About Springs Ranch Elementary School
Springs Ranch Elementary School, located in Sand Creek Zone at 4350 Centerville Drive in Colorado Springs, was established in 2001. It is a comprehensive neighborhood school that is student-focused, offering a strong academic foundation and well-rounded program of enrichment opportunities and character development.
Springs Ranch Elementary School has a staff committed to student achievement and the development of the whole child. They emphasize the literary arts of reading, writing and speaking, but also help students excel in the math, science and social studies areas. Educators work in collaborative teams to deliver the best foundational academics in each of the subject areas. They offer specials that enhance and enrich student learning in music, art, physical education, informational literacy and technology. They also offer differentiated curriculum for students who excel academically and special education services for those who need these supports.
The school has a strong component of character education emphasizing respect, responsibility and safety and a rich menu of afterschool enrichment opportunities.
Students can participate in the student ambassadors’ program, peer mediators, chorus, orchestra, intramural basketball, Landsharks running club, scouts and afterschool classes.
The Parent Teacher Organization and School Accountability Committee offer numerous ways to be involved and connected to the school, from family fun nights to school improvement, fundraisers and social events. There are many opportunities to volunteer.
The Sand Creek Zone
The Sand Creek Zone is located at the southern end of District 49. Our zone includes Evans Elementary, Horizon Middle, Remington Elementary, Sand Creek High School, Springs Ranch Elementary and Stetson Elementary. The Sand Creek Zone is made up of 5 Title 1 schools, receiving federal funding to support academic achievement and growth. We also offer a Dual Language Immersion opportunity at Stetson elementary, beginning with Kindergarten and 1st grade, that is only available in District 49. Many of our schools truly embody the Community School model, utilizing our community partners, resources and volunteers to bring a well rounded education to our students and families. Josten's Renaissance is a cornerstone of the Sand Creek Zone; we believe that building relationships is critical to high-achieving schools and that students and staff must feel connected to their work in order to succeed. We are dedicated to student success, service to our community, dedication to our people and constant innovation and growth.
The Sand Creek Zone holds instruction in high regard. We believe all teachers should provide great instruction, every day. Our instructional framework came from a collaboration of all zone instructional coaches as well as feedback from our administration team. This framework is visible in each classroom in the Sand Creek Zone and guides our observations and evaluations of what good instruction looks like.
Instructional Framework: The Sand Creek Zone is committed to building collective efficacy by intentionally fostering a student-centered culture with clear instructional expectations focused on student success.
Culture: positive relationships, clear routines, explicit expectations with accountability, engagement, and recognition
Instruction: Data-driven decisions, viable curriculum, intentional, collaborative planning, explicit core instruction and intervention, language-rich environment
Success: Student growth and achievement is vital, clarity of learning intention and success criteria, effective use of instructional time, timely feedback, growth mindset, and peer collaboration
We offer many certifications and certificates that students can earn prior to graduating high school with a focus on Business, Manufacturing, Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Design, Personal Training, and Health & Exercise Science pathways for students to explore. We are excited to be adding Criminal Justice starting in the Winter of 2024. We offer a wide variety of college courses at Sand Creek High School, supporting the most CE students in the district with many of them earning 1-2 years of free college courses prior to graduation. We also have brought on AVID at the high school level to move our students from the middle to higher-achieving courses, mindsets and growth.
The Sand Creek Zone leads the way in Community and Family Engagement. We have 5 Family Engagement Liaisons for our Title 1 schools; these liaisons provide resources, plan events and connect with our families to add value to the work of our schools. We host the only food and clothing pantry, the Community Resource Center, at Horizon Middle School, which is open to all families in D49. We provide many opportunities for Adult and Family Education with our Parent Academies, resource fairs, and Sand Creek Zone partner meetings. We know the value of partnering with our families and community and strive to enhance and maintain those partnerships.
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 big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks to Sustain Enduring Trust, Engage Our Community, Build Firm Foundations, Offer Exceptional Choices, Launch Successful Students, and Value All People – 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.