Award Year: 2013

Lois Lenski Elementary School

6350 S. Fairfax Way
Centennial, CO, 80121-3514

(303) 347-4575

Barbara DeSpain, Principal at time of Nomination

Littleton 6

School Website


To help all students become better readers, writers, problems solvers, and friends.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Lois Lenski Elementary School is one of 13 elementary schools within Littleton Public Schools. Students come from six distinct neighborhoods and open enrollment from other schools and districts. Parents expect their children to receive a better than average education and are actively involved.

Continuity of expectations, instruction, and success stem from the shared vision of all staff members. Staff focuses on excellent instruction and student achievement while developing rigorous, relevant, and integrated instruction that allows students to improve regardless of their ability. Our library and technology staff assists classroom teachers using the 21st Century Skills and provide materials at the ability levels of all students including one-to-one computing ability beginning in grade three. Additionally, before and after school programs such as foreign languages, Math Olympiad, Mad Science, performing arts, and chess club enhance the educational opportunities for all.

Parents, through monetary contributions and more than 7,000 volunteer hours, support the high expectations held for all children. Parent participation in student learning and school related activities is exemplary.

Lenski has had the honor of earning numerous awards. The library earned the National School Library Program of the Year Award in 2004. For the past ten years, the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award, Colorado’s award for academic success, has been awarded to us. Additionally, we have earned the Colorado Department of Education’s Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for exceptional student growth for the past two years. These awards demonstrate our commitment to all students achieving their very best.

Every aspect of Lois Lenski Elementary School and the supporting community is focused on providing the necessary tools for students to succeed and reach their individual potential.