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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.

2018 Recipients 

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Coronado Hills Elementary School 

Adams- Arapahoe 28J

  • Century Elementary School

Adams-Arapahoe 28J

  • Vega Collegiate Academy

Charter School Institute

  • Victory Preparatory Academy Middle State Charters

Denver County 1

  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Holm Elementary School

Englewood 1

  • Clayton Elementary School

Harrison 2

  • Atlas Preparatory High School 
  • Giberson Elementary School
  • Sand Creek International Elementary School

Jefferson County R-1

  • Eiber Elementary School

Poudre R-1

  • Putnam Elementary School

Pueblo City 60

  • Heritage Elementary School

School District 27J

  • North Elementary School

South Conejos RE-10

  • Antonito Middle School


Contact Information:

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

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