The Strategic Plan

Updated on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 2:04pm
The Plan

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Or you can download the ELEVATE Strategic Plan PDF: English | Spanish

Printed plans can be found at your school's front desk or community table.  


Adams 12 Five Star Schools is a caring, inclusive and engaging district which exists so the students it serves can attain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the future of their choosing and are equipped to navigate and thrive in our rapidly changing world.


To engage and inspire all students to innovate, achieve and succeed in a safe environment by ensuring high-quality instruction in every classroom, every day.


At Adams 12 Five Star Schools, we:

  • Care
  • Collaborate
  • Empower
  • Engage
  • Focus on Students

Read Strength Stories: Read stories from the ELEVATE process and more. 
Tell Your Own Story: Share your own strength story about a teacher, colleague, student or community! 

Focus Areas


Students collaborate, think critically, problem-solve and are digitally literate to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.


Students receive engaging learning experiences and the focused-attention they need through appropriate student-to-staff ratios and varied programming.


Students have multiple learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom providing various pathways to success.


Student learning is supported by providing a safe and secure environment.


Students are provided innovative social-emotional programming and practices across all schools.


Staff is compensated, supported and trained to foster student success and family partnerships.


The six focus areas drive the plan to achieve the following three goals:

Student Achievement

  • Raise achievement levels for all students and close existing achievement gaps for groups of students
  • Increase graduation rate while increasing rigor
  • Outperform peer districts

Climate & Culture

  • Students, parents and staff take pride in and feel connected to the district’s positive culture

Social-Emotional Well-Being

  • Know every student by name, strength and need

Prioritized Investments

In its commitment to “move from steps to strides”, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education prioritized a series of investments aligned to ELEVATE, the community’s new strategic plan for our schools. Thanks to the support of the Five Star community, Ballot Issue 5C was passed on November 6, 2018. The Ballot Issue represents a $27 million funding measure to jump-start priorities identified through ELEVATE. Read more about the prioritized investments.

Say Thank You

How do we continue to ELEVATE student success? By living out our strategic plan every day. One way we do that is to recognize and thank people who are doing so. Know someone who is living out our district strengths? Say Thank You with a note!

Recent News

Community-driven strategic plan released

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am

Plan to elevate student success for years to come.

We asked staff members how they will ELEVATE student success this year. Watch below to hear what they said!

How will you ELEVATE student success?

Video of How will you ELEVATE student success?

View the video with Spanish subtitles .

ELEVATE, our community-created strategic plan, is complete and we are well on our way to implementing the initiatives dreamed-up by our ...

On the Way!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:15pm

Voter-approved funding creating strong investments with community's ELEVATE plan

During the 2017-2018 school year, over 7,000 parents, students, staff and community members from the Five Star community came together to create a new strategic plan that will continue to elevate student success for years to come. The new community-driven strategic plan was approved by the Board of Education in Fall 2018 and features new directions for the district, including social and ...