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History: Columbine Hills Elementary was built in 1963, for a cost of $476,000. The first principal was Dr. Elmer Richers. It was the parent school of neighboring Dutch Creek, Normandy, and Leawood, and housed 1025 students in 1969.

During construction of an addition in 1983, vandals caused damage to each classroom, then set a fire which caused $200,000 in damage. During the repairs, students were farmed out to the other Columbine articulation schools.

Currently, Columbine Hills has 315 students in grades K-6, and an additional 100 students in the preschool program. The Columbine Area Cottages were vacated in June, 2012, and moved into the B wing of the building.

Curriculum: Our preschool and kindergarten follow the Tools of the Mind Program, stressing self-regulation and goal-setting.

Math: First through fifth grades follow the Jefferson County Curriculum, using Investigations Math as the core resource. Sixth grade uses Connected Math as their resource.

Reading: First through sixth grades adopted the Scott Foresman Reading Street series in the 2011-2012 school year. The resource includes an anthology as well as leveled readers for guided instruction. The My Sidewalks component is used for students requiring intervention more than one year below grade level.

Science and Social Studies: Grades one through six follow the Jefferson County curriculum, currently aligned to National Core Content standards.

Accomplishments:

2010 and 2011: Winner of the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award

* SmartBoards in every classroom, K-6, laptops available to all students daily, computer lab with 28 desktops available.

2012 Transitional Colorado Student Assessment, Grade 3 Reading - 94% Proficient and Advanced

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