Advancing
Excellence


FOR STUDENTS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY

Report to the Community

2015


Dear Parents and Guardians:

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your unwavering support for the success of our students and schools.

This website highlights some of St. Vrain Valley Schools’ outstanding achievements that would not be possible without engaged parents, a highly effective board of education and exceptional students, teachers, staff and administrators.

I also want to recognize the generous contributions of our local business community and corporate partners. Their industry expertise, mentorship programs and material resources strongly enhance student learning and success. Together, we are building one of our nation’s most innovative and successful school districts.

Our success impacts everyone. A high performing school district with outstanding teachers, a robust selection of rigorous instructional focus programs, cuttingedge technology, high-quality facilities and a safe environment ensures the viability and success of an entire community.

Please visit our website at svvsd.org to learn more about our programs, services and schools.

Take care, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Don Haddad, Ed.D.
303-682-7205
haddad_don@svvsd.org
@SVVSDSupt

Growing Enrollment

The seventh largest school district in Colorado...


Community

St. Vrain is the seventh largest school district in the state, serving over 32,000 students across 411 square miles including Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Hygiene, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Niwot and parts of eastern Boulder and Broomfield.

 

Schools: 23 elementary (most with preschool), 1 regional STEM preschool, 1 K-8, 1 PK-8, 8 middle, 1 middle/senior, 7 high, 1 alternative, 6 charter, 1 online high school, 1 career center, 1 innovation center.

Learn more about the district and our community

Focus Programs

St. Vrain offers a variety of focus programs for all grade levels, including preschool. Such programs include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Medical and BioScience Academy (MBSA)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Core Knowledge
  • Leadership Academy
  • MESA
  • CU Succeed CSU Online

Explore our focus school programs

Schools and Additions

Since 2005, St. Vrain has opened 11 new schools to support enrollment growth. In 2011, St. Vrain’s academic excellence expanded to offer online education through St. Vrain’s Online Global Academy, and in 2012, St. Vrain brought the APEX Homeschool Enrichment Program to two district locations with a third added in 2014.

View a listing of all St. Vrain schools

Planning Projections

St. Vrain prepares to put plans into action as enrollment surges. The projected in-district growth between 2013-2018 is over 1,100 elementary students and nearly 1,500 secondary students with an additional 213 alternative school students and 550 charter school students.

Learn more about how we are developing partnerships to support higher enrollments in the 21st century

Early Childhood Education

Setting the foundation for K-12 education...


Small Talk, Big Results

Small Talk is a “birth to 3” reading initiative that builds community awareness which reinforces reading success through vocabulary and language development. This program encourages parents to talk and read to infants and toddlers, focusing on specific strategies.

Preschool

District preschool programs emphasize kindergarten preparedness by providing high-quality early childhood experiences in a safe, supporting and stimulating environment. A variety of enrollment options are available, including tuition-based, Special Education and the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP).

Wraparound Programs

Wraparound childcare for students ages 3 to 5 is offered at specific school locations. Programs are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provide services to students enrolled in a district preschool or half-day kindergarten program.

Students at the grand opening of the STEM Discovery Pre-K program at Mountain View Elementary.

Bond Improvements

New schools, renovations, and technology


Learn more about the 2008 bond and the 2012 mill levy override

Learning Technology Plan


iPads, computer labs, Chromebooks and wireless facilities...

 

Parent Involvement

Partnering with parents and community...


Leadership St. Vrain (LSV)

Leadership St. Vrain was launched in the 2009-2010 school year after a group of highly engaged parents ran a successful campaign for a mill levy override and school improvement bond.

Since then, parents have participated in an annual program designed to deepen their knowledge of district operations and exchange ideas. The program is especially appropriate for parents who want to obtain a foundation in district operations and governance and become more effective participants in school district affairs.

Learn more or get involved with LSV

Grassroots St. Vrain (GSV)

Grassroots St. Vrain is an independent, non-profit organization made up of parent volunteers committed to informing and activating citizens on education-related issues impacting St. Vrain Valley Schools and public education in general.

With the support of volunteers from every school community, Grassroots St. Vrain was instrumental in supporting the passage of the district’s first-ever mill levy override in 2008 and again in 2012.

Members of the advocacy group regularly meet with elected officials to learn about education-related legislation and school funding initiatives. These parents routinely talk with other stakeholders about the impact of a high-quality education system on students and families, businesses, property values and the community’s ability to cultivate a highly skilled workforce.

Learn more about Grassroots St. Vrain

Financial Reporting

Responsible spending and budgeting


Financial Accolades

  • S&P bond rating at an all-time high, AA
  • Enrollment has grown by 4,115 students since October 2009 (excluding preschool)
  • Two mill levy overrides since 2008 generating $32 million annually
  • Fortune 500 level corporate sponsors and community partnerships
  • National award for financial reporting annually for the past 10 years General fund reserves in excess of $60 million

SVVSD Funding Sources

49.88% State Equalization

25.79% Property Taxes

13.77% Mill Levy Override

3.64% Other Local Revenue

3.57% Other State Revenue

2.76% Specific Ownership Tax

0.59% Federal Sources


Learn more about financial transparency At St. Vrain

Achieving Excellence


St. Vrain is consistently recognized for its excellent schools. These recognitions include the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, the Colorado Centers of Excellence Award and the Colorado “School to Watch” Award.



St. Vrain was awarded a $1.4 million physical activity grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to be used in professional development and supplies for classroom movement.




In 2013, the Colorado Association of School Boards named St. Vrain’s board as the “All State Board of Education”. This achievement was followed up with Superintendent Don Haddad, Ed.D., being selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the country’s top education technology leaders. He attended the inaugural “National Connected Superintendents Summit” at the White House.



St. Vrain received a Race to the Top district award for $16.6 million, focusing on STEM education. The grant bolstered STEM education within St. Vrain Valley Schools and allowed the district to develop the Innovation Center, a facility where students can apply their STEM knowledge to real world projects.



Leadership St. Vrain was the recipient of the 2014 International Association of Public Participation Award for parent engagement.


Learn more about our awards and achievements.