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About STEM School Highlands Ranch

At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation in the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world. 

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Welcome to STEM School Highlands Ranch. We are an innovative, free, public, charter learning community that exists to innovate K-12 education in order to prepare every student to lead change, solve problems and succeed in an exponentially changing world.  

We are more than a school. We are a think tank, a learning lab and a catalyst for creativity. We are a haven for continual innovation, creative exploration, and rigorous discovery. We defy definition and break with convention. Because that’s what innovators do. 

We see school differently.  Although our curriculum has a college preparatory focus with emphasis on developing core liberal arts skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science, we use creativity, problem-solving and innovation to inspire and challenge our students.

We are more than just STEM. We infuse STEM into all classrooms. We challenge students with STEM-based, real-world problem solving fueled by constant exploration, inquiry and discovery.

We foster innovation. We equip every student, every day in every classroom with the knowledge, skills, confidence and character to thrive in a constantly changing world. By using continuous inquiry, constant discovery and trial and error as critical pathways to new discoveries, we create a culture of safe failure and fearless innovation.

We empower students. We put students in the driver’s seat of their learning, engaging and empowering them to push their own unique boundaries of innovative learning, thinking and doing.  

We see teachers as catalysts. Here, teachers are role models and innovation coaches who provide the framework for learning. Our teachers are experts in teaching appropriate use of technology, collaboration, and teamwork that sparks interest in STEM and learning at an early age.

We innovate and learn together. Here, we leverage the power of collaboration, teamwork and group think to build, design and create solutions to real world problems.

We’re fostering tomorrow’s innovators, creators and change agents. We work tirelessly to nurture and develop integrity, respect, responsibility and honesty within our students and take pride in encouraging well-rounded student development. Link here for some of our notable student accomplishments over the last school year.

Our goal is not only to prepare students
to thrive in the constant world of re-invention, but to lead it.
Fast Facts
  • Founded in 2011 with a Charter from Douglas County School District, the school served grades 6-9. Since that time, the school has grown to over 1,850 students serving grades K-12. Governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors representing parents and community members from the Denver Area.
  • Divisions:
    • Elementary with 550 students
    • Middle with 700 students
    • High with 600 students
  • Students: Our students are eager to learn and represent a broad section of the community. We have 22% students identified as Gifted and Talented; 35% are ethnically diverse and 7% receive free and reduced lunch.
  • Leadership Team: For the 2018-19 school year, the school adopted a “team” leadership approach with a goal to create a much higher level of consistency throughout the entire K-12 school than has existed up to now. This consistency will allow the school to improve deliverables to parents, students and staff.
  • Brief History:  Link here for a brief history of STEM School Highlands Ranch
  • Faculty: One-hundred percent of our faculty is ranked "Highly Qualified" through the Colorado Department of Education. Monthly staff surveys demonstrate high satisfaction and engagement with our students.
  • Curriculum: Through a rigorous, STEM-based problem-solving curriculum, we foster innovation by teaching concepts, not facts; tapping students, not chalkboards; keeping learning real, personal, hands-on and weaving STEM principles into every subject. We start innovation early, cultivate innovation constantly, innovate together, innovate ethically and put students in the driver’s seat of their own unlimited potential. We foster fearless risk-taking, safe failure and out-of-the-box thinking in every aspect of learning. Our students are artists, scientists, builders, designers and the creators of tomorrow.
  • Enrollment: Students are selected through annual lottery. No testing is required. We are a free, public charter school.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships: STEM School Highlands Ranch collaborates with community businesses for real-world, authentic learning experiences for all students. We invite innovators, scientists, artists, engineers, government officials, teachers and parents to work with, collaborate and to partner with students to enhance learning.
  • College and Career Prep: College Preparatory Counseling is available to all students. Our innovative, Career Discovery Program enables high school students to work in fields of interest and develop real-world career skills and engagement.
  • Key Successes: Our school ranked #1 in ACT tests among all schools in Douglas County and 7th in the State for SAT scores.  Our students continue to rank at the very top of state and national competitions in the arts, computer sciences, engineering, science, history, music and language arts.
  • Tours: The school is open for tours every Wednesday at 10 a.m. All tours meet in the middle school lobby. No sign-up is required.
Our Mission
Never Stop Innovating.

Our Vision
We envision a world of exponential possibilities where every child develops the innate knowledge, skills, creativity and character to thrive, lead and succeed in an ever-changing future.