Primary Colors

The top elementary schools in and around Denver

September 2010

Top Public Elementary Schools


Challenge School Denver K–8


This magnet school was the first in the Denver area to be authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, which provides a more globally focused and rigorous approach to education. It also offers programs that integrate the arts and technology into traditional subject areas and provides smaller and multiage groupings outside the classroom based on students’ developmental needs. challengeschool.info

Cherry Hills Village Cherry Hills Village K–5


Marking its 125th year in 2011, Cherry Hills offers differentiated and accelerated learning, along with a range of activities, including a financial management class for fifth-graders; programs that teach environmental awareness and problem-solving; and classes in art, chess, and languages. chv.ccsd.k12.co.us

Douglass Elementary Boulder K–5


An award-winning arts program highlights this school’s broad class offerings. Douglass stages an annual science fair, a weeklong celebration of Earth Day that showcases environmentally themed projects and initiatives, and publishes the student-created Waves magazine, which this past year featured essays about ways Douglass students could help Haitian earthquake victims. bvsd.org/schools/douglass/Pages/home.aspx

Dry Creek Centennial K–5


Dry Creek uses a collegiate prep curriculum from day one. It assigns homework to all grades and incorporates technology into the classroom where appropriate. It also offers weekly “specials” classes in art, music, physical education, and provides help for teachers in the form of paraprofessionals and parental volunteers. dry.ccsd.k12.co.us

Eisenhower Boulder K–5


Eisenhower offers extensive (and free) after-school activities, and the PTA stages numerous fund-raising events throughout the year. Eisenhower has a Design Advisory Team of parents and staff to oversee new construction projects enabled by a bond granted to the entire Boulder Valley School District. bvsd.org/schools/Eisenhower/Pages/default.aspx

Flagstone Castle Rock pre-K–6


Flagstone’s library collection holds more than 10,000 books and boasts extensive computer facilities. The school offers Accelerated Reader, an assessment tool that helps teachers more closely monitor a child’s progress. Students from grades one–six contribute to the school’s Tie-Dye Scribes Times online newspaper. schools.dcsdk12.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=23