School Hours: 8:00-2:30
Office Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm
*Elementary Specials ABC Rotation Schedule
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a planned progression of specific content in history, geography, mathematics, science, language arts and fine arts for Kindergarten through fifth grade. It is designed to encourage steady academic progress as children build their knowledge and skills from one year to the next. The sequenced, spiraling curriculum prevents repetition and gaps in knowledge as students progress through the grades. The Core Knowledge Sequence has received most favorable recognition nationally and internationally for its success in helping children from many different backgrounds to succeed. Using our focus on the Core Knowledge curriculum, High Peaks meets and often exceeds BVSD and Colorado state content standards.High Peaks emphasizes mastery of reading, writing and mathematical skills, and development of a solid foundation in science, history and geography with instructional experiences that are exciting and engaging. The teaching methods used in our classrooms are dynamic and responsive to the needs of a wide variety of learners. Our literacy program includes instruction in phonics, fluency, comprehension, writing mechanics, spelling and various forms of writing. We use a balanced literacy approach with all students working to their highest level of instruction through the use of flexible grouping. We offer tiered math instruction and students who demonstrate appropriate capability in math may be qualify for subject acceleration to the next grade level or challenge math opportunities. Students begin to study world and American civilizations in first grade. All of our staff, including Special Education, Talented And Gifted Advisor, English Language Development and Literacy specialists, work collaboratively to provide the highest level of instruction for our students.We are proud of our newly renovated and updated building, with a brand new media center and computer lab, a new gym, and new music, art, literacy and special education rooms. Our state of the art computer lab, SMART Boards in each classroom, and integrated technology approach support our quality curriculum, instruction and assessment. Special Programs and OpportunitiesAs a focus school, it is important for us to offer many opportunities for enrichment that allow our students to connect across grade levels and become a strong community. We encourage all of our students to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. We offer many challenge and extension activities throughout the school day as well as before and after school. Some of our offerings include the Science Fair, The High Peaks Literary Magazine, our Yearbook, the Spelling Bee and Geography Bee, Lego League, Math Olympiads, Robotics.Field TripsTrips to enhance student learning can include, but are not limited to, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the IMAX theater Denver, Fiske Planetarium at CU, the Denver Zoo, an Eco-cycle Tour of Facilities, NCAR, the Denver Art Museum, Denver History Museum, the CU Water Festival, Cal-Wood overnights for fifth graders.
High peaks integrates essential skills and authentic content within the framework of the Core Knowledge Sequence to foster academic excellence and continued growth. In an atmosphere of respect and collaboration among all members of the High Peaks Community, students will build self-esteem and a lasting love of learning.