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Colorado Centers of Excellence Award


Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes public schools in the state that enroll a student population of which at least 75 percent are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools have demonstrated impressive results on the indicator relating to longitudinal academic growth. This award program was established in 2009 by the Education Accountability Act of 2009 (S.B. 09-163).

View Prior Award Recipients

Note: Awards for 2015 were not determined due to lack of assessment data.

2022 Recipients 

Please note: We are working on planning the award recognition and distribution of banners for 2022 award recipients for later this Spring. More information will be available soon.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Thornton Elementary School 

Adams- Arapahoe 28J

  • Aurora Science & Tech Middle School

Charter School Institute

  • Community Leadership Academy
  • Victory Preparatory Academy Middle State Charter School

Colorado Springs 11

  • Rogers Elementary School

Denver County 1

  • Gust Elementary School
  • Rocky Mountain Prep: Creekside

Eagle County RE-50

  • Avon Elementary School

Pueblo County 70

  • Liberty Point Elementary School



Contact Information:

Kim Burnham
Competitive Grants and Awards
(303) 866-6916