Summit County is one of the most educated county in the nations - a high percentage of residents have earned master degrees or above. So, it's no surprise that students in the Summit School District consistently score higher than average on the state's assessment tests.
Six small elementary schools, one middle school (in Frisco) and one high school make up the Summit School District. Summit County also has a Christian school, and the county has a community college: Colorado Mountain College.
Summit School District
The district instructs more than 3,000 students. In 2007, 81.6% graduated, and 81% went to college.
In addition to regular curriculum, it offers special programs, such as academic challenge extensions and alternative education for at-risk kids to reach their best potential; summit day camp; early childhood education; English language acquisition for primarily Spanish-speaking students (which consists of 24% of the students); literacy; special education; summer school; and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program for gifted students (which consists of 11% of the students), grades 6-10. In 2007, graduates from the Baccalaureate program scored higher than the average grade internationally in five of nine subjects. High school students can also take advanced placement classes at Colorado Mountain College. The school also has a full-day program for kindergarteners.
Ethnically, in 2007-2008, the students were: 72% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic, 1.7% Asian, 0.9% Native American and 0.7% African-American.
The community supports schools by usually passing mill levies to fund facility upgrades when necessary. Property taxes account for about 71% of the district's budget.
Each school at a glance - 2008 reports: Breckenridge Elementary is on 312 S. Harris. State assessment shows strong reading achievement, and the school is working to strengthen writing. Studies show that 96% of students enjoy school there. On the state's school accountability ratings, it earned a high.
Dillon Valley Elementary is at 0108 Deerpath Road. It describes itself as "a family of different cultures "About 45 teachers instruct 327 preschoolers through fifth-graders. It implemented its Dual Language Program (Spanish and English) three years ago and has 51 students enrolled. Sixty-two percent of students are native Spanish speakers. The state gave the school an “average with significant improvement,” because more students (81-100%) are showing a year's growth on the state assessment tests. All of the parents surveyed were satisfied with their child's learning progress at the school.
Frisco Elementary is at 800 8th Ave., and it also serves Copper Mountain kids. Thirty-one staff help 193 students (2007). More than half of the fourth graders and 57% of fifth graders scored in the advanced range in the state's math assessment, and 91% of fourth graders scored proficient in reading. The school is addressing the concern that only 59% of third graders and 61% of fourth graders scored proficient in writing. The school has summer enrichment programs and two after-school programs for intervention in writing and multiplication. It rated high on state accountability scores.
Silverthorne Elementary has the newest built facility, at 101 Hamilton Creek Road. It is one of the largest and most diverse elementary schools in Summit County. Of the 323 students, half are minorities and about 42% speak a language that is not English at home. Students consistently score 50-70% proficient on state assessments, and the school is striving to improve those scores. Last year, a focus on writing showed improvements. Colorado's department of education rates it average.
Summit Cove Elementary is located at 0727 Cove Blvd. in Dillon, closest to Keystone Resort. The state has rated it excellent for four years in a row, and it received the John Irwin School of Excellence in the last two years. The award is given to schools that perform in the top 8% of the state. It has about 245 students.
Upper Blue Elementary is a school in Breckenridge. It has 227 students, and 18% choose the school through open enrollment. Eighty percent show a year's worth of growth on state tests in literacy, and 30% are getting intervention. The state rated the school “high with significant improvement.” Of third graders, 90% scored proficient or higher in reading and 93% scored proficient or higher in math. None scored unsatisfactory. Non-native English speakers make up 22% of the student body. The state rates it high.
Summit Middle School is in Frisco, at 0150 School Road. There are 659 students in grades 6 through 8. The state rates it as high, as the scores reached above Colorado's average. The school is focusing on improving math and writing. It has special programs for both gifted children, and those needing more academic help.
Summit High School is in Frisco (closer to Breckenridge) at 16201 Highway 9. It has 893 students, including those from Leadville, Fairplay and Georgetown. Eleven departments offer more than 165 courses. It has after-school tutoring in math, as well as special training in writing and reading. The state rated it high on the accountability report.
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Summit County Christian School
Summit County Christian School is a small school at 465 Brian Ave., Silverthorne. Its mission involves helping students mature spiritually, as well as fostering excellence in academics. It provides biblically-based curriculum so that students will follow the Lord's will, and it helps parents orient their children toward a Christ-centered life.
The school instructs kindergarteners through 12th-graders in academia, athletics, arts and religion. It began in 1989 and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and an affiliate of the Foundation for American Christian Education. Most classes have 8-16 students in a room.
SAT testing for third graders showed that they scored an average of 88% in 2005. Fifth graders scored an average of 72%, which is in the 75% percentile.
Most classes have 8-16 students in a room.
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Colorado Mountain College
Even if you move to Summit County to be a ski bum, you don't have to drop the idea of a college education. Colorado Mountain College offers classes in Breckenridge and Dillon.
It's a two-year college that offers liberal arts, general studies and science degrees. It also provides certificates in various subjects that fall under the following topics: agriculture and natural resources; art, design and photography; business and public administration; education; energy; health sciences; hospitality and tourism; information technology and web development; outdoor studies; public safety; science and engineering; ski and resort management; and skilled trades and technical services.
It also offers vocational and technical training, as well as continuing education classes from how to start a small business to belly dancing. CMC sees itself as a facility that offers learning for a lifetime, and it's a great place to meet people that share your similar interests, from rock climbing to web design.
Credits usually easily transfer to in-state four-year universities. And the best part is that credits don't cost much. In-district students (those living in Summit County for 30 days or more) pay $45 per credit; in-state students pay $75; and out-of-state students pay $235. For local students 62 and older, CMC has grants that decrease tuition by 50%.
Small, personalized classes characterize CMC. The college has campuses in nine counties throughout the Rocky Mountains, so if you move to another mountain town, continuing your education is easy. Some classes offer live interactive video.
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