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A look at Steamboat’s schools

The Steamboat Springs School District offers curriculum and academic programs designed to give students the skills they need to compete in college or the workplace. Its mission is to make sure that all students are learning in a safe environment, are prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world, and can apply essential academic skills and knowledge in various content areas. Info: http://www.sssd.k12.co.us

By the Numbers

2,640 2018/19 enrollment (grades K-12)

16,000 Steamboat School District population 

25 Percentage of district households with children 

350-370 Number of employees

224 Number of teachers

$11,000 Average spending per student in 2018-19

$3 million Money raised per year from half-cent sales tax overseen by Education Fund Board 

22 High school Athletics/Activities programs

Middle school Athletics/Activities programs

30 High school co-curricular/academic opportunities

School awards

The Steamboat Springs School District has received numerous state recognitions for outstanding student academic achievement and growth. “The 2018-19 scores and awards continue to acknowledge the excellence in teaching and learning that takes place in the district,” says Director of Teaching and Learning Jay Hamric.

Accredited with Distinction: The 2018-19 school year marked the tenth consecutive year the district has been recognized as a District of Distinction, receiving the honor every year the designation has been in effect. The distinction measures key performance indicators reflecting student academic success: academic achievement, academic growth, reducing academic growth gaps, and postsecondary and workforce readiness. The preliminary district’s score of 78 placed it ninth out of 178 districts in the state. Years received: Steamboat Springs School District: 2010-2019.

Private School Options

Emerald Mountain School

The Emerald Mountain School( K-8, private), located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, offers a creative environment that includes multi-age and socio-economically diverse classrooms, low student-teacher ratios, and active parent participation. The school inspires confidence and a passion for learning through a curriculum that stresses academics, personal accountability, experiential and outdoor education, and responsible local and global citizenship. Info: http://www.emeraldmountainschool.org

Steamboat Mountain School

The Steamboat Mountain School (9-12, private) is a co-ed boarding school, known for its college-preparatory classes. The curriculum challenges students to think critically and creatively while preparing them for success in college and in life. The Global Immersion Studies program gives students the opportunity to become a citizens of the world while interacting with local communities, while its Sustainable Agriculture Program connects students with their environment and food system by building and maintaining a greenhouse for composting and growing. Info: http://www.lws.edu

Other Public School Options

Yampa Valley High School

The Yampa Valley High School offers an alternative learning environment where students can meet their personal and educational goals. The school provides a healthy, respectful and supportive learning environment promoting cooperation and personal interaction to facilitate individual growth and academic achievement. Critical thinking, collaboration and self-direction are the foundations of its academic system and provide its students with the skills and abilities that will promote a successful and happy life. Info: http://www.sssd.k12.co.us

North Routt Community Charter School

Serving as a central educational hub for the North Routt community, NRCCS is a six-classroom, K-8, expeditionary learning school thatchallenges students toexplore beyond four walls throughexpeditions and outdoor discovery. The school’s state-of-the-art, LEED-certified facility accommodates up to 100 students, maintaining an academic culture that enriches students through place-based educational programming. It strives to ensure all students are life-long learners and exemplify the habits of scholarship.INFO: northroutt.com

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School 

The mission of theMountain Village Montessori Charter School, housed in the same building as the former Steamboat Christian School, is to inspire children to learn and grow as responsible global citizens in a collaborative, peaceful, and safe environment through the proven methods of Montessori education. A tuition-free public charter school,MVMCS aims to develop responsible, self-directed and resilient children who become life-long learners and creative problem solvers. Info: http://www.mvmcs.org

School rankings above average

Settle in Steamboat Springs and your children will be getting one of the best educations in the state. 

According to the Colorado Department of Education, results from the 2019 State Assessments show that students here score at high levels of proficiency significantly above state averages. 

“We’re focused on motivating and preparing our students to be productive global citizens with the potential to change the world,” says Superintendent Brad Meeks. “Our students’ achievements demonstrate our commitment to sustaining excellent educational programs.”

Students in grades three through eight participated in the CMAS testing (Colorado Measures of Academic Success). On average, 71 percent of elementary and middle school students meet or exceed proficiency levels in English Language Arts (ELA) and 59 percent in math — rates that are 25 percentage points above state averages. 

Steamboat Springs School District students are also exceeding state growth scores. In English Language Arts, students scored 8 percentage points higher than the state Median Growth Percentile (MGP) and 10 percentage points higher in math. Achievements by the exceptional student populations — English language learners, gifted and talented students, special education students, and students who qualify for free or reduced lunches — exceed state averages on every measure and in all subject areas. 

Local high school students also performed well on the 2019 PSAT and SAT tests. On the PSAT, students tallied an average mean score of 1016, with 82 percent meeting or exceeding proficiency levels in reading and writing and 70 percent doing so in math. These scores range from 14 to 25 percentage points above the state average and 17 to 28 above the national average. On the SAT, SSHS students scored a mean score of 1089, with 80 percent of students meeting or exceeding proficiency levels in reading and writing  and 54 percent doing so in math. 

In addition, 80 percent of students who took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam achieved a score of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5), making them eligible to receive college credits. “We’re proud to be a district that other districts look to for best practices in educating students with traditional and exceptional needs,” Meeks says. “The key to our success is, and always has been, our supportive and generous community.”

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