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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.

2019 Recipients 

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Coronado Hills Elementary School 

Adams- Arapahoe 28J

  • East Middle School
  • Elkhart Elementary School
  • Yale Elementary School

Colorado Springs 11

  • Edison Elementary School

Denver County 1

  • Bear Valley International School
  • Cowell Elementary School
  • DSST Middle School @ Noel Campus
  • Holm Elementary School
  • Strive Prep - Federal
  • Wyatt Academy

Englewood 1

  • Clayton Elementary School

Harrison 2

  • Atlas Preparatory High School 
  • Atlas Preparatory Middle School

Jefferson County R-1

  • Eiber Elementary School
  • Slater Elementary School
  • Vivian Elementary School

Poudre R-1

  • Putnam Elementary School

Westminster Public Schools

  • Skyline Elementary School


Contact Information:

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