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In early September all STEM School students in Grade 3 and 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7). This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school. More...
Kindergarten Readiness Assessments
This Parent Excusal Form is only for elementary school parents wishing to excuse their elementary student from the kindergarten readiness assessments - READ Act or Cog-At. If you do not wish your student to participate in these assessments, please complete this form and return to Hannah Reese.
Elementary Wish List of Donations
Now that teachers are getting settled in their new classrooms, there are some items that teachers dream of having to support instruction and your students. Visit the Elementary Classroom Wish Lists for specific donation opportunities. Don’t forget to log your donations on the Volunteer site for credit. Check back often as this list will change throughout the year. We thank you for your support!
We are in need of some teacher desks, bookshelves, and furniture for our teacher’s lounge. We appreciate any of these items that you may be willing to donate.
K-5 Meet and Greet
We welcomed all our incoming K-5 families to our community! If you missed our event, please see the Meet and Greet Presentation.
We will have a school directory this year! This is an opt in option for parents to communicate with other families and teachers. Join HERE. The school code is STEMSchoolandAcademy.
Please visit the Traffic Link for full explanations of the driveline processes and procedures. Here is a summary:
Elementary AM Drive Line:
K-5th grade students will be dropped off and report to the designated area for each grade level, identified by the light blue boxes on the diagram. Students arriving prior to 8:10 should report to the BASE program. Staff will be available in the BASE program beginning at 8:05am and will walk students into the building at 8:10am. Classes begin at 8:20am.
Students dropped off with middle/high school siblings, prior to 8:10, will be provided a tag and should enter the elementary entrance and will be supervised by the Academy staff. The sibling tag provides supervision without additional cost.
Parents of single students will drop off their students after 8:05am will not be charged any additional fees.
Students that do not have siblings and arrive prior to 8:10 will be charged a $5.00 fee for this supervision. We encourage families to register for the BASE program. See the information on the Academy website.
Elementary PM Drive Line:
Students with siblings should wait in the grade level area until their older sibling picks them up and escorts them to their vehicle.
All elementary students must be picked up by 3:30. If parents are unable to pick the students up by that time, they should utilize the BASE Program.
THANK YOU for your patience as new families, students, and staff learn the driveline!
The following is a general schedule of the day. More specific details can be found HERE. Individual grade levels and teachers may make minor modifications to this schedule.
6:30 am - 8:10 am BASE programming open
8:10 am Soft start: Students enter and report to classrooms
8:20 am Classes begin
11:00 am - 12:40 pm Recess and Lunch
11:00 am - 11:40 am K/1st Grade Recess and Lunch
11:20 am - 12:00 pm 2nd and 3rd Grade Recess and Lunch
11:40 am - 12:20 pm 4th Grade Recess and Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 5th Grade Recess and Lunch
3:00 pm Kindergarten/1st grade dismissal
3:10 pm 2nd - 5th grade dismissal
3:20 pm MS/HS dismissal
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm BASE programming open
BASE (Before and After School Enterprise)
Spartan B.A.S.E. provides care both before and after school and full days during in-service days and school breaks for STEM Elementary students. The B.A.S.E. program is licensed through the state of Colorado Office of Early Childhood Education and run by the Douglas County School District. B.A.S.E. is staffed with at least one qualified teacher for every 15 students on site. B.A.S.E. provides a safe, enriching, environment, that combines quiet time for homework with enrichment activities, as well as time for free and gross motor play.
There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist with the opening of the elementary school. Please visit the Volunteer Page on the school website to sign up for further information.
The following opportunities are currently available:
Book Room and Library
Elementary Curriculum Nights
The elementary school will be providing many of the supplies needed for K-5th grade students throughout the year. We always welcome donations. A supply list for each grade level can be found HERE.
Elementary students do not need to bring their own devices at this time. The school is providing tablets, Chromebooks, Laptops, and access to two Computer Labs for K-5 students. Fifth grade students will begin transitioning to bringing their own devices in January.
K-4th students will be using Google Classroom as a parent and student learning platform. Fifth grade students will be using Canvas. Parent information for logging in will be provided during the first week of school.
We will be offering a variety of before and after school activities for students through the Academy. Visit the website for additional information after the school year kicks off.
Activities & Clubs
BASE (12 & Under)
Before & After Care
Bell Schedule (Elementary)
Bell Schedule (MS & HS)
College & Career Planning
Parents & Guardians
Staff by Department
STEM Educational Partnership (STEP)
8773 South Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
303-683-STEM (7836) | 303-683-2099 (fax)