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. Solving our capacity issues will enable us to stay competitive.

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 the 2018–2019 school year, we heard from nearly 1,000 people; over the past five years, we have heard from many, many more. Your input was essential in moving our district toward permanent solutions for our facilities and programs that will allow us to preserve our community’s commitment to exceptional education.

Click here for a list of past community engagement activities hosted by the district.