Steamboat Springs high school was recently ranked #27 out of 272 high schools in Colorado!
Steamboat Springs School District is well on its way to setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally. Our school district is the third highest performing school district in the state and, along with our schools, we have earned a distinguished list of honors. In 2018-19, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools were awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for demonstrating exceptional student growth. Soda Creek and Steamboat Springs Middle School were both awarded the John Irwin Award for demonstrating exceptional academic achievement over time. in 2017-18, our district was a member of the High Flyers Network and we earned other honors such as Accredited with Distinction designation, AP® District Honor Roll, and English Language Proficiency Act Excellence Award. One of our challenges is how to sustain overall educational program excellence in the long term.
The Challenge: Growing Enrollment
Our community is growing, as is the number of students in our schools.
- Enrollment in Steamboat Springs School District has increased nearly 21% over the past 10 years.
- Steamboat Springs High School is nearing 95% of its building capacity, while the middle school (even with the addition of four new classrooms) is at 96% of its capacity, and elementary school enrollment is at 112% of capacity.
- Enrollment is expected to continue to grow in 2019-20.
This long-term growth issue was not addressed in the 2017 bond and mill levy override initiatives, which provided funding to fix our current facilities but not to expand them.
The Process: Advisory Committees
In January 2018, building on the work of the Community Committee for Education (CC4E), an Advisory Committee formed to focus on long-term infrastructure solutions. Thirty-two community volunteers served on four committees that merged in the fall of 2018. Through the end of 2018, the Advisory Committee will continue studying the district’s infrastructure, looking at current use and challenges as well as aligning the district’s future needs with a professional master-planning process. These efforts are focused on generating a long-term plan, that the community supports, for our facilities and programs—a plan to build for the future so that our community doesn’t risk losing the high-quality education we currently enjoy.
Your Input: Community Engagement
In November and December 2018, SSSD hosted three Common Ground Community Forums to share information and capture community input on how SSSD should build for the future. Together, we examined options for existing schools, as well as potential new schools, capturing your input on what matters most when it comes to educating the students in our community. Additional community engagement opportunities were offered in the spring of 2019.
- January 2018 Superintendent’s Corner
- February 2018 Superintendent’s Corner
- March 2018 Superintendent’s Corner
- April 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- May 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- May 2018 Construction Zone Newsletter
- June 2018 Construction Zone Newsletter
- July 2018 Construction Zone Newsletter
- August 2018 Construction Zone Newsletter
- September 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- October 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- November 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- December 2018 Superintendent's Corner
- January 2019 Superintendent's Corner
- February 2019 Superintendent's Corner
- March 2019 Superintendent's Corner
- April 2019 Superintendent's Corner
- May 2019 Superintendent's Corner
- June 2019 Superintendent's Corner