Seven Schools Receive Academic Achievement Awards

Updated on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:53pm
Gdowski at CDE awards

Colorado Department of Education honors schools at March 1 ceremony

With great honor, we announce seven Adams 12 Five Star Schools have received school performance awards from the Colorado Department of Education. On March 1, 2017, Superintendent Chris Gdowski celebrated our schools in an awards ceremony at the Colorado Department of Education in Denver.

Of the nine categories for awards, schools in the Five Star District earned awards in two categories:

Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards
The John Irwin awards, named after former Colorado State Representative, John J. Irwin, are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement indicator.

  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School
  • Hulstrom Options K-8 School
  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Stargate Charter School
  • STEM Lab

Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards
The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and "meet or exceed" expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

  • Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School
  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Silver Creek Elementary

As you may know, this year we had 15 schools move into a higher performance category as a result of their academic gains. Read more on our academic progress this year.

Congratulations to our recipients of awards from the Colorado Department of Education! #FiveStarProud