Achievements & Awards

Our district, schools, principals and students have earned numerous achievements including:

  • 78% of St. Vrain schools are accredited with Distinction or Performance
  • Over 50% of secondary students currently take one or more advanced level course(s)
  • District ACT scores are above the state in every content area

State-Level Awards

John Irwin School of Excellence Awards - Honor to state's top 8 percent of schools for academic achievement

  • Altona Middle School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Black Rock Elementary School: 2014, 2013
  • Blue Mountain Elementary School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Flagstaff Academy: 2012, 2011, 2008
  • Lyons Middle/Senior High School: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Mead Middle School: 2011
  • Niwot Elementary School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003
  • Niwot High School: 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
  • Twin Peaks Charter Academy: 2011

Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards - For demonstrating exceptional student growth

  • Altona Middle School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Black Rock Elementary School: 2011
  • Blue Mountain Elementary School: 2013
  • Carbon Valley Academy: 2010
  • Eagle Crest Elementary: 2014
  • Erie Elementary School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Erie Middle School: 2011, 2010
  • Lyons Elementary School: 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Lyons Middle/Senior High School: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Mead Middle School: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Niwot Elementary School: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Twin Peaks Charter Academy: 2011, 2012
  • Westview Middle School: 2014, 2013

Colorado Centers of Excellence Awards - Schools with at least 75% at risk pupils who demonstrate the highest rates of student growth

  • Longs Peak Middle School: 2013

Colorado Trailblazer 'School to Watch' - Awards State and national program identifying high-performing middle schools

  • Altona Middle School: 2011, 2010
  • Mead Middle: 2010, 2007

Colorado Principal of the Year Awards - CASE (Colorado Association of School Executives) annual statewide award

  • Matt Buchler, 2013 Middle Level Principal of the Year
  • Joe Mehsling, 2012 Middle Level Principal of the Year

Boettcher Scholars - St. Vrain has produced numerous winners over the years

National-Level Awards

Race to the Top Federal Grant - District awarded $16.6 million as one of 16 grant winners from a pool of 372 applicants nationwide

i3 - Invest in Innovation Grant - Winner of prestigious national award. Among a pool of 1700 applicants, including Harvard University, St. Vrain was selected as the recipient of the i3 grant

Active School Acceleration Project - ASAP - Red Hawk Elementary awarded $100K grant for winning national health and movement competition

America’s Best High Schools - National publications highlighting the top schools in the nation

US News & World Report

  • Lyons Senior High School: 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Niwot High School: 2012, 2011

Newsweek

  • Lyons Senior High School: 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Niwot High School: 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Silver Creek High School: 2013

SpringBoard National Demonstration School - Longs Peak Middle School serves as a model for the SpringBoard curriculum

National Merit Scholars - St. Vrain has produced numerous winners over the years

2013 National Superintendent of the Year - Dr. Don Haddad recognized by NASS (National Association of School Superintendents)

International Association for Public Participation -  2014 U.S. Research Project of the Year; 2015 U.S. Organization of the Year

International-Level Awards

St. Vrain IB (International Baccalaureate) - Recognized for scores that exceed IB world average

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals - Numerous qualifying teams over the years

International Association for Public Participation -  2014 International Research Project of the Year; 2015 International Organization of the Year