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Coyote Ridge Elementary

Principal: Deon Davis

7115 Avondale Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-679-9400

Mission: We provide our students with a challenging inquiry-based education to:

  • Pursue academic excellence
  • Embrace differences
  • Encourage lifelong learning
  • Become responsible world citizens
  • Foster personal growth and reflection

Colors: Black, silver, and purple

Mascot: Coyote 

Description: Coyote Ridge is a public elementary school and is part of the International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). This means that students receive instruction in the same Colorado Standards as all public schools in Colorado, but with instructional strategies and techniques which help students see the connections between the subjects, allowing them to construct their own understanding and make meaning of their world. Combining high expectations with high levels of support, we focus on all areas of a child’s development in a whole-child centered approach.   

Instruction is facilitated through Units of Inquiry which have been aligned and build upon each other in relevance and rigor from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade to ensure that state standards are learned and overlaps in curriculum are avoided. We provide a global perspective and aspire for students to appreciate their place in the world, and to take action to help shape it. Our school climate: Cohesive, collaborative, and interconnected staff; a spirit of doing "whatever it takes" for every student to succeed.

Points of Pride: CRES students and teachers are regularly recognized for their excellent performance. We have been a high performing school in the state of Colorado since we opened in 2008. On multiple occasions, we have won recognition from the Colorado Department of Education for academic performance (The John Irwin Award given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement and the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth). We are proud of the success of our school and the manner in which we implement the IB-PYP philosophy and practices in our school.

Special Offerings: IB-PYP, Intensive Learning Center, Spanish instruction for all students, Art, Music, PE, Library, Inquiry Lab/Makerspace.

Extracurricular: Chess Club, Coyote Choir, Girls That Code, Board Game Club, Math Olympiads, Student Ambassadors, and more!

Accomplishments: John Irwin Awards, Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards, Classified Employee of the Year, Thompson School District Teacher Excellence Award, the Teacher of the Year Award, the Crystal Apple Award, the Chess team has won many honors, Destination Imagination team won state championship, Math Olympiad Team won district trophy, and more!

Partnerships: Rotary International – Learning Garden built in 2016; Technology purchases

                       Ottercares - $10,000 grant to help create Inquiry Lab/Makerspace in 2018

Parent/Volunteers: Over 6,000 hours of recorded volunteer time in our school, not a day passes when you don't see parents helping in classrooms; active and supportive School Improvement Team (SIT) and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)