Strategic Priorities for Student Achievement and Global Success
The mission of St. Vrain Valley Schools is to be an exemplary school district which inspires and promotes high standards of learning and student well-being in partnership with parents, guardians and the community. This is achieved through a focus on ten strategic priorities that support the advancement of student achievement and global success.
Innovations, Programs, and Investments developed over the past 12 years that are impacting student achievement and success.
- Development of focus schools and high school academies including: aerospace and engineering, biomedical sciences, business, energy, medical and biosciences, leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and visual and performing arts.
- Passage of the 2012 Mill Levy Override for $14.8 million in additional annual revenue that, among other things, was a catalyst for developing and sustaining the district’s nationally recognized Learning Technology Plan with 1:1 devices for all secondary students. Over the past few weeks, the district has expanded this plan with 1:1 device access for all grade levels.
- Winning the 2010 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant for $3.6 million to focus on support for at-risk students, strengthening intervention for math and literacy instruction, and the full implementation of the STEM Academy at Skyline High School
- Winning the 2012 Race-to-the-Top grant for $16.6 million for STEM integration and personalized learning across the Skyline Feeder and Title I schools.
- Opening the Innovation Center in 2012 and expanding the program district-wide through a new facility in 2018 with areas of focus that include: Aeronautics, Bioscience, Entrepreneurship, Media, Innovative Technologies, Robotics and Computer Science, and Teaching (P-TEACH)
- Launching Innovation Academy in 2010, in partnership with IBM to provide elementary students robust learning experiences utilizing design-thinking to engineer solutions to global challenges.
- Implementation of Unified Sports to engage students with disabilities in their school communities
- In 2016 the district launched Colorado’s first P-TECH program at Skyline High School, giving students the opportunity to earn their Associate degree alongside their high school diploma at no cost. The program expanded in 2019 to Frederick High School, and a third P-TECH is opening in 2021 at Silver Creek High School.
- Expanding industry, corporate, and nonprofit partnerships to over 120 organizations which provide expertise, internships, learning opportunities, resources, and funding that enhances student opportunities and engagement.
- Expanded robotics programming at all grade levels with a 940 percent increase in the number of students participating in competitive robotics from 2014-2019.
- High-quality preschool and full-day kindergarten is made available to every elementary school community.