Ranch Creek Elementary School was built by Academy School District 20 and opened in the Wolf Ranch development on August 27, 2007. Our boundaries include not only Wolf Ranch, but also the Cumbre Vista development, and a section of Black Forest Road.
The school’s name was suggested to Principal Susan Paulson by 4th and 5th grade students who were living in Wolf Ranch and attending Edith Wolford Elementary School in 2006-2007. During the first year, students proposed the Mustang as a fitting logo for Ranch Creek, and staff and parent volunteers voted to adopt black and gold as our school colors.
Since the beginning, Ranch Creek has included a District 20 preschool program, as well as a Communication and Social Delay program for students on the autism spectrum who are academically high-functioning. CSD students are placed by the District 20 special education staff, and District 20 provides additional dedicated special education staff to serve the unique needs of these students. Two other elementary schools in District 20 also have CSD programs.
The hub of our school building is the library, and an active 21st century library program has been an emphasis of our school since the beginning. Our library program, led by Jessica Babbs, has been awarded the highest recognition by the Colorado Department of Education for the past five years. We are fortunate to have technology integrated in learning throughout the school and throughout the curriculum.
In the fall of 2008, a group of teachers suggested that the school consider the IB program. After study and consideration, the teaching staff unanimously voted to pursue the IB program, and the parent community was wholeheartedly in agreement. District 20’s Superintendent, Dr. Mark Hatchell, and the Board of Education, gave their official support to the endeavor in the spring of 2009, and the journey began. The journey to IB authorization involved every staff member, every student, and many parents. An Authorization Visit was held in May of 2012, and the Certificate of Authorization was received in January of 2013. The IB PYP encompasses all that we do at Ranch Creek, including character education, service to others, and academic learning.