About Ridgeview Elementary School

  • Ridgeview Elementary School, located in POWER Zone at 6573 Shimmering Creek Drive in Colorado Springs, opened in the fall of 2002. With innovative curricula design, students have discovered increased opportunities in the arts, technology and hands-on science. These are areas of focus that staff members identified as important in fostering creativity and student engagement. They offer students assemblies and schoolwide theme days. Staff members ensure student learning is done in a safe and welcoming environment. Through professional development, collaborative communications and strong relationships, teachers use data and research-based practices to ensure each child’s academic and emotional success. Take a video tour of Ridgeview Elementary School.
     

    Curricula


    With a focus on a strong elementary core curriculum that includes a firm foundation in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music and physical education, staff members strive to meet the needs of the well-rounded student. Teachers empower students to be effective problem solvers and critical thinkers across all content areas. They differentiate instruction through small group reading, writing and math, providing individualized education. The school prioritizes the need to engage students, staff, parents and all community members at high levels and promote innovative thinking among the entire school community.

    Ridgeview Elementary School serves a diverse community of students that include preschool through fifth grade. It's home to two preschool classrooms, and a growing number of English Language Learners from a variety of language backgrounds. Educators support students with various learning challenges and strengths. In addition to supporting at-risk students, staff members provide support for advanced learners, ensuring all students are pushed to their fullest potentials.

    Extracurricular


    The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including before and after school Champions program, Husky football through the Falcon Youth Football Club, basketball through Ascend Youth Sports, jump rope, cheerleading, Scouts, cooking, karate, drawing, student council, Junior Achievement, choir, Battle of the Books, Reading Counts, Eduss Math, Lexia Reading Club and others.

    Community


    A supportive parent population and Parent-Teacher Association is one of the school's greatest assets. They work tirelessly to sponsor various school activities including fun, family events and fundraisers, which provide supplemental resources for students and teachers. These fundraisers have provided funds to support the school goal to increase, update and improve the technology throughout the school.

POWER Zone Overview

  • The POWER Zone is one of only two zones of innovation in the state of Colorado. We have been working hard with the stakeholders in our community to implement innovative strategies to support our staff and students.

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    About the Zone

    Our Core Values

    • The POWERZone climbs with confidence. Here, everyone has permission to fail and try new ideas.

    • The zone creates a loyalty effect, where working together to solve problems helps everyone succeed.

    • POWER Zone administrators and teachers strive to treat everyone as the most important person, ensuring a positive culture.

    • We focus on community service to ensure community support in critical times. A family-first focus for a well-rounded life helps each student’s family enjoy each other and increase academic productivity.

    • School faculty are dedicated to nurturing respectful relationships.

    • Teachers are given autonomy to teach.  Through the proposal process, anyone can bring ideas to the entire zone community for approval and implementation. All suggestions are considered with respect.

     

  • Academic Performance

    Academic Performance

    The demonstration of Knowledge and skills integrated across multiple content areas and driven through personalized learning pathways. 

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  •  Critical Thinking

    Personalized Learning

    Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.

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  •  School Climate

    School Safety & Climate

    When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve.

    Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.

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Portfolio of Schools

  • Portfolio of Schools District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools.  It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools.  District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.
     
    District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before.  Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor.  If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together.  District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks.  These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community.  These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

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