SVVSD opening new elementary school in Erie

Highlands Elementary students won’t be limited to class visits to the school’s STEM lab when they want to get creative and need extra space.

Each grade level “pod” in the new Erie school includes classroom extension areas to provide flexible learning spaces. Garage doors for each classroom allow teachers to maintain a line of sight as students work outside their rooms, as well as the option to open up and collaborate with other classrooms.

“There are so many opportunities for kids everywhere,” said Principal Ryan Ball, who previously led Longmont’s Eagle Crest Elementary for 16 years. “Wonder is an important word for our staff. We want students to research and create and explore ideas. This facility lends itself to doing that.”