Specialized Schools

Creative, Focused, Unconventional

Specialized schools offer a different curriculum, focus area, or method of instructional delivery than neighborhood schools and do not have a neighborhood attendance area. Students from across the district can apply to attend via the online School Choice Application found at www.psdschools.org.

Core Knowledge

Traut Core Knowledge Elementary
Traut’s program is designed around the school’s five pillars of content-rich Core Knowledge curriculum, parent partnerships, character education, student responsibility, and mature literacy.

Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
Kinard aligns the Core Knowledge sequence with the Colorado state standards, providing the opportunity for honors classes, as well as a solid and coherent foundation of learning for all students. Kinard transitions students from Bethke, O’Dea, Moore, Zach and Traut Core Knowledge elementary schools, as well as students in the surrounding areas.

Liberty Common School*
Liberty (kindergarten–9) offers the entire Core Knowledge curriculum for kindergarten–8th grade. The curriculum in grade 9 includes economics, Algebra II, geometry, introduction to chemistry, physics, and earth science (ICPE), biology, and British literature.

Ridgeview Classical School*
Ridgeview provides an academically rigorous, content-rich educational program for grades kindergarten–12. Ridgeview offers the Core Knowledge curriculum in kindergarten–8th grade. A five-member parent board of directors governs the school.

* Charter schools operate independently from PSD, based on a charter or contract between the school and PSD’s Board of Education.

Bilingual Immersion

Harris Bilingual Immersion School
Harris teaches the PSD standards-driven curriculum in both English and Spanish. The school’s goal is for every student to become fully bilingual and biliterate. The dual-language instructional model at Harris has received state and national recognition. The school maintains a 50/50 ratio of native Spanish- and English-speaking students.

Lesher IB World Middle School
Lesher offers a two-way continuation of the immersion program for 6th-grade students from Harris Bilingual.  Language arts, math, science, and social studies is taught 50% in English and 50% in Spanish. All courses are also taught using the aims, objectives, assessment criteria, and areas of interaction of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. A Spanish language arts program is available for 7th- and 8th-grade students in the program. 

Non-Traditional, Experience-Based

Lab School for Creative Learning
Lab is an Expeditionary Learning School using a non-graded, non-traditional, hands-on approach to learning. Lab will add a 7th-grade class in 2010 and an 8th-grade class in 2011 to become a K–8 school. Instruction incorporates individualized learning, learning portfolios, small class sizes, multi-aged student work teams, and an integrated approach to learning science, math, and the arts through frequent field trips and community speakers.

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
Polaris (grades 6–12) is based on the fundamental idea that students learn more by experiencing the world around them. Colorado standards are utilized to design the Expeditionary Learning curriculum, along with student-teacher-parent development expectations emphasizing personal responsibility for learning. Polaris employs assessments tools such as student portfolios, Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) testing, and presentations of learning to provide a complete picture of student development.

Online Options

Poudre School District Global Academy
The PSD Online Academy provides high-quality, interactive education for students in grades 6-12.  Accessible anytime and anywhere, this virtual classrooom addresses each student at his or her academic level and learning pace, while providing relevant skills and knowledge for success in the 21st century.  PSD Online Academy offers more than 140 core subject and elective classes, allowing students and parents the freedom to choose a course load that is as individualized and enjoyable as possible--and flexible enough to suit their individual needs.

Download Specialized Schools at a Glance to see a list of speicalized schools and details about each.