Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat’s schools

Steamboat Springs students, shown from left to right; Bella Eckburg, Amanda Walker, Daisy Thundstrum and Olicia Hobson belt out a tune in the Steamboat Springs High School's presentation of Legally Blonde.

Steamboat Springs students, shown from left to right; Bella Eckburg, Amanda Walker, Daisy Thundstrum and Olicia Hobson belt out a tune in the Steamboat Springs High School’s presentation of Legally Blonde.

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:

By the Numbers

 2,528 2016/17 enrollment (grades K-12)

15,700 Steamboat School District population

20 Percentage of district households with children

313 Number of employees

183 Number of teachers

$9,857 Average spending per student in 2016-17

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

22/92 High school programs/coaches in Athletics/Activities

 8/21 Middle school programs/coaches in Athletics/Activities

30 High school co-curricular/academic opportunities

Schools awards

The Steamboat Springs School District has received numerous state recognitions for outstanding student academic achievement and growth. “The 2015-16 scores and awards continue to acknowledge the excellence in teaching and learning that takes place in the district,” says Director of Teaching and Learning Marty Lamansky. Adds superintendent Dr. Brad Meeks: “This dedication along with motivated students, supportive parents and community commitment enables our district to be one of the finest school districts in the state. These accomplishments are an outstanding testament to our commitment to excellence.”

Accredited with Distinction: The 2015-16 school year marked the seventh consecutive year the district has been recognized as a District of Distinction, receiving the honor every year the designation has been in effect (it is one of only six districts in the state to achieve this track record).   The distinction measures key performance indicators reflecting student academic success: academic achievement, academic growth, reducing academic growth gaps, and postsecondary and workforce readiness. The district’s score of 82.6 placed it seventh out of 178 districts in the state. Years received: Steamboat Springs School District: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: In 2015-16, Strawberry Park Elementary, Soda Creek Elementary and North Routt Community Charter School also earned the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, given to schools demonstrating exceptional student growth in reading, math, writing and English language over time and exceeding expectations on the Academic Growth indicator over three years. Years received: North Routt Community Charter School: 2011, 2012, 2016; Soda Creek Elementary: 2016; Strawberry Park Elementary : 2014, 2016; Steamboat Springs Middle School: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

John Irwin Award: The Steamboat Springs Middle School, Soda Creek Elementary, and Strawberry Park Elementary School earned the 2015-16 John Irwin awards, given to schools demonstrating excellent academic achievement. Over the past three years, the schools “exceeded” expectations on the academic achievement indicator, with results monitoring reading, math, writing and science. Years received: Soda Creek Elementary: 2016; Strawberry Park Elementary: 2013, 2014, 2016; Steamboat Springs Middle School: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016; Steamboat Springs High School : 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) Excellence Award: Marking the second time the district has received it, this award is given to the top 10 districts and charter schools in the state achieving the highest English language and academic growth among English Language Learners. “This award is acknowledgement that all of our work put in toward improving our English Language Learner Program is paying off,” says Lamansky. Years received: Steamboat Springs School District: 2014-15, 2016-17.

Other Recognitions:

Colorado School Steamboat Springs Middle School: Top 10 in state of Colorado 2013.

US News and World Report: Steamboat Springs High School       Top 30 in Colorado 2012, 2013, 2015.

College Board AP District Honor Roll: Steamboat Springs School District: 2014, 2015.

Fast Facts

For the seventh year in a row, SSSD has earned the “accredited with distinction” award from the Colorado Department of Education.

Rated the No. 2 public school district in the state, Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 operates two elementary schools (grades K-5), one middle school (grades 6-8), one charter school (grades K-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and one alternative high school (grades 9-12).

Student to teacher ratio goal: 1:20 (elementary) and 1:25 (secondary).

High school students have the option to enroll concurrently at CMC.

In November 2016, district voters passed a mill levy to fully fund the district’s Full Day Kindergarten Program

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:

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 citizen of the world. “While traveling, the students interact with the people in local communities and learn about the region’s history and the culture,” says Director of Admissions Marta Miskolczy. “And through our Sustainable Agriculture Program, students connect with their environment through our food system by building and maintaining a greenhouse for composting and growing.” Info:

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:

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 that challenges students to explore beyond four walls through expeditions 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:

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

The mission of the Mountain 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:

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