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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.

2017 Recipients

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Northglenn Middle School
  • North Mor Elementary School
  • Stukey Elementary School

Adams-Arapahoe 28J

  • East Middle School
  • Elkhart Elementary School
  • Fulton Academy of Excellence
  • Laredo Elementary School 
  • Vassar Elementary School

Charter School Institute

  • Montessori Del Mundo Charter School
  • The Pinnacle Charter School Middle
  • Victory Preparatory Academy High School
  • Victory Preparatory Academy Middle School

Cherry Creek 5

  • Holly Hills Elementary School

Colorado Springs 11

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Edison Elementary School
  • Henry Elementary School

Eagle County RE 50

  • Avon Elementary School
  • Gypsum Elementary School

Fort Morgan RE-3

  • Pioneer Elementary School

Greeley 6

  • Brentwood Middle School
  • Jackson Elementary School

Harrison 2

  • Fox Meadow Middle School
  • Oak Creek Elementary School
  • Sand Creek Elementary School

Jefferson County R-1

  • Kullerstrand Elementary School
  • Pennington Elementary School

Monte Vista C-8

  • Monte Vista Middle School

Poudre R-1

  • Putnam Elementary School

Pueblo City 60

  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Morton Elementary School 

School District 27J

  • North Elementary School

Westminster Public Schools

  • Westminster Academy For International Studies

South Conjeos RE-10

  • Antonito Middle School

Denver Public Schools

  • Charles M. Schenck (CMS) Community School 
  • College View Elementary School
  • Cowell Elementary School
  • DCIS at Ford
  • DSST: College View High School
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Goldrick Elementary School
  • Grant Beacon Middle School 
  • Gust Elementary School
  • Holm Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School 
  • Kepner Middle School
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • Knapp Elementary School
  • Lena Archuleta Elementary School
  • Maxwell Elementary School
  • Newlon Elementary School 
  • Rocky Mountain Prep: Creekside
  • STRIVE Prep - Rise
  • University Prep - Steele St. 

Contact Information:

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

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