713 (limit 10 people per tour). Address: 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-442-2430 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ boulderhigh/ Principal: Bud Jenkins Enrollment: 1,851 Capacity: 1,900

der, CO 80303 Phone: 303-447-5284 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ arapahoe Principal: Joan Bludorn Enrollment: 216 Capacity: 953 Bond construction projects: Arapahoe is getting $6.3 million in upgrades. Crews are scheduled to begin adding classroom space and upgrading the school’s infrastructure in April. Daily schedule: 7:43 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50; Hispanic, 45.8; Asian, 0.9; African-American, 2.3; American Indian, 0.9; free lunch, 51.4; reduced-price lunch, 3.7; English-language learners, 32.4; special education, 16.2 Staff profile: Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 State CSAP rating: Low Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 37 44 39 38 79 77 64

PP 47 28 53 46 13 13 21

Prof. 11 18 3 5 3 0 5

Adv. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pass 11 18 3 5 3 0 5

Bond construction projects: Boulder High is getting $11.8 million in upgrades through the bond issue. Crews in April 2008 began remodeling classrooms and offices, enlarging the gymnasium and auditorium and making dozens of other upgrades. Work is due for completion in August 2009. Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 75.4; Hispanic, 16.5; Asian, 5.3; African-American, 2.3; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 12.7; reduced-price lunch, 2.4; English-language learners, 10; special education, 8.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 14 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 19.5-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 6 10 8 9 3 10 11 9 15 10 18 10 20

PP 13 18 27 26 19 27 11

Prof. 65 53 50 43 33 41 50

Adv. 14 18 17 17 31 12 16

Pass 78 71 67 61 65 52 66

Boulder Preparatory Description: Boulder Preparatory is a college preparatory program for any student looking for a small school setting that provides individualized attention. The charter school offers rigorous academics through a unique and diverse curriculum and a weekly “Life Skills” program to prepare students for adulthood and their social responsibilities in the world community. We will not give up on students even when they give up on themselves. All graduates must be accepted to college before they can receive their diplomas. Over the years, Boulder Prep has provided the academic and social opportunities needed to transform

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many youth at risk into youth of promise.

Principal: Andre Adeli

Open house/ visitation: Call to arrange a visit.

Capacity: N/A

Address: 507 5 Chaparral Court, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 303-545-6186 Web site: www.boulderprep.org

Enrollment: 149 Bond construction projects: Boulder Preparatory High School is scheduled to get $400,000 worth of upgrades, but project details haven’t been finalized. Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 48.3; Hispanic, 44.3; Asian, 2.7; African-American, 2; American Indian, 2.7; free lunch, 38.3; reduced-price lunch, 11.4; English-language learners, 8.7; special education, 12.1

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: Seven Average student-to-teacher ratio: 13-to-1 State CSAP rating: Alternative education campus Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. X 20 X 22 X 40 40

PP X 17 X 16 X 13 0

Prof. X 3 X 0 X 0 0

Adv. X 0 X 0 X 0 0

Pass X 3 X 0 X 0 0

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Boulder Valley high schools

Centaurus

Broomfield High

Description: Centaurus High School is an Engineering Focus School, and an International Baccalaureate Focus School that provides an environment rich in academia. Our Advanced Placement (AP) courses, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Fine Arts, International Baccalaureate, Pre-Engineering, and exceptional extra-curricular programs ensure that each of our students is prepared for the most rigorous academic majors at the university level. Graduates from these programs have been accepted to nationally ranked schools to further their studies in a variety of fields including engineering, pre-law, international policy studies, journalism and art. Centaurus’ size allows students to participate more fully in their high school experience, to garner more personal assistance, and to build lasting relationships with both peers and faculty.

Description: Broomfield High School offers a comprehensive program of study designed to meet the various academic needs and interests of our students. The school offers a variety of courses, including AP courses in many disciplines, fine arts courses and vocational courses. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including athletics, theater, music, and clubs. We work together to make our school one in which all students can succeed and accept new challenges. Open house/visitation: An open house will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the school library. Shadowing opportunities can be set up on an individual basis. To set up a day of shadowing contact Paulette Laging at 303-447-5376. Address: 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 303-466-7344 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ broomfieldhigh Principal: Ginger Ramsey Enrollment: 1,438 Capacity: 1,606

Open house/visitation: An open house is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Auditorium. Breakfast with the principal and school tour is from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Dec. 3 and Jan. 9 in the Student Center. Call Karen Melin at 303-447-5357 to RSVP. Address: 10300 South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-9211 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ centaurushigh/ Principal: Rhonda Haniford Enrollment: 1,051 Capacity: 1,588

Bond construction projects: Centaurus High School is getting $6 million in upgrades through the bond issue. In February 2008, crews began adding classrooms and offices, upgrading tennis courts, building a new field house and making other building improvements. Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 66.5; Hispanic, 26.5; Asian, 4.1; African-American, 1.8; American Indian, 1; free lunch, 21; reduced-price lunch, 6.3; English-language learners, 8.9; special education, 12.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 11 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 17.3-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 10 9 7 10 27 27 28

PP 21 18 41 40 30 35 21

Prof. 58 57 42 42 18 27 41

Adv. 4 12 4 4 18 7 5

Pass 63 69 46 46 36 34 46

Bond construction projects: Broomfield High School is getting $21.2 million in upgrades through the bond issue. In January 2008, crews began adding classrooms, building a new two-story building and making athletic field upgrades. Work is due to be finished in August

2009. Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 83.5; Hispanic, 9.6; Asian, 4.2; African-American, 1.8; American Indian, 0.9; free lunch, 8.5; reduced-price lunch, 2.4; English-language learner, 2.1; special education, 9.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.8-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject

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Prof.

Adv.

Pass

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4 6 2 5 16 20 25

16 20 38 40 31 37 24

72 60 52 44 33 32 40

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Justice High Description: Justice High is a charter school for at-risk youth in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley communities. It is a pre-collegiate academic program, requiring all graduates to have taken and passed two college-level courses and be accepted into a minimum of three colleges. All students are required to participate in extra-curricular activities and work in their community. Open house/visitation: None scheduled, call to arrange a visit.

English language learners 16.7; special education 11.5;

Address: 1777 Sixth St., Division P, Boulder, CO 80302

Average years of teaching experience on staff: Four

Phone: 303-441-4862

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 12.2-to-1

Web site: www.justicehigh.org Principal: T.J. Cole Enrollment: 78 Capacity: N/A Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian 52.6; Hispanic 41; Asian 1.3; African American 1.3; American Indian 3.8; free lunch 15.4; reduced lunch 3.8;

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State CSAP rating: Unsatisfactory Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 X 10 47 9 X 10 59 9 X 10 82 10 76

PP X 35 X 29 X 6 6

Prof. X 6 X 0 X 0 6

Adv. X 0 X 0 X 0 0

Pass X 6 X 0 X 0 6

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Boulder Valley high schools

Fairview

Description: Fairview is an award winning, comprehensive high school with a tradition of rich and rigorous academics, including a strong college prep program, International Baccalaureate Diploma program, and vast array of Advanced Placement classes — all designed to meet diverse needs of individual learners. In addition to being one of the elite academic schools in Colorado, Fairview has a highly competitive sports program and nationally recognized fine arts program. It is the goal of Fairview to encourage each and every student to challenge themselves academically, athletically and artistically to develop new skills, stretch their abilities and pursue new levels of personal excellence. Open house/visitation: A showcase will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the auditorium. Breakfasts with the prin-

p.m. on Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. To schedule a tour, call Vickie Rischel at 303-447-5331 or Kristina Cloud at 303-447-5328.

6717 SOUTH BOULDER ROAD BOULDER, CO 80303

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 12

Principal: Don Stensrud

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 20.9-to-1

Enrollment: 1,907 Capacity: 1,840 Bond construction projects: Fairview is getting $10.9 million in upgrades, including remodeled classrooms, new lockers and a new senior balcony. Work started in June 2008 and is scheduled to be complete in August 2009.

Description: Monarch High School is a college preparatory, comprehensive high school where more than 97 percent of graduates enroll in post-secondary education. At Monarch, all students can experience success through our vast array of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves academically through a rigorous advanced placement program. In addition, highly competitive sports and fine arts programs provide multiple opportunities for students to pursue excellence. Students experience a modified block schedule and a late start on Wednesdays for faculty professional development and student tutor time. Upperclassmen enjoy off-campus privileges with good grades, attendance and behavior, while freshmen and sophomores remain on campus during the school day. Monarch features a da Vinci Lab, which includes an award winning robotics program. The da Vinci Lab gives students the opportunity to explore preengineering, pre-design and applied technology. Also, Monarch is Colorado’s first High School of Business preparing students through a comprehensive college preparatory program for careers in business. Open house/visitation: Open houses will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 5 and Jan. 12. in the auditorium and from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 10, Jan. 8 and Jan 13 in the Library. Shadowing and tours are also available by appointment. To schedule shadowing, call 303-245-5634; to schedule a tour, call 303-245-4218

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Web site: http://bvsd.org/schools/ Fairviewhs/Pages/default.aspx

State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 1 4 2 4 6 11 10

PP 5 6 14 12 19 20 10

Prof. 68 47 56 47 30 38 47

Adv. 19 29 23 22 41 20 20

Pass 87 76 79 69 71 58 66

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Phone: 303-499-7600

Address: 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, CO 80305

cipal will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Library Viewing Room Nov. 18, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. For reservations, call Jenny McCarthy at (303) 447-5329. Fairview Experience tours for students and parents will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Jan 14; and from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec 11. Tours for parents and students will be from 9:45 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 19., Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14; and at 12:15

Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.4; Hispanic, 4.8; Asian, 8.4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0.5; free lunch, 4.6: reduced-price lunch, 0.9; English-language learners, 1.9: special education, 6.9

Address: 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-665-5888

monarchhigh Principal: Jerry Lee Anderson Enrollment: 1,526 Capacity: 1,728 Bond construction projects: Monarch High School received $510,140 in upgrades through the bond. Improvements to the athletic facilities began in June and were completed August. Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 86.9; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 5.5; African-American, 1.2; American Indian, 0.4; free lunch, 1.8; reduced-price lunch, 0.9; English-language learners, 0.9; special education, 6.4 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 13 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 20-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 4 5 3 4 14 11 15

PP 13 13 24 26 24 31 15

Prof. 71 60 58 54 32 43 55

Adv. 11 19 13 14 29 13 12

Pass 82 79 72 68 61 56 67

Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/

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Boulder Valley St. Vrain elementary schools high schools

Alpine

New Vista Description: New Vista actively engages every student in rigorous learning. Our program includes: high academic and behavioral expectations for all students; personal relationships built on mutual respect with all adults in the building; an adviser who supports each student from enrollment through graduation; choices that allow students to shape the educational program to meet their needs and interests; active learning within all classrooms as well as varied and engaging course offerings and significant opportunities to learn in the community. Finally, New Vista has a school culture that values individuals, community and learning with an explicit emphasis on understanding and valuing diversity. Open house/visitation: Information visits will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Dec. 8 and Jan. 8. Parents of students with disabilities are invited to attend a meeting of New Vista’s Special Education team at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17. Shadowing is available on Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 5, Dec. 9, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Jan. 13 and Jan 19. Reservations are required call 303-494-8037 to schedule. Address: 700 20th St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-494-8037 Web site: http://schools.bvsd.org/ nvhs/ Principal: Rona Wilensky Enrollment: 324 Enrollment cap: 659 Daily schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 84.3; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 3.7; African-American, 3.7; American Indian, 0.3; free lunch, 9.6; reduced-price lunch, 0.3; English-language learners, 0.9; special education, 15.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 10 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 18.1-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 3 10 7 9 3 10 9 9 20 10 30 10 27

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PP 26 22 38 42 38 40 20

Prof. 64 62 48 42 24 22 44

Adv. Pass 8 71 4 65 11 59 2 44 17 41 4 26 4 48

Description: Alpine Elementary opened in 2004. The school is located in the Ute Creek neighborhood in northeast Longmont. Alpine has a tuition-based preschool for children ages 3 to 5 and tuition-based before- and after-school child care through the Community Schools program called “Lion’s Den.” Alpine Elementary is working to become the first St. Vrain Valley elementary with an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The program offers a well-rounded curriculum with an international perspective. The school also offers many afterschool enrichment opportunities. Parents, teachers and the community have established a strong Parent-Teacher Organization. Address: 2005 Alpine St., Longmont,

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 73.8; minority, 26.2 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 3.6 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 24-to-1 State CSAP rating: High

CO 80501 Phone: 720-652-8140 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/aes Principal: Deanna Frothingham Enrollment: 439 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 5 11 4 3 12 2 3 7 9 11

PP 10 26 18 37 43 37 11 22 21 32

Prof. 70 59 60 45 39 44 36 41 42 40

Adv. 15 4 19 15 5 18 50 30 28 18

Pass 85 63 79 60 45 61 86 71 70 58

Black Rock Description: Black Rock is a new school that aims to be a place that nurtures and honors children; a place that challenges students to learn and stretch beyond their own expectations and recognizes their efforts; a place that appreciates and respects the staff who will work hard to provide higher standards of academic rigor in safe and encouraging learning environments; a place where parents are welcomed and invited to partner in creating life-long memories for children; and a place where community members feel needed and appreciated

Phone: 720-890-3995 Web site: http://bres.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Cathy O’Donnell Enrollment: Not provided Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Not provided for the opportunities they can offer to students. Address: 2000 Mountain View Blvd., Erie, CO 80516

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 5.17 Number of teachers: 26 State CSAP rating: Not provided

Blue Mountain Description: This new school is committed to working in partnership with the community and parents to create an exemplary school — one that will be the center of our neighborhood and a shining star in our district. Blue Mountain Elementary School of Science, Technology and Inquiry will offer a high-quality, standards-based instructional program that will be founded on current research and best practices of teaching. Its instructional focus will allow students to have extended learning in math, engineering and science, utilizing extensive instruc-

Phone: 720-652-8220 Web site: http://bmes.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Kristie L. Venrick Enrollment: Not provided Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Not provided tional technology on a daily basis. Address: 1260 Mountain Drive, Longmont, CO 80503

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Burlington

Central

Description: Burlington Elementary, built in 1967, sits in Longmont’s Southmoor Park neighborhood, adjacent to Kanemoto Park. A continual focus at Burlington is improving student writing. Additionally, Burlington focuses on improving math achievement in the area of linking concepts and procedures as students develop and use computational techniques. Staff development is embedded throughout each day and the school year. The Burlington staff has been trained in the Six-Traits curriculum and meets three times a year in an ongoing evaluation of student pieces.

Description: Central is in Longmont’s historic Thompson Park neighborhood, within walking distance to parks, recreation and art centers. The building, built in 1878, was the first school in Longmont. In 1976, Central Elementary was designated a Longmont historic landmark. The school’s learning environment is centered around a diverse student population, involved parents and wonderful volunteers, a staff that is passionate about teaching, and an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and technology. In 1999, Central became a bilingual school to help meet the needs of an increasing second-language population in the school district.

Address: 1051 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-8861 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/bes Principal: Janis Hughes Enrollment: 449 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 71.5; minority, 28.5

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.85 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 3 8 9 1 1 2 0 8 9 12

PP 20 26 21 43 51 42 11 16 26 42

Prof. 70 64 60 45 39 45 45 53 36 34

Adv. 7 1 9 11 8 10 45 24 29 13

Pass 77 66 70 55 47 56 89 76 65 47

Centennial Description: Centennial Elementary, in partnership with our families and community, will establish a nurturing environment dedicated to ensuring the success of all students in a technologically advanced global society. It’s the mission of the new school to provide quality educational opportunities for all students. To address this mission, Centennial is committed to: academic excellence with a focus on science; creating 21st century learners; clear and focused academic goals for each student; differentiated instruction; high expectations for all; a culture of collaboration; partnerships with the community; clear communication; providing a safe and secure environment; a positive school-wide behavior plan; and celebrations of success. Address: 10290 Neighbors Parkway, Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-8240

Address: 1020 Fourth Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-3236 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/centrales Principal: Jim Hecocks Enrollment: 351 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50.43; minority, 49.57

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 19 4 8 5 11 3 7 4 2 5 4 3 21 4 6 5 9 5 20

PP 14 33 21 48 53 41 26 22 39 38

Prof. 60 47 45 33 33 43 26 41 29 30

Adv. 7 12 21 12 12 11 28 31 21 13

Pass 67 59 66 45 45 54 53 73 50 43

Columbine

Web site: http:// centenniales.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Kieth Liddle Enrollment: Not provided Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Not provided Average years of teaching experience on staff: 3.94 Number of teachers: 26 State CSAP rating: Not available

Description: Columbine Elementary School, a bilingual school, is in historic east-side Longmont, among oak- and maple-lined streets. The campus encompasses three buildings: the original red stone building that opened its doors in 1906; a 1948 elementary school building; and the 1991 addition, which links nine decades of architecture into one educational structure. Today, Columbine is experiencing an “academic renaissance” through a “systemic change model” developed by the staff and parents. Major components of the plan include 20 additional instructional days; full-day kindergarten every day; small class sizes; and extensive after-school programs. Columbine’s Parent Room is a state model for school-based volunteer programs. Address: 111 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/columbinees Principal: Eddie Cloke Enrollment: 377 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

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ence on staff: 7.55 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1

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Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 16.45; minority, 83.55 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 6.08 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Low Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 7 4 38 5 42 3 8 4 29 5 16 3 17 4 23 5 22 5 47

PP 19 40 28 46 58 64 37 48 41 34

Prof. 67 22 28 38 13 20 37 25 30 17

Adv. 7 0 2 8 0 0 9 4 8 2

Pass 74 22 30 46 13 20 46 29 38 19

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St. Vrain elementary schools

Fall River

Eagle Crest

Description: Fall River Elementary opened in Longmont’s recently developed east side in the fall of 2001. It is in a neighborhood setting on a major bike trail, which allows it to be a primarily walking/biking school. The students and parents enjoy a beautifully designed school where a caring and dedicated staff provides an environment that encourages students to work toward their highest potentials. Parent and community involvement are strongly encouraged at Fall River.

Description: Opened in 1999, Eagle Crest is located in the southwestern part of Longmont. The kindergarten-throughfourth-grade school’s goals focus on improving reading and writing instruction and student performance specifically in the area of writing, using the Six-Trait Model. School improvement programs are data-driven, with committees looking at assessment data to determine the needs of the school and then develop programs to meet those needs. The school benefits from thousands of volunteer hours each year.

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 9.59

Address: 4444 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503

Address: 1400 Deerwood Drive, Longmont, CO 80501

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25-to-1

Phone: 720-652-7920

Phone: 303-485-6073

State CSAP rating: High

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/eces Principal: Ryan Ball Enrollment: 583 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78.39; minority, 21.61

Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math

Grade 3 4 3 4 3 4

Unsat. 3 2 8 0 7 4

PP 8 16 44 40 23 22

Prof. 74 75 42 48 43 57

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/fres Adv. 15 6 6 12 27 17

Pass 89 82 48 60 70 74

Erie Description: Erie Elementary is near the center of Erie, a historic mining town and growing community. The entire staff, both certified and classified, is working together to promote literacy and numeracy throughout each school day. The staff works collaboratively with a strong sense of commitment and enthusiasm throughout the building. With district support, the school has established smaller class sizes in the primary grades. The school provides workshops in which parent volunteers are trained in reading strategies and editing student writing, promoting a home-school connection. The parent organization brings hundreds of volunteer hours into the school. Address: 4137 E. County Line Road, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-828-3395 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/ees Principal: Larry Shores Enrollment: 750 Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Principal: Marge Rice Enrollment: 578 Daily schedule: 8:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 80.62; minority, 19.38 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.64

State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 2 4 0 5 2 3 0 4 0 5 0 3 5 4 1 5 1 5 3

PP 19 14 19 35 23 29 7 9 21 28

Prof. 74 79 63 49 60 57 51 40 37 45

Adv. 4 7 16 16 17 13 37 49 40 22

Pass 78 86 78 65 77 70 88 90 77 67

Frederick

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 82.67; minority, 17.33 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 10.39 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 24-to-1

Address: 555 Eighth St., Frederick, CO 80530

State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math

Grade 3 4 3 4 3 4

Unsat. 10 5 8 0 7 4

PP 11 25 44 40 23 22

Prof. 76 68 42 48 43 57

Adv. 3 2 6 12 27 17

Description: Frederick Elementary serves the towns of Frederick and Dacono. With a student population split between white and Hispanic students, the school recognizes the unique needs of the students impacted by economics and language differences and provides a bilingual program. All students’ learning strengths and needs are assessed. Teachers collaboratively work to provide each child with an aligned instructional program. Parents are an integral part of the learning process, and the staff has committed to keeping parents informed about what their child has learned and needs to learn.

Pass 79 70 48 60 70 74

Phone: 303-833-2456 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/fes Principal: Karen Musick Enrollment: 525 Daily schedule: 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50.29; minority, 49.71

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: 8.83 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 14 4 11 5 20 3 10 4 8 5 6 3 4 4 11 5 13 5 19

PP 24 34 24 52 57 58 30 22 37 51

Prof. 57 54 56 32 34 34 44 51 42 24

Adv. 5 0 0 6 1 2 23 16 8 6

Pass 62 54 56 38 35 37 66 67 49 30

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Hygiene

Legacy

Description: Hygiene Elementary is located near the northwest corner of Longmont in the small community of Hygiene. It is situated in a pastoral setting, nestled among horse corrals and hayfields with a view of the Rocky Mountains. Students are high achievers and parents, whose active support is invaluable, instill the value of education through word and deed. The Hygiene staff remain focused on improving student achievement and the St. Vrain Valley School District priorities of literacy, numeracy, civility and technology.

Description: Legacy Elementary School opened in fall 2004 as the third elementary school in the tri-town area of Frederick, Firestone and Dacono. The school is committed to building a learning community focused on student achievement and well-being. The main focus for the staff and students at Legacy centers around student reading. The fee-based community school offers before- and after-school child care, preschool classes and after-school activities. As a newer community, Legacy has had the benefit of a motivated base of volunteers who regularly read with individual and small groups of students.

Address: 11968 N. 75th St., Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-652-8021 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/hes/ Principal: Mike O’Donnell Enrollment: 411 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87.59; minority, 12.41

ence on staff: 12.46 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 3 4 1 5 0 3 6 4 1 5 2 3 3 4 6 5 2 5 4

PP 9 20 6 32 40 12 5 12 8 15

Prof. 74 77 69 45 54 71 44 55 37 31

Adv. 11 1 25 17 5 15 48 27 54 50

Pass 85 78 94 62 59 87 92 82 90 81

Address: 7701 Eagle Blvd., Frederick, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-8160 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/legacyes/ Principal: Sean Corey Enrollment: 512 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

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Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 84.77; minority, 15.23

Indian Peaks

Loma Linda

Description: Adjacent to Affolter Park in south Longmont, the school was established in 1977. Indian Peaks is a bilingual school that values diversity. Areas of pride include improving achievement in literacy for all students across content areas, using student data to improve teaching and learning, collegiality and shared decision-making among the Indian Peaks community. Teachers are committed to action, research and implementing current best practices to increase student achievement. Collaboration, in addition to common planning time, is incorporated in the daily teacher schedule. Address: 1335 S. Judson St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-7240 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/ipes/ Principal: Kahle Charles Enrollment: 425 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 22.82; minority, 77.18

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.17 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 11 4 20 5 17 3 4 4 9 5 5 3 12 4 11 5 6 5 29

PP 7 36 31 44 66 45 19 16 22 37

Prof. 71 43 45 37 21 38 28 57 45 23

Adv. 7 2 8 11 4 12 29 16 25 9

Pass 79 45 52 48 25 51 67 73 69 32

Description: Loma Linda is a bilingual school adjacent to Clark Centennial Park. The school prides itself on providing quality educational experiences for all students and celebrating the diversity of students, which mirrors society at large. The staff is committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment that will foster increased student success. Specifically, the school’s goals are to: increase student achievement; develop a partnership with parents and the community at large to support the development of the whole child; and provide a learning environment that supports high quality learning opportunities for all students. Address: 333 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-4280 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/lles/ Principal: Dina Perfetti-Deany Enrollment: 435 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 29.43; minority, 70.57 Average years of teaching experi-

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: 5.78 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 11 6 9 8 5 3 14 9 9 8

PP 28 18 22 56 39 32 37 19 24 51

Prof. 56 70 61 28 52 63 31 47 44 31

Adv. 4 6 8 7 5 2 18 25 23 10

Pass 60 76 69 35 57 65 49 72 67 41

Adv. 6 0 6 0 0 6 21 11 29 11

Pass 61 41 56 33 19 42 67 46 61 29

ence on staff: 8.94 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 25 19 13 4 13 6 12 15 14 23

PP 14 41 32 63 69 52 21 37 25 48

Prof. 55 41 49 33 19 35 46 35 32 18

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Longmont Estates

Mead

Description: Longmont Estates Elementary was established in 1974. Longmont Estates is a sanctuary for students; a place where their hopes, ambitions, character and integrity are nurtured. The staff is dedicated to improving student performance in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Trained in the Six-Traits writing process, the staff implements strategies on a daily basis across all curriculum areas. Ongoing assessment is used on a continuous basis.

Description: Mead Elementary School shares in a rich history dating back to the early 1900s, when it was a small, independent school district made up of the surrounding farm families. Today, many of the farms are being developed into small neighborhoods. But the school continues to maintain a small-town, intimate setting and serve as a community hub. Reading instruction is based on individual students’ needs taught through authentic literature. The daily writing instruction follows a writer’s workshop format with the integration of the Six-Traits writing program. In math, teachers use the Investigations program.

Address: 1601 Northwestern Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-652-8101 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/lees/ Principal: Brian Childress Enrollment: 427 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 81.97; minority, 18.03 Average years of teaching experi-

ence on staff: 9.29 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 7 4 7 5 4 3 2 4 5 5 0 3 5 4 4 5 1 5 8

PP 10 19 14 34 33 30 8 16 21 51

Prof. 77 72 67 51 52 55 34 49 39 34

Adv. 7 2 14 13 10 14 52 31 38 7

Pass 84 74 82 64 62 70 87 80 78 41

Lyons Description: Lyons Elementary’s small size helps ensure student needs are met on an individual basis. Special programs, such as Challenge classes for the highly able learners and Right Start Literacy, help students with unique learning needs. Lyons Elementary also offers Kid-Zone, an after-school program, and Community School, which provides many after-school enrichment programs. Volunteers are highly involved in providing additional learning opportunities. Address: 338 High St., Lyons, CO 80540 Phone: 303-823-6915 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/lyonses/ Principal: Rob Orbanosky Enrollment: 244 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.25; minority, 14.75 Average years of teaching experi-

Address: 520 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542 Phone: 970-535-4488 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/mes/ Principal: Connie Brodt Enrollment: 462 Daily schedule: 8:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87.01; minority, 12.99

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 24-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 5 2 6 3 2 4 1 6 7 7

PP 27 22 11 54 43 23 22 28 19 28

Prof. 65 67 77 35 47 65 51 47 38 49

Adv. 2 7 6 7 6 7 27 18 36 15

Pass 67 74 83 42 53 73 77 66 74 64

Adv. 5 0 6 12 0 12 38 18 24 9

Pass 61 53 59 57 43 50 83 68 58 35

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Mountain View Description: Mountain View Elementary School was named for its majestic view of the Rocky Mountains. Open since 1957, Mountain View maintains a commitment to excellence by providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment for students. Our goal is for virtually all of our students to reach, maintain or exceed grade level proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. Striving for a working partnership between the parents, community, and staff is another essential focus for our school.

ence on staff: 6.58 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25 to 1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 10 4 2 5 4 3 7 4 0 5 0 3 7 4 9 5 1 5 2

PP 14 14 8 48 44 27 21 16 12 22

Prof. 69 77 67 38 47 51 34 65 43 45

Adv. 7 7 22 7 9 22 38 9 43 31

Pass 76 84 88 45 56 73 72 74 86 76

Address: 1415 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-652-8261 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/mves/ Principal: Nancy Pitz Enrollment: 310 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 49.35; minority, 50.65 Average years of teaching experi-

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Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 12 8 20 0 3 6 0 5 11 20

PP 27 40 21 43 55 44 17 28 32 45

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Niwot

Prairie Ridge

Description: Niwot Elementary is located about one mile east of the historic town of Niwot. Niwot offers a cohesive school community with a safe, nurturing environment and has support from the community, particularly the parents and Parent Teacher Advisory Council. There are high expectations for students to perform to the best of their abilities. The school also has a commitment to a Professional Learning Community, where the staff accepts responsibility for the success of every Niwot student.

Description: Opened in the fall of 2000, Prairie Ridge is situated in the Ridge Crest subdivision adjacent to Prairie Ridge Park in Firestone. Through clearly focused instruction and integrated content, Prairie Ridge students are provided with the necessary skills to become competent in reading, writing, speaking, solving mathematical situations and the use of technology. Spanish instruction is provided to students whose native language is Spanish, and English-as-a-second-language instruction is provided to speakers of various languages. Teachers provide extra support for literacy. Challenge programming is offered for gifted students.

Address: 8778 Morton Road, Niwot, CO 80503 Phone: 303-652-2828 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/niwotes/ Principal: Mike Keppler Enrollment: 464 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.34; minority, 14.66 Average years of teaching experi-

ence on staff: 8.8 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 5 4 0 5 1 3 4 4 1 5 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 5 2

PP 7 12 8 33 23 13 11 14 10 22

Prof. 75 71 64 41 55 57 37 48 39 43

Adv. 13 17 26 22 20 29 51 36 49 33

Pass 88 88 91 63 76 86 88 84 89 76

Northridge Description: Northridge, built in 1971 and renovated in 1990, is located on the north end of Longmont and is the community center for a beautiful, established neighborhood. A school of diversity reflected in the strong and growing bilingual population, Northridge believes that all students need to develop proficiency in literacy and numeracy. A positive learning environment is in place at Northridge. It includes a bilingual teacher at each grade level collaborating with other grade-level classroom teachers, focusing on student needs and maximizing the learning opportunities for both populations of children. Address: 1200 19th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-3040 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/northridgees/ Principal: Marc Rodriguez Enrollment: 396 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 28.03; minority, 71.97 Average years of teaching experi-

Address: 6632 St. Vrain Ranch Blvd., Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: 720-494-3641 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/pres/ Principal: Kirsten McNeill Enrollment: 686 Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 69.97; minority, 30.03

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 6.41 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 13 8 8 9 8 3 6 8 10 11

PP 18 16 20 38 35 37 21 10 21 49

Prof. 68 72 66 44 51 47 43 51 45 34

Adv. 1 3 6 10 6 11 30 31 23 5

Pass 69 76 72 54 57 59 73 82 69 40

Adv. 5 0 3 5 2 0 28 19 12 3

Pass 41 44 48 27 20 26 75 54 64 16

Rocky Mountain Description: Rocky Mountain recently was reorganized as a K-5 school and offers a bilingual program for native Spanish speakers. During the summer of 2005, the school underwent renovations. The school is proud to hold high expectations for all students, teachers, parents and administrators. To that end, achieving academic success for students includes a variety of instructional strategies, tools and programs. Advanced math classes are offered in grades three, four and five. The school actively seeks and encourages family and community involvement to ensure all students receive a high-quality education.

ence on staff: 6.35 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 3 16 4 33 5 17 3 3 4 21 5 11 3 7 4 17 5 14 5 39

PP 32 40 33 63 60 61 30 33 33 42

Prof. 50 28 47 29 19 27 54 45 34 16

Adv. 3 0 2 5 0 2 10 5 19 3

Pass 53 28 48 34 19 28 64 50 53 19

Address: 800 E. Fifth Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-6750 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/rmes Principal: Stephen Hoel Enrollment: 391 Daily schedule: 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 13.04; minority, 86.96

ence on staff: 9.06 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 14 26 12 5 28 2 4 13 3 24

PP 45 30 40 68 52 72 21 33 32 60

Prof. 36 44 45 23 19 26 47 35 53 12

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St. Vrain elementary schools

Carbon Valley

Sanborn

Description: Carbon Valley, a K-6 charter school that will expand to a K-8, opened in fall 2005 in Frederick and serves the Tri-town area. The school uses a Core Knowledge curriculum and ability grouping. Spanish is offered starting in kindergarten. High academic standards, a structured learning environment, a passionate teaching staff, effective school leadership and a positive school culture are the cornerstones of Carbon Valley.

Description: Sanborn is located at the north end of Longmont and enjoys a view of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. Sanborn has a very “small school” atmosphere. With incredible parent involvement, a caring staff and a beautiful campus, Sanborn is the place “where everyone knows your name.” This personal attention has led to great success for our students. A talented staff of dedicated individuals is committed to meeting the needs of a continuum of learners. Address: 2235 Vivian St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-3838 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/sanbornes Principal: John Wahler Enrollment: 395 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 77.97; minority, 22.03 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.81 Average student-to-teacher

Address: 4040 Coriolis Way, Frederick, CO 80504

ratio: 25-to-1

Phone: 303-774-9555

State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 9 9 14 3 6 8 8 10 16 16

PP 26 27 20 52 54 38 25 24 24 40

Prof. 54 60 52 34 36 36 40 56 34 38

Adv. 11 4 14 11 4 18 27 10 26 6

Pass 65 64 66 45 40 54 67 66 60 44

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/cva/ Principal: Dr. Rachel Murphy for the elementary level and Paul Trautwein for the secondary-education level Enrollment: 385 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.71; minority, 14.29 Average years of teaching experience on staff: N/A Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25 to 1 State CSAP rating: Average

Spangler Description: Located near Kensington Park and just a short distance from Longmont’s Youth Center and YMCA, Spangler has an all-day kindergarten program, a literacy lab and a take-home reading program. The school also has a bilingual program. At Spangler, a clear focus has been established. Students know their job is to work hard and to learn and that the teacher’s role is to teach so students are successful. The school also teaches tolerance and understanding through the Peace Place, a conflict-resolution program. Address: 1440 Collyer St., Longmont, CO 80501

ence on staff: 5.95 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 State CSAP rating: Low

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/spangleres

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Enrollment: 379 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 14.25; minority, 85.75 Average years of teaching experi-

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Grade Unsat. 3 8 4 16 5 8 6 0 7 6 8 X 3 2 4 6 5 3 6 0 7 6 8 X 3 0 4 10 5 8 6 12 7 22 8 X 5 8 5 X

PP 14 28 11 23 39 X 57 56 47 31 44 X 18 34 32 27 44 X 50 X

Prof. 74 54 74 69 56 X 35 32 39 69 33 X 55 46 53 38 22 X 37 X

Adv. 4 2 8 8 0 X 6 6 11 0 17 X 27 10 8 23 11 X 5 X

Pass 78 56 82 77 56 X 41 38 50 69 50 X 82 56 61 62 33 X 42 X

Imagine

Phone: 720-494-3761

Principal: Michelle Johnstone

Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5

Unsat. 17 25 47 10 18 27 11 17 30 58

PP 50 38 27 77 54 55 30 36 55 36

Prof. 33 38 24 10 25 18 48 40 11 6

Adv. 0 0 2 3 4 0 9 7 4 0

Pass 33 38 25 13 29 18 58 47 15 6

Description: Imagine Charter School at Firestone is an academically rigorous school with a strong emphasis on nurturing the moral character of all students. The school hires highly qualified, caring teachers who attend to each individual child and partner with parents to support significant and sustained growth for each child. The school uses the Core Knowledge curriculum in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. During the first three years, the school will be going through a validation process with the national foundation to become an official Core Knowledge school. Address: 6160 Firestone Blvd., Unit 104, PMB 371, Firestone, CO 80501

www.imaginefirestone.com Principal: George Sanker Enrollment: N/A Daily schedule: 8:13 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, N/A; minority, N/A Average years of teaching experience on staff: N/A

Phone: 303-772 - 3711

Average student-to-teacher ratio: N/A

Web site: http://

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St. Vrain middle schools

Description: Flagstaff, a K-8 charter school, opened in 2005 in a south Longmont technology business park. The school uses a Core Knowledge curriculum. The school’s instructional methods include focusing on the individual learner, grouping according to subject mastery, progressive levels of difficulty and ongoing assessment for advancement. The school offers a science lab-based program and Spanish as a foreign language.

Description: Formerly Silver Creek Middle School, Altona moved to its new location in the southwest corner of Longmont in January 2006. The new building offers the latest in technologybased education, including three computer labs and four computers in every classroom. The school’s goal is to be ranked “excellent” on Colorado’s accountability reports. To work toward meeting this goal, 65 percent of the school day is devoted to core instruction with mini teams of math and English teachers.

Flagstaff Academy

Address: 1841 Lefthand Circle, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-651-7900 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/fa/ Principal: Jere Pearcy Enrollment: 444 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 86.1; minority, 13.9 Average years of teaching experience of staff: N/A

Altona

ratio: N/A State CSAP rating: N/A Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Science

Grade 3 4 5 6 3 4 5 6 3 4 5 6 5

Unsat. 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 11 0

PP 10 11 0 23 25 20 9 20 12 9 4 23 13

Prof. 72 72 83 60 59 63 70 71 38 26 35 43 43

Adv. 16 17 17 17 16 15 22 9 50 63 91 23 43

Pass 88 89 100 77 75 78 91 80 88 89 96 66 87

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 5.41 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 21.2-to-1

Address: 4600 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503

State CSAP rating: Excellent

Phone: 720-494-3980

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/ams/ Principal: Joe Mehsling Enrollment: 676 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 77.96; minority, 22.04

Grade Unsat. 6 1 7 2 8 3 6 1 7 2 8 1 6 2 7 5 8 5 8 7

PP 7 14 6 16 20 10 10 26 14 19

Prof. 71 61 66 62 51 52 35 30 25 57

Adv. 21 23 25 21 27 37 53 38 56 18

Pass 92 84 90 83 77 89 88 68 81 75

Adv. 5 10 5 5 10 4 24 15 20 3

Pass 61 71 62 47 53 46 52 41 48 45

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Twin Peaks

Coal Ridge

Description: Twin Peaks Charter Academy is housed in the historic Longmont High School building, built in 1926, on Main Street. It is a traditional school with an emphasis on content skills development, along with character education. The school has a parent-elected board of directors, optional all-day kindergarten, admission by lottery, a uniform-based dress code, strict discipline code, abilities grouped for reading and math, and electives. Address: 820 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-652-8201 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/tpca/ Principal: BJ Buchmann Enrollment: 569 Capacity: n/a Daily schedule: 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 74.4; minority, 25.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: N/A Average student-to-teacher ratio: N/A State CSAP rating: High, elementary; Excellent, middle

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Description: Formerly Frederick Middle School, Coal Ridge moved to its new location in November 2004 and is the premier middle school in the TriTown area. Achieving academic success for all students is a top priority for Coal Ridge. Several instructional strategies, tools, and programs are in place, including block scheduling with 60-minute classes daily in the four core areas plus two electives. The school also offers an honors academy. Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 5 8

Unsat. 7 8 2 2 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 7 4 6 0 13

PP 8 23 4 13 13 13 38 31 8 28 19 19 11 21 6 19 20 19 25 33

Prof. 80 62 71 69 68 60 47 48 62 48 62 48 70 48 40 30 28 23 48 38

Adv. 5 8 23 17 17 25 11 15 31 24 17 31 18 27 54 44 28 52 27 15

Pass 86 69 94 85 85 85 58 63 92 72 79 79 88 75 94 74 57 75 75 54

Address: 6201 Booth Drive. Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 303-833-4176 Web site: http:// crms.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Paul Talafuse Enrollment: 769 Capacity: N/A Daily schedule: 7:49 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 68.4; minority, 31.6 Average years of teaching experience on staff: Six

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Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 6 16 7 7 8 12 6 10 7 2 8 6 6 22 7 17 8 25 8 20

PP 23 22 26 43 44 47 26 42 27 34

Prof. 56 61 57 41 44 43 28 26 27 42

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St. Vrain middle schools

Erie

Longs Peak

Description: The original 1926 school building has been remodeled several times and now serves as the core facility for a modern, expanded campus. Erie Middle offers three computer labs and four computers in every classroom. The entire building participates in sustained silent reading 20 minutes a day. An encore period gives students extra help with literacy and math or allows students who need additional challenges to explore other classes.

Description: Rich in tradition and steeped in history, Longs Peak was originally opened in 1969. Today, Longs Peak students enjoy a newly remodeled campus with a wonderful view of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The school focuses on high academic and behavioral standards for all students. All gradelevel teachers use common reading, writing and math rubrics, as well as common assessments. Throughout the year, enrichment and remediation classes are implemented, and the staff continues to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Address: 650 Main St., Erie, CO 80516

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 21.2-to-1

Phone: 303-828-3391

State CSAP rating: High

Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/ems/ Principal: Ella Padilla Enrollment: 552 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 79.9; minority, 20.1 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 4.35

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 2 5 4 2 1 1 6 9 8 8

PP 15 18 13 30 34 28 21 36 31 19

Prof. 72 66 69 58 56 58 47 34 24 48

Adv. 10 11 14 9 10 13 27 21 37 26

Pass 82 77 84 67 65 71 74 55 61 74

Address: 1500 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-5611 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/lpms/ Principal: Matt Buchler Enrollment: 469 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50.6; minority, 49.4 Average years of teaching experi-

Heritage Description: In 2004, Heritage began the process of implementing a Middle Years International Baccalaureate, or IB program, an academically rigorous program for advanced and/or highly motivated students. Heritage provides an outstanding, safe and caring place for all students. Focusing on high-level academic achievement, Heritage is the only middle school to offer advanced classes in all core areas and advanced-level technology elective classes. Students at Heritage spend more instructional time in mathematics and language arts than any other students in the district, and all students take a required keyboarding class. Address: 233 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-7900 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/hms/ Principal: Karrie Borski Enrollment: 385 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 19.2; minority, 80.8

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ence on staff: 7.9 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 21.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 6 16 7 16 8 13 6 10 7 11 8 6 6 14 7 26 8 27 8 45

PP Prof. Adv. Pass 30 46 9 54 31 46 6 52 29 51 6 57 41 43 7 49 40 40 8 48 49 40 4 44 36 32 18 50 37 23 14 37 30 21 22 42 24 28 2 30

Mead Description: Mead Middle School serves the town of Mead and the northeast area of Longmont as well as eastern Boulder and western Weld counties. The school has a proud tradition of student achievement and parent involvement. Mead graduates are recognized for high school success in academics, music and athletics. Small classes and standards-based curriculum driven by performance-based data provide support for students to achieve academic success.

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.6 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 20.2-to-1

Address: 620 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542

State CSAP rating: Low Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 23 17 31 12 9 11 29 24 52 59

PP 41 35 36 59 42 69 34 43 25 25

Prof. 31 42 31 26 40 19 27 23 19 13

Adv. 4 6 2 3 9 1 9 10 4 3

Pass 35 48 32 29 49 20 36 32 23 16

Phone: 970-535-4446 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/mms/ Principal: Josh Barnett Enrollment: 325 Daily schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 86.8; minority, 13.2 Average

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Grade Unsat. 6 6 7 5 8 7 6 3 7 0 8 1 6 6 7 10 8 9 8 16

PP 9 9 12 25 21 22 22 18 14 23

Prof. 67 70 57 56 49 51 41 36 31 45

Adv. 17 15 24 16 30 26 31 36 46 15

Pass 84 86 81 72 79 77 72 72 77 60

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St. Vrain middle/senior

Sunset

Description: Sunset is located adjacent to Affolter Park in the middle of a hightech industrial park area and serves the south central portion of Longmont, including Niwot and Southmoor Park. A high-performing school striving to achieve excellence, Sunset holds high standards and expectations for all students. Sunset has gained statewide recognition in the implementation of standards-based education. It is a data-driven school, designed to meet students’ academic needs at their individual levels. Sunset’s music department has been recognized nationally. Address: 1300 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 9.1 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: High

Phone: 303-776-3963 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/sms/ Principal: Dawn Macy Enrollment: 607 Daily schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 6 10 7 11 8 4 6 2 7 3 8 0 6 11 7 13 8 12 8 11

PP 16 16 14 30 33 25 22 31 23 19

Prof. 52 56 59 44 51 52 29 35 27 49

Adv. 22 17 23 23 13 24 38 21 38 21

Pass 74 74 82 67 64 75 67 56 65 70

Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 86.8; minority, 13.2

Trail Ridge Description: Trail Ridge opened in 2005 in the recently developed east side of Longmont. The school’s guiding principles include a strong middle-school philosophy, high academic and behavioral standards and an international focus in all programs. A core/explore period provides extra literacy and math help for struggling students, and gifted and talented options. Achieving academic success for all students is a top priority for Trail Ridge. Address: 1000 Button Rock Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-494-3820 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.3

Phone: 303-823-6631 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/lmshs/

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 21.2 to 1

Principal: Mark Mills

State CSAP rating: Average

schools/trms/ Principal: Valerie Millert Enrollment: 601 Daily schedule: 7:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 54.6; minority, 45.4

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 10 12 10 5 4 3 8 17 17 27

PP 18 18 28 34 34 50 28 33 32 34

Prof. 59 58 54 55 46 38 42 29 28 33

Enrollment: 444 Adv. 13 12 9 5 16 9 23 21 22 7

Pass 72 70 62 61 62 48 64 50 50 39

casian, 82.1; minority, 17.9 Average

years of teaching experience on staff: 10 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23.2 to 1 State CSAP rating: High

Web site: http://wms.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Mark Spencer

Address: 1651 Airport Road, Longmont, CO 80503

Enrollment: 581

Phone: 303-772-3134

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Description: Lyons Middle/Senior prides itself on its small size. It places an emphasis on core instruction (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), and seniors have a rigorous curriculum. The school offers advanced math, language arts and science classes, college learning opportunities, foreign languages, fine arts programs, a 2-to-1 ratio of students to computers, and academic and individual counseling services. Address: 100 S. Second Ave., Lyons, CO 80540

Westview Description: Built in 1991, Westview Middle School consists of grades six through eight and features a view of the Rocky Mountains. Students receive instruction in their core academic subjects from the same team of four teachers during all three years of their middle-level experience. In a core explore period, students needing additional help in math or English take academic labs while students needing enrichment take a variety of Challenge classes. Other students explore interest areas in classes that are topical in nature, but based upon core academic standards.

Lyons

Daily schedule: 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Subject Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Science

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Grade 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 7 8 8

Unsat. 5 9 4 4 4 2 6 9 15 15

PP 13 16 16 23 32 32 20 34 22 24

Prof. 65 62 66 60 50 47 36 34 32 54

Adv. 18 13 14 13 14 19 38 24 31 6

Pass 83 75 79 74 64 66 74 58 63 60

Daily schedule: 7:25 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 91.2; minority, 8.8 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.8 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 20.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent, middle; High, senior Subject Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Math Math Math Math Math Science Science

Grade Unsat. 6 0 7 3 8 2 9 0 10 3 6 0 7 0 8 0 9 1 10 7 6 9 7 5 8 11 9 11 10 16 8 11 10 12

PP 23 12 11 14 15 32 18 22 30 28 9 35 15 19 36 15 28

Prof. 53 69 65 67 61 43 55 65 54 52 40 31 31 38 31 62 49

Adv. Pass 25 77 15 85 22 87 19 86 21 82 25 68 26 82 13 78 15 69 12 64 42 81 29 60 44 75 32 70 16 48 13 75 10 60

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Erie

Longmont

Description: The new high school building opened in 2005. The campus is set on 61 acres with a view of the Front Range, a sporting facility and a high-tech auditorium that seats 600. Erie High has a small-school atmosphere and uses a four-period, alternating block schedule. Front Range Community College offers on-site college classes. While the school’s philosophy is focused on preparing all students for postsecondary options, the entire faculty is specifically focusing on teaching writing across the curriculum, on mathematics skills, and on the integration of technology.

Description: Longmont High opened its doors in 1901. It offers a four-period block schedule with classes meeting for 90 minutes a day. The school is recognized as an Advanced Placement high school. It strives to assist students in developing themselves as well-rounded individuals so they leave with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of our times. Decisions about instruction are data-driven, and school goals have been formulated using statewide test scores.

Address: 3180 Weld County Road 5, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-828-4213 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/ehs/ Principal: Steve Payne Enrollment: 581 Daily schedule: 7:15 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78.8; minority, 21.2

Average years of teaching experience on staff: 9.6

Address: 1040 Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501

Average student-to-teacher ratio: 21.2-to-1

Phone: 303-776-6014 Web site: http://lhs.stvrain.k12.co.us /

State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 6 5 3 5 15 28 16

PP 12 21 35 47 35 46 25

Prof. 72 66 55 39 34 25 54

Adv. 8 8 6 3 15 1 5

Pass 81 74 61 43 49 26 59

Principal: Rick Olsen Enrollment: 1,321 Daily schedule: 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 72.2; minority, 27.8 Average years of teaching experi-

Frederick

Niwot

Description: Frederick High serves the growing Tri-town communities of Frederick, Firestone and Dacono. The building was constructed in 1972, and a 1999 addition included a new music room, a wrestling room, locker rooms and a state-of-the-art theater. The school’s block schedule allows high school students the opportunity to earn more graduation credits than traditional schedules. A variety of core and elective courses include classes for non-English speaking students, special needs classes and three Advanced Placement classes.

Description: Niwot High, located between Longmont and Boulder, has a large community athletic complex and recently remodeled student commons area and administrative and counseling offices, as well as a scenic view of the mountains. The school offers Advanced Placement courses in calculus, biology, chemistry, English, U.S. history, Spanish, physics and psychology. Niwot High also features the International Baccalaureate diploma program, as well as other college preparatory and elective courses. Several athletic teams and the performing arts programs have achieved top honors at the state level.

Address: 600 Fifth St., Frederick, CO 80530 Phone: 303-833-3533 Web site: http://fhs.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Jim Sundberg Enrollment: 860 Daily schedule: 7:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 64.7; minority, 35.4

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Average years of teaching experience on staff: 9.2 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23.2-to-1

Address: 8989 East Niwot Road, Niwot, CO 80503

State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 7 7 5 8 33 39 27

PP 24 20 53 51 38 38 26

Prof. 65 65 38 39 21 24 44

Adv. 3 8 4 2 8 2 2

Pass 68 73 42 41 29 25 46

Phone: 303-652-2550 Web site: www.stvrain.k12.co.us/ schools/nhs/ Principal: Dennis Daly Enrollment: 1,337 Daily schedule: 7:15 a.m. to 2:23 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Cau-

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ence on staff: Nine Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25.7-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 5 10 8 9 5 10 9 9 33 10 29 10 25

PP 30 23 46 43 32 35 23

Prof. 56 58 42 38 20 29 42

Adv. 8 12 7 10 15 7 11

Pass 64 70 49 48 35 35 53

casian, 80.3; minority, 19.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 8.2 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25.7-to-1 State CSAP rating: Excellent Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 5 10 4 9 3 10 5 9 16 10 12 10 12

PP 13 9 26 19 23 25 10

Prof. 62 52 56 51 31 42 58

Adv. 19 34 14 24 29 19 17

Pass 81 86 70 74 60 61 75

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Olde Columbine

Description: Olde Columbine is an alternative high school housed in the same building with three other programs: the Career Development Center, Open Door and Teen Parenting. The school serves a variety of secondary students who aren’t successful in traditional settings. It uses a student governance procedure to allow the students more voice in matters that will directly affect them, and it allows students to incorporate self-paced classes. The school has a literacy teacher/ coordinator to increase reading and writing skills.

Address: 1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-494-3961 Web site: http://ochs.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Alan Stroh Enrollment: 108 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 68.5; minority, 31.5 Average years of teaching experi-

ence on staff: 10.9 Average student-to-teacher ratio: n/a State CSAP rating: Low Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 n/a 10 9 n/a 10 9 n/a 10 10

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Silver Creek

Skyline

Description: Silver Creek is located in the southwest corner of Longmont. The commons area is situated so that visitors have an incredible view of the Front Range. A standards-based school, Silver Creek allows students to learn and re-learn concepts until they can demonstrate mastery. Silver Creek is a quality institution of education that holds the standard high and offers rigorous instruction and quality interaction with teachers.

Description: Skyline High School has a diverse population, taking in east Longmont and Mead students. The school offers an honors certification program and has a partnership with Front Range Community College that allows students to take college-level classes at Skyline. The Opportunity School, a school-withina-school program, is an alternative for students atrisk of dropping out. Having high expectations for

Address: 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-494-3721 Web site: http://schs.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Sherri Schumann Enrollment: 1032 Daily schedule: 7:12 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85.2; minority, 14.8

ence on staff: 6.8 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 23.2-to-1 State CSAP rating: High Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade Unsat. 9 2 10 4 9 2 10 4 9 14 10 24 10 17

PP 12 18 28 33 27 33 20

Prof. 72 63 59 50 36 33 53

Adv. 11 14 9 12 22 7 9

Pass 83 77 68 61 57 40 62

Average years of teaching experi-

Private schools

all students, mentoring programs and peer tutoring are just some of the varied opportunities that are in place at Skyline. Address: 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501

Alexander Dawson School

Bixby School

Description: Alexander Dawson is a school with respect for the individual student, and where striving for excellence is the norm. The school has the highest average SAT scores in the area, and had nine post-season sports teams last year. The school offers a study-abroad option, along with daily art, music and theater on a safe, 95-acre campus. Small classes are discussion-style, led by nationally recruited teachers. There’s personalized college counseling and an acclaimed middle-school transition program, bridging the gap from childhood to adolescence. Each Lower School student is mentored by two home room teachers and five specials teachers. Students regularly test a year or more above grade level. Grades served: Kindergarten through

Description: Our mission is to cultivate critical thinking; promote independence and self-confidence; instill empathy, respect, and responsibility; and inspire a love of learning.

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Phone720-494-3741 Web site: http://shs.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Patty Quinones Enrollment: 1,444 Daily schedule: 7:15 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 53.3; minority, 46.7 Average years of teaching experience on staff: 7.6 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 25.7-to-1 State CSAP rating: Average Subject Reading Reading Writing Writing Math Math Science

Grade 9 10 9 10 9 10 10

Unsat. 10 15 5 17 36 44 42

PP 28 29 48 47 29 30 19

Prof. 56 48 40 31 23 22 32

Adv. 6 6 6 2 12 1 4

Pass 62 54 47 33 35 23 37

Grades served: Preschool to fifth 12th Address: 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-665-6679 Web site: www.dawsonschool.org Headmaster: Brian Johnson Enrollment: 420 Capacity: 420 Annual tuition: $17,800 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open house/visitation: Call for details.

Address: 4760 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-494-7508 Web site: www.bixbyschool.org Principal: Pat Baker

Annual tuition: $1,048 a month

Enrollment: 166

Daily schedule: K-5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; preschool, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Capacity: 175

Open house/visitation: TBD

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Boulder Country Day School

Bridge School

Description: Boulder Country Day provides one of the finest educational programs at a reasonable cost to families in the Boulder and Longmont region. Students receive the benefits of small class size, experienced teachers and a wellrounded, classical education. Students are well-prepared for their future, become confident learners and acquire a true love of learning.

Description: George Leighton Bridge School is a co-educational college-preparatory day school with strong academics, enriching electives, extracurricular programs and small classes. We are dedicated to helping students develop the knowledge, perseverance and confidence necessary to undertake the academic demands of college and to meet the complex challenges of adulthood.

Principal: Mike Shields Enrollment: 320

Grades served: Preschool to eighth

Capacity: 350

Address: 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, CO 80301

Annual tuition: $5,100 to $12,425

Grades served: Sixth to 12th Address: 6717 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-494-7551

Phone: 303-527-4931

Daily schedule: Elementary school, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.; middle school, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Web site: www.bouldercountryday.org

Open house/visitation: TBD

Principal: Richard Weeks

Boulder Jewish Day School Description: Boulder Jewish is a community day school welcoming families from across the spectrum of Jewish life. The school is committed to academic excellence and Jewish values and is dedicated to providing a warm, safe home away from home for children. We apply expertise in child development, learning, teaching, and curriculum to open up children to the world of literacy, Jewish heritage and physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Enrollment: 50 Capacity: 70

Address: 7415 Lookout Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 303-449-5569

Annual tuition: $10,390 for grades 1-5; $9,260 for kindergarten and five days of preschool

Web site: www.bjds.org

Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Shoshi Bilavsky

Open house/visitation: TBD

Blue Sky Kindergarten/ Preschool

Grades served: Preschool and kindergarten, ages 2 1 â „ 2 to 6 Address: 3046 11th St., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-443-4965

Annual tuition: $15,400 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Open house/visitation: TBD

Web site: www.blueskykindergarten.com Principal: Mindy Upton Enrollment: 50 Capacity: 50 Annual tuition: $4,000 for the two-day program, $7,350 for the four-day program. Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open house/visitation: 10:30 to noon Jan. 10 and Feb. 21

Description: Broomfield Academy is a nationally accredited private school with very small class sizes, individualized learning plans and an advanced curriculum. Class sizes average nine students. The school offers accelerated academic programs and specialty classes that include art, music, Spanish, Chinese and computers. Full-day programming is offered for children ages 312, including a before/after school program. The school also offers character education and service learning projects.

Address: 7203 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020

Grades served: Junior kindergarten through sixth

Open house/visitation: Monthly, call for dates.

Phone: 303-469-6449 Web site: www.broomfieldacademy.com Principal: Dr. Vanessa Ewing Enrollment: 73 Capacity: 110 Annual tuition: $9,987 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Catalyst Education of Colorado Description: Catalyst Education is ideal for the teen who has suffered a personal setback, no longer feels comfortable at school or who needs a high school that collaborates with health-related services. Students find a unique educational experience that includes a flexible schedule, supportive personal relationships, high scholastic expectations and genuine intellectual challenge. Individually designed academic classes and community-based experiences form the backbone of a Catalyst education that actively engages the student in mastering skills for the 21st century. Our college-like block schedule fits around a student’s other commitments and is ideal preparation for college or other postsecondary options. Grades served: Ninth to 12th Address: 2575 Park Lane, Suite 100, Lafayette, CO 80026

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Capacity: 100

Broomfield Academy

Grades served: Preschool to fifth

Description: Blue Sky has been serving children for more than 25 years. We are a Waldorf-inspired school, devoted to nurturing the child through the senses with music, story, song, puppetry, carpentry and a deep commitment to play. We have a small home-like environment with devoted and loving teachers.

Web site: www.BridgeSchoolBoulder.org

Enrollment: 65

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Phone: 303-604-6512 Web site: www.catalystedu.org Principal: Ed Porritt Enrollment: 25 Capacity: 75 Annual tuition: $9,300 Daily schedule: 9 am. to 4 p.m. Open house/visitation: Call for personal tour or visit on any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Desiderata School

Hillside School

Description: We are a non-traditional, proficiency-based and self-paced private school. We have a maximum eight-to-one student-to-teacher ratio. Students are allowed to choose from a large selection of curriculum tailored to different learning styles and needs.

Description: Hillside provides an intensive academic program for students who have learning differences, such as dyslexia. Hillside teaches reading, written language and math using teaching methods proven to be successful. The program is research-based and significantly increases academic growth in the areas taught, which in turn develops positive self-esteem and confidence that carries over into all aspects of our students’ lives.

Enrollment: 31 half-time students

Grades served: First to eighth

Capacity: Not provided

Grades served: Kindergarten to 12th Address: 15785 N. 83rd St., Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 303-678-9335 Web site: www.desiderataschool.com Principal: Larame Spence

Annual tuition: $500 a month, on average

Enrollment: 50

Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Capacity: 70

Open house/visitation: TBD

Phone: 303-494-1468 Web site: www.hillsidelearning.org Principal: Kathy Sherman

Eastern Sun Academy Description: An elementary school for contemplative education that nurtures individual brilliance by inspiring students to realize and cultivate their inherent intelligence, compassion and confidence. It is our goal to integrate the wisdom of contemplative practices into a contemporary classroom with a strong academic foundation. This approach allows the student to see the world with clarity and precision, to go within and take one’s counsel and to operate from a seat of compassionate connection to the world. Grades served: Kindergarten to fourth; plan to expand to K-8 Address: 6717 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-443-3302 Web site: www.EasternSunAcademy.org

Grades served: Preschool to fifth Address: 5465 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 303-499-1999 Web site: www.friendsschoolboulder.org Principal: Polly Donald

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Annual tuition: $13,400 Daily schedule: 8 to 11 a.m. or noon to 3 p.m. Open house/visitation: Individual meetings and tours available by appointment.

Holy Family High School Description: Based on the values of Jesus Christ, Holy Family seeks to provide a Catholic learning environment that stresses academic excellence, fosters mutual respect, demands responsibility and encourages self-growth. Grades served: Ninth to 12th

Director: Kristin Lhatso

Enrollment: 565

Enrollment: 82

Address: 5195 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020

Capacity: 85

Phone: 303-410-1411

Annual tuition: $8,900. Parish subsidy and tuition assistance available.

Annual tuition: $8,350

Web site: www.holyfamilyhs.com

Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday

Principal: Interim principal Mike Gabriel

Open house/visitation: Call to schedule a tour.

Open house/visitation: Dec. 3 and Dec. 17. Call for times and to make a reservation.

Grades served: Preschool (18 months) to sixth Address: 3900 Orange Court, Boulder, CO 80304

Enrollment: 172 Capacity: 172 Annual tuition: Sliding scale based on family income Daily schedule: K-5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Capacity: 565

Jarrow Montessori School Description: Founded in 1964, Jarrow is the oldest Montessori school in Colorado. Jarrow is a private, nonprofit, coed school. Located in north Boulder, the three-acre campus is graced by a canopy of century-old trees and is “home” to students from throughout Boulder County. Jarrow’s curriculum combines the Montessori method with the best educational practices. Students thrive within our child-centered approach and small class sizes.

Friends’ School Description: The school is committed to educating the whole child, head, hand and heart. The preschool is play- and exploration-based with a focus on relationships, communication, art and a foundation in pre-academic skills. The experiential learning elementary curriculum emphasizes academics, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility. The school offers small classes with low student/teacher ratios. ACIS accredited and NAIS member. Please ask about financial aid.

Address: 6717 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO 80303

Phone: 303-443-0511 Web site: www.jarrow.org Principal: Barb Truan

Enrollment: 152 Capacity: 184 Annual tuition: $10,730 for a full-time student Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a full day Open house/visitation: Tours are offered daily by appointment.

Open house/visitation: Call to schedule an individual tour and class observation.

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The Living School

Mountain Peak Private School

Description: The school is democratic, learner-centered and experientially based to focus on the creativity and intelligence inherent in each student. What do we want to impart to our children? Is the achievement of top grades and test scores the measure of education? In an age of ever-expanding information and machines that hold that information, we see that the nature of education has changed into the understanding of how to access information and fostering the creativity to implement it anew.

Director: Dawn Maggio

Description: Mountain Peak is a nonsectarian, independent school that strives for excellence in academics enhanced by a strong commitment to physical education. Our curriculum balances traditional learning with exciting interactive activities. The school uses programs like Zoo-phonics with younger students, and games and simulations with older students. Explorations in all disciplines create an effective atmosphere for students to grow and flourish.

Enrollment: 9

Grades served: Preschool to sixth

Grades served: Kindergarten to 12th

Capacity: 48

Address: 1852 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302

Annual tuition: $7,500

Address: 1833 Sunset Place, Suites E and F, Longmont, CO 80501

Annual tuition: $1,750 for preschool to $6,000 for upper elementary-age students

Phone: 720-494-1622

Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Phone: 303-449-0866

Open house/visitation: Call for times or to schedule a tour.

Web site: www.mountainpeakschool.com

Open house/visitation: Tours available daily

Web site: www.livingschool.org

Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Longmont Christian School Description: The school was established in 1993 and is a member of ACSI and CHSSA. Longmont Christian is committed to a vision that students will acquire wisdom, knowledge and a Biblical view of character, leadership, service and stewardship. Longmont Christian provides effective Christian education, sports, music, art and many other educational opportunities. It’s overseen by a school board with representatives from multiple Christian churches in the area. Grades served: Pre-kindergarten through 12th

Address: 550 Coffman St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-3254 Web site: www.longmontchristian.org Principal: Donnie Bennett Enrollment: 324 Capacity: 500 Annual tuition: Average is $3,500 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house/visitation: TBD

Messiah Lutheran School Description: Messiah Lutheran offers after-school care with extended preschool hours. The school focuses on academic excellence in a safe, Christian environment. Grades served: Preschool (2 1 ⁄ 2 years) to fourth

Description: Mountain Shadows provides a quality Montessori environment in which children joyfully reach their potential through the development of independence, academic excellence, respect for their environment and moral responsibility to society. Mountain Shadows is the only school in Colorado fully accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale. The school is located on a beautiful 12-acre campus northeast of Boulder.

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Address: 4154 63rd St., Boulder, CO 80301

Principal: Angela Sitz

Phone: 303-530-5353 Web site: www.mountainshadows.org Executive director: Frank Vincent

Capacity: 120

Enrollment: 54 Capacity: 100

Mountain Shadows Montessori School

Grades served: Pre-kindergarten to sixth

Enrollment: 65

Director: Bobby Tabert

Enrollment: 135 Capacity: 165 Annual tuition: $7,300 half day; $10,050 full day Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for a full day Open house/visitation: Monthly open houses

Address: 1335 Francis St., Longmont, CO 80501

Annual tuition: $3,250 for non-church members; $2,820 for church members annually

Mount Zion Lutheran School

Phone: 303-776-3466

Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Web site: www.messiahlc.teamminis-

Open house/visitation: Call for a visit.

Description: Mount Zion is a global community with a student population that is 30 percent minority and represents a mixture of religious faiths and wide diversity in backgrounds. Within this culturally rich environment, we provide a loving, Christian-based education. We also offer excellent child care services with before- and after-school care to enhance children’s learning and accommodate busy family schedules.

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Phone: 303-443-8477 Web site: www.mtzionboulder.org Director: Cheryl Crabbs Enrollment: 50 Capacity: 120 Annual tuition: Varies according to program

Grades served: Toddler to second

Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and aftercare from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 1680 Balsam, Boulder, CO 80304

Open house/visitation: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Patchwork School

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Description: The Patchwork School is a small, independent school on the Main Street of Louisville. Our school supports children by knowing each child as unique and as possessing diverse strengths and interests; providing an opportunity for children to develop critical thinking skills. Additionally, we focus concentration by directing their own learning in the context of a rich and meaningful environment; valuing both freedom and challenge in the learning process; building upon each child’s natural interests and learning styles to cocreate long-term projects and in-depth work that naturally embeds math, literacy, science, art, music, social studies, and more. We recognize the importance of emotional healthiness and offering each child tools for successfully navigating both social and personal arenas.

Description: A traditional core curriculum is taught by a talented faculty in a safe, secure learning environment. Academic excellence is reflected in annual above-average national test scores. Students are instilled with socially and morally responsible behavior that recognizes the value of right and wrong. Sacred Heart has been serving the Boulder Community for more than 100 years. Grades served: Pre-kindergarten through eighth Address: 1317 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-447-2362 Web site: www.SHJBoulder.org/s-

Grades served: Preschool through third Address: 1428 Main St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-271-6729 Web site: www.thepatchworkschool.com Executive directors: Michele Beach and Elizabeth Baker Enrollment: 28 per day, 50 total Capacity: 28 per day Annual tuition: Flexible scheduling, tuition varies Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; optional 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Open house/visitation: Visits scheduled upon request.

St. John the Baptist Catholic

Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative

Description: We are a private Catholic school.

Description: RMS is an independent, co-educational day school for gifted students. RMS provides learning plans for students that include affective development, thinking and study skills, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, social studies, and physical development. Students are grouped by social and emotional development and ability in multi-age classrooms. Low student/teacher ratios allow teachers to support students as they prepare to enter the global community with confidence.

Phone: 303-776-8760

Grades served: Pre-kindergarten (age 4) to eighth Address: 5490 Spine Road, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 303-545-9230

Grades served: Preschool to eighth Address: 350 Emery St., Longmont, CO 80501 Web site: www.johnthebaptist.org

Grades served: Kindergarten through eighth

Web site: www.rms.org Principal: Barbara Mitchell Hutton Enrollment: 78 Capacity: 101 Annual tuition: $6,900 for partime preschool program; $14,750, kindergarten through eighth Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Open house/visitation: 9 a.m. Dec. 9

eighth Address: 925 Grant Ave., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 303-666-6220 Web site: www.stlouisschool-co.com Principal: Annette Canfield Enrollment: 203, K-8 Capacity: 240 Annual tuition: $3,700 for practicing Catholics, $4,865 for non-Catholics Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Open house/visitation: Call school for information

Description: An independent, nonprofit alternative to traditional secondary school experiences, September School offers individualized instruction with a focus on artistic connections, selfawareness and community responsibility.

Principal: Nancy Monson Enrollment: N/A

Grades served: Ninth to 12th

Capacity: N/A

Address: 1370 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-554-8451

Daily schedule: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Web site: www.runningriver.org

Open house/visitation: N/A

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Description: The school has been offering educational and spiritual programs for children for more than 100 years. The Early Learning Center emphasizes academic and spiritual development. The K-8 program is accredited by the North Central Association and concentrates on academic development and Christian values. Active parent and community participation, mixed with state-licensed teachers, help maintain the quality of this well-respected school. The school offers a community atmosphere in a small town setting. Grades served: Preschool (3-5) to

September High School

Annual tuition: $7,875, plus a supply fee of $275 and a one-time registration fee of $75

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Principal: Julie Rossi Enrollment: 417 Capacity: 500 Annual tuition: $3,675 for parishioners; $5,240 for non-parishioners Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house/visitation: Jan. 25

St. Louis Catholic School

Running River Description: Running River balances every aspect of education by connecting children to themselves, humanity and nature. We are dedicated to experiential, real life, meaningful and contemplative education. We integrate our excellent academic program primarily around nature and have staff music, dance, theater, physical education and art specialists. There is a strong emphasis on life skills, communication and community.

chool Principal: Pam Jackimiec Enrollment: 330 Capacity: 450 Annual tuition: $4,150 to $5,575 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house/visitation: Late January; call for times.

Address: 1902 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 30302 Phone: 303-443-9933 Web site: www.septemberschool.org Principal: Dan Fox Enrollment: 50

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Shepherd Valley Waldorf School Vista Ridge Academy Description: A Waldorf school offering holistic education for life; a well-rounded curriculum rich in arts, music, sciences, foreign languages and humanities; experienced Waldorf-trained teachers with an appreciation for the uniqueness of each child; and festival celebrations. The mixed-age kindergarten is a world of play and make-believe, a world of imitation and expression. Kindergarten learning is best accomplished through playful activity, such as stories, songs, handicrafts, circle-time, free play and outdoor play. It’s an environment where beauty, love, and security radiate from a home-like setting that gently helps the children adjust to the social world of the classroom. Grades served: Parent taught pre-kindergarten to eighth Address: 6500 W. Dry Creek Parkway, Niwot, CO 80503 Phone: 303-652-0130 Web site: www.shepherdvalley.org

Description: Vista Ridge is a private, Christian school providing quality education for children through 12th grade. Class sizes are small, and teachers seek to nurture each child within a loving environment that is safe and free from drugs, alcohol and violence. Vista Ridge Academy is a great place for kids to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually.

Principal: Linda Abelkis Enrollment: 150 Capacity: 232

Grades served: Kindergarten (age 5) to 12th

Annual tuition: Kindergarten, $8,300; first through eighth, $10,600

Address: 3100 Ridge View Drive, Erie, CO 80516

Daily schedule: Kindergarten, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; first grade 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ; second through eighth, 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. after school care available until 5:30

Phone: 303-828-4944

Open house/visitation: 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 24 with a grades theme and March 7 with a puppet show

Shining Mountain Waldorf School Description: Offers a full academic program enriched by the arts. Our comprehensive curriculum guides students toward clear, independent thinking, feeling compassion and creative activity, and moral courage for social responsibility. Early childhood is nurtured and protected through healthy play. The gradeschool child is awakened by cultivating a sense of beauty. Adolescents are challenged to find meaning in the world and a path of service. Grades served: Preschool to 12th Address: 999 Violet Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-444-7697 for elementary and middle; 303-447-1973 for high school Web site: www.smwaldorf.org

Phone: 303-440-7520

Phone: 303-440-4510

Web site: www.watershedschool.org

Administrator: Greg Fisher Enrollment: 42 Capacity: 60 Annual tuition: $10,860

Grades served: Ninth through 12th Address: 4180 19th St., Boulder, CO 80304

Open house/visitation: Nov. 22 and Feb. 7

Capacity: 165 Annual tuition: $6,600 to $8,600 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Fridays Open house/visitation: By appointment

Principal: Jason Berv Enrollment: 70 Capacity: 78 Annual tuition: $14,500 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open house/visitation: 9 a.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. Dec. 6 (emphasis on rising sixth-graders)

Other private schools Aspen Christian School (First through eighth) 316 15th Ave., Longmont 303-776-5866 www.aspenchristianschool.org $200 per student in grades K-4 and $225 per student in grades 5-8 Faith Baptist School (Kindergarten through 12th) 833 15th Ave., Longmont 303-776-5677 fbslongmont.org $1,568 to $3,963 depending on grade levels

Web site: www.tarahighschool.org

Daily schedule: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

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Description: The Watershed School offers an exemplary middle- and highschool program that addresses the developmental needs of adolescents and inspires students for a lifetime of learning. We offer a unique combination of academic excellence, meaningful work and a nurturing environment. Within a culture of care and trust, our program engages students in high-quality work that feels relevant to their lives while experiencing a sense of belonging, an attitude of teamwork and pride in accomplishment. Address: 205 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, CO 80302

Principal: Agaf Dancy Enrollment: 305 Capacity: 360 Annual tuition: $3,605 to $13,495 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m., sixth through 12th Open house/visitation: Jan. 10, March 7, May 2

Enrollment: 115

The Watershed School

Grades served: Sixth to 12th

Tara Performing Arts Description: Tara is a Waldorf high school specializing in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on the performing arts. Deliberately small in size with 12 to 15 students per class, there is no highly competitive audition process for admission. Effort, enthusiasm and attitude are the criteria for acceptance. Students who enroll do not wish to remain anonymous in life; they actively seek out an educational path that asks them to step into the light as an individual.

Web site: www.VRAk12.org

Principal: Carol Schneider

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Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran School (Preschool through eighth) 1221 17th Ave., Longmont 303-776-1688 www.oursaviorson17th.org $2,860 Rocky Mountain Christian Academy (Early childhood to eighth) 9447 Niwot Road, Niwot 303-652-9162 www.rmcaonline.org Call for tuition

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