Award Year: 2013

Traut Core Knowledge School

2515 Timberwood Drive
Fort Collins, CO, 80528-0000

(970) 488-7500

Mark Wertheimer, Principal at time of Nomination

Poudre R-1

School Website


The vision of Traut Core Knowledge School is educational excellence in knowledge, skills, and character with strong parent-teacher-student partnerships.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

At Traut we attribute our 20 years of success to our five supporting pillars, built upon the foundation of Choice in Education.

The first pillar is the content-rich Core Knowledge® curriculum. As the first Core Knowledge school in Colorado, we have been a pioneer and forerunner to this approach. Core Knowledge is not an end in itself, but rather a means to achieve an excellent grasp of information and the ability to use that information thoughtfully.

The second pillar is Parent Partnership. At Traut Core Knowledge School, parents are full partners in the operation of the school. Parents participate in the actual governance of the school, sharing an equal voice with staff as half of our Site Base Management Council decision-making body. Character Education, our third pillar, has always been a key component of our school. Traut Core Knowledge School has identified twelve character traits, rooted in respect and responsibility, which are integrated throughout the school day.

Student Responsibility for learning is our fourth pillar. As key partners at Traut Core Knowledge School, students will succeed as they recognize and accept their responsibility for their own learning. Finally, Mature Literacy is our fifth pillar. Literacy instruction starts with systematic phonics instruction accompanied by plentiful opportunities to read meaningful text, which yields mature, competent readers.