Award Year: 2014

Cougar Run Elementary School

8780 Venneford Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126-5046

(303) 387-6675

Mr. John Gutierrez, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Douglas County School District No. Re 1

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Mission

The Mission of Cougar Run Elementary is to encourage, inspire and empower all children to achieve and learn in a respectful environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Students are engaged in studying plant life cycles in the Cougar Run Garden as part of Project Based Learning units.  We value the opportunity for our students to make real world connections through authentic inquiry.

Students are engaged in studying plant life cycles in the Cougar Run Garden as part of Project Based Learning units. We value the opportunity for our students to make real world connections through authentic inquiry.

Cougar Run Elementary is located in beautiful Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a suburb south of Denver. Currently, Cougar Run supports over 400 families, with 524 children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and an additional 55 children in our pre-kindergarten program. The strength of our organization is the daily dedication of the entire learning community to encourage, inspire and empower children to achieve and learn in a respectful environment. The passion of the leaders, teachers and community sets our school apart as a unique place that prepares our students to be career, college and citizenship ready for the 21st Century. The Cougar Run learning community’s core philosophy is to always do what is best for our children each and every day. Our school is highly invested in continuous improvement. Ongoing analysis of student performance data drives meaningful and differentiated instruction for each student. Cougar Run has consistently been rated as a high performing school for the past decade. Student achievement and growth are celebrated. We consistently keep pace with the top 15% of schools in the state. Cougar Run is a proud recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award in 2011 and 2013. We are also fully invested in supporting the social and emotional growth of our students and helping them become responsible citizens who give back to the community. We strive to create a better understanding of relationships and their influence in building a quality learning community. Through collective efficacy and servant leadership, Cougar Run is a great place to work and learn!