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High Peaks Elementary School at Aurora 7

3995 Aurora Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 720.561.6500
Fax: 720.561.6501
Attendance: 720.561.6502
Website: bvsd.org/schools/hp

Daily Schedule:  8:05-2:40
(early release on Wednesday 2:15)
Enrollment (FTE):  280.5
Funded Headcount:  314
Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.5/1
Principal:  Lora de la Cruz

High Peaks Elementary School



 About Our School

Points of Pride
  • Focus school for Core Knowledge curriculum. The Core curriculum is spiraling and sequenced, and is rich in literature, science, history and social studies.
  • Children are supported in reaching their full potential. Teachers know the children in depth, set high expectations, and use assessments to guide instruction.
  • High Peaks has a reputation for academic excellence.  Our consistent high test scores and growth reflect the quality and depth of our curriculum and instruction.  
  • Families are actively involved in many ways.  A parent/teacher group helps with classroom support, site-based decisions, and extra-curricular activities.
School Improvement Goals:

Climate Goal
In 2012-13, we set a goal to cultivate a positive school climate, to enhance adult to student relationships, as well as to build community among students. We met each of our climate goals as evidenced in our BVSD 2013 student snapshot climate survey.

Achievement Goal
In 2012-2013 High Peaks will increase our 3rd -5th grade growth scores in writing, utilize common language K-5 in writing, and integrate learning goals into each content area, specifically writing.

School Profile
High Peaks Elementary School is a focus school with an enrollment of approximately 300 students in grades PK-5. The school opened in 1995 with a Core Knowledge focus. High Peaks is a National Blue Ribbon School, recognized for excellence,  high levels of student performance and significant improvements in student academic achievement. All students at High Peaks are expected to meet state and district content standards, grade-level benchmarks, and essential learning results, with essential elements of the Core Knowledge sequence integrated into the curriculum. Instruction is differentiated to accommodate diverse student needs through a variety of learning options and classroom environments. High Peaks implements the BVSD adopted Math Expressions program and FOSS Science curriculum, Physical Education, Music, Art, in addition to our other curricular offerings.

Students are identified for Talented & Gifted enrichment/extension using state-approved assessments. A district preschool is also offered on-site. We offer a Kindergarten Enrichment program for extended day Kindergarten.  We also offer an English Language Development program for students who are English Language Learners. High Peaks’ staff and parents are committed to narrowing the gap among students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as those with specific and special learning needs. Our staff and parents also are committed to partnering in our ongoing efforts to sustain excellence in all subject areas.


 School Mission and Vision

The High Peaks Mission Statement is as follows:

“High Peaks integrates essential skills and substantive content with the framework of the Core Knowledge Sequence to foster academic excellence and high achievement. Through challenge and accomplishment - and in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration among all member of the High Peaks community – students build self-esteem and a lasting love of learning.”

High Peaks is a “Friends of Core Knowledge” school. Teachers provide instruction in the Core Knowledge content, along with the Boulder Valley curriculum. The rich CK sequence complements the Boulder Valley curriculum with specific topics in science, literature, history and geography that spiral through the grades so that concepts are reinforced and reviewed. Teachers focus on “big ideas” in units, using the Understanding by Design model of lesson planning.

High Peaks has an active parent teacher organization, known as the ED Team. This team plans fundraising and a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities, such as spelling bee, geography bee, Lego league, math Olympiad, and many others. The fundraising efforts provide support for staff development and provide supplementary classroom materials such as leveled reading books, student learning resources, art supplies, and other supplementary materials. The school’s School Accountability Committee provides stakeholder input into the school goals for continuous improvement. The district provides annual general operating funds for staffing, materials adoption, school discretionary funds, and programming. The district also provides funds for operations, maintenance, and facility needs.

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