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Advancing Excellence by Design

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Despite many challenges over the past several years, St. Vrain Valley Schools continues to advance excellence and student achievement to unprecedented levels. Below are just a few of the hundreds of celebrations that demonstrate the highest levels of success due to the support of our students, families, teachers and staff, business leaders, elected officials, and other members of our community.

Reaching an Unprecedented Level of Achievement

  • 5th grade CMAS reading and math continue to increase and outpace the state. 
  • iReady growth in reading and math exceeds annual typical growth expectation of one year based upon grade level standards.
  • IB average grade of passing diploma scores increases to the highest achievement level.
  • St. Vrain Valley outscores state and national scores on the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 9.
  • SAT scores improve for all students and Hispanic students from 2019 to 2021.
  • Students had the opportunity to earn approximately 70,000 college credits over the past five years, potentially saving families over $17.5 million in future tuition costs.
  • Graduation rates continue climb, reaching 91.6% at our traditional schools.
  • The Hispanic graduation rate has increased almost 30% in the past 12 years, growing at a faster rate than the district’s combined average, while graduate requirements have increased.
  • There has been a 398% increase in the number of concurrent enrollment courses taken in 7 years.
  • 51% increase in the number of AP Exams taken in 6 years while increasing the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher. 
  • St. Vrain’s drop out rate has decreased to 0.7% in the 20-21 school year.
  • 40 students have now graduated with both their high school diploma and an Associate degree through our P-TECH program.
  • Last summer, FalconTECH students had the highest number of IBM internships of any district in the nation, with 76 students completing paid internships.
  • St. Vrain has the most middle schools in the state designated as a Middle Schools to Watch
  • St. Vrain has among the highest number of high schools in Colorado listed as a top high school by U.S. News and World Report.
  • St. Vrain was one of only four districts in Colorado to be recognized with as an AP College Board Honor Roll District
  • For the second year in a row, Skyline High School has earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.
  • Northern Red-Belly Dace Recovery project recognized by state, national and international organizations; featured at Denver Zoo’s Endangered Species Day
  • Innovation Center students won the World Affairs Challenge, competing against against 700 students across six countries.
  • Erie High students were 3-time state champions in the Real World Design Challenge from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
  • A team from the Innovation Center placed third in the Hewlett Packard Code Wars Colorado Competition
  • In the Cyberpatriots National Competition, seven Innovation Center teams from five high schools competed with two ranked in the top 30% nationally.
  • St. Vrain has the largest teacher pathway program in the state – 38 graduating seniors $334,000 in scholarships.
  • The Innovation Center VEX Robotics Team won the 2022 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Signature Invitational.
  • The Up-a-Creek Robotics Team won an unprecedented, two simultaneous championships in both leagues at the world tournament. 
  • 25 St. Vrain teams qualified to compete in the VEX World Championships, with six teams winning judges awards.
  • St. Vrain is now one of only three Toyota TECH Programs in the US.
  • Last year, St. Vrain submitted a record number of student industry certifications related to CTE courses. 
  • St. Vrain has been recognized with two Colorado Succeeds awards for STEM and technology-enabled learning, as well as the most Innovative Business of the Year from the Boulder Chamber, and the Technology Project of the Year from the Colorado Technology Association.
  • In the last two years, St. Vrain athletes have brought home 13 team state titles, and 59 individual state titles. More than any other school district in CO (as a percentage of enrollment).
  • St. Vrain has the most robust Unified program in the state
  • St. Vrain was recognized as a 2022 Best Communities for Music Education Districts, the highest honor for music education nationally. 
  • The Niwot team being the first in their region’s history to go undefeated and win all their judge’s ballots at the regional competition.
  • A St. Vrain student was the state runner-up in the Colorado Poetry Out Loud competition.
  • Two Longmont High students qualified to represent their school at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June.
  • St. Vrain is home to the top choir in the state, and 4x drumline state champions.
  • St. Vrain’s Nutrition Services Department was recognized by the USDA with the Once in a Melon award.
  • The Communications Team has won 17 national awards in the past three years, including two Golden Achievement Awards and six Excellence Awards, as well as 30 state awards, including a Medallion Awards, 2 Golden Achievement Awards, and 16 Excellence Awards.
  • In the past four years, St. Vrain has won $27 million in grants
  • The Financial Services team was awarded the ASBO Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award for the FY22 budget, and has received recognition from ASBO/GFOA since 2004. 
  • St. Vrain has over $1 billion in local community support through capital construction bonds, mill levy overrides, and specific ownership taxes since 2008.
  • The district’s Purchasing Team has been recognized as the 2020 RMGPA Purchasing Team of the Year, 2020 RMGPA Manager of the Year, 2016 and 2019 UPPCC Sterling Agency Award, UPPCC Agency Award since 2014, NIGP certified professional.
  • St. Vrain is home to the Colorado Technology Association’s 2022 Chief Technology Officer of the Year.
  • The district Technology and Curriculum Departments have also been recognized by COSN as the 2018 Leading Education Innovation Award, by ISTE with the 2019 District of Distinction Award.
  • St. Vrain was recognized with the Colorado Technology Association’s 2019 Project of the year.
  • St. Vrain has passed 12 legislative bills in the past four years.
  • St. Vrain has cultivated strong relationships with over 90 corporate and business partners.
  • Through a partnership with NextLight, St. Vrain is advancing student internet access in underserved communities.
  • Current Bond Ratings are among the highest of CO school districts. 
  • St. Vrain has refinanced or paid debt early saving taxpayers over $36 million in the past 12 years.
  • St. Vrain has been recognized by both the Longmont and Carbon Valley Chambers as the Large Business of the Year, as well as the LEDP 2019 Chair’s Choice Economic Development Impact Award.
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