Why Choose Woodland Park?

The Community
Woodland Park School District (WPSD) is nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak approximately 20 minutes “up the pass” from Colorado Springs and 87 miles from Denver. At 8,465 feet the Woodland Park area provides an opportunity to enjoy the scenery, outdoor activities, and peaceful life of Colorado.  The area is home to approximately 20,000 citizens, and includes the towns of Woodland Park, Divide, and Florissant.  There is a great diversity in the socioeconomic make-up of the communities.

Woodland Park is a major hub for outdoor recreation offering hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, camping and many other opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and allow community members to enjoy the beautiful environment.  The City recently renovated Memorial Park which sits in the center of town.  The park offers a place for families and community members to gather end enjoy the wonderful amenities and view of Pikes Peak.  The park is home to the Woodland Park Farmer’s Market in the summer which is the most popular farmer’s market in the Pikes Peak Region.  The most recent addition to the City is the Woodland Park Aquatic Center.  This state-of-the-art indoor facility provides endless enjoyment for our youth, adults, and senior citizens.  An intergovernmental agreement between the City and WPSD provides opportunities for the District to incorporate swimming into the curriculum and develop competitive high school swim teams as well.

Education is the foundation for a vital community.  The goal of the WPSD is to provide quality education through a strong community-school relationship.  The community recognizes the importance of a strong education system.  The WPSD shares a close working relationship with the city and county governments.  Quarterly the Board of Education and superintendent meet with elected officials and other leaders in local government for discussion of current issues and collaboration.  There are many enthusiastic parents and community members that are involved in the WPSD’s Building Accountability Committees, Parent-Teacher Organizations, and other volunteer educational programs.  WPSD invites all area citizens to become partners with the District’s education staff, for they believe a PERSONAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION is an investment in the future of Teller County.

The District
Woodland Park School District Re-2 encompasses the northern half of Teller County.  The current enrollment is 2,512  PK-12.  This size makes the District small enough to be responsive to student and constituent needs and yet large enough to offer a well-rounded instructional program.  The District has 173 certified teachers, 144 classified staff, and 15 administrators.  The District is home to three PK-5 elementary schools; one 6-8 middle school; one 9-12 high school; and one maintenance facility.

The educational programs of the District are focused on maintaining a balance between high academic achievement and learning skills combined to provide students the innovative, exciting instruction they will need as they grow up in a dynamic and changing society.  Next Generation is in full swing throughout the District.  In addition, students participate in a full range of co-curricular activities including art, band, drama, forensics, and vocal music.  The Elementary schools provide creative approaches to reach student’s interest and keep them engaged.  The Middle School provides students with a customized curriculum through the Summit Basecamp Program.  The High School is proud of the 127 varied course offerings including 5 Honors courses, 10 Advanced Placement courses, Blended Learning Program, and concurrent enrollment opportunities.  Our students compete every year at the state and national levels in many of our academic competitions, sports, and activities.  Recent Woodland Park graduates have been awarded the Boettcher Scholarship, received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy, and have been accepted to Georgetown, Stanford, Northwestern, Tulane, Vassar, University of Chicago, Washington University, and Colorado School of Mines, to name a few.  The Class of 2017 earned scholarships with a dollar value in excess of $4,250,000.  The District prioritizes collaborative work among district staff through the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessments to the Colorado Academic Standards as well as state and national benchmarks.

The WPSD is fully accredited by the Colorado State Department of Education and the Colorado State Board of Education.  The school district, in turn, accredits each individual school and monitors that accreditation on an ongoing basis.   Most schools are accredited at the performance level.

In April 2016, the community passed a 1.09% city sales tax increase which provides ongoing financial support to our District.  This generates approximately an additional $2.1 million annually and is specifically targeted for spending on:  Salaries & Benefits; COP Lease Payments (Mill Levy Reduction); Facilities & Maintenance; Technology; and Innovative Programming & Post-Secondary. Additionally, in November 2004, the District successfully passed a $1.1m mill levy override to support staff along with a $14.6m bond issue giving the District updated buildings.

The five-member Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms and serve without pay.  The board, on behalf of students, staff, parents and the community, holds itself accountable to the citizens of the District through Policy Governance.  In fulfillment of this charge, the Board is committed to rigorous, continual improvement of its capacity to govern effectively through policy by defining its concerns in terms of values and its vision in terms of expectations.

If receiving a world-class education while enjoying the beautiful Colorado mountains and participating in small town traditions is what you want for your child, then you’re in the right place! Doug Middleton Jersey

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