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he scenario: Your neighborhood feeds into one particular school, but another school within the district may be a better fit for your child. A number of different factors could be at play here: Perhaps your high school student loves the outdoors and a forestry program at Nederland Middle/ High School piques his interest. Or, your daughter is showing an interest in space sciences, and the top-notch engineering program at Centaurus High School, where past students have sent research projects to space, is a perfect match for her academic strengths. Or, it could simply be that your child made great friends at one school in St. Vrain, and you don’t want to disrupt the delicate middle school social ecosystem after you move into another neighborhood that feeds into a different school. Whatever the reason may be, families in Colorado have the opportunity to enroll their children in other public schools that aren’t their assigned neighborhood schools. The process is known as open enrollment. Open enrollment criteria varies by school district, and it can change year over year as schools evaluate their policies. Most schools that don’t have room for more students will have a waiting list. When a classroom space opens up, the school will either accept new students on a first-come, first-served basis or hold a lottery to determine which students may enroll, according to School Choice for Kids. When you open enroll into another school, though, transportation may not be provided, so you may need to drop your kids off and pick them up rather than relying on a bus route. Here’s what else you need to know about open enrollment in and around Boulder, Broomfield and Adams counties. BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT “While you can’t go wrong with a BVSD school, every school is a little bit different and has slightly different programming,” says Randy Barber, a spokesman for the Boulder Valley School District. Because of this, programming at some schools might have a stronger appeal for some students. 4

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Here is the deadline information for Open Enrollment in St. Vrain Valley Schools: • Dec. 2, 2019 to Dec. 16, 2019: This is the open enrollment window for the following school year. Every year, in BVSD, about 28 percent of students open enroll, Barber says. Open enrollment in Boulder Valley is based on a lottery process, not first-come, first served. Because Open Enrollment is not guaranteed, district residents who choose Open Enrollment may simultaneously pursue neighborhood school enrollment. Here are some important deadlines for the 2020-21 school year. • Nov. 1 at 8 a.m.: Families can begin to submit Open Enrollment Applications for the following school year. All applicants who apply during the open enrollment window will be placed in the lottery to be offered admission at their requested schools. • Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.: This is the deadline to submit on-time Open Enrollment Applications for the following school year. • Jan. 8 at 4:01 p.m. to Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.: Families can submit late Open Enrollment Applications. Applicants who submit their requests during this time period are placed at the end of a wait list and in the order the application was received. Find more information online at: bvsd.org/parents-students/enrollment/ open-enrollment. ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOLS OPEN ENROLLMENT Students who want to attend a school outside of their designated attendance area can apply for Open Enrollment for the school of their choice. A one-page form asks whether students live in the district, and, if so, what their designated school is, along with the school they are requesting to attend. Students who are in fifth grade or eight grade, and who are open enrolled in elementary or middle school, will need

Find more information online at: enrollment.svvsd.org. ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS OPEN ENROLLMENT Beginning Dec. 1, students and parents can find a list of schools open to Choice for the 2020-21 school year. The first round of Choice is on a lottery basis, no first come, first served. For families without computer access, computer kiosks will be available at each school and the Educational Support Center. The school district expects to see a high volume of applications for the 2020-21 choice process, says Chief Communications Officer Joe Ferdani, because of the district’s academic growth and performance across schools, as well as facility improvements and investments and additional staff that was made possible because of a recently approved bond program and mill levy override. Here is the deadline information for Open Enrollment in Adams 12 Five Star Schools: • Dec. 1 to Jan. 31: This is the time period when applications are due to be considered in the choice lottery. • Feb. 1 to March 30: Applications received during this period will be considered based upon school capacity, staff availability and budget of the school being requested. • Extra: A third window of choice may be available during August for underenrolled schools. The district will publicize the names of schools that are open for this potential third round no later than Aug. 1. Find more information online at: adams12.org/admissions/choice-schools. SCHOOL CHOICE


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Cold & Flu Season Tips from the pediatrician to keep your kids healthy.

Some children develop other mild complications, like ear infection or sinus infections, she added. What parents may not realize is that some children could be at higher risk of contracting influenza if underlying diseases are present — like diabetes, asthma, chronic lung diseases, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, or neurologic conditions that decrease muscle tone. Also watch for dehydration. Dry cracked lips, dry mouth, less frequent urination and fatigue are some telltale signs, Dr. Shah said.

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ave you started digging into your child’s closet searching through that treasure trove of winter apparel? While you pull out the scarves, hats and gloves, don’t forget to think about other important ways to keep your child healthy as we approach cold and flu season. For starters, have you considered the flu vaccine for your child? A flu shot does not cause the flu, said Grishma Shah, MD and pediatrician with Salud Family Health Centers, in Longmont. Many parents often underestimate the dangers of influenza, she said. And it’s important to call your doctor within 24 hours of onset, if you suspect your child has the flu, and is less than six months old or with a high risk condition. “Influenza virus specifically can cause mild to moderate illness and rarely death,” Dr. Shah said. Babies less than six months of age cannot get a flu vaccine, Dr. Shah said, and that can put them at even greater risk of contracting influenza. What can you do to protect your baby? Dr. Shah recommends that family members and caregivers get a flu shot to prevent carrying the virus and potentially exposing your baby. According to the CDC, in the United States, between 2010 until 2018, there were 7,000 to 26,000 flu related 6

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“We want to emphasize, keep an eye on your child when they develop an illness, also push fluids with electrolytes to prevent dehydration.” - Dr. Shah, Salud Family Health Centers. hospitalizations for children younger than five years of age. In the state of Colorado, there were 392 flu-related hospitalizations between 2018-2019, and three pediatric flu-related deaths, said Dr. Shah, citing local health department data. SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR When your child becomes sick with influenza, watch for these common symptoms, high fever, 103 or 104, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhea. Recovery time generally ranges from a couple of days to less than two weeks, Dr. Shah said, unless they develop another illness. Also watch for sudden onset of fever at a lower temperature. “Some people develop complications, like viral or bacterial pneumonia, or more serious complications like inflammation in the heart or brain,” she said. Symptoms of pneumonia include difficulty breathing, persistent fever and worsening cough.

STOP THE SPREAD Stock up on tissues and wash hands frequently to help stop the spread of colds and influenza. When a person coughs or sneezes, those tiny droplets can travel up to six feet in the air. That’s why it’s important to cover your mouth, nose and use tissues when you sneeze, Dr. Shah said. When your child is sick with cold or flu, remind them not to touch their mouth, nose and eyes. Also remember to disinfect commonly used surfaces, Dr. Shah said. Even though it sounds like a no-brainer, just keep your child home from school when they are sick. SYMPTOMS OF THE COMMON COLD • Runny or stuffy nose • Cough or congestion. • Sore throat • Achy body • Headache • Sneezing • Low-grade fever [Source: Mayo Clinic]

ABOUT SALUD FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS Salud Family Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with clinics in 13 locations, nine school sites and a mobile unit. Their services range from medical, dental and pharmacy to behavioral health. Salud works with low-income families and underserved populations — which includes migrant and seasonal farmworkers. They also offer sliding fee arrangements for families who qualify and they accept Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+ and private insurance. SCHOOL CHOICE


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rom the moment our kids are born, we’re tasked with deciding what’s best for them. All that decisionmaking can be exhausting. So we caught up with experts in the field of education to help you make an informed decision when it comes to one of the most important choices of all – your child’s education. We asked why parents should consider private school. Here’s what they had to say. SMALLER CLASSES One of the greatest strengths of any private school is smaller class sizes. At Nativity: Faith and Reason, smaller classes ensure each child is being met where they are at and encouraged to meet their potential. “Every child is known and loved in a safe environment that is more conducive to learning by way of smaller class sizes, more challenging curriculum and more individualized attention and teaching,” principal Holly Peterson said. Meanwhile, in the age of information, it’s becoming increasingly more important to give children the skills to think for themselves when consuming social and news media. According to Peterson, who has over three decades of experience in education, “Small class sizes and individualized instruction give students the ability to become critical thinkers.” SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING Social-emotional learning (SEL) gives children the skills to manage their own emotions so that they can ultimately make better decisions and be better citizens. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, it’s based on five core competencies:

self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. And data shows it’s effective. According to a 2011 meta-analysis published in Child Development, students who were exposed to school-based SEL curricula demonstrated notable improvements in social and emotional skills and behaviors as well as improved academic performance. Meanwhile, a 2017 Society for Research in Child Development study showed that children who participated in school-based SEL programs had higher graduation rates and safer sexual behavior than their peers, even 18 years postintervention. Many private schools emphasize SEL curricula. At Temple Grandin School for example, SEL is valued just as much as academics. “Of equal importance [to academics] is integrated social-emotional learning, so their children can develop meaningful friendships,” said Lea Anne Paskvalich, the school’s director of admissions and public relations. Similarly, at the Boulder Valley Waldorf School, there’s a focus on creating “a studentfocused environment for the whole child,” said Ruth Godberfforde, the director of advancement. She described an emphasis on “the academic, social-emotional and physical,” or “head-heart-hands” that is foundational to every aspect of the

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EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES Oftentimes, parents gravitate toward private education because of the extracurricular activities it offers. Because private schools tend to specialize in specific areas (e.g. math and science or the arts), students get to enjoy more specialized afterschool activities. That said, private school can also offer opportunities for a wide range of extracurriculars. According to Susan Boyle, the director of admissions and marketing at Boulder Country Day School, the chance to expose kids to a wide array of experiences, starting at a young age, is a key advantage of private school. She listed a diverse range of activities offered at Boulder Country Day, including world language, visual and performing arts and science/STEM. Community One of the top reasons many parents choose private school is the strong community it offers. According to Tom Mecsey, the principal at Sacred Heart of Jesus School, “The community and the level of parental involvement in private schools is very special. Families who choose this option often have a lot in common, as they have made an intentional decision to send their child to a particular school (often for similar reasons) rather than base it on a neighborhood, etc.” Meanwhile, he says, that enhanced sense of community fosters deepens children’s learning experiences. “We have found that there tends to be greater parental interest and involvement in the day-to-day activities of their children. This, in turn, fosters greater communication,” Mecsey explained. “The communication between school and home enables the school to be more responsive to students’ needs.”

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Nina Lopez, head of Bixby School, said, “The pursuit of creative thinking is what makes Bixby so unique. Creative thinking is about opening your brain and your curiosity to all kinds of input, relishing the idea of not knowing and being passionate about finding out ‘the why.’ At Bixby, we fuel creative thinking through social-emotional and academic learning. We customize learning experiences, offer small class sizes and take learning outside to our beautiful three acres. We empower students to grow as individuals, develop their unique gifts and become prepared to make meaningful contributions to the world.”

Boulder Valley Waldorf School will celebrate nationally 100 years of Waldorf Education. Formerly Shepherd Valley Waldorf, the school has opened an additional kindergarten school on its 38 acres in Niwot and gone to a sensible tuition model, according to Ruth Godberfforde, director of advancement. She said, “We have a holistic developmentally-based education based on the age and ability of children. For little ones the program is play-based with lots of time outdoor in nature, developmental movement, crafts, and social things they do together. When they’re ready for first grade, in addition to literacy and math, they learn two world languages, movement and music. In third grade they start learning strings instruments. As the children continue in the middle school, their thematic learning blocks are studied in greater depth. Middle schoolers are ready for practical engagement as well as more abstractions. That is were the students really come into their own!

Grades Served: Preschool to 5th grade Address: 4760 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder Phone: 303.494.7508 Website: bixbyschool.org Head of School: Nina Lopez Enrollment: 24 preschool; 60 kindergarten to 5th grade Capacity: 40 preschool; 85 kindergarten to 5th grade Annual Tuition: Preschool program is $2020/month (Three and four-day options available); K-5 school day program is $2139/month (full day extended program for PS-5 also available) Nutritious lunch included and prepared by our on-site chef. Swim 2 to 3 days a week. Daily Schedule: Bixby’s regular school day for K-5 students is 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day. Preschool program hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The school also offers extended day options for preschool through 5th grade families from 7:15 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., including drop-in care. Open House/Visitation: Open Houses on Nov. 7 and Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/BixbyOpenHouseRSVP. To schedule a personal tour, e-mail: admissions@bixbyschool.org.

Boulder Country Day School Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. At BCD, every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, engaging academics and a focus on community, its preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics, and project-based learning. Susan Boyle, Director of Admission, says “BCD has an incredible community of involved parents, teachers and staff who love their work. Our students tell us it feels like home.” Grades Served: Preschool (starting at 2-1/2 years old) to 8th Grade Address: 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder Phone: 303.527.4931 Website: bouldercountryday.org Head of School: John Suitor Enrollment: 360 Capacity: 392 Annual Tuition: $14,600-$22,100 Daily Schedule: Preschool and Elementary 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Middle School: 8 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. Open House/Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 Fall 2019

Grades Served: Preschool to 8th grade Address: 6500 W. Dry Creek Pkwy., Niwot Phone: 303.652.0130 Website: bvwaldorf.org Principal: D. Hindes Enrollment: 170 Capacity: 180 Annual Tuition: $10,650 Daily Schedule: 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. extended care) Open House/Visitation: Daily Tours; Nov. 7, 3 to 5 p.m.

Dawson School Dawson School is a community of students, faculty, and families who are passionate about education. The region’s premier K-12 independent school, Dawson offers challenging college-preparatory academics, robust athletics and arts programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world. The school features small class sizes, exceptional faculty, a 107-acre campus, 100 percent graduation rate, leadership and character education, integrated technology education in K-12, after-school care at no charge, 10 hours of specials weekly in grades K-4, an involved parent community, and a 50-year history of success. Grades served: Kindergarten through 12th grade Address: 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303.665.6679 Website: dawsonschool.org Head of school: George P. Moore Enrollment: 530 Capacity: 540 Average student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1 Annual tuition: Kindergarten-2nd, $20,950; 3rd-4th,$24,930; 5th-8th, $26,525; 9th-12th, $27,200 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open house/visitation: Call for a private tour / school preview.

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Making the most of your private school visit BY JULIE KAILUS FOR RAISED IN THE ROCKIES

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chool choice is both a privilege and a pressure for parents who are trying to help children make the best decision for their future. While test scores and marketing materials can offer a glimpse of a privateschool education, every school, just like every child, is different. The best way to get a sense of the culture that your student could be learning in is by visiting each school. “There are many components to the school experience — not only academics, arts and athletics, but also character education and how a school attends to students’ social-emotional wellbeing,” says Scott Schneider, director of admissions and tuition assistance at Dawson School in Lafayette. “You want to try to use your visit to learn not only the basics about a school, but some next-level understanding of what makes this school different.” Here are some ways to get the most out of your private school site visits. LEAD WITH YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS. Knowing student-to-teacher ratios, financial aid options and whether there’s an active parent group is great, but make sure you focus on things each school provides to address your child’s top needs or interests. “A great tour should address why a school is a good fit for your specific child and family,” says Melanie Leggett, director of admissions at Boulder-based Friends School. “Be honest about your child’s strengths as well as needs to succeed in

school. In turn, a school should be honest about its abilities to support and extend for you child.” Schneider suggests starting with specific questions: Are there robust program areas, such as advanced math, theater, robotics or history, that are of special interest to your student? What ways do students of different ages have to find and explore their passions at the school? Are there opportunities to get involved in leadership? LOOK FOR RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. “Too often school visits focus on programs and facilities, ignoring the most important truth: that education is fundamentally about relationships,” says Tim Breen, Ph.D., head of Watershed School in Boulder. “One of the most important things to learn on a visit is how students and teachers work together. For great learning to happen students must feel known, respected and cared for by their teachers.” For insight, pay attention to the interactions between students and faculty in the classroom and the hallways, Schneider says. “Can you picture your student there, participating in the school community? Do you feel a sense of connection, energy and enthusiasm?” Also, inquire about how much time teachers have in the week to plan and meet informally with students. More is better. Then as you meet more people at the school, ask yourself if these are the adults you want to partner with to help your child learn and grow. “Don’t underestimate the importance of being at a school where you are known by

not just your peers, but the adults in the building as well,” says Adam Digiacomo, principal at Prospect Ridge Academy in Broomfield. “The relationships we establish in elementary, middle and high school can and do change lives.” PARTICIPATE WHERE POSSIBLE. “Teachers are happy to have you and want to get to know you,” Schneider says. When you’re in the classroom look for the signs of quality education. You should see engaged and happy students, welcoming teachers and evidence of the work that is being done, according to Leggett. “You should see that a school is living its mission. Most schools have a great website, but on the tour you should be able to see if they are doing what they say they do.” Some schools offer a full “shadow day” for prospective students with special accommodations that make them feel comfortable and connected. For example, at Friends School each child is teamed up with a buddy for class and recess, and visiting students get the chance to experience chef-made food from the cafeteria. “We know it can be a lot to join an unfamiliar school for the day for some kids, and we go above and beyond to help them have a great experience,” says Leggett. Ultimately after you’ve completed school visits, there’s a point when you just need to go with your gut. “If one school just felt ‘right,’ pay attention to that,” Leggett says. “There are so many amazing schools, but none of them are one-sizefits-all.”

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s open enrollment creates opportunities for families to choose a school outside their neighborhood, area Montessori schools offer a welcome choice. They are dedicated to focusing on the whole child’s mind, body and spirit. Shannon Minch, principle of the Boulder Valley School District Community

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Montessori, explained the Montessori classroom is a prepared environment that is at the developmental needs of the child. The approach fosters order, coordination, concentration and independence. The Montessori Approach is handson and follows the child. It is individualized to the child’s strengths and needs.  To make a decision on open enrollment, Minch said, “It is important for parents/ guardians to visit a school and

feel the environment and see if the philosophy is a good fit for your child.” The oldest Montessori school in Colorado is Jarrow, a part of Boulder since 1964. The fully accredited school is on a three-acre campus and takes students through sixth grade. Jarrow’s director of admissions, Gavin Green, believes Montessori schools are increasingly important in the world today. She said, “Science and research are now talking about attributes people

need to be ready for world today. Everything that is being called for points to Montessori as a model for preparing children with executive function, working with others, academic, social and emotional skills.” Green added, “I’ve been struck by lots of reports in the news about failing school districts and the radical changes they are making. They are all turning toward the Montessori model, whether they call it that or not.” SCHOOL CHOICE


Raised in the Rockies Private School Spotlight (continued) Friends School Friends School values all learners. Our creative, academicallychallenging, safe environment allows every student to be seen, known, and loved. Small class sizes allow us to meet each student where they are as learners, and help them to know themselves and set their own path. Our purpose and values influence everything we do, from how we teach math and the way we schedule our classes to the kinds of activities students engage in at recess and how we plan our learning spaces. Friends students enter the world as prepared, thoughtful, kind, genuine, self-advocating, confident and empathetic citizens. Friends School since 1987: Challenging minds, nurturing spirits, and honoring individuality Grades served: Preschool through 8th Grade Address: 5465 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder Phone: (303) 499-1999 Website: friendsschoolboulder.org Head of school: Honor Taft Enrollment: 200 Capacity: 230 Annual Tuition: $4,819-$22,117 (sliding scale) Daily schedule: Preschool: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:40 to 11:40 a.m.; PK: Monday through Thursday, 12:35 to 3:35 p.m.; Elementary: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 6th-8th: Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Open house/visitation: Preschool – Nov. 20: 5:30 p.m., Jan. 28: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 12: 9:30 a.m.; Kindergarten – Nov. 13: 9 a.m., Jan. 23: 9 a.m.; Elementary – Jan. 23: 9 a.m.; Middle School - Dec. 5: 6 p.m., Jan. 28: 10:45 a.m., Feb. 20: 6 p.m.

Jarrow Montessori School Montessori Children: Collaborative. Creative. Confident. Jarrow Montessori is the first Montessori school in Colorado, celebrating over 54 years of Montessori education on a beautiful, pastoral three-acre campus in urban North Boulder, Colorado. We educate children ages 18 months to 12 years in American Montessori Society accredited, high-fidelity Montessori environments. Montessori is an educational philosophy based on human development and educates the minds, bodies, and spirits of children giving them the skills they need to be valuable members of their communities. Grades served: 18 months through 6th grade Address: 3900 Orange Court, Boulder Phone: (303) 443-0511 Website: jarrow.org Head of school: Debbie Senoff-Langford Enrollment: 165 Capacity: 175 Annual Tuition: Program Dependent ranging from $12,130-$19,060 Daily schedule: 8:30 to 3:30 p.m., Full or half-day options Open house/visitation: jarrow.org/request-more-information-apply

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Raised in the Rockies Private School Spotlight (continued) Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Watershed School

Located in the heart of Boulder, Sacred Heart of Jesus School is celebrating 120 years of excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. We seek to inspire our students, in partnership with their families, to be thoughtful, moral and compassionate leaders. From offering each preschooler Universal Assessment Screenings to sending our 7th graders to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, SHJS is dedicated to providing a nurturing and experiential environment that cultivates engaged, life-long learners.

Watershed School students develop as curious learners, adventurous spirits, and caring, committed global citizens as they engage in work that matters – work that makes a difference beyond the walls of the school. They believe schools should not just help students develop the skills and habits for future success, but should awaken their curiosity, expand their views of the world, and help them see that they can have a positive impact in the world here and now.

Grades served: Preschool through 8th grade Address: 1317 Mapleton Ave., Boulder Phone: (303) 447-2362 Website: school.shjboulder.org Head of school: Tom Mecsey Enrollment: 200 Capacity: 500 Annual Tuition: 5,765 affiliated; $7,670 non-affiliated Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house/visitation: Tours/shadow opportunities: e-mail admissions@shjboulder.org

Grades served: 6th through 12th grade Address: 1661 Alpine Ave., Boulder Phone: (303) 440-7520 Website: watershedschool.org Head of school: Tim Breen Enrollment: 98 Capacity: 98 Annual Tuition: 24,000 Daily schedule: 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Open house/visitation: Oct. 26 and Nov. 16

Charter School Spotlight

Temple Grandin School

Flagstaff Academy

The Temple Grandin School (TGS) was founded in August, 2011 to provide adolescent students with Asperger’s and similar learning profiles with a comprehensive educational program that specifically targets their strengths and challenges. The TGS program is loosely modeled after the educational experiences of Dr. Temple Grandin, who had adult mentors that encouraged the development of her strengths in visual thinking, graphic design, and animal science. Middle school and high school students at TGS engage in a program of core academics and real world experiences supported by explicit instruction and practice in social communication and executive functioning.

Flagstaff Academy, an award-winning preschool through eighth grade public charter school, is an academically rigorous school with a Core Knowledge foundation and a strong focus on science and technology. The school focuses on the individual learner, subject mastery grouping, progressive levels of difficulty, and ongoing assessment for advancement. The school offers inquiry-based science, robotics, computer programming, integrated technology, a greenhouse classroom, and the leading Restorative Practices program in the region providing a strong focus on character development and ethical leadership. Spanish is offered as a foreign language starting in third grade and a robust arts program includes music, band, and art-integrating technology.

Grades served: 6th through 12th grade Address: 3131 Indian Road, Boulder Phone: (303) 554-7363 Website: templegrandinschool.org Head of school: Jen Wilger Enrollment: 20 Capacity: 40 Annual Tuition: $38,000 Daily schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Open house/visitation: Nov. 13: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 10: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 13: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Address: 2040 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: (303) 651-7900 Website: flagstaffacademy.org Principals: Wayne Granger (Executive Director), Gael Lester (Acting Principal K-2nd grades), Abby Bok (Acting Principal 3rd-5th grades), Katie Gustafson (Principal 6th-8th grades)

Enrollment: 912 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 25.66; Free/reduced lunch, 10.94 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

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Raised in the Rockies Charter School Spotlight (Continued) Summit Middle School

Prospect Ridge Academy

Founded in 2010, Prospect Ridge Academy is a K-12 public charter school in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district with a vision to create academic, social, and ethical leaders. The school is committed to providing a comprehensive foundation that includes rigorous coursework, social and physical development through athletics, and character education in a disciplined environment. Expectations are set high for PRA students, as they are inspired and motivated to achieve their full potential and become lifelong learners. PRA graduates are prepared for success in a globally competitive society. Students are accomplished academically, and excel in athletics and arts. Grades Served: Kindergarten to 12th grade Address: 2555 Preble Creek Pkwy., Broomfield Phone: (720) 399-0300 (K-8th grade), (720) 723-2100 (high school) Website: prospectridgeacademy.org Principals: Elementary: April Wilkin; Middle School: Steve Thygesen; High School: Adam DiGiacomo Enrollment: 1392 Capacity: 1530

Annual Tuition: Free Daily Schedule: Office Hours 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Student Schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Open House/Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 19: Elementary - 5:30 p.m., Middle School - 6:45 p.m., High School - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7: Elementary - 9 a.m., Middle School - 10:15 a.m., High School - 9 a.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Elementary - 5:30 p.m.; Middle School - 6:45 p.m., High School - 5:30 p.m.

Summit Middle School, a four-time Blue Ribbon Award winner, was founded in 1996 as the first charter school in BVSD. Summit values scholarship, providing a rigorous academic curriculum within a caring community that supports student development and instills a lifelong love of learning. Summit is selected by families seeking challenging academics and thorough high school preparation. Summit requires English, science, math, social studies, and world language daily, along with a variety of elective classes. Summit’s culture encourages character, creativity, and scholarship. Summit is a diverse and safe community where students are nurtured and challenged. Address: 4655 Hanover Ave., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: (720) 561-3900 Website: sum.bvsd.org Principal: Adam Galvin Enrollment: 359 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 67; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 14; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 11; free lunch, 3; reduced-price lunch, 1; English-language learners, 2; special education, 3 Average student-teacher ratio: 18-1

Prospect Ridge Academy a K-12 Public Charter School

Creating Academic, Social, and Ethical Leaders

Choose PRA for a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a strong math and science focus, a competitive athletics program and service leadership. Attend an Open Enrollment Presentation for Elementary, Middle and High School. Shadow dates and elementary tours available.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Saturday, December 7, 2019 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Check online for more information.

Class of 2019 Fun Facts: 109 Student Graduates, received $8,785,771 in Scholarships & Completed 15,024 hours of Service Leadership.

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hildren make some of their greatest physical, emotional and mental growth leaps in early childhood. According to the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County, early positive learning experiences greatly impact the emotional and social growth of children. When your little one is ready to begin their educational adventures, you’ll want to find a place for them that is both nurturing and stimulating. Boulder County is home to many high quality early childhood programs. Here are some factors to consider as you pick a preschool and/or daycare, as well as questions to ask as you prepare to contact early childhood professionals and schedule tours. PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE PRE-K ENVIRONMENT Kids have a lot to learn when the time comes to transition from a home to a classroom learning environment. Patricia Ammann is an Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District. From her perspective, the first step to getting kids ready for preschool is to help them gain a rich vocabulary as well as listening skills. “Narrate and give context to what you are doing,” Ammann said. “Describe what’s going on around you, and when children respond, model listening. Repeat back what they said. We are always promoting that families speak to their children in their home language as well.” Parents can also model good social and emotional learning for their children by talking about their feelings, planning and doing things for other people and then reinforcing when kids do something kind by praising them for those actions. Rich vocabulary is also gained through storytelling, singing and nursery rhymes. And then play as much as possible. “Kids learn through playing,” Ammann said. “Provide opportunities for your child to play with other children [by] taking turns and sharing. Play make believe with your children. Play their favorite music and dance together.” Nancy Schuler is the founder, executive director and teacher at Amazing Blessings Christian Preschool in Longmont. She taught kindergarten, first and second

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grade for many years before starting her own preschool. Schuler recommends daily reading as a key way to help kids prepare to enter the preschool learning environment, and beyond. Schuler also believes it is important to challenge young minds with new skills at home, as teachers will always be looking for how to coach kids into their next steps. “Look at the skills they are showing through their play, and give them some responsibility at home,” Schuler said. “Create a schedule at home that they can follow. Help them be able to transition well from activities, such as setting a timer for when they need to put their toys away. This will help with learning a preschool routine.” RESEARCH PRE-K PROGRAMS BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE A TOUR In addition to cost and hours, Schuler recommends that parents think about both their child’s needs and their family values. Research the teaching philosophies of the different centers, as well as logistics like the teacher to child ratio. “You want as low class sizes as possible,” Schuler said. “You want to know if your child will get enough attention. I think ultimately parents want a place where they know that their child will be loved and cared for.” Matt Eldred, the executive director of the TLC Learning Center in Longmont, agrees that a lower child to teacher ratio is a very important factor in early childhood education success.

“The best indicator of quality is the student to teacher ratio,” Eldred said. “Another thing to ask about is retention of staff. In Boulder County, the average stay of a teacher is 18 months. And on the flipside, one of the most important things for a child is continuity and building trust. And so things like large class sizes really add to teacher stress which leads to teacher burnout and trouble.” Additionally, parents should investigate if the preschool and/or daycare are licensed by the state of Colorado. Eldred also advocates for families to get on site and physically check out a school and/or daycare space. “In selecting a child center, does it feel right?” he said. “There's not a black and white way of measuring your gut. If things doesn't feel like a good fit, then trust your gut.” QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING A TOUR OR FACILITY INTERVIEW On the tour, be ready to ask some key questions about both the environment as well as the learning standards of the program. “Ask, what is a typical day like?” Schuler said. “Are there goals and objectives and standards? A quality preschool will [keep] the whole child in mind. Ask, will there be communication about how the kids are progressing? Can you see what their learning skills will be moving forward?” Schuler also advocates that parents ask about the training and qualifications of the staff. “Can they help identify if a child needs extra help or is ready to move to the next level? Schuler said. “Kids need to be challenged at the right level.” And at the end of the day, after parents ask all of the questions, they need to weigh how comfortable the preschool program feels. “Ask yourself, will my child thrive here?” Schuler said. “Will the staff care for my kids and how they are doing? Will my child be ready for the next level? Preschool needs to be a space and a time in a child's life where they feel excited about learning and they feel loved and cared for, where we set them up for success.”

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Raised in the Rockies Preschool Spotlight Boulder Country Day Preschool

YMCA Inspire Preschool

BCD’s Preschool is a unique learning environment where teachers build meaningful relationships with each student, nurture their strengths, and help them meet goals through focused, individualized attention. In addition to age-appropriate core academics, BCD incorporates a “Specials” into their Preschool curriculum including world language (French and Spanish), movement, music, and library skills, science, and technology. Specials helps to ensure that every child begins to discover his/ her excellence. BCD is also committed to strong and lasting family/ school connections. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to actively participate in classroom activities, field trips and school events.

At YMCA Inspire Preschool, children enjoy meaningful, hands-on experiences that help them learn, grow and thrive. Daily lessons and themed projects allow for exploration and individualized learning opportunities for every child. By supporting students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, Y teachers help children ages 2-1/2 to 6 begin a lifetime love of discovery. Students enjoy weekly swimming, playtime on the playground, gym and bike park, sports activities and hands-on education on the Y’s farm. The preschool utilizes Creative Curriculum, the same program used by local school districts. Inspire Preschool offers full-day/part-day and full-time/ part-time options. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Preschool families receive a free YMCA family membership. YMCA Inspire Preschool in Johnstown opens in 2020.

Grades Served: Preschool (2.5 years old) through Pre-Kindergarten Address: 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder Phone: 303.527.4931 Website: bouldercountryday.org Head of School: John Suitor Enrollment: 66 Capacity: 74 Annual Tuition: $14,600-$16,800 Daily Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Care available on site. Open House/Visitation: Sat., Nov. 2 and Tues., Feb. 4

TLC Learning Center At TLC Learning Center, you will find diverse classrooms like no other in Boulder County. “Typical kids (no identified special need) and children with special needs (identified developmental delays or disabilities) learn, play and grow side by side,” says TLC Executive Director Matt Eldred. “All kids benefit from diverse classrooms and TLC Learning Center children are not only academically prepared for kindergarten, but have also gained social-emotional skills that will help them throughout life in relating and working with others, negotiating challenging situations with peers, exhibiting real empathy for those who are different from them, and finding the strength to stand up for those who may not be able to defend themselves. These are life skills that go well beyond the classroom.” Grades Served: Early Care & Preschool (8 weeks to 6 years) Address: 611 Korte Parkway, Longmont Phone: 303.776.7417 Website: learningwithtlc.org Executive Director: Matt Eldred Enrollment: Shared during tour Capacity: 90 Annual Tuition: Monthly tuition varies based on two, three or five-day enrollment and age of child. Daily Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., class programming starts at 9 a.m. Open House/Visitation: Tours are offered weekly. Call 303.776.7417.

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Grades Served: Preschool Address: 950 Lashley St., Ste A., Longmont Phone: 303-664-5455 ext. 4700 Website: ymcainspirepreschool.org Enrollment: 85 Capacity: 107 Annual Tuition: $963/month for full-time, full-day care Daily Schedule: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Full Day), 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Half Day) Open House/Visitation: Call for tour.

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ublic education isn’t immune from broad societal shifts. The modern world has increasingly shifted online, and students currently enrolled in high school have been reared in a virtual environment. For those who grew up with social media, online games and interpersonal connections rooted largely in a virtual environment, learning doesn’t always take place in a physical classroom. “The brick-and-mortar education model simply doesn’t work for every student, whether that be academically, socially or physically,” said Gunnison Pagnotta, spokesman for GOAL Academy High School, a statewide online high school. GOAL, along with numerous other online high schools across the state and the country, are working to reinvent the traditional model for students who, for whatever reason, require a different approach to education. “With the modern importance and prevalence of

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technology, why do all students have to go to a building and attend class on a bell schedule? “That works for many students, but doesn’t work for many others,” he added. “We live in a changing world.” Those students may include those with a different learning style, or those who are homebound for a variety of reasons. It may include students who live in a rural environment and can’t easily make the journey to a faraway school building. It includes those who want to get ahead and earn college credit via online concurrent enrollment classes, or those who prefer the social environment of a blended, online learning approach. Online schools like GOAL offer an alternative to all of these kinds of learning. While the specific approach of online schools varies between organizations, GOAL and many others offer a blended approach, with online courses supplemented by physical resources in brick-and-mortar campuses, or learning centers. Students have access to teachers, counselors and traditional

learning tools, even as they conduct a large part of their academic work online. “We provide 30 drop-in centers, including one in Longmont, for the students to come and have face-to-face interactions with their teachers,” Pagnotta said. “We’ve spent 10 years fine-tuning our model. We want to make sure that our curriculum is legitimate and that it gets students where they want to be, whether that’s post-secondary, military, career and technical education – any avenue that they want to take.” GOAL, which boasts an enrollment of approximately 5,000, specifically seeks to enroll 90 percent of students who show one or more risk factors. That requirement isn’t true for all online schools, however. Many school districts boast online institutions specifically tied to their organization, and the Colorado Department of Education rates different institutions. Research is key in finding the right online high school, but a successful fit could mean the world for a student looking for a different approach.

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Raised in the Rockies Online School Spotlight GOAL High School A free blended online public high school serving grades 9 through

Summit Middle Charter School

12, which has operated successfully over 10 years. GOAL High School has its headquarters in Pueblo and serves five regions throughout the state with 30 student drop-in centers — all operating under authorizing District 49. All technology equipment is provided at no charge, including laptops and WiFi hot-spots. Students work online and have assistance at the nearest drop-in sites and through online support platforms. Recently Microsoft selected GOAL High School as a Microsoft Showcase School. Grades served: 9-12 Address: 1600 Hover Road, Longmont Phone: (877) 776-4625 Website: goalac.org Head of school: Dr. Constance Jones Enrollment: $5,000 Capacity: 65,000 Annual Tuition: Free Daily schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open house/visitation: Call (877) 776-4625 for details

A four-time Blue Ribbon award winner, Summit values scholarship by providing a rigorous curriculum and academic challenge in a caring community which supports student development and instills a lifelong love of learning.

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hildren learn in a wide variety of different ways. Any one-size-fits-all approach to K-12 education is doomed to fail, as one student’s strengths, interests and learning styles may very well not match those of their peers. While the public school system has long sought to accommodate all types of learners, charter schools serve as a valuable option to match individual students with their individual needs. While charter schools are officially part of public school districts, they’re operated as semi-autonomous schools of choice by educators, community leaders or even parent groups. This means that a charter school can offer students a specialized curriculum or a specific academic emphasis, even as they must abide by the same rules and standards set out by the Colorado Department of Education. Think of a school specifically dedicated to world languages, or one that offers students a focused curriculum rooted in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Others may cater to specific special needs, or may provide an anchor in the classics. Whatever the specialty, charter schools offer a different kind of classroom path, even as they draw from public funding. They’re a valuable asset to districts across Boulder County, Colorado and the U.S. “Some charter schools tailor their academics to certain curricula, or some to a specific type of student such as gifted students or at-risk students,” said Lisa Trank-Greene, communications coordinator for Flagstaff Academy, a K-8 school chartered through the St. Vrain Valley School District. “This flexibility in the education system allows for schools to tailor their

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educational programs, and provides the space where innovation is made.” Finding the right charter for your student takes research, she added. Not every charter is perfect for every student, and every student may not necessarily need to seek an option outside the public school system. In determining the right answer for any individual student, it’s important to do the research and get firsthand feedback. “We suggest that students and parents visit as many schools as possible,” TrankGreene said, adding that Flagstaff offers a wide range of open times for interviews and tours for prospective students and families. “With open enrollment, the choices are vast and can depend on class sizes, educational philosophy, test scores, overall culture and climate, vicinity to neighborhood, reputation and so much more.” Indeed, depending on the district, a student can find a school dedicated to ancient languages, modern aeronautics or the timeless precepts of the performing arts. Boulder County houses schools built on the principles of Waldorf and Montessori, as wells facilities dedicated to serving students with special needs. But charters don’t always have focus on a niche curriculum. According to Margaret Crespo, area superintendent for the Boulder Valley School District, the three charters in that district offer a more general curriculum, an academic approach that stresses rigor in the fundamentals. “We have great partnerships with the three charters; they fill the need that the community has identified and allows access to programming that parents need or desire for their kids, whatever that might be,” Crespo said. “These schools just give families more opportunities to serve their students’ individual needs.” SCHOOL CHOICE


Boulder Valley School District FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT | BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT BVSD is unparalleled

Colorado, according to News and World Report’s rankings.

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e know that families have a lot of great options when choosing a school. The public schools in our area are outstanding– and certainly worthy of consideration. That being said, I believe that the Boulder Valley School District is truly exceptional. I will admit that as the Superintendent of BVSD am a bit biased – but you don’t have to take my word for it.

Excellence BVSD has a long history of excellence, as demonstrated, consistently, in nearly every measure: • Graduation Rate: 91.3% on-time graduation rate in 2017 • SAT Scores: Our juniors had an average SAT score of 1139 in 2018. • Five of our high schools (Boulder High School,

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Rob Anderson, Superintendent Broomfield High School, Fairview High School, Monarch High School, and Peak To Peak Charter School) were recognized with the GreatSchools College Success Award, which celebrates schools that excel in ensuring students are prepared for college and ultimately careers. • Two of our high schools (Peak to Peak #4 and Fairview #10) made the top ten high schools in

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oving is no small headache. When you add in choosing new schools for the kids, you’ve got some tough decisions that your Realtor should be able to help you make. The best in the business don’t just hand you the keys to your home, but also walk you through the ins and outs of your new neighborhood, provide details on local schools, and help you get to know the place you now call home. It’s all part of the package one might call “relocation services.” But what does that mean? “Our goal is to make relocating to a new place as easy as possible for our clients,” says Jennifer Fly, vice president and broker at Colorado Landmark, Realtors. “For buyers moving into the area, this can include providing cost of living comparisons, rental tours, community and school information,

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We have also long been a leader in the state when it comes to integrating innovative teaching techniques in our classrooms. In fact, through our bond project, the schools that we have built and renovated over the past few years are now exemplars when it comes to educational and sustainability practices. Educators from around the world regularly visit to see learn from our teachers and staff first-hand.

Our Vision It, however, is our vision for the future that truly sets us apart. We recently launched a new Strategic Plan called All Together for All Students and our “renewed focus on education equity” is being noticed in the Community Foundation of Boulder

County’s Trends Report and elsewhere. In short, our plan aims to Ignite our students’ passion for learning through challenging and relevant educational opportunities, Equip students who may not have the skills or access to opportunities needed to succeed, so that they can Soar regardless of what pathway they take after school. Boulder Valley School District has long been recognized as THE leader in education in Colorado. We are known for our excellence and the doors of opportunity we open for our students. Today we are dedicated to ensuring that each and every student has that opportunity. Join us in Elevating Education! Sincerely, Dr. Rob Anderson Superintendent Boulder Valley School Distirct

How a Realtor can help with relocation services including housing, touring an area, choosing a neighborhood and finding schools. referrals to local lenders, contractors, and even professionals like doctors and hairstylists. We want to ease the stress of moving to a new place and help them settle into their new community. Hiring an experienced, local agent to assist you in your move will help ensure your relocation goes smoothly and that you end up in the best place for your family.” Finding great schools can be a painstaking process, and Fly says that a Realtor should be able to provide a lot of information that will help you drill down on the best school for your family. “Your Realtor should have a good idea of school boundaries, as there are some areas where the same neighborhood is split into two schools,” she explains. “Also, we have some great resources with information like school ratings and which schools excel in specific areas, like athletics, academics, theater/ dance, etc. Things like IB programs and strong athletics (both school and club sports) are very important. Families

with younger children want options for alternative preschools, Montessori schools, and charter schools. Having a deep understanding of the clients and their specific needs at the beginning of the home search process can really help narrow down which areas are best for the family.” As Fly notes, we are lucky to have so many highly-rated schools in the area. Wherever your move has taken you – Boulder County, Broomfield County, Dacono, Firestone, Frederick or Mead – your Realtor can assist you with relocation services and be a huge help in finding the right school. Fly recalls recently selling a home in her own neighborhood to a client whom she connected with other women in the area who have kids the same age. This simple thing helped the new neighbor to transition well and her kids to make friends before the school year started. And that’s exactly how it should be. RAISED IN THE ROCKIES 19


Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School

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Alicia Sanchez is a neighborhood school committed to the vision of Alicia Sanchez, as a family and community-centered learning environment. Our students receive the benefits of a wide range of programming resources, including low student/staff ratios, personalized instruction, interventions based on student needs, computers for all students, 21st-century technology integration, and environmental education through a partnership with Thorne Environmental Education. Sanchez is also a Playworks school, where students learn valuable lessons on fitness and develop socio-emotional skills through play every day during recess. Our outstanding after-school Dragon program offers free extended learning experiences for all students, with classes like African dance and soccer. Alicia Sanchez also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Our school prides itself on providing a nurturing and supportive learning environment for all students. Address: 655 Sir Galahad Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-7300 Website: sae.bvsd.org Principal: Joel Rivera Enrollment: 356 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 29; Hispanic, 61; Asian, 5; African-American, 2; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 3; free lunch, 56; reduced-price lunch, 5; English language learners, 29; special education, 22 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Bear Creek Bear Creek is a neighborhood school focused on providing the best possible learning experience and community for each of our students. Our highly-qualified staff aims to create student-centered classrooms where all children belong and are challenged to meet their individual potential. Parent and community partnerships, including a highly supportive PTO, create opportunities for before and after school activities (Intramurals, Spotlights Choir, enrichment classes) and fun whole school events (Carnival, Lip Sync, International Culture Festival). Bear Creek is highly recognized for academics, yet our greatest celebration is our community. Address: 2500 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3500 Website: bce.bvsd.org Principal: Tanner Dayhoff Enrollment: 400 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 75; Hispanic, 5; Asian, 10; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 9; free lunch, 2; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 0; special education, 9 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Birch Elementary is a welcoming school located in Broomfield serving 400 students in PK-5th grade. Birch is honored to have received the Governor’s Improvement Award in 2017 and 2018 due to our exceptionally high academic growth rates. Students actively participate in music, studio art, physical education, and library as well as a large number of community-building events. Learning at Birch gets students engaged with hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and real-life math applications. Birch offers special services for students with disabilities, as well as for those who are talented and gifted, and strives to meet the needs of all students. The essence of Birch lies in the true sense of community, which is embedded in every aspect of the school. You will find the Birch community to be warm, welcoming, and a great place to call home. Birch also offers free and tuition-based preschool classes. Address: 1035 Birch St., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8800 Website: bie.bvsd.org Principal: Tanya Santee Enrollment: 415 Daily schedule: 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 66; Hispanic, 23; Asian, 6; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 4; free lunch, 17; reduced-price lunch, 7; English language learners, 9; special education, 17 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies at Aurora 7 Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies at Aurora 7 Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS) is a focus school that opened in the fall of 1996. Our school features an Arts Integrated curriculum in which creative expression acts as a vehicle for academic engagement and learning. Our teachers and students honor many modes of expression and celebrate cultural diversity. The BCSIS focus program integrates the arts into a rich, meaningful academic curriculum. Our staff also implements Waldorf-inspired practices to further enhance our classroom environments. Teachers use stories, songs, movement, art, and music from around the world as tools for teaching math, language arts, science, and social studies. We emphasize the development of children’s sensitivity to the natural world and aesthetic beauty. Our science curriculum supports an understanding of sustainable practices, incorporating our school’s Garden to Table and Green Team programs. Seasonal festivals create a framework for celebrating the growth and development of each child. Address: 3995 E. Aurora Ave., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-6500 Website: bcsis.bvsd.org Principal: Phil Katsampes Enrollment: 306 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 82; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 10; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 1; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1 SCHOOL CHOICE


Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Coal Creek Coal Creek Elementary maintains a proud tradition in Louisville as a neighborhood school, serving around 400 students in grades K-5. Consistently highly rated by the Colorado Department of Education, Coal Creek teachers present the BVSD curriculum based on a childcentered, holistic approach to education. Students receive rich experiences in general and instrumental music, physical education, library/technology, and studio-based art. The school is dedicated to strengthening students’ problem-solving skills by integrating the “Habits of Mind” model, based on the work of Dr. Arthur Costa. We received the honor of being named a Habits of Mind International School of Excellence in 2017. Extracurricular activities through Lifelong Learning include Spanish, fitness/ running, art extensions, and more. After-school care is offered through SAC (School Age Care). Hallmarks of the school include a low transfer rate and high parental involvement. Address: 801 W. Tamarisk St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-4500 Website: cce.bvsd.org Principal: Brian Munoz Enrollment: 388 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 79; Hispanic, 9; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 6; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 0; special education, 12 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Columbine

Columbine is a neighborhood school with a vision of providing a bilingual learning community that nurtures academic excellence for all students. Here, each student is encouraged to become a responsible citizen with the strength of character to take on the challenges of the 21st century. The school community thrives on its diversity, inclusionary practices, and family partnerships. All students are held to high expectations and are supported in reaching their maximum academic potential. Prospective parents are encouraged to inquire about Columbine’s research-based instructional practices and its highly-qualified staff. Columbine also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 3130 Repplier Drive, Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 720-561-2500 Website: columbineelementary.org Principal: Bianca Gallegos Enrollment: 489 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 39; Hispanic, 52; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 48; reduced-price lunch, 7; English language learners, 36; special education, 17 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Community Montessori

Community Montessori is a focus school and the only public Montessori school in Boulder Valley School District. Community Montessori serves children from preschool through fifth grade. Classrooms are multi-age: Primary includes children ages 3 through kindergarten; lower elementary is first through third grades, and upper elementary is fourth and fifth grades. The Montessori method challenges each student through a childcentered, individualized approach. The classroom environment allows children to move freely and make challenging choices within safe limits and clear academic expectations. Transportation is offered for those who qualify. Address: 805 Gillaspie Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3700 Website: cme.bvsd.org Principal: Shannon Minch Enrollment: 308 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 65; Hispanic, 15; Asian, 5; African-American, 2; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 12; free/ reduced-price lunch, 22; English language learners, 10; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Creekside at Martin Park Creekside Elementary School at Martin Park, located in south Boulder, is a dynamic neighborhood school hosting an international student population. Creekside is proud and grateful to be in a new school building designed to foster the 4Cs of 21st-century learning: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Our bright, beautiful building allows student choice in types of workspaces and furniture in order to individualize learning and build a community of original thinkers. Creekside offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. We are also proud to have been the first school in BVSD to have a Garden to Table program (more than 10 years ago!) This 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. Address: 3740 Martin Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3800 Website: cre.bvsd.org Principal: Francine Eufemia Enrollment: 388 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 68; Hispanic, 15; Asian, 6; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 22; reduced-price lunch, 6; English language learners, 12; special education, 16 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Crest View Crest View is a neighborhood school that serves a large area of north Boulder represented by over 35 countries in our community. The school uses personalized education programs to encourage the highest academic achievement and student growth. Crest View students are afforded multiple learning opportunities in the maker space, creation station and through mindfulness lessons. It offers a wide variety of programs for special-needs students, Gifted and Talented, and English language learners. A long-standing peer mediation program, as well as Garden to Table, has received state recognition. Crest View also received national awards for the creation of “Habitat,” a natural learning environment attached to the school playground. Students are given an opportunity to share their skills through a Science & Innovation fair yearly and pursue their passions in the newly renovated library. Address: 1897 Sumac Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 720-561-5461 Web site: cve.bvsd.org Principal: Hollene Davis Enrollment: 538 Daily schedule: 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 66; Hispanic, 21; Asian, 5; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free and reduced lunch eligible, 24; English language learners, 15; special education, 13 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Douglass Douglass Elementary serves students in East Boulder County. Our school’s many years of high academic achievement and student growth have been acknowledged at state and national levels with honors such as the John Irwin and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards from the Colorado Department of Education, and the National Blue Ribbon School Award. While those honors for academics are significant, we know that teaching to the whole child and the development of character is equally important. At Douglass, we CARE: Community, Achievement, Relationships, and Environment. Douglass Elementary School is a nurturing environment where students achieve academic excellence, build strong character, engage in arts and athletics, and succeed as thoughtful leaders. Our mission is to provide learning opportunities that foster caring, creativity, academic excellence, and leadership. Douglass also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment, as well as preschool-aged childcare through Color Me Smart. Address: 840 75th St., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-5541 Website: doe.bvsd.org Principal: Jonathan Wolfer Enrollment: 400 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 83; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicity, 7; free lunch, 4; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 1; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1 22

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Eisenhower

Fireside

Eisenhower is a vibrant neighborhood school serving a dynamic, involved community. We are proud of our students’ high achievement and high-performance record. Eisenhower has been the recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence award for the past two years. The school urges students to reach their fullest potential through authentic work, fun, and real accomplishment. Social Emotional Learning is a priority where we use the Zones of Regulation, monthly themed lessons, and the Peace Path to teach our students how to thrive as a community. Eisenhower is a No Place for Hate school sponsored by the ADL, and we participate in the Reading to End Racism program. We strive for all those associated with Eisenhower to understand the wonder of learning and importance of community. Gifted programs, ELD programs, special education programs, before- and after-school care and a variety of student activities are available. We offer a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Our diverse student population is truly a community of learners. Parent participation and involvement is encouraged. At Eisenhower, we SOAR (Safety, Ownership, Achievement, Respect). Address: 1220 Eisenhower Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-6700 Website: eie.bvsd.org Principal: Brady Stroup Enrollment: 403 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 73; Hispanic, 13; Asian, 5; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 13; reduced-price lunch, 3; English language learners, 10; special education, 13 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Emerald

Emerald is a neighborhood school with diversity that mirrors the real world. In 2016-17, the school was rebuilt and Emerald 2.0 opened in August of 2017. The building features an innovative learning environment, access to the outdoors and natural light, and flexible spaces. We believe in building positive relationships with our four magical words (Focus, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy) to every student for success for everyone. Contributing to our continued success are strong balanced literacy and math programs and an incredibly dedicated staff. We pride ourselves on the fact that every student is supported, challenged, and successful at our school. Address: 275 Emerald Street, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8500 Website: eme.bvsd.org Principal: Samara Williams Enrollment: 429 Daily schedule: 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 48; Hispanic, 34; Asian, 6; African-American, 4; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 32; reduced-price lunch, 12; English language learners, 16; special education, 21 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1 Fall 2019

Fireside is a neighborhood school serving Louisville. As a “Fireside Family,” we believe strong relationships are fundamental to supporting the growth and development of every child. This includes partnering with teachers, administration, parents and our community to provide the very best educational experience for all students. Rigorous academic programming, hands-on learning experiences, innovative and adaptive instructional approaches, and attention to students’ social, emotional and physical well-being are some of the principles inherent in our school. Our aim is to equip every child with lifelong skills, habits for learning, and a solid character foundation in order to become contributing c​ itizens a ​ nd inspired learners. Fireside also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 845 W. Dahlia St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-7900 Website: fie.bvsd.org Principal: Christa Keppler Enrollment: 481 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78; Hispanic, 10; Asian, 4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 9; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 5; special education, 12 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Flatirons Flatirons Elementary is a warm and welcoming neighborhood school within walking distance of Chautauqua Park, CU, and downtown Boulder. Our long tradition of providing outstanding educational experiences is accomplished through the efforts of an excellent and collaborative faculty and staff, as well as supportive and energetic parent volunteers. Creative thinking is encouraged via Project-Based Learning. As a No Place for Hate school, Flatirons strives to be a bias-free environment. We value diverse family systems, races, cultures, religions, genders, and abilities, fostering an inclusive environment where a true sense of belonging to the classroom, school, and community is nurtured in each student. Address: 1150 7th St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-4600 Website: fle.bvsd.org Principal: Scott Boesel Enrollment: 211 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 91; Hispanic, 1; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 7; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 0; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Foothill

Gold Hill

Foothill Elementary is committed to creating an engaging environment that nurtures the whole child. Our interdisciplinary approaches to learning are inquirybased, student-centered, and collaborative. We challenge all learners through differentiation and measure their success in multiple ways to truly reflect their individual growth and progress. Foothill Elementary provides a strong foundation in early literacy and science education. We utilize small, focused reading groups during Grow Time to ensure each child receives reading instruction at their level. We have a comprehensive Garden to Table program, promote environmental responsibility, and are leading the way in BVSD to teach the Next Generation science curricula at the elementary level. United by our shared purpose, our highly committed parents and staff support learning and community-building experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Together we Grow - with curiosity, creativity, and compassion.

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. The school is small, experiential, and a vital part of this vibrant mountain community. Children in these multi-age classrooms experience a great variety of material. Having two teachers over a six-year period has the benefit of helping ease transitions between grades. The students are able to form strong, lasting relationships.

Address: 1001 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 720-561-2600 Website: foe.bvsd.org Principal: Nick Vanderpol Enrollment: 457 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 84; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 8; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 6; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Address: 890 Main St., Gold Hill, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-5940 Website: ghe.bvsd.org Principal: Josh Baldner Enrollment: 21 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 86; Hispanic, 0; Asian, 0; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 14; free lunch, 5; reduced-price lunch, 0; English language learners, 0; special education, 10 Average student-teacher ratio: N/A

Heatherwood

Heatherwood Elementary School’s academic strength lies in a balanced and integrated curricular program. Children master and apply literacy and math skills through learning that emphasizes research, problem-solving, simulations, and technology. The instructional program goes on to teach the use of those skills in higher-level problem-solving. Staff and parents foster mutual cooperation, emotional support, and personal and academic growth for all students. Children benefit from flexible classroom settings, team teaching, and communications. Heatherwood also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 7750 Concord Drive, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 720-561-5586 Website: hee.bvsd.org Principal: Genna Jaramillo Enrollment: 295 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 82; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 3; African-American, 2; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 7; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 0; special education, 19 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS High Peaks at Aurora 7

Kohl

High Peaks is a multipleaward-winning Core Knowledge focus school that opened in 1995. Teachers use creative methods such as art projects, dramatizations, reading and writing workshops, and collaborative learning to bring the Core Knowledge Sequence to life. Core Knowledge uses a planned progression of specific content in world history, geography, science, language arts, and the fine arts. High Peaks also offers differentiated math opportunities based on specific student needs. Mission Statement: High Peaks integrates essential skills and authentic content within the framework of the Core Knowledge Sequence to foster academic excellence and continued growth. In an atmosphere of respect and collaboration among all members of the High Peaks Community, students will build self-esteem and a lasting love of learning. Address: 3995 E. Aurora Ave., Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-6500 Website: hpe.bvsd.org Principal: Jeannie Tynecki Enrollment: 296 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 61; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 21; African-American, 2; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 5; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 9; special education, 6 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Jamestown Jamestown is a small mountain school with a dedicated team of two teachers and extensive support staff, serving grades K-5. Jamestown’s unheard of student-to-teacher ratio allows individualized learning and creative and flexible educational approaches. Students work in small, multi-age groups. A developmental approach, rather than grade level is emphasized. Jamestown’s greatest strength is its welcoming and loving environment where students learn the lifelong lessons of patience, respect, integrity, determination, and empathy. Community and parent involvement are extremely valued. Address: 111 Mesa St., Jamestown, CO 80455 Phone: 720-561-6020 Website: jae.bvsd.org Principal: Scott Boesel Enrollment: 20 Daily schedule: 8 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. Average student-teacher ratio: 10/1

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Kohl Elementary is a true neighborhood school, situated in a park-like tract of land that anchors the surrounding area. Kohl families and staff know that it’s Cool To Be A Colt, which explains the number of multi-generational families in our school community. We are proud of our history, excited about our present, and eagerly anticipate a future filled with innovative learning opportunities for students. Kohl is known as a high-achieving school; one that honors the individuality of children, values connections with parents, and intentionally cultivates partnerships in our community. Through a robust PBIS system that is deeply embedded in Kohl’s culture, we strive to meet the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual needs of our students, such that they love learning and are prepared as tomorrow’s leaders. Our talented and dedicated staff are themselves learners, utilizing contemporary technologies to provide STEAM focused learning opportunities that are differentiated and of sufficient depth and breadth to engage all learners. Beyond a high-quality K-5 education, Kohl offers a play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness. Address: 1000 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8600 Website: sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/kohl Principal: Geoff Sandfort Enrollment: 386 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 69; Hispanic, 18; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 9; free lunch, 17; reduced-price lunch, 6; English language learners, 1; special education, 18 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Lafayette Lafayette Elementary School provides a rich academic program in a culturally diverse environment. Students benefit from individualized opportunities made possible by a comprehensive Gifted and Talented focus program. A Gifted and Talented Teacher Leader works directly with students, teachers, and parents to design educational experiences based upon identified strengths and talents. Our staff is committed to providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students, including second language learners and children with special needs. A character education program, class meetings, Peace Process, and leadership groups for students foster a positive climate. Lafayette also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Our school motto is: We are learners, we are leaders, we are Lafayette Cougars! Address: 101 N. Bermont Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-8900 Website: lae.bvsd.org Principal: Stephanie Jackman Enrollment: 502 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 75; Hispanic, 11; Asian, 5; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 13; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 5; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Louisville (LES)

Mesa

Louisville Elementary is a neighborhood school in the heart of Old Town Louisville. Our staff sets students on a course of lifelong learning through an academic program that is grounded in developmentally appropriate academic standards. We also seek to live out our core values of inclusion, community involvement, and student success for all. Our high-quality instructional program has resulted in increased student achievement in all content areas. Louisville encourages school pride, positive behaviors and attitudes through our counseling program and social-emotional learning in all classrooms. Parents support our school in a multitude of ways, from volunteering at school to organizing fun and well-attended school social events. Louisville Elementary has close affiliations with EcoCycle (school recycling), the GROWE Foundation (community gardens), the YMCA, and Louisville Recreation. Moreover, BVSD’s Lifelong Learning Programs are abundant and offer many after school learning opportunities to LES students. LES is a true community school! Address: 400 Hutchinson St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-7200 Website: loe.bvsd.org Principal: Jeffrey Miller Enrollment: 520 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78; Hispanic, 9; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 11; reduced-price lunch, 3; English language learners, 5; special education, 11 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Mapleton Early Childhood Center Mapleton Early Childhood Center welcomes learners ages 3-5 to our beautiful historic building on Mapleton Hill in Boulder. Here, we offer half-day and full-day preschool programs. Children come to us from a diverse array of neighborhoods, and we meet each child at their unique place in the learning journey. Our creative curriculum promotes progress in all developmental areas and helps every child become a creative, confident thinker and ready learner. We focus on social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development, as well as early learning standards in literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts.

From the moment you walk into Mesa, you notice genuine warmth among teachers, students, and families. It is the strong sense of community that drives student success. Mesa is in the top five percent of achievement among all Colorado elementary schools. The academic program is enhanced by a value for the arts. There is something for every student, and the teachers at Mesa strive tirelessly to foster the growth of each and every student. Address: 1575 Lehigh St., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3000 Website: mee.bvsd.org Principal: Josh Baldner Enrollment: 261 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 85; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 3; African-American, 0; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 2; reduced-price lunch, 0; English language learners, 0; special education, 12 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Nederland Nederland Elementary School is dedicated to providing students with an innovative elementary school experience that will ignite lifelong curiosity and provide students with a strong academic foundation for future learning. Our highlyqualified staff integrates science and social studies with our mountain surroundings. Students are able to ski and snowboard as part of our Ned Shred Days Program, and staff frequently integrates technology into learning outcomes. In addition, we emphasize character growth and social emotional development through Brainwise and Restorative Practices. Our parent and community support and involvement is high and contributes to our success. Address: 1 Sundown Trail, Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: 720-561-4800 Website: nee.bvsd.org Principal: Laurel Reckert Enrollment: 250 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87; Hispanic, 4; Asian, 1; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 22; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 2; special education, 18 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Address: 840 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 80304 Phone: 720-561-6200 Website: mpe.bvsd.org Principal: Theresa Clements Enrollment: 107 Daily Schedule: 8-11 and 12-3 or full-day session is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 54; Hispanic, 23; Asian, 14; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 9; free lunch, 22 ; reducedprice lunch, 4; English language learners, 0; special education, 45 Average student-teacher ratio: 8-1 26

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

Superior

Located in Old Town Lafayette, Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is a 90/10 dual immersion bilingual focus school where all students enroll through the district’s open-enrollment process. An effort is made to balance students based upon their home language and language of dominance. There is a biliteracy instructional focus across the school as students work toward building bridges between Spanish and English. A multilingual perspective is infused throughout the curriculum. Pioneer students benefit from 80 minutes of instruction in physical education, music, art, library and technology each week. Additionally, Pioneer values community partnerships to offer a variety of after-school enrichment. Pioneer also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment.

Superior Elementary sets high academic standards and creates dynamic learning environments where students explore and investigate using critical thinking skills. Highlights include a spiraling social studies curriculum with engaging topics through which children learn American and world history, geography, and the study of many cultures. Science topics are reinforced through hands-on activities, experiments, and observations. A comprehensive language arts curriculum enhances and extends across all subject areas. The school also has exceptional programs in physical education, music, and art. Choirs, clubs, intramural sports, and enrichment classes extend the school day. The Positive Behavior Intervention Support program unites the school around the words of respect, acceptance, and responsibility. The latest in media and technology are available throughout the school – televised morning announcements, iPads, Chrome Books,Internet research and a wireless building add to rich integration of technology into the curriculum.

Address: 101 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-7800 Website: pie.bvsd.org Principal: Guillermo Medina Enrollment: 482 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 32; Hispanic, 61; Asian, 1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 31; reduced-price lunch, 10; English language learners, 32; special education, 15 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Address: 1800 S. Indiana St., Superior, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-4100 Website: sue.bvsd.org Principal: Kent Cruger Enrollment: 434 Daily schedule: 7:54 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 79; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 8; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 2; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 0; special education, 10 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Ryan

Ryan Elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) School is a dynamic learning community with a focus on partnering with families and the community to prepare students for the 21st century. Along with delivering common core standards, Ryan develops the whole child with experiential project-based learning activities in the STEAM areas. Ryan embraces technology like interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chrome Books, document cameras and 3-D projectors as a tool for engaging students and supporting learning. With a strong belief that partnerships nurture excellence, Ryan partners with the University of Colorado, Thorne Nature Experience, Growe Foundation, and Impact on Education (to name a few). A wide variety of after-school programming is offered to extend the learning day and support the focus. Ryan also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 1405 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-7000 Website: rye.bvsd.org Principal: Cameo DeDominces Enrollment: 556 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 65; Hispanic, 17; Asian, 5; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 12; free lunch, 27; reduced-price lunch, 3; English language learners, 5; special education, 19 Average student-teacher ratio: K-2nd, 21.33 and 3rd-5th, 26.89 Fall 2019

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Boulder Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS University Hill

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Founded in 1906, University Hill is one of Boulder’s oldest elementary schools. Its bilingual learning environment focuses on the diverse needs of all children and prepares them to be responsible world citizens who are biliterate in Spanish and English, and who excel in academics and thrive in a global community. The vision of University Hill is to provide a caring environment where children are empowered to be critical thinkers, mindful community members, and culturally competent, bilingual individuals. Our staff is highly diverse -- many have come to us from countries such as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Our school community thrives on its diversity, inclusionary practices, and social-emotional skill development. University Hill also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 956 16th St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-5416 Website: uhe.bvsd.org Principal: Ina Rodriguez-Myer Enrollment: 461 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 28; Hispanic, 64; Asian, 1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 4; free lunch, 50; reduced-price lunch, 5; English language learners, 43; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1

Whittier International 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 close to 50 countries. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, Whittier combines the BVSD curriculum with an internationally recognized academic framework that focuses on civic engagement to improve our world. “Inquiry” is a primary strategy used to integrate higher-order thinking, questioning and application of content knowledge through transdisciplinary units of study. In addition, students in K-5 are introduced to Spanish as a world language. Address: 2008 Pine St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-5431 Website: whe.bvsd.org Principal: Sarah Oswick Enrollment: 380 Daily schedule: 8:05 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 64; Hispanic, 21; Asian, 7; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 21; reduced-price lunch, 7; English language learners, 19; special education, 11 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58-1 SCHOOL CHOICE


Boulder Valley School District PK-8 SCHOOLS Aspen Creek

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Aspen Creek PK-8 students receive engaging academic programming. Art, music, and physical education at the elementary level and the exploratory/elective programs at the middle level are offered. In grades sixth through eighth, 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 the school.. Aspen Creek also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 5500 Aspen Creek Drive, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8000 Website: ac8.bvsd.org Principal: Jennifer Bedford Enrollment: 860 Daily schedule: 8:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 74; Hispanic, 13; Asian, 6; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 8; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 3; special education, 13 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary level - 24.58-1, Middle level - 23.30-1

Eldorado A neighborhood school serving the Town of Superior, CO. Eldorado PK-8 sets high academic standards for all students and provides a rigorous learning experience that celebrates students’ strengths as well as taking a whole-child approach to education. Eldorado PK-8 offers accelerated sixth grade through eighth grade classes in mathematics and language arts, Talented and Gifted programming, an inclusive special education learning environment, Spanish as a World Language elective, and a dynamic English Language Development program for our English language learners. Eldorado PK-8 also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. At Eldorado PK-8, faculty/staff, students, and families work collaboratively so that all students are challenged to their potential in a culture that fosters curiosity and risk-taking.

Address: 2300 Meadow Sweet Lane, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 720-561-5403 Website: ml8.bvsd.org Principal: Brent Caldwell Enrollment: 680 Daily Schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student Profile in Percentages: Caucasian, 72; Hispanic, 10; Asian, 8, African American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 6; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 2; special education 17, Average Student-Teacher Ratio: Elementary level - 24.58-1, Middle level - 23.30-1

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Address: 3351 Indiana St., Superior, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-4400 Website: el8.bvsd.org Principal: Dr. John Kiemele Enrollment: 839 Daily schedule: 8:27 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages (2018 ref.): Caucasian, 75; Hispanic, 8; Asian, 9; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 5; reducedprice lunch, 2; English language learners, 3; special education, 11 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary level - 24.58-1, Middle level - 23.30-1

Serving Students in Grades PK-8 Meadowlark School is Boulder Valley School District’s first school in Erie and serves students in Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is a dynamic learning environment organized into five multi-age learning communities: PK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th grades. Flexible grouping arrangements and project-based learning (PBL) are two of our core tenets in creating challenging, meaningful, and engaging learning opportunities for all students. The innovative educational spaces promote collaboration and partnerships for all stakeholders. Personalized learning is a cornerstone of the learning community model. Meadowlark School also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Our staff work in collaboration with students, families, and the community to support social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.

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Boulder Valley School District PK-8 SCHOOLS Monarch Monarch PK-8 is a welcoming community school serving students in preschool through eighth grade. Our school community thrives on its diversity, inclusionary practices, and social emotional skill development. Our mission is to empower all learners to reach their unique potential and become compassionate, engaged global citizens. Monarch PK-8 is student-focused and dedicated to meeting the needs of all students through a rigorous academic program including strong arts, electives and physical education programs as well as supporting students’ social-emotional development. We offer a play-based, interactive ful-day kindergarten that ensures students are prepared for first grade. Monarch PK-8 offers accelerated sixth-grade through eighth-grade classes in mathematics and language arts, Talented and Gifted programming, an inclusive special education learning environment, Spanish as a World Language elective, and a dynamic English Language Development program for our English language learners. Monarch PK-8 also offers a high quality, play-based preschool program that focuses on kindergarten readiness in a fun and interactive environment. Address: 263 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-4000 Website: mo8.bvsd.org Principal: Robin Techmanski Enrollment: 766 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 65; Hispanic, 11; Asian, 17; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 12; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 9; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary level - 24.58-1 / Middle level - 23.30-1

K-8 SCHOOL Horizons Since 1991, Horizons K-8 has offered a relationship-based and engaging program where students consistently meet or exceed rigorous academic and behavioral expectations. With a balanced focus on high academic expectations and individual attention to the whole child, our committed teachers guide students to become self-directed learners and community contributors in a respectful and caring environment. Studentled family conferences, portfolios, and performance-based assessments keep learning relevant and authentic. Our highinterest curriculum offers a variety of developmentally appropriate academic experiences both inside and outside the classroom, including outdoor education, service learning, performances, STEAM, art, music, physical education, and Spanish instruction school-wide. In recognition of high academic achievement by students and the consistent hard work of an innovative and dynamic staff, Horizons has repeatedly been awarded the Colorado Department of Education John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award. Small, multi-age classes and instruction that balances academic and social-emotional learning continue to be a hallmark of the Horizons program.

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Address: 4545 Sioux Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-3600 Website: horizonsk8school.org Principal: Lucas Ketzer Enrollment: 348 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 83; Hispanic, 7; Asian, 2; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 5; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 0; special education, 10 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary level - 18-1, Middle level - 18-1

K-12 SCHOOL Peak to Peak Charter 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, and each student is seen as an individual of great potential and promise. 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 elementary school uses ability grouping and differentiation to meet student needs. Accelerated classes are offered beginning in first grade to students showing prior mastery of grade level content. Teachers intentionally design learning experiences to address the whole child, including daily discussion of social-emotional learning, alternative seating options, and movement integration within each classroom throughout the day. Peak to Peak’s 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. The middle school also offers students an opportunity to participate in an array of extracurricular activities and athletics. College counseling engages students early on, and continues throughout their K-12 experience. Peak to Peak’s high school program includes a wide variety of standard, honors, and advanced placement classes. College counseling is integrated into lessons in the classroom in grades 9-12 and is based on a personalized approach to helping students access the colleges and universities of their choice and best fit after high school. Address: 800 Merlin Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 303-453-4600 Website: peaktopeak.org Principal: Elementary school- Melissa Christensen; Middle school- Dr. Gretchen Mosca; High school- Kyle Mathews Enrollment: 1449 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 67; Hispanic, 9; Asian, 16; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 6; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 1; special education, 6 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary level - 24.58-1 / Middle level - 16.2-1, High School - 17-1

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Boulder Valley School District MIDDLE SCHOOLS Casey

Angevine Angevine Middle School is a student-centered middle school with an emphasis on academic achievement and social learning. Our greatest joy is working together to foster an inclusive learning environment that promotes the success of all students. Learning at Angevine goes beyond specific content to include communication, human relations, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our focus on Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships includes creative and enriching experiences that are essential to a comprehensive curriculum. Angevine is unique in that we offer a preengineering program, which feeds into the Centaurus High School engineering track, an award-winning visual and musical arts program, and new technology built into every classroom to foster the success of the 21st-century learner. Address: 1150 S. Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-7100 Website: anm.bvsd.org Principal: Mike Medina Enrollment: 693 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 50; Hispanic, 37; Asian, 4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 36; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 22; special education, 18 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

Broomfield Heights At Broomfield Heights, a proud neighborhood middle school, we embrace and support our richly diverse community by providing a safe, welcoming, and highlevel learning environment for all of our students. Our programming is designed to meet the academic, creative, and emotional needs of each student. At BHMS, we are part of the greater community of Broomfield, and we continue to build on our tradition of excellence. Our students engage in a wide range of exploratory choices and extracurricular activities to supplement high-quality instruction and an overarching focus on the whole child. Schoolwide positive behavior support, empowering students to be leaders, and providing a supportive network for each child are points of pride at BHMS. With the integration of technology and 21st-century skills into our programming, we are preparing students for their bright and dynamic futures. Address: 1555 Daphne St., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8400 Website: bhm.bvsd.org Principal: Erin Hinkle Enrollment: 563 Daily schedule: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 65; Hispanic, 24; Asian, 2; African-American, 2; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 22; reduced-price lunch, 6; English language learners, 2; special education, 17 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

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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 that values the uniqueness of each student. Key features of our program include: Our highly ranked math program that provides students with appropriate levels of challenge to ensure high levels of growth; A continuum of English classes, ensuring all students are supported and challenged; Our bilingual program that offers classes in Spanish language arts, reading and social studies; and An award-winning arts program. Address: 1301 High St., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 720-561-2700 Website: cam.bvsd.org Principal: Justin McMillan Enrollment: 640 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 54; Hispanic, 39; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 3; free lunch, 33; reduced-price lunch, 5; English language learners, 26; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

Centennial Home of the Cyclones, Centennial Middle School is a place where “everyone belongs.� The school community provides a rigorous academic program grounded in a caring and nurturing environment. A high degree of personalized attention is given through engaging curriculum, a wide variety of course offerings, and an interesting array of after school and during school clubs and activities. At Centennial, students have a wide range of learning opportunities that support and nurture our diverse community. We utilize a variety of instructional practices within all of our courses. Our students grow and value our R2ISE expectations which create an atmosphere of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Safety, and Empathy. Our welcoming school is thoughtful about ensuring that our diverse parent community feels welcome at our many school-wide events and as a part of our PTO and other committee structures. Address: 2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 720-561-5441 Website: cem.bvsd.org Principal: John McCluskey Enrollment: 636 Daily schedule: 8:37 a.m. to 3:38 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 66; Hispanic, 22; Asian, 4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 19; reduced-price lunch, 4; English-language learners, 15; special education, 10 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

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Boulder Valley School District MIDDLE SCHOOLS Louisville Louisville Middle School sets high academic standards for every student, following the core belief that everyone should have the opportunity to be challenged and grow with the support they need to thrive. We are the school on Main St, and we thrive as members of the greater community. A priority is placed on a balance of exceptional academic courses with robust electives and an exemplary fine arts program. We have a focus on social-emotional learning that prepares students to be stewards of the community. Students’ families partner with staff to ensure a caring, engaging, and inclusive school culture where everyone is welcome. Students revel in this strong sense of community as they strive to achieve ambitious learning goals, explore their creative and artistic potential, and challenge themselves to develop positive habits for life. PRIDE (positivity, respect, integrity, determination, empathy) are our values, and these are infused into everything we do to create “The LMS Way;” a lens on life that stays with our students as they move to their next great adventure. Address: 1341 Main St., Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-7400 Website: lom.bvsd.org Principal: Chris Meyer Enrollment: 653 Daily schedule: 8:35 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 78; Hispanic, 11; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 5; free lunch, 7; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learner, 5; special education, 11 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

Manhattan School of Arts and Academics

Manhattan Middle School has an academically rigorous and caring, student-centered learning environment. While Manhattan is a neighborhood school, it is also an arts focus school that offers in-depth study of various art forms for students who wish to focus on a specific arts discipline and a Spanish Dual Language Program designed for students continuing elementary bilingual education. Manhattan also offers a traditional middle school program with a variety of electives in the arts, world languages, and technology, as well as accelerated math classes and Gifted and Talented programming. In addition, Manhattan offers the same extracurricular sports as all BVSD middle schools, as well as many before- and after-school clubs. Clubs change each year. Here are a few active Manhattan clubs: Zoo Club, Jazz Band, Art Club, theater productions and Junior Thespians, Math Counts, multicultural groups, and Allies, an anti-bullying group that celebrates differences. Address: 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-6300 Website: mam.bvsd.org Principal: John Riggs Enrollment: 540 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:44 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 65; Hispanic, 23; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 19; reduced-price lunch, 3; English-language learners, 14; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

Nevin Platt

High Peaks is an award-winning Core Knowledge focus school where teachers use creative art, drama, reading/writing workshops, and collaboration. Core Knowledge is a planned progression of specific content in social studies, language arts, and the fine arts, and we offer differentiated math opportunities, based on specific student needs, for KG-6th grade levels. High Peaks is one of only two elementary schools in Colorado to receive a National Blue Ribbon Award twice and is also a multi-year John J. Irwin School of Excellence. High Peaks Elementary school is consistently one of the highest academic performing elementary schools in both the Boulder Valley School district and the state.

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Nevin Platt Middle School is a community school where students thrive in a safe, academic, and social environment, Teachers and staff are committed to each student’s intellectual, physical, and emotional needs. Our programming focuses on academic rigor, encourages exploration and experiential learning opportunities through arts and humanities, promotes technological expertise, and supports community building in a safe environment. All students are welcomed, and we design our instruction to best meet the requirements for each student’s development. Platt is also home to the CHOICE program. CHOICE is an acronym that stands for Cooperative Hands-On Integrated Community Education. Students in this program attend mixed-grade-level classes and stay with the same team of teachers for three years. Students must apply for the CHOICE three-year program through Open Enrollment. Address: 6096 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-5536 Website: npm.bvsd.org Principal: Brooke Daerr Enrollment: 533 Daily schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:40 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Wednesday 10:00 am to 3:45 pm Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 80; Hispanic, 9; Asian, 2; African-American, 2; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 8; free lunch, 9; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 1; special education, 14 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1 SCHOOL CHOICE


Boulder Valley School District MIDDLE SCHOOLS

MIDDLE-SENIOR SCHOOLS

Southern Hills

Boulder Universal

Southern Hills is a John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award-winning neighborhood middle school in south Boulder. Southern Hills offers personal attention and a closely knit community based on the school values of Participation, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy. 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, Southern Hills prides itself on meeting the varying needs of students. There are also many opportunities for students to connect on multiple levels through a variety of student activities, clubs, and athletics.

Boulder Universal is an online public school serving BVSD students in grades K-12. Students may be enrolled concurrently with a BVSD middle school or high school. Courses are taught by BVSD teachers using curriculum aligned to state and district standards. Students engage and interact with an actual teacher and classmates from across the country in an asynchronous online setting, allowing students to learn at any time and any place. Boulder Universal also has a learning lab staffed with our teachers for students to get one-on-one support. Tuition is free for students enrolled in BVSD.

Address: 1500 Knox Drive, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-3400 Website: shm.bvsd.org Principal: John White Enrollment: 530 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 80; Hispanic, 5; Asian, 6; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 3; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 3; special education, 8 Average student-teacher ratio: 23.30-1

Summit Summit Middle School, a four-time Blue Ribbon Award winner, was founded in 1996 as the first charter school in BVSD. Summit values scholarship, providing a rigorous academic curriculum within a caring community that supports student development and instills a lifelong love of learning. Summit is selected by families seeking challenging academics and thorough high school preparation. Summit requires English, science, math, social studies, and world language daily, along with a variety of elective classes. Summit’s culture encourages character, creativity, and scholarship. Summit is a diverse and safe community where students are nurtured and challenged. Address: 4655 Hanover Ave., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3900 Website: sum.bvsd.org Principal: Adam Galvin Enrollment: 359 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 67; Hispanic, 6; Asian, 14; African-American, 1; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 11; free lunch, 3; reduced-price lunch, 1; English-language learners, 2; special education, 3 Average student-teacher ratio: 18-1

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Address: 6500 E. Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-5500 Website: boulderuniversal.org Principal: Eric Moroye Enrollment: 76 Daily schedule: N/A (Learning Lab open Monday through Friday from 9 .am. to 3:30 p.m.) Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 88; Hispanic, 7; Asian, 1; African-American, 0; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 4; free lunch, 2; reduced-price lunch, 0; English language learners, 0; special education, 5 Average student-teacher ratio: N/A

Nederland Nederland Middle/Senior High School is a small neighborhood secondary 6th-12th grade school tucked into the mountains of Boulder County just steps away from Eldora Ski Area and endless open spaces. With a small student-to-teacher ratio, personalized education is our foundation. High school students can choose between Advanced/Honors and AP level work in math, science, language arts, and social studies. They can also take concurrent courses in Business, English, and Math. MiddleLevel students are exposed to advanced courses in English and Math. Spanish is also required in middle school for all students. Nederland offers many co-curricular activities for students: student government, National Honor Society, Sources of Strength, MS leadership, music/theater program, mountain bike team, ski team, soccer, cross country, volleyball, track, basketball and intramural sports for middle level students. Our students are PROUD TO BE NED - “proud of who they are and what they do always.” Address: 597 County Road 130, Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: 720-561-4900 Website: neh.bvsd.org Principal: Rick Elertson Enrollment: 247 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 87; Hispanic, 5; Asian, 2; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 4; free lunch, 23; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 3; special education, 16 Average student-teacher ratio: Middle Level - 19.25-1, High School Level - 19.64-1

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Boulder Valley School District HIGH SCHOOLS Arapahoe Campus

Boulder

Arapahoe Ridge High School is an alternative education campus (AEC) that helps students build resiliency by offering a safe environment and opportunities for positive connections and success. ARHS is a small setting with standards based grading. As an alternative high school, we provide students and families with flexible schedules that accommodate different styles of learning. Transportation to our campus is offered via buses that are available from all the sending home high schools within our district. Our students have the opportunity and advantage to access the Boulder TEC programs that are located on our campus. In addition, there are opportunities for concurrent enrollment with Front Range Community College while still in high school, and the cost is covered by BVSD. If your student is looking for part-time enrollment, there is also the Engage Program, which supports a student looking to transition back into high school or finish high school through our HSED preparation classes.

Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High is the oldest established high school in Colorado. Students regularly access University of Colorado classes and libraries, the Conference on World Affairs, and cultural community activities from our urban setting. Boulder High is an Advanced Placement focus school, with one of the most comprehensive programs in the state, offering 30 Advanced Placement courses. Its AVID program creates an environment where all students are afforded the opportunity to succeed. The visual and performing arts departments have an excellent reputation and produce cutting edge performances and work. The pottery, photography, and video production studios and Millennium lab are state of the art. Boulder High has one of the district’s largest English Language Development programs, serving students from 30 countries. It also offers five world languages: Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Latin.

Address: 6600 E. Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO 80303 Phone:720-561-5220 Principal: Dr. Joan Bludorn Office: 720-561-5245 Assistant Principal: Johnny Fernandez, bilingual Office: 720-561-5293 Enrollment: 180

Address: 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-2200 Website: boh.bvsd.org Principal: Dr. James A. Hill Enrollment: 2153 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 66; Hispanic, 23; Asian, 4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 18; reduced-price lunch, 2; English language learners, 10; special education, 9 Average student-teacher ratio: 26.34-1 D","A": [{"A?":"I","A":406.9698811488103, "D":652.8,"C":67.64673311184941, "A":{"B":{"A": {"A":"MADN0B9YVF0","B":1},"B": {"A":-4.263256414560601E14,"D":664.0957037669991,"C":10 1.93096848516731}}}}],"B":816,"C": 105ADMISSION OPEN FOR 2020

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REAL WORLD LEARNING IN THE HEART OF BOULDER SINCE 2004 SERVING GRADES 6-12 Our students develop as curious learners, adventurous spirits, and caring, committed global citizens as they engage in work that matters—work that has a positive impact beyond the walls of the school. We believe schools should not just help students develop the skills and habits for future success, but should awaken their curiosity, expand their view of the world, and empower them to make a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.

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Boulder Valley School District HIGH SCHOOLS Boulder Preparatory

Broomfield High

Boulder Preparatory High School is a collegepreparatory program serving students who are looking for a small-school setting that provides individualized attention. The charter school offers rigorous academics through a unique and diverse curriculum. The academic program is complemented with 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 youth-at-risk into college bound youth-of-promise.

Broomfield High School is the center of our community. We offer a comprehensive program of study designed to meet the various academic needs and interests of our students. Courses offered include AP courses in many disciplines, fine arts, and vocational courses. We have fully implemented the BVSD 1:Web Initiative for all students, supporting them in a variety of ways with technology. Students receive a Chromebook to be used throughout their high school career. Our Eagles are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular 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.

Address: 5075 Chaparral Court, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 303-545-6186 Website: boulderprep.org Principal: Lili Adeli Enrollment: 117 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 68; Hispanic, 18; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 9; free lunch, 7; reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 3; special education, 17 Average student-teacher ratio: 12-1

Boulder Technical Education Center (TEC)

Address: 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: 720-561-8100 Website: brh.bvsd.org Principal: Ginger Ramsey Enrollment: 1562 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 70; Hispanic, 20; Asian, 4; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 3; free lunch, 9; reduced-price lunch, 5; English language learner, 3; special education, 9 Average student-teacher ratio: 26.34-1

Centaurus

Boulder TEC empowers students through rigorous academic, professional, and technical skills as preparation for any postgraduate pathway they choose to pursue. All of the programs are focused on providing students with a wide range of highly relevant experiences through the use of industry standard equipment and an extensive network of business partnerships. Programs offer community college concurrent enrollment credit, the opportunity to earn professional licenses or certificates, as well as integrated core academic credit that counts toward high school graduation. Specific programs include Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Service Technology, Biomedical Science, Construction Trades, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Response, Forensics Investigation & Criminology, Sports Medicine, and Welding. Students from all BVSD high schools are eligible to attend as part of their 11th and 12th-grade years. Address: 6600 E. Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: 720-561-5220 Website: bouldertec.org Boulder TEC Director: Dr. Arlie Huffman Enrollment: 293 Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 58; Hispanic, 34; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 3; Free/Reduced lunch combined, 31; English-language learners, 11; Special Education, 12 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.58:1

Centaurus High School is a college-preparatory high school with an award-winning Engineering Academy and International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Our Advanced Placement courses, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), fine arts, International Baccalaureate, Engineering Academy 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, pre-medical, international policy studies, journalism, and art. Centaurus’s size allows students to participate more fully in their high school experience, garner more personal assistance, and build lasting relationships with both peers and faculty. Address: 10300 South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-561-7500 Website: centaurushs.org Principal: Daniel Ryan Enrollment: 1452 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 60; Hispanic, 31; Asian, 3; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native

Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 20; reduced-price lunch, 4; English language learners, 12; special education, 13 Average student-teacher ratio: 26.34-1

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Boulder Valley School District HIGH SCHOOLS Fairview

Monarch

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 the 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.

“Creating Bright Futures, One Student at a Time!” Monarch is a comprehensive college and career preparatory high school with a fouryear graduation rate of over 96 percent. It offers a broad Advanced Placement program, which is tied to concurrent enrollment opportunities through CU Succeed and Front Range Community College. Monarch has designed a program that directly links to Front Range Community College and provides students with an opportunity to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Business. Monarch also encourages students to become involved in our highly competitive athletic programs, robust and successful music programs (band, choir, orchestra), broad fine arts course offerings, dynamic drama/theatre program, and over 60 clubs. Monarch’s Career and Technical Education programs – which include Culinary Arts, Computer Science, Business, and STEM (award-winning Robotics program, pre-engineering, 3D Design, and Industrial Design) – ensure all student interests are fostered and grown.

Address: 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 720-561-3100 Website: fairviewhs.org Principal: Don Stensrud Enrollment: 2126 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 70; Hispanic, 11; Asian, 10; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6; free lunch, 7: reduced-price lunch, 1; English language learners, 5: special education, 7 Average student-teacher ratio: 26.34-1

Justice High Justice High is a charter school for at-risk youth in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley communities. It is a precollegiate 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. Justice High School also offers students some vocational courses and opportunities to complete their GED or Hi Sett. Address: 805 Excalibur St., Lafayette, CO 80026 Phone: 720-277-6480 Website: justicehigh.org Principal: T.J. Cole Enrollment: 100 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:57 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 28; Hispanic, 27; Asian, 0; African-American, 2; American Indian, 0; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 43; free lunch, 68; reducedprice lunch, 6; English language learners, 22; special education, 26 Average student-teacher ratio: 9-1

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Address: 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027 Phone: 720-561-4200 Website: moh.bvsd.org Principal: Neil Anderson Enrollment: 1688 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (3:30 - 4 p.m. Access / Club Time) Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 77; Hispanic, 10; Asian, 5; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6; economically disadvantaged, 7; English language learners, 3; and special education, 10 Average student-teacher ratio: 26.34-1

New Vista

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. Address: 700 20th St., Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 720-561-8700 Website: nvh.bvsd.org Principal: Kirk Quitter Enrollment: 328 Daily schedule: 8:45 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Caucasian, 77; Hispanic, 15; Asian, 1; African-American, 1; American Indian, 1; Native Hawaiian, 0; multiple ethnicities, 7; free lunch, 14; reduced-price lunch, 3; English language learners, 6; special education, 16 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.74-1

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Adams 12 Five Star Schools FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT | ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS ELEVATING student success in the Five Star District

rate of 84.3 percent exceeds the state average, and the Hispanic graduation rate has jumped from 69.4 percent in 2014 to 80.7 percent in 2018.

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y son has always struggled adapting to change and has struggled in reading. Since knowing students by ‘name, strength and need’ was implemented, I have seen a change in him. He has received more individual attention and that has led to the teachers getting to know him better and them implementing a lesson plan that has worked for him. He has progressed academically but I have also seen his selfesteem improve. Before, he had a much more negative attitude and did not like to try new things or things he did not think he would be able to do. Now he has more confidence and is participating more in class. He’s like a new kid.” Focus on Students. This is what I am reminded of as I read this story that a parent shared with me recently. As part of Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ new strategic plan, ELEVATE, we encourage students, parents, staff and members of the Five Star community to share their stories of strength about the district. More than 7,000 people participated in our strategic planning process. The yearlong engagement process to discover our communitydriven strategic plan started

This celebration also extends beyond academic achievements.

Chris Gdowski, Superintendent with building upon what we do well. Participants were asked to tell a story when the district, school or staff member did right by a student. Thousands of stories were synthesized into five core strengths of the district which reveal who we are and who we want to continue to be. We collectively determined that in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, we Care, Collaborate, Engage, Empower and Focus on Students.

Five Star Proud These strengths and the stories that bring them to life demonstrate that we have much to celebrate and be #FiveStarProud. Here are just a few highlights. • Our students have demonstrated the greatest sustained academic growth over the past five years when compared to other school districts in Colorado with similar demographics. • The district’s graduation

• More than $90 million in renovation and improvement projects were completed at more than 30 schools and facilities during Summer 2019, as part of the voterapproved 2016 Bond Program. These projects include investments in safety and security, critical building repairs, playground upgrades, and improvements to schools’ arts, music and physical education programs. • Over 240 parents and community members have graduated from our year-long Five Star Leadership Academy. Graduates of the academy represent more than 70 percent of membership on districtwide committees such as our District Accountability Committee.

ELEVATE and the 2019-2020 School Year More than 150 employees were hired in support of investments our community prioritized through ELEVATE and the November 2018 passage of Ballot Issue 5C,

a $27 million mill levy override. One of the most significant areas of investment is in class size relief and the expansion of course options at the secondary level. We hired more than 50 teachers for this school year to address class sizes that were above target levels in elementary schools and to provide class size relief and/or more course options aligned to specific school needs at the middle and high school levels. In support of the diverse learning needs of our students, we also added academic interventionists at our elementary and K-8 schools. These interventionists work directly with students in accelerating their learning in literacy and math. Additionally, socialemotional learning specialists were added in all of our elementary, middle and K-8 schools. This new position supports student growth in social-emotional competencies. At the high school level, additional counselors are in place to better support the individual needs of our students. We are extremely thankful for the partnership and mutual trust we have with our community and are excited to build upon our collective stories of strength for the years to come. Sincerely, Chris Gdowski, Superintendent Adams 12 Five Star Schools

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Adams 12 Five Star Schools ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Centennial

Meridian

Centennial Elementary is a community of learners dedicated to educating the whole child: physically, emotionally and intellectually. Centennial provides active and innovative instruction, 21st century skills and critical thinking. Students demonstrate their new learning in all areas of their lives and become well-rounded, productive citizens. For the 2019-20 school year, we extended our student instructional day by adding 200 minutes per week and no longer have early release Wednesdays. Students also are provided 55 minutes of specials each day. We’ve eliminated homework except for reading 20 minutes every evening and increased our enrichment opportunities for students.

Meridian opened its doors in 2004 with a focus on excellence. Working with the community, the name Meridian was selected with an emphasis on the meaning “pertaining to the highest point.” Since that time, the staff, students, parents and community have continued to work together to make this vision come true. Meridian has received multiple recognitions over the years for its outstanding growth and high achievement results, and the Meridian community remains focused and committed to providing its students with learning opportunities that they will take with them into middle school, high school, college and life.

Address: 13200 Westlake Drive, Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: (720) 972-5280 Website: centennial.adams12.org Principal: Carrie Romero-Brugger Enrollment: K-5=423, PS=62 PS K-5 Capacity: 432, PS Capacity: 96 Daily Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 39.0%, Hispanic: 56.2%, African American:0.5%, Asian: 2.1%, Native American: 1.2%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%, Two or More Ethnicities: 1.7% Free and reduced lunch: 69.9% Average student-teacher ratio: 20.52 Open house/visitation: We would love to show you our school. Please schedule a tour with the front office and the principal, Ms Romero Brugger, will be more than happy to show you our school. We truly want to provide an individual opportunity for each family to tour Centennial and ask questions around what the individual family needs.

Coyote Ridge At Coyote Ridge, we provide a welcoming atmosphere which supports and encourages family and community partnerships. We are a collaborative staff using innovative and creative teaching practices to meet the needs and enhance the strengths of all students. Staff, parents, and students share the responsibility for ensuring that our students achieve high standards, that they are globally minded, and are prepared to positively impact an ever-changing world. As a PACK, we run together to achieve our lifelong learning goals! Address: 13770 Broadlands Drive, Broomfield, CO 80023 Phone: (720) 972-5780 Website: coyote.adams12.org Principal: Dr. Michael Keppler Enrollment: 428 Capacity: 456 (without mobile classrooms), 576 (with mobile classrooms) Daily Schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 74.7%, Hispanic: 11.9%, African American: 0.5%, Asian: 6.3%, Native American: 0%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%, Two or More Ethnicities 6.3%, Free and reduced lunch: 5.1% Average student-teacher ratio: 18.68 Open house/visitation: Visits can be scheduled for those families who live in the Coyote Ridge boundary by contacting the school at (720) 972-5780.

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Address: 14256 McKay Park Circle, Broomfield, CO 80023 Phone: (720) 972-7880 Website: meridian.adams12.org Principal: Marie McKenzie Enrollment: 608 Capacity: 576 (without mobile classrooms), 768 (with mobile classrooms) Daily Schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 71.1%, Hispanic: 14.0%, African American: 1.0%, Asian: 6.4%, Native American: 0.3%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%, Two or More Ethnicities: 6.6% Free and reduced lunch: 6.53% Average student-teacher ratio: 21.65 Open house/visitation: Meridian is not open to choice. If you live within the Meridian Elementary boundary, please call the school at (720) 972-7880 for enrollment and school tour information.

Mountain View Mountain View is a special place where students and staff laugh, grow and learn together. Staff members know students as individuals and intentionally design learning environments so every child feels confident to take risks, be challenged and grow to their potential. Its center-based Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is a strong, school-wide community of students, families and staff that partner together to provide opportunities for every child to thrive and achieve their fullest potential. Mountain View is a high-achieving, high-growth school serving a diverse population. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on being a caring community where our students ROCK. Address: 12401 Perry St., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: (720) 972-5520 Website: mountain.adams12.org Principal: Peggy Heath Enrollment: K-5=55, PS=36 Capacity: 630 Daily Schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 65.5%, Hispanic: 22.6%, African American: 0.0%, Asian: 5.2%, Native American: 0.4%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%, Two or More Ethnicities: 6.3% Free and reduced lunch: 23.09% Average student-teacher ratio: 17.54 Open house/visitation: It might be open to choice for specific grades for the 2020-21 school year. This decision will be announced December 1 on the district’s choice website. Visits can be scheduled for those families who live within the Mountain View boundary by contacting the school at (720) 972-5520.

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Adams 12 Five Star Schools K-12 SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Thunder Vista

Westlake

Thunder Vista opened our doors for the 2018-2019 school year. We are proud of our inaugural year and attribute our many successes to staying true to our core purpose and values. At Thunder Vista, we empower future ready compassionate learners who live with intention. We believe in the importance of motivating and inspiring, nurturing a growth mindset, showing that everyone has value, and fostering a learning community. We are thankful for the partnerships we've begun with our community and we are excited for many more successful years together. Grades served: P-8 Address: 3461 Preble Creek Pkwy., Broomfield CO 80023 Phone: (720) 972-7300 Website: thundervista.adams12.org Principal:Teresa Benallo Enrollment: 660 Capacity: 900 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 80.9%, Hispanic: 9.1%, African American: 0.8%, Asian: 4.6%, Native American: 0.0%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%, Two or More Ethnicities: 4.3% Free and reduced lunch: 1.7% Average student-teacher ratio: 18.73 Open house/visitation: Thunder Vista is not open to Choice.

K-12 SCHOOL Prospect Ridge Academy

Founded in 2010, Prospect Ridge Academy is a K-12 public charter school in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district with a vision to create academic, social, and ethical leaders. The school is committed to providing a comprehensive foundation that includes rigorous coursework, social and physical development through athletics, and character education in a disciplined environment. Expectations are set high for PRA students, as they are inspired and motivated to achieve their full potential and become lifelong learners. PRA graduates are prepared for success in a globally competitive society. Students are accomplished academically, and excel in athletics and arts. Grades Served: Kindergarten to 12th grade Address: 2555 Preble Creek Pkwy., Broomfield Phone: (720) 399-0300 (K-8th grade), (720) 723-2100 (high school) Website: prospectridgeacademy.org Principals: Elementary: April Wilkin; Middle School: Steve Thygesen; High School: Adam DiGiacomo Enrollment: 1392

Capacity: 1530 Annual Tuition: Free Daily Schedule: Office Hours 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Student Schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Open House/Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 19: Elementary - 5:30 p.m., Middle School - 6:45 p.m., High School - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7: Elementary - 9 a.m., Middle School - 10:15 a.m., High School - 9 a.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Elementary - 5:30 p.m.; Middle School - 6:45 p.m., High School - 5:30 p.m. Fall 2019

Westlake is an exemplary middle school at which academic excellence is expected and cultivated through a collaborative partnership among students, staff and parents. The Westlake community fosters a caring, respectful environment that is focused on learning. Westlake empowers all members of its team to become leaders, innovators and learners in continual pursuit of ongoing improvements and achievement every day. Our hopes for our school community is best defined by our vision: Igniting a passion for learning and service: Dream, Risk, Achieve! Address: 2800 W. 135th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020 Phone: (720) 972-5200 Website: westlake.adams12.org Principal: Dr. Rachel Heide Enrollment: 1,094 Capacity: 1,175 Daily Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45

p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 65.4%, Hispanic: 24.5%, African American: 1.1%, Asian: 4.2%, Native American: 0.9%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.4%, Two or More Ethnicities: 3.6%, Free and reduced lunch: 22.9% Average student-teacher ratio: 19.32 Open house/visitation: Westlake is not open to choice. If you live within the Westlake boundary, please call the school at (720) 972-5200 for enrollment and school tour information.

HIGH SCHOOL Legacy Legacy High School provides opportunities, expectations and support for each student to achieve academic excellence. The partnership of staff, students, families and the community encourages individual integrity, personal growth and enthusiasm for the future. Legacy continues to be recognized as a highachieving, high-growth high school by the Colorado Department of Education. Address: 2701 W. 136th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80023 Phone: (720) 972-6700 Website: legacy.adams12.org Principal: Sara Marx Enrollment: 2,445 Capacity: 2,000 (without mobile classrooms), 2,400 (includes mobile

classrooms) Daily Schedule: 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: White: 66.4%, Hispanic: 21.3%, African American: 1.3%, Asian: 8.8%, Native American: 0.3%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%, Two or More Ethnicities: 1.8%, Free and reduced lunch: 17.25% Average student-teacher ratio: 22.93 Open house/visitation: Legacy is not open to choice, with the exception of the Legacy 2000 program. Please visit the Legacy 2000 webpage (sites.google.com/a/adams12.org/l2k/apply) for information regarding application sessions. Parents and students interested in taking a tour of Legacy High School please refer to the tour information found on our Common Questions Page (legacy.adams12.org/questions). Eighth-grade open house will be held on March 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Eighth-graders who live within the Legacy boundary are invited to attend. Please check the Legacy website in January for more information.

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St. Vrain Valley School District FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT | ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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ear St. Vrain Valley Community, Thank you for your outstanding support in championing the growth and development of St. Vrain Valley Schools into a nationally recognized center of excellence for student engagement and 21st-century learning. Your unwavering dedication to the well-being and success of our students, teachers, staff and schools is a testament to the outstanding community in which we live. Among our many highquality programs, we are especially proud of the outstanding portfolio of options available across our schools. Choosing a school for your student is an important and personal step in charting their future path. Toward this end, St. Vrain offers a diverse and extensive selection of rigorous academic programs that give you and your student choice in selecting a school that best fits their interests and

Don Haddad, Superintendent educational goals. In addition to our highquality and rigorous preschool, elementary school, and middle school programs, our many high school options include instructional focus academies in aerospace and engineering, energy, biomedical engineering, business, medical and biosciences, leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and visual and performing arts. Other excellent programs

across St. Vrain include honors courses, Advanced Placement and AP Capstone courses, International Baccalaureate, CU Succeed Gold and Silver, P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), our virtual Online Global Academy, the Innovation Center, and the Career Development Center. Successful completion of many of these programs can result in a full year or more of transferable college credit prior to graduation from high school. During the 2018-2019 academic year, students had an opportunity to start their postsecondary education with approximately 19,000 college credits on their transcripts, potentially saving their families $4.7 million in tuition costs at local four-year universities. Student engagement is an important part of any comprehensive educational experience. Accordingly, St. Vrain offers a robust selection of co-curricular activities and

enrichment options in every school throughout our district. Students can participate in the arts, music programs, athletics, and many other high-quality activities that further support the development of wellrounded citizens who embody teamwork, leadership, and strong character. This is a very exciting time in our schools as we continue to ensure student success and a strong competitive advantage for the globalized 21st-century economy. St. Vrain Valley Schools’ college preparatory and high-quality instructional focus programs – delivered in partnership with rigorous courses and engaging activities – ensure that your student will receive a world-class education. Take care, and as always, thank you for your continued partnership. Sincerely, Don Haddad, Ed.D. Superintendent St. Vrain Valley School District

Jarrow Montessori School

THINK. CREATE. INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. FUN FOR THEM. PEACE OF MIND FOR YOU. The YMCA offers licensed before/after school care and school day off camps for K-5th grade. Held at select BVSD and Weld RE-5J schools, the Longmont Y and Big Thompson Elementary. The Y also offers full- and part-time preschool for ages 2-1/2 to 6 at the Longmont Y and in Johnstown (June 2020).

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St. Vrain Valley School District PRESCHOOL

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

SPARK! Discovery Preschool

Black Rock Elementary

Spark! Discovery Preschool offers preschool for children ages 3-5 and full-day childcare options for children and families in Firestone, Frederick, and Dacono. Spark! engages students in early learning experiences, in partnership with families and the community, that develop a strong foundation, enrich the whole child, and inspire lifelong learning. Staff develop positive and caring relationships with each family and are committed to inspiring creativity, innovation, problem solving, and discovery. As a STEM preschool, instruction focuses on integrated units of inquiry, the design-thinking process, and an emphasis on 21st-century learning. Spark! Is fortunate to partner with a strong Parent-Teacher Organization.

Black Rock Elementary focuses on individual student needs while implementing all school cluster grouping and flexible grouping to ensure academic excellence. Black Rock features gifted and talented programming as well as foreign language studies in Spanish. Black Rock’s highly-qualified staff models strong collaboration, which promotes a safe and encouraging learning environment and instils higher standards of academic rigor. The school boasts one of the most involved parent communities in the St. Vrain Valley, supporting the school through volunteering and relationship building.

Address: 555 8th St., Frederick, CO 80530 Phone: 720-652-7906 Website: sdpk.svvsd.org Principal: Paige Gordon

Enrollment: 298 Daily schedule: Morning session: 8:30 to 11:10 a.m. & Afternoon Session: 12:25 to 3:05 p.m. Childcare: 7:00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 38.26; Free/reduced, 24.16 Average student-adult ratio: 8/1

Address: 2000 Mountain View Blvd., Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 720-890-3995 Website: bres.svvsd.org Principal: Cathy O’Donnell Enrollment: 575 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 17.04; Free/reduced lunch, 4.10 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Blue Mountain Elementary ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Alpine Elementary Alpine Elementary is proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practices. The IB programme engages students in rigorous inquiry to study topics that are of importance to the world in which we live, and expands students’ global understanding through Spanish language instruction. STEM incorporates the use of a design-thinking process and technology to foster innovation and problem solving. Alpine provides childcare and enrichment opportunities such as a worldclass robotics program, 100 Mile Club, and Allegria choir. Address: 2005 Alpine St., Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-8140 Website: aes.svvsd.org Principal: Amber Marsolek Enrollment: 514 Daily schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 47.28; Free/reduced, 33.04 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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Blue Mountain is committed to working in partnership with the community and parents to create an exemplary school – one that is the center of our neighborhood and a shining star in our district. Blue Mountain provides a rigorous educational experience, enhanced by the instructional focus of science, technology, and inquiry; a program founded on current research and best practices of teaching. This focus allows students to have extended learning in math, engineering, and science, while utilizing extensive instructional technology on a daily basis. Address: 1260 Mountain Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-652-8220 Website: bmes.svvsd.org Principal: Stephen Hoel Enrollment: 588 Daily schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 24.32; Free/reduced lunch, 4.60 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Burlington Elementary

Burlington Elementary students are strong community members and high achievers. Teachers and staff work to recognize students’ individual needs, yet help them connect with their world outside of school. In September 2014 and again in June 2017, Burlington was recognized by the Colorado Department of Education as one of five “high achieving” elementary schools. Burlington provides many opportunities to enhance the interests and talents of students. From robotics to musical theater, to 100 Mile Club, students participate and excel in before and afterschool activities. The Burlington community takes pride in living our motto: “Blazing Trails and Inspiring Excellence.” Address: 1051 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-8861 Website: bes.svvsd.org Principal: Kerin McClure Enrollment: 446 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 46.64; Free/reduced, 46.53 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Centennial Elementary

Centennial Elmentary’s vision is to provide a safe, consistent, and engaging environment so students transition from elementary school as confident, compassionate, and capable lifelong learners. Centennial is committed to creating clear and focused academic goals that set high expectations for all students. With the school’s focus on innovation, students learn to empathize, define, and ideate new ways to solve problems as the school works collaboratively to prototype and test these solutions. Address: 10290 Neighbors Parkway, Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-8240 Website: centenniales.svvsd.org Principal: Shirley Jirik Enrollment: 584 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 32.02; Free/reduced, 25.17 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Central Elementary

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Address: 1020 4th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-3236 Website: centrales.svvsd.org Principal: Jim Hecocks Enrollment: 400 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 26.50; Free/reduced, 23.85 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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Constructed in 1878, Central Elementary was the first school in Longmont, and in 1976 was designated a Longmont historic landmark. Central is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a rigorous inquirybased curriculum. The school’s mission is to develop knowledgeable, caring, and open-minded individuals who will become contributing citizens in a global society. Central has a dedicated and caring staff, an active PTO that supports and enhances students’ learning experiences, and an involved community that takes pride in the school’s 141-year legacy of educational excellence.

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Columbine Elementary

Erie Elementary

Columbine Elementary School is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focus, preschool through fifth grade neighborhood school. Columbine incorporates technology and inquiry-based design thinking into daily lessons. Rigorous instruction supports student achievement in all subjects and prepares students for 21st-century learning. The Columbine staff fosters positive relationships with students and parents, which has developed a strong sense of community throughout the school. Columbine offers a variety of extracurricular activities that foster meaningful relationships, academic achievement, and individual pride for students.

Erie Elementary is a community that nurtures academic excellence and promotes lifelong learning through engaging STEM-focused instruction. Erie Elementary has been proudly serving the Erie community for over 50 years and as a STEM-focus school, encourages creative thinking, inquiry, and problem solving throughout the day. Teachers integrate the STEM concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math to ensure a rigorous experience for all students. Students can participate in a wide variety of before-and after-school activities including AVID4 Adventure, band, choir, running club, and drama club, as well as many PTCO sponsored events.

Address: 111 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-2840 Web site: columbinees.svvsd.org Principal: Audrey Seybold Enrollment: 309 Daily schedule: 8:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 89.00; Free/reduced, 82.01 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Address: 4137 E. County Line Road, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-828-3395 Website: ees.svvsd.org Principal: Lauren Eker Enrollment: 346 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 23.99; Free/reduced, 19.93 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Fall River Elementary

Eagle Crest Elementary Eagle Crest Elementary is located in southwest Longmont in close proximity to Altona Middle School and Silver Creek High School. The school’s mission is “to develop leaders one child at a time.” The three pillars of leadership which are embedded throughout the curriculum at every grade level are “Communicate, Create, Inspire”. Students participate in service learning to empower them to use their leadership skills to help build a better world. The school offers “looping”, which allows students to stay with the same set of teachers in first and second grade, and another set of teachers in grades three and four. Address: 4444 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 303-485-6073 Website: eces.svvsd.org Principal: Ryan Ball Enrollment: 597 Daily schedule: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 35.51; Free/reduced, 28.37 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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Fall River’s motto is “The Courage to Be Outstanding!” This drives the school’s mission to develop students’ curiosity, empathy, and leadership skills as independent critical thinkers. Fall River has an experienced and innovative staff that expertly integrates 21st-century skills and STEM into daily learning, while also ensuring students’ academic, emotional, social, artistic, and physical success. Every day, students look forward to rigorous and engaging instruction, hands-on integration of technology, artistic expression, movement breaks, and positive behavior support. Strong parent and community involvement is a huge component of our yearly high performance. Address: 1400 Deerwood Drive, Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-7920 Website: fres.svvsd.org Principal: Quinn O’Keefe Enrollment: 562 Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 26.69; Free/reduced, 17.84 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Grand View Elementary

Indian Peaks Elementary

Together, Grand View Elementary empowers all learners to grow as scholars, innovators, and leaders. Grand View integrates innovation and design thinking into daily learning, while also ensuring students’ academic, emotional, social, artistic, and physical progress. Every day, students look forward to becoming problem finders and problem solvers who participate in engaging instruction, hands-on technology, creativity, and positive behavior support. Grand View offers robotics, choir, gaming club, 100 Mile running club and activities beforeand after-school. Grand View is building community in the school “As One.”

Indian Peaks offers a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focus that provides rigorous, engaging, and inquiry-based learning. Every student has access to a device, whether it be an iPad or a Chromebook. Indian Peaks preschoolers participate in a “Take a Device Home” program. The school offers biliteracy support for K-3 students, full-day kindergarten classes and halfday preschool programs for three-and four-year olds. Indian Peaks boasts many before-school and after-school programs, including robotics. Staff has high expectations of every child in order to increase student achievement. Indian Peaks is an amazing place to learn.

Address: 6601 Aggregate Blvd., Frederick, CO 80516 Phone: 303-702-8000 Website: gves.svvsd.org Principal: Kirsten McNeill Enrollment: 284 Daily schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 28.17; Free/reduced, 19.92 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Address: 1335 S. Judson St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-7240 Website: ipes.svvsd.org Principal: Kathi Jo Walder Enrollment: 314 Daily schedule: 9:10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 92.36; Free/reduced, 89.12 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Legacy Elementary

Hygiene Elementary offers a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) focus that provides high levels of engagement and inquiry-based learning for the students. Students are exposed to movement opportunities throughout the school day. The mission of Hygiene is to create strong partnerships with families and the community. Hygiene Elementary believes all children can learn with confidence and passion. Spanish, choir, robotics, coding, and 100 Mile Club are some of the before-school and after-school activities available at the school.

Legacy Elementary develops students’ academic and social-emotional skills. The school partners with parents and the surrounding community to build strong relationships and civic-minded students. Strong community engagement creates extensive volunteer opportunities, encourages local involvement by students and provides a system that supports all children. Legacy focuses our academic work around higher order thinking skills, employing questioning strategies, and using thinking tools like Thinking Maps and Icons of Depth and Complexity to encourage student learning. Legacy Elementary’s work supports its mission to “ensure that all students achieve high standards of learning, academic excellence, and reach their full potential.”

Address: 11968 N. 75th St., Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-652-8021 Website: hes.svvsd.org Principal: Renee Collier Enrollment: 340 Daily schedule: 9:10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 19.71; Free/ reduced lunch, 15.36 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Address: 7701 Eagle Blvd., Frederick, CO 80504 Phone: 720-652-8160 Website: legacyes.svvsd.org Principal: Sean Corey Enrollment: 528 Daily schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 24.05; Free/reduced, 17.05 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Longmont Estates Elementary

Mead Elementary

Longmont Estates Elementary creates an exemplary learning environment that fosters high academic achievement and student well-being. With the vision to provide a challenging learning environment in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Longmont Estates helps every student maximize their potential through relevant and rigorous instruction. The school offers a vibrant core curriculum which is enhanced by design challenges, coding, Gifted and Talented enrichment, Movement Lab, physical activity in the classroom, and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Strong community partnerships include CU Discovery, Junior Great Books, Avid4Adventure and GreenStar.

Mead Elementary is a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to the development of the whole child through a belief in every child’s unlimited potential by focusing on high expectations, rigor, raising achievement, and developing character. Students have access to technology including iPad minis, Chromebooks, and laptops, which enhance classroom-learning objectives. As a movement school, students participate in twice-daily movement breaks to activate both sides of the brain, which help children re-energize and focus on learning.

Address: 1601 Northwestern Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-652-8101 Website: lees.svvsd.org Principal: Traci Haley Enrollment: 352 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 28.98; Free/reduced, 31.97 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Address: 520 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542 Phone: 970-535-4488 Website: mes.svvsd.org Principal: Betsy Ball Enrollment: 598 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 18.39; Free/reduced, 14.74 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Lyons Elementary Lyons Elementary offers preschool through fifth grade in a small-school atmosphere that enthusiastically supports its mission: “To educate all students to their highest potential by fostering a cooperative, creative, and communitybased environment.” Strong community partnerships and support enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Through citizen science initiatives, students work side-by-side with scientists to solve authentic problems. Through the development of leadership skills, students develop intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, problem solving, and healthy risk taking. Address: 338 High St., Lyons, CO 80540 Phone: 303-823-6915 Website: lyonses.svvsd.org Principal: Andrew Moore Enrollment: 339 Daily schedule: 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 10.03; Free/reduced, 10.76 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Mountain View Elementary offers an integrated academic focus which provides opportunities to challenge students and build competencies to be successful in the 21st century. Mountain View is a standards-based, balanced learning community in which each child will reach their academic, social, and emotional potential. Students in grades PK-4 benefit from rich opportunities to engage in the design-thinking process. Mountain View offers a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based early childhood center where students are encouraged to accelerate their learning through both discovery and the design-thinking process. Wraparound child care programming complements the school’s STEM preschool program. Address: 1415 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-652-8261 Website: mves.svvsd.org Principal: Jennifer Piccone Enrollment: 326 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 60.43; Free/ reduced lunch, 67.95 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Niwot Elementary Niwot Elementary, located approximately one mile east of the historic town of Niwot, offers preschool through fifth grade with a focus on differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students, no matter their interests or abilities. Niwot is proud of their academic excellence, innovative instruction, and strong parent and community involvement. The school’s mission is “to provide each student with a well-balanced and successful learning experience that promotes a lifelong enjoyment of learning, positive self-esteem, and an appreciation of respect and acceptance for all individuals.” Address: 8778 Morton Road, Niwot, CO 80503 Phone: 303-652-2828 Website: niwotes.svvsd.org Principal: Nancy Pitz Enrollment: 461 Daily schedule: 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 13.67; Free/reduced lunch, 7 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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Northridge Elementary Northridge Elementary, the 2018 recipient of the Colorado Succeeds Excellence in STEM Education Award, is a STEM focused school, offering biliteracy instruction and serving students grades PK-5. The Northridge mission is “to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all students using rigorous and high-quality instruction while embracing diversity and partnering with parents and the community.” Students and teachers engage in design thinking, Genius Hour, social-emotional learning, healthy living activities, and direct instruction to ensure growth and academic achievement. Students have 1:1 access to iPads, laptops, and/or Chromebooks to enhance learning. Address: 1200 19th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-3040 Website: northridgees.svvsd.org Principal: Lorynda Sampson Enrollment: 333 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 86.49; Free/reduced lunch, 83.85 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Prairie Ridge Elementary Prairie Ridge Elementary offers highly rigorous instruction, aligned with state standards and curriculum and has a focus on the 4 Cs of 21st-century learning: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Instruction is supported by large uninterrupted blocks of class time, whole group, small group and individualized instruction. Prairie Ridge plans learning to include reading and writing in every content, and believes this solidifies understanding and builds literate citizens. Prairie Ridge ensures all needs are met through differentiated learning. Teachers work collaboratively to focus their instruction based on the strengths and next steps of their learners. Address: 6632 St. Vrain Ranch Blvd., Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 720-494-3641 Website: pres.svvsd.org Principal: Jill Lliteras Enrollment: 473 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 27.27; Free/reduced lunch, 18.18 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

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Red Hawk Elementary

Sanborn Elementary

Red Hawk Elementary School is a Professional Learning Community, collaboratively focused on equipping all students to succeed through the purposeful development of academic excellence and innovation with a personal health emphasis. Red Hawk’s highly effective teaching teams and student support staff pair research-based instructional practices with a “whatever it takes” mentality in leading all students in learning. Students participate in Full STEAMM Ahead Fridays and engage in specialized learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, mat, and movement. Positive relationships, a rich academic environment focused on learning, and a strong PTO make Red Hawk an outstanding place to learn, grow, achieve, and succeed for all students!

Sanborn Elementary’s main focus is individual student growth. The staff is dedicated to meeting our vision of creating high-quality education opportunities for all students in a positive and equitable learning environment, by instilling a passion for lifelong learning, developing perseverance, empathy, and respect for all. Many Sanborn families live outside the school’s attendance area, yet choose to enroll into Sanborn because of the school’s approach to learning and student growth. Students at Sanborn are accustomed to using 21st-century skills, technology, and have access to an “Impact Learning Lab”. Sanborn also offers additional opportunities for students including Robotics, Student Council, 100 Mile Club, Drama Club, Community School Programs, Art Club, and an Academic All-Star program.

Address: 1500 Telleen Ave., Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-774-2700 Website: rhes.svvsd.org Principal: Tim Garcia Enrollment: 632 Daily schedule: 9:05 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 17.25; Free/reduced lunch, 5.79 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

Rocky Mountain Elementary Rocky Mountain Elementary, a STEM-focused school, prepares students to be successful in the 21st century. Rocky Mountain offers biliteracy programming, provides rigorous and engaging instruction, and delivers a wide range of learning opportunities. The staff at Rocky Mountain believes in fostering positive relationships with students and parents. Rocky Mountain offers a learning environment that continuously recognizes students for demonstrating positive behavior and encourages students to ‘Be Brave, Work Hard, and Have Fun!’ Address: 800 E. Fifth Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-6750 Website: rmes.svvsd.org Principal: James Garcia Enrollment: 397 Daily schedule: 8:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 92.95; Free/reduced lunch, 81.34 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

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Address: 2235 Vivian St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-3838 Website: sanbornes.svvsd.org Principal: Lori Peeples Enrollment: 403 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 42.18; Free/reduced, 48.06 Average student-teacher ratio: 24.5/1

PK-8 SCHOOLS Aspen Ridge Preparatory School Aspen Ridge Preparatory School is a small, bold, caring charter school within St. Vrain Valley Schools, serving over 500 students PK-8. As a tuition-free school of choice, Aspen Ridge focuses core values on the four trailways: technology, international experiences, natural environment, and personalized development. Students are empowered to grow socially and academically, be a partner in their goal setting,and are persistently nudged in the right direction. Core class sizes are small by design, ranging from 16-24 students in each section, with an intervention/extension time built into the school day for all K-5 students, and over 20 elective choices for middle school students. Address: 705 Austin Ave., Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 720-242-6225 Website: aspenridgeprepschool.org Principal: Charla Salmeron Enrollment: 402 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 23.63; Free/reduced, 5.97 Average student to teacher ratio: 25/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District PK-8 SCHOOLS Flagstaff Academy Flagstaff Academy, an award-winning preschool through eighth grade public charter school, is an academically rigorous school with a Core Knowledge foundation and a strong focus on science and technology. The school focuses on the individual learner, subject mastery grouping, progressive levels of difficulty, and ongoing assessment for advancement. The school offers inquirybased science, robotics, computer programming, integrated technology, a greenhouse classroom, and the leading Restorative Practices program in the region providing a strong focus on character development and ethical leadership. Spanish is offered as a foreign language starting in third grade and a robust arts program includes music, band, and art-integrating technology. Address: 2040 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-651-7900 Website: flagstaffacademy.org Principals: Wayne Granger (Executive Director), Gael Lester (Acting Principal K-2), Abby Bok (Acting Principal 3-5), Katie Gustafson (Principal 6-8) Enrollment: 912 Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 25.66; Free/reduced lunch, 10.94 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

Imagine Charter School Imagine Charter School at Firestone is a PK-8, academically rigorous, tuition-free school in St. Vrain Valley Schools. As a liberal arts school, Imagine believes in teaching students to become true 21st-century thinkers and innovators through communication, collaboration, global competency, and problem solving. Students experience a well-rounded Classical Core Knowledge curriculum that starts with mastering the building blocks of knowledge in the Grammar years (PreK-4) through discovery and hands-on learning. They progress to analytical thinking in the Logic years (5-8) through scientific inquiry, Socratic Seminars, and debate. Character Education and Leadership Development are taught through the Core Virtues and Habitudes programs. Address: 5753 Twilight Ave., Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 303-772-3711 Website: imaginefirestone.org Principal: Terri Long (Grades K-4); Jessica Cervantes (Grades 5-8) Enrollment: 600 Daily schedule: 8:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 24.33; Free/reduced lunch, 16.84 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1 48

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Soaring Heights Soaring Heights PK-8 provides strong learning opportunities through an engaging academic environment designed to focus on the whole child. The STEM focus, with an emphasis on neuroscience, prepares students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Students acquire the ability to think logically and critically, communicate effectively, give and receive feedback, and show empathy towards others. Soaring Heights PK-8 has naturally lit classrooms, two makerspaces, a large media center, science labs, four music rooms, two gyms, a track, and baseball field. Soaring Heights has developed extensive partnerships with Anschutz Medical Center, CU Denver’s STEM Outreach Program, and Nepris to connect students with experts in the field. Address: 3280 County Road 5, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-702-8020 Website: shpk8.svvsd.org Principal: Cyrus Weinberger Enrollment: 1,057 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 20.44; Free/reduced lunch, 8.10 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

St. Vrain Community Montessori School Established in 2009, St. Vrain Community Montessori School offers an authentic Montessori program in a tuition-free charter school for preschool through eighth grade. Students experience a child-centered, hands-on environment that educates the whole child in partnership with families. The school features Montessori-credentialed teachers, a meticulously prepared environment, threeyear, mixed-age classrooms, daily uninterrupted workcycles; and an atmosphere that encourages social interaction, peer teaching, and a deliberate, embedded peace curriculum to support emotional growth. Address: 1055 Delaware Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-682-4339 Website: svcmontessori.org Principal: Katie Torres Enrollment: 270 Daily schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30

p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 50.56; Free/ reduced lunch, 4.85 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District PK-8 / K-8 SCHOOLS

K-8 SCHOOLS

Timberline

Thunder Valley

As an integrated STEM-focus school, Timberline PK-8 is proud to offer students an innovative educational experience balanced by opportunities to participate in a variety of STEM courses, music programs, visual arts, and physical education classes. The PK-8 environment allows staff to build and maintain strong relationships with students and families over the course of nine years, in addition to providing smooth transitions from elementary to middle school. The structure of a PK-8 school enhances collaboration within and across grade levels as teachers are able to integrate curriculum, connecting learning across a wider range of disciplines and ages. Address: 233 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: 303-772-7900 Website: tpk8.svvsd.org Principal: Karrie Borski Enrollment: 967 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 87.80; Free/reduced, 81.14 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

Address: 600 Fifth St., Frederick, CO 80530 Phone: 303-833-2456 Website: tvk8.svvsd.org Principal: Catrina Estrada Enrollment: 873 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 57.96; Free/reduced, 52.58 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

Twin Peaks Charter Academy

K-8 SCHOOLS Carbon Valley Academy Since 2005, Carbon Valley Academy (CVA) has provided a Core Knowledge based curriculum in a tuitionfree charter school for students in grades K-8. Highly qualified, innovative teachers ensure that students’ personal academic achievement is a priority. A variety of specialized classes, such as Modern Band, Music and Art Studies, Technology, Physical Education, Mixed Media Art and Spanish, enrich the educational experience at every grade level. CVA focuses on the whole child through a well-rounded character development program. The administrative team supports the school through its focus on community, communication, culture, and consistency. Address: 4040 Coriolis Way, Frederick, CO 80504 Phone: 303-774-9555 Website: carbonvalleyacademy.org Principal: Janet Wyatt (Executive Director), Catherine Linhardt (Principal), Sara Asher (Dean of Community Relations).

Enrollment: 252 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 40.08; Free/reduced lunch, 21.08 Average student-teacher ratio: 25/1

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Thunder Valley K-8 has a leadership focus and ensures the highest academic achievement for all students through a variety of core and elective classes. Thunder Valley supports students in taking ownership of their learning and through teacher collaboration within and between grade levels. Students are exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) throughout their day. Students build their mentoring skills and learn how to be a positive role model by working across grade levels. Through rigorous and relevant instruction students are prepared for high school success.

Twin Peaks Charter Academy is a public school of choice in St. Vrain Valley Schools. Twin Peaks is governed by engaged and passionate parents, and is the longest operating charter school in the SVVSD as well as the only Classical school in the district. A Classical education is based on the timeless values of acquiring foundational skills and knowledge in a teacher-led classroom that systematically lay the foundation for advanced study. The heart of a Classical school is a comprehensive Latin mastery program. A Classical school explicitly teaches character and values through the study of great works of literature. Core Knowledge provides our elementary and middle school’s foundational curriculum that supports our ideals. Address: 340 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-772-7286 Website: twinpeakscharter.org Principals: Joseph Mehsling (Director), Amber Coniff (Principal, K-5) and David Yu (Principal, 6-12) Enrollment: 758 Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 45.78; Free/reduced, 36.15 Average student-teacher ratio: Elementary School: 24.5/1 Middle School 25.5/1 High School 25/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District MIDDLE SCHOOLS Altona

Erie

Altona Middle School provides an innovative and rigorous standards-based education for students while developing characteristics in each student to become future leaders. Based on the school structure, students are allowed to excel at their own pace and explore a variety of interests in the comprehensive elective program. Altona has received numerous honors as a high achieving school, including six Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards, nine John Irwin Awards of Excellence, the Colorado Middle School to Watch Award, and Best in the Nation for the Verizon App Challenge. Altona is recognized by Colorado School Grades as an A+ school. Address: 4600 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-494-3980 Website: ams.svvsd.org Principal: Jeremy LaCrosse Enrollment: 826 Daily schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 29.30; Free/reduced, 15.25 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

Coal Ridge Coal Ridge Middle School offers rigorous curriculum in all subjects including advanced-level classes in math and language arts. Coal Ridge’s goal is to provide all students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of curriculum while stretching their learning to include realworld problem solving, and creative and entrepreneurial thinking. In addition to core area content, students choose from a wide variety of electives including art, physical education, technology, band, choir, orchestra, Spanish, and guitar. Coal Ridge strives to involve 100 percent of students in one or more after-school programs which include sports, music programming, and academic clubs.

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Address: 6201 Booth Drive, Firestone, CO 80504 Phone: 303-833-4176 Website: crms.svvsd.org Principal: Liza Nybo Enrollment: 807 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 32.47; Free/reduced lunch, 25.77 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1 ID GE M DLE SC RID

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Erie Middle School is a Pre-Advanced Placement focus school implementing rigorous instruction to prepare all students for the demands of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and college-level coursework. Rigorous instruction includes the integration of innovation and design thinking within classrooms including solid instructional strategies such as project-based and blended learning. Teachers provide leadership opportunities and connections within the community that are essential to foster citizenship. Students’ individual needs are met through additional extensions and interventions, including a focus for gifted and talented students. Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse offering of over 30 co-curricular activities, athletics, and student-led clubs. Address: 650 Main St., Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-828-3391 Website: ems.svvsd.org Principal: Kim Watry Enrollment: 801 Daily schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 15.61; Free/reduced lunch, 6.37 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

Longs Peak Longs Peak Middle School is a fifth through eighth grade, Pre-Advanced Placement school that engages students in College Board’s rigorous SpringBoard curriculum and focuses on the development of the whole child. Longs Peak is recognized as a College Board National Demonstration School, a Colorado Department of Education Center of Excellence Award Winner, and 20172020 National School to Watch. Longs Peak offers 16 elective choices and over 22 co-curricular activities and clubs in music, art, STEM, robotics, and computer science. Students are engaged in innovation and design thinking that prepares them for 21st-century careers. Students are ‘College Ready, Career Ready, and RAM READY.’ Address: 1500 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-5611 Website: lpms.svvsd.org Principal: Sandy Heiser Enrollment: 460 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 71.09; Free/reduced lunch, 73.70 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District

Trail Ridge Middle

Mead Middle

Mead Middle School has been recognized as a Colorado Middle School to Watch, a Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award winner, and a John Irwin School of Excellence award winner. Mead Middle is an academically rigorous, standards-based school with an EXCEL (ExtraCurricular Engagement and Learning) focus. The EXCEL program extends student learning and their sense of belonging which improves academic focus. Mead Middle’s goal is to have all students involved in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities. Mead Middle offers a variety of electives and co-curriculars such as STEM, CSI, robotics, NJHS, and art. Students engage in the school’s music program with classes in choir, band, and orchestra. Address: 620 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542 Phone: 970-535-4446 Website: mms.svvsd.org Principal: Joshua Barnett Enrollment: 495 Daily schedule: 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 20.61; Free/reduced lunch, 16.77 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

STEM integration into public education is rooted in the demands of the future workforce and the increasing importance of creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills. At Trail Ridge Middle School, our teachers gain the freedom and professional development necessary to integrate the STEM disciplines and the design-thinking model in a way that affords students access to real-world, authentic learning.This approach prepares students to solve social issues and become global citizens, preparing them to tackle the jobs and issues that await them upon college graduation. Address: 1000 Button Rock Drive, Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: 720-494-3820 Website: trms.svvsd.org Principal: Eddie Cloke Enrollment: 711 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 60.48; Free/reduced lunch, 47.68 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

Westview Middle Sunset Middle

Sunset Middle is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Middle School and is committed to high-quality, challenging, international education using global contexts. Sunset meets students needs through a differentiated approach to identify learning opportunities and individual pathways. All students are enrolled in the rigorous IB Middle Years Programme classes: Individuals and Society, Language and Literature, Science, Math, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical and Health Education, World Languages, and Design. Students join together as a community through the 10 common Learning Profile Traits shared by IB Middle Schools around the world: Balanced, Reflective, Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Caring, Communicators, Risk Takers, Thinkers, and Principled. Address: 1300 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-3963 Website: sms.svvsd.org Principal: Anthony Barela Enrollment: 482 Daily schedule: 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 50.41; Free/reduced lunch, 41.08 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

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Westview Middle is a STEM-focus school dedicated to teaching the whole child. Known for high achievement, Westview has been recognized as a “School to Watch” in 2015 and as an Apple Distinguished School in 2016. Consistently designated as Performance by the Colorado Department of Education, the school has been awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award multiple times. The Westview Robotics program is widely known as the top program in the state having won the state tournament multiple times, with numerous teams qualifying for nationals and worlds. Students have the same core teachers throughout all three years – known as Student Teacher Progression. In addition to rigorous core instruction, students take a wide range of elective classes and participate in a selection of intramural sports, music, art, and gifted and talented programs. Address: 1651 Airport Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 303-772-3134 Website: wms.svvsd.org Principal: Mark Spencer Enrollment: 740 Daily schedule: 8:20 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 25.54; Free/reduced lunch, 22.43 Average student-teacher ratio: 25.5/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District MIDDLE-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Lyons Middle Senior High

Lyons Middle Senior High School is part of a strong PK12 feeder system focused on community connections, a tradition of academic excellence, and student engagement. Students engage in innovative, inquirybased learning and leadership activities as well as academically rigorous coursework to prepare them for both college and career. Science and Leadership, a partnership program with Lyons Elementary, fosters leadership skills in high school students who facilitate science and leadership activities with younger students. The CSU Online program offers 15 guaranteed transfer courses through concurrent enrollment. Over 88 percent of students participate in co-curricular activities or athletics. Lyons boasts several state and individual athletic championships over the past several years. Address: 100 McConnell Drive, Lyons, CO 80540 Phone: 303-823-6631 Website: lmshs.svvsd.org Principal: Andrea Smith Enrollment: 398 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 13.82; Free/reduced lunch, 11.06 Average student-teacher ratio: Middle School 25.5/1 High School 28/1

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Erie High Erie High School provides a comprehensive selection of rigorous and enriching core subjects, electives, athletics, visual and performing arts, and leadership programs. Students regularly receive state and national recognition, including Boettcher Scholarship recipients and National Merit Scholarship finalists. Erie High School offers three specialty focus programs: College Board’s Advanced Placement Capstone program, the Academy of Engineering and Aerospace, and an awardwinning student broadcasting program – The Erie Tiger Network. Students may also pursue college credit courses through individual AP classes, CU Succeed, and Front Range Community College. Erie’s accomplished athletic programs compete yearly for regional and state championships. Address: 3180 County Road 5, Erie, CO 80516 Phone: 303-828-4213 Website: ehs.svvsd.org Principal: Matt Buchler Enrollment: 1,349 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 19.57; Free/reduced lunch, 7.34 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

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Frederick advances 21st-century learning through technology and student focused instruction with the support of dedicated teachers and staff. Students can earn 58 college credits through CU Succeed, concurrent enrollment, and Advanced Placement classes. Home to the Biomedical Sciences Academy, which partners with Colorado State University, FHS also houses the district’s second PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program in which students earn an associate degree through AIMS Community College at not cost to the student. FHS offers 17 competitive varsity sports programs and 27 after-school activities. Students also participate in state and nationally recognized art, music, and performing arts programs. Address: 5690 Tipple Parkway, Frederick, CO 80504 Phone: 303-833-3533 Website: fhs.svvsd.org Principal: Brian Young Enrollment: 1,076 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 34.94; Free/reduced lunch, 23.23 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1 SCHOOL CHOICE


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Finding Creativity, Activity and Positivity at the End of the School Day BY DARREN THORNBERRY FOR RAISED IN THE ROCKIES

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here’s so much to do outside of class in northern Colorado! While it might be easy to slip into a TV-after-school habit, these three local organizations have activities that kids love and are far better for the body, soul and mind. Parents, check it out! ABC KIDS CLIMBING ABC Kids Climbing is a one-of-a-kind facility created just for kids. With an ever-evolving curriculum, and exciting climbing games, they will keep young climbers engaged. Its programs are designed to grow with the kids as they increase in age and ability, and there are always new challenges. Our after school program is unparallelled! With classes for ages 4 to 19, we cater to all abilities. The introductory classes (Monkey 1 ages 4 to 6, Super Monkey 1 ages 6 to 12) are a great way for kids to learn the fundamentals of climbing in a fun class environment. Its 10- to 12-week programs build each week to give climbers a comprehensive set of skills to begin their climbing career. After climbers have developed a good base for their climbing, Team ABC is the perfect

place for advanced climbing to hone their skills, says Manager Kara Caputo. ABC Kids Climbing, 1960 32nd St., Boulder; 303.443.5437; abckidsboulder.com. BVSD LIFELONG LEARNING BVSD Lifelong Learning supports student’s academic success by developing their love of learning. After the school bell rings, kids can switch gears from core curriculum to their choice of creative, active and/ or brain building options. Offerings like chess, cooking and Little Medical School provide opportunities not offered during the school day and could build into future passions. Igniting a spark outside of the classroom can improve children’s attitude toward school and boost their self-confidence. During the fall and spring, classes are offered at 24 schools after the bell. Summer camps run late May through early August with one-week, half-day options at five BVSD locations. All classes and camps are open to BVSD and nonBVSD kids. Lifelong Learning reinvests 100 percent of its profits back into BVSD. YMCA OF NORTHERN COLORADO YMCA of Northern Colorado AfterSchool Programs offer care, play-time and homework help for students in 14 BVSD schools, the Longmont Y as well as schools in Larimer and Weld counties. The

(Photo courtesy: BVSD Lifelong Learning).

YMCA’s focus is on providing kids with fun, activity and enrichment while their parents work. Kiddos learn about the Y’s core values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – and have opportunities for art projects, STEM experiments, games, sports and free-time. Children benefit from Y After-School Programs by enjoying continued socialization and active time as well as mentorship and community. Basically, the kids make friends outside their classroom, enjoy support from staff and get their wiggles out after a long day of learning.

Sports, extra-curricular activities require proper shoes, clothing BY SHELLEY WIDHALM FOR RAISED IN THE ROCKIES

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ow that the school supplies are purchased, parents have a second list of clothing, gear and shoes for their children’s sports and after-school activities. Students involved in dance, pom squads, theater, choir and color guard need the right attire to practice and perform, so they may head to a place like Boulder Body Wear. Or if they need running or other athletic shoes, they may opt for Brown’s Shoe Fit. Boulder Body Wear sells dancewear and dance shoes and accessories, plus yoga apparel and active wear, for beginners to professionals. Students stopping in the store may participate in activities through their school, such as theater, pom, choir and color guard, or outside of school in Fall 2019

theatrical workshops, theater groups, actor academies and private dance studios. For tap, ballet and other forms of dancing, the students will require special shoes designed for their specific type of dance activity, such as pointe for ballet, tap shoes and dance sneakers, said Amy Kenney, owner of Boulder Body Wear. “Like any other sport, you need to have the correct equipment,” Kenney said. Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to injury or inhibit doing the proper movements, limiting range of motion or not allowing feet to glide on the floor, Kenney said. The same goes with the right clothing that allows for better motion and the instructors’ view of the body line, particularly for things like dance and yoga. Students involved in track and cross country, or who simply like to run, can head to Brown’s Shoe Fit in Longmont to

find the right running or athletic shoe. “We can help by measuring the children’s feet and sizing them and fitting them in the best possible size and the best fitting shoes,” said Jason Wetzel, managing partner of Brown’s Shoe Fit in Longmont. Running shoes can be geared more toward running on roads or for trail running, which will have more aggressive outsoles, deeper ridge patterns and tighter woven uppers. The shoes also can be waterproof and have a rock plate to protect from rocks and uneven terrain. “A better running shoe is going to have a better degree of cushioning to it,” Wetzel said. The shoes need to be the right width and not too tight or loose and may need to include other qualities, Wetzel said. “Getting the right size and proper fit, that’s the most important thing,” Wetzel said. RAISED IN THE ROCKIES 53


St. Vrain Valley School District HIGH SCHOOLS Longmont High

Niwot High

Longmont High School prides itself as an Advanced Placement and honors-focus school. Our comprehensive offerings include 26 AP courses. We offer one of the state’s largest CU Succeed Gold programs and the AP Capstone Diploma program. Unique to Longmont High is the innovative Medical and BioScience Academy (MBSA) and High School of Business (HSB Program). These pathways culminate in a senior-year capstone/internship alongside outstanding community partners. Additionally, Longmont High School has a rich tradition of excellence in athletics and visual/performing arts. Our teams consistently compete for league and state championships, including our 2018 State Basketball Champions and ninetime State Drumline Champions.

Niwot High School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for juniors and seniors. Students also have access to a variety of Advanced Placement, world languages, computer science, and performing and visual arts courses to complement core offerings. U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post have consistently ranked NHS as one of the top high schools in Colorado. In the last six years, Niwot athletics have won seven team state championships and 47 individual state championships. NHS also offers nearly 40 co-curricular activities and clubs in which students can be involved.

Address: 1040 Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 303-776-6014 Website: lhs.svvsd.org Principal: Rick Olsen Enrollment: 1,307 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 42.39; Free/reduced lunch, 34.81 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

Address: 8989 E. Niwot Road, Niwot, CO 80503 Phone: 303-652-2550 Website: nhs.svvsd.org Principal: Eric Rauschkolb Enrollment: 1,178 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 41.09; Free/reduced lunch, 22.58 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

Mead High

Olde Columbine High

Mead High School partners with energy industry businesses across the state of Colorado and the western region in support of the Mead Energy Academy. Students choose from a variety of Advanced Placement and honors courses across multiple disciplines to attain the AP Capstone Diploma or certificate. Mead High was recognized as a 2019 Unified Champion National Banner School for being a beacon of change for inclusion. The faculty at Mead is highly engaged in the goals of every student and works closely with families to ensure the success of all students. Mead has built a strong presence across the state of Colorado in athletics, newspaper, and the performing arts.

For over 20 years, Olde Columbine High School has been an excellent alternative high school within St. Vrain Valley Schools. A social-emotional skill-based curriculum serves as the foundation of Olde Columbine’s culture. Through intentional scheduling, e-credit offerings, and workstudy, students can earn credits at an accelerated pace and get back on track to graduate on time while having access to numerous career and technical offerings at either the Career Development Center or the Innovation Center. Enrollment is open on a quarterly basis. Interested students must complete an application by the deadline and participate in orientation prior to enrollment.

Address: 12750 County Road 7, Longmont, CO 80504 Phone 720-494-3940 Website: mhs.svvsd.org Principal: Rachael Ayers Enrollment: 1,124 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 27.14; Free/reduced lunch, 17.44 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

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Address: 1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-494-3961 Website: ochs.svvsd.org Principal: Deniece Cook Enrollment: 113 Daily schedule: 7:55 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 60.18; Free/ reduced lunch, 42.48 Average student-teacher ratio: 15/1

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St. Vrain Valley School District HIGH SCHOOLS Silver Creek High

St. Vrain Online Global Academy

Silver Creek High School has been recognized as a top public school by U.S. News & World Report, Boulder Weekly, and Newsweek. SCHS is home to the Silver Creek Leadership Academy (SCLA), a four-year program emphasizing leadership through service and realworld learning opportunities. SCHS offers 22 Advanced Placement courses, and classes in computer science, business, performing arts, and visual arts. With the AP Capstone Program, students are eligible to earn AP Diplomas. SCHS athletic teams are routinely ranked within the state’s top ten, have won state championships, and have consistently garnered academic all-state team awards. The performing arts are flourishing at SCHS, with comprehensive offerings available for beginners to advanced musicians.

St. Vrain Online Global Academy offers a traditional St. Vrain high school diploma in a unique setting. The school offers a rigorous, complete high school curriculum, in a small, personalized environment. All core classes are available in honors or regular and 15 Advanced Placement classes are offered. All curriculum are approved by the NCAA and all Advanced Placement courses are approved by the College Board. Students achieve academic success using high-quality instruction on-site, and curriculum provided by FLVS Global powered by Florida Virtual School, along with onsite staff who provide blended learning opportunities and one-on-one support.

Address: 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80503 Phone: 720-494-3721 Website: schs.svvsd.org Principal: Erick Finnestead Enrollment: 1,414 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 24.12; Free/reduced lunch, 13.72 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

Skyline High Skyline High School STEM Academy offers a wide-variety of topics including robotics, biomechanics, renewable energy, engineering, and computer science. Students can earn acceptance to CU’s College of Engineering in addition to a STEM Certificate. The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) offers classes in visual arts, music, drama, dance, and students receive a VPA Certificate upon completion of a Capstone. In collaboration with IBM and Front Range Community College, Falcon Tech is a Pathways in Technology Early College Program or “PTECH” program. Students graduate with a St. Vrain diploma, and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Front Range Community College at not cost to the student. Skyline focuses on relevant, technology-based, career-oriented curriculum that prepares students for the competitive global economy. Address: 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-494-3741 Website: shs.svvsd.org Principal: Heidi Ringer Enrollment: 1,472 Daily schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Student profile in percentages: Minority, 63.52; Free/reduced lunch, 44.97 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1 Fall 2019

Address: 1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: 720-494-3975 Website: svoga.svvsd.org Principal: Stacey Struessel Enrollment: 108 Daily schedule: N/A Student profile in percentages: Minority, 25.93; Free and reduced lunch, 12.04 Average student-teacher ratio: 28/1

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