Public Education – Empowering the Future


Video: Graduating seniors speak with younger students about life and their school experience. Public education inspires, transforms and is the catalyst to a thriving future.


 

2018 High School Graduation Dates

May 23: 
  • Life Skills ACE Completion, 12:30 p.m. at Main Street 
May 24: 
  • Universal High School, 11:00 a.m. at Xillinx
May 25: 
  • St. Vrain Online Global Academy, 2:00 p.m. at Main Street School
  • Olde Columbine High School, 7:00 p.m. at Altona Middle
May 26:
  • Skyline High School, 9:00 a.m. at Skyline High School
  • Erie High School, 10:00 a.m. at Erie High School
  • Frederick High School, 10:00 a.m. at Frederick High School
  • Longmont High School, 10:00 a.m. at Longmont High School
  • Lyons High School, 10:00 a.m. at Lyons Middle/Senior High School
  • Niwot High School, 10:00 a.m. at Niwot High School
  • Silver Creek High School, 10:00 a.m. at Silver Creek High School
  • Mead High School, 11:00 a.m. at Mead High School

Extraordinary Learning Opportunities

St. Vrain Valley students are achieving at high levels across the system. From preschool to graduation, students are not only advancing their own academic growth and student engagement, but also inspiring those around them to strive for excellence in their learning, but also in their development as a global citizen and contributor to their school’s culture and community.

 
From early in her high school experience, Logan Turner, now a senior at Frederick High School, pushed the boundaries of rigorous learning opportunities for young students. 
 
“As a Freshman, I was the only student at Frederick to take a CU Succeed class my first year,” said Turner. From there, I knew that I wanted to continue to challenge myself by filling my schedule with advanced placement and dual enrollment classes, although I did have to petition some of the rules that we had that kept underclassmen from taking such classes.”
 
Turner’s drive for advanced learning led to a summer program at the University of Northern Colorado that cemented her passion for astrophysics and opened the door to a world of discovery and research. She has now written two papers that have been published by NASA and last month presented her research to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA affiliates.
 
Turner not only proved that underclassmen could excel in college courses, she paved the way for others to follow in her steps. “I’d say you just have to have the drive to go out there and make opportunities for yourself,” said Turner. “If you’ve got the determination and passion for it, you have to set goals for yourself and look at every opportunity, no matter how small, as a chance for advancement.”
 
Other students credit St. Vrain’s high-quality instructional focus academies with giving them a strong competitive advantage in their postsecondary learning. Josie Lam, a 2018 graduate of the STEM Academy at Skyline HIgh School, was a member of those early classes of students to benefit from St. Vrain’s rigorous educational programming that gives choice in finding a learning community that supports a student’s goals and interests. Lamp’s empowered educational choices included working at the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools, a nationally recognized program that directly connects students with partners in technology, robotics, media and other industries for mentorship and paid practical experience, while also encouraging them to pursue their own ideas and inventions.
 
“I feel like I had a much better caliber of education and technical skills coming into college,” said Lamp, now a senior biomedical informatics major at Arizona State University. “I remember freshman year very distinctly. A lot of my classmates were really struggling, especially in my computer science and technical classes, but because I had experience through St. Vrain’s Innovation Center, and other tech electives and computer science curriculum at Skyline, I could jump right in and had no problems adjusting. I got asked all the time, ‘How come you are so good?’ and I could say it was because I had a phenomenal high school education.”