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How Many Different Schools in Glenwood Springs

Posted on September 26, 2018 by shawn_manwaring

If you are searching for real estate in the Roaring Fork area than more than likely during your search you have researched this topic.  How many different schools in Glenwood Springs?   When selecting a property to purchase there are many factors to consider.  It turns out that school district is one of the most influential aspects of real estate purchases.

Roaring Fork School District RE-1 (RFSD) is located in the Roaring Fork Valley amidst the majestic Elk Mountain Range, the waters of the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado rivers, and commanding presence of Mount Sopris. The district is comprised of 12 schools serving the communities of Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Carbondale within the counties of Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin in the state of Colorado with four elementary schools, three middle schools, four high schools and one charter school located in Carbondale.


Sopris Elementary – With a warm and welcoming atmosphere filled with dedicated teachers and a rich tapestry of culture in our community, Sopris Elementary is a wonderful place to teach and learn.  Sopris Elementary is committed to academic excellence. Together with our families and the community the faculty and students at SES work toward clearly focused educational, personal and social goals. Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in our school. When parent’s attend school functions they demonstrate to their children that they value school and education. Attending such events such as Open House, Math Nights, parent/teacher conferences, Literacy Night are critical.   Serving on such committees such as Accountability and coming to PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meetings are all important ways that parents learn about what’s going on at school.  Volunteering sets an important example for children about shared responsibility. There are innumerable opportunities to volunteer. Some of these are in the classroom, participating in PTA activities, chaperoning field trips, serving as a room parent, serving on a committee, helping out with the vision and hearing screenings or helping out at the greenhouse. Parents learn about these opportunities through classroom newsletters, the school newsletter, and through PTA flyers and notices or simply by calling their teacher or school office and inquiring.


St. Stephens Catholic School – St. Stephen’s Catholic School was founded August 27, 1981. The school began with the help of two sisters of the order of St.Joseph. Father Joseph Leberer was pastor at the time. He and a group of committed parents were devoted to giving children a Christ centered education. Some of these founding parents have grandchil­dren in our school today.


Columbine Christian School – Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons–the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit–make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father’s will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.

When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.

Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything–the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us–is a part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.


Two Rivers Community School – After years of hard work and perseverance, the Two Rivers Community School will welcome students through its doors fall 2014! Two Rivers Community School (TRCS) is a free public charter school that received authorization from the Colorado Charter School Institute. The school is founded by a group of community members, parents, and teachers who recognize the need for an innovative school of choice in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. TRCS offers K-8 education in a small school environment that provides students with the skills needed to enter secondary school poised for post secondary education, workplace readiness, success, and a love of learning.

This school is based on the nationally-recognized Place-based Learning curriculum combined with Project-based Learning. The combination of these two learning designs is called Place-based Projects or (PBP). In addition, TRCS emphasizes goals specific to engaging family involvement, multicultural understanding, the power of diversity, and a strong Spanish language/literacy program. Students enrolled at TRCS will be representative of the diversity of the local community.


Yampa Mountain School – Yampah was formed in 1989 in  response to the growing need to provide a non-traditional educational environment for the increasing number of students who were not being successful at their home school. In 1994, a Teen Parent Program was added to address the needs of students not attending school because of parenting responsibilities.

Originally located in two local churches of Glenwood Springs, in the winter of 2000, the school moved under one roof in a purpose-built facility. In 2001, after an extensive self-study process, the school was designated a Glasser Quality School, by the well renowned psychiatrist and educational theorist, Dr. William Glasser.

The school is fully accredited, and participates in an annual state accreditation review. In 2003, the Teen Parent Program nursery was nationally recognized for their high quality becoming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In both 2006 and 2007, the nurseries were again recognized earning the highest rating available, 4-stars, by Qualistar the state’s rating system for early childhood programs.

All YMHS programs are funded through PPOR of our member school districts through a pay per service model. Additional funding for programs is provided by our local Departments of Human Services and a variety of local & state nonprofit organizations.


Roaring Fork School District (Glenwood Springs Elementary, Middle & High Schools) – Following a year-long process of community visioning and planning meetings during the 2013-2014 school year, Roaring Fork Schools adopted a new mission statement and strategic plan. At community behest, the district increased its commitment to ensure all students have the knowledge, skill and character to thrive in a changing world; that schools be more welcome and engaging for students, teachers, and parents, that students have a broader range of supports for their academic and social-emotional learning, and that students engage in more real-world learning than can be measured by traditional tests. Over the past year, a lot of work has been accomplished in all five strategic pillars –- academic excellence, character development, talent development, community partnership, and strategic use of resources – of the plan.

Academically, teams of teachers and administrators have been working hard to articulate the necessary knowledge and skills to best prepare students for future learning, and best engage their minds as lifelong learners and citizens. Not wishing simply to defer to state tests to define the most important learning for our students, teams of math, English, science, and social studies teachers have articulated the common outcomes we wish all students to master regardless which school in the district they attend. The district adopted new graduation requirements affecting the class of 2018, increasing an emphasis on college readiness and providing more flexibility to meet the needs of each student. The class of 2018 will also be expected to complete capstone projects, which engage their interests and passions, challenge them to find and solve problems outside of the prescribed curriculum, and bridge learning between the school and the outside world.

Character development is already apparent to parents who received, for the first time this year, feedback on their children’s progress within five Habits of a Scholar, in addition to traditional grades on report cards. In the fall, all students will start the year as members of a crew – a team comprising 15-20 students with a teacher as their crew leader, to build positive school culture, provide at least one place where all students belong, develop character, and provide more counseling and academic advisement.

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