Award Year: 2014

Kruse Elementary School

4400 McMurry Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80525-3431

(970) 488-5625

Mr. Sean Gorman, Principal at time of Nomination

Poudre School District R-1

School Website


The Kruse community will help every child achieve his/her full potential while fostering a life-long love of learning in a nurturing environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
A second-grade student replicating the work of Van Gogh

A second-grade student replicating the work of Van Gogh

Kruse Elementary’s motto is Climbing to Higher Peaks. "Higher peaks" is an apt analogy for some of the challenges presented by a changing student population over the last decade. Once a school with very little diversity of any kind, Kruse has seen an increase of approximately 400% in the number of students served who are living in poverty. They also have a growing percentage of minority students and students who have a first language other than English. Despite these perceived challenges, the academic achievement of Kruse students has increased. These atypical results are because of two seemingly simplistic goals: have fun and learn as much as possible. One of the main goals of the school is to ensure students and their parents feel great and have fun while at Kruse. The dedicated staff creates a welcoming, friendly environment. Students are greeted by name and with a sincere smile. Parents are welcomed as partners in the education of their children and serve as an excellent instructional resource. There is genuine camaraderie, and the sheer pleasure of the work they are called to do is almost palpable. The teachers, instructional paraprofessionals, and support staff are excellent. The staff fosters strong relationships with students and sets high expectations for learning. Students are provided extraordinary support to ensure they continue to learn and grow throughout their years at Kruse. A great school cannot exist without great teaching. An unwavering focus on teacher quality is the cornerstone of success.