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Innovation Leads Education in Greeley

Driven by innovative, research-based initiatives, the Greeley-Evans School District 6 serves 22,000 students and is the 13th largest school district in the state of Colorado. The District’s 33 schools provide individualized education to students, ensuring every student has a clear path to high school graduation and beyond by engaging students and their families in their education and planning for a future career.

“Whether it be attending college or obtaining a certification to enter a career upon high school graduation, we are committed to helping our students reach all their goals,” said Theresa Myers, chief of communications for Greeley-Evans School District 6.

The District 6 strategic plan, Innovation2030, drives the success of students by preparing them for the future. The district has 12 Career Academies in its high schools, with 31 career pathways that range from advanced manufacturing and animal and plant sciences to culinary arts and engineering. Through the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation and Early College Academy and partnership with Aims Community College, students have access to college classes while still in high school and can even earn an Associate of Arts degree. And more innovative plans are in the works.

“We’ve been approved by the Colorado Department of Education to create schools of innovation at Martinez Elementary School, and Prairie Heights and Franklin Middle Schools,” said Myers. “We constantly look at the changing world and adapt our offerings to ensure our communities have the workers they need and our students can reach their own personal goals.”

Innovation2030 is not only focused on personal learning plans, paths to graduation and meaningful relationships with families, but also works to solidify and expand community partnerships. Greeley-Evans School District 6 is the third largest employer in Weld County, and gives back to the community economically by hiring local vendors whenever possible, encouraging staff to use local businesses and volunteering. Advisory board positions are available for the Career Pathways program and community members are invited to serve on District committees such as the District Accountability Committee. 

“This community has supported District 6 and its students in ways that are making a real difference in the lives of our youth and improving the trajectory of our community,” said Myers. “The partnerships and support we have received in this community is unprecedented.”

Community partnerships are essential to student success and staff support. Churches, businesses and organizations throughout Greeley can create partnerships and individuals can get involved as well by attending a Board of Education meeting, visiting, volunteering for events like the School Kickoff Community Celebration, interacting with social media posts, and staying up to date with the latest news on the website. Plus plays, art shows, music and dance performances and sports games are a great form of both entertainment and support. 

“The success of our schools impacts the success of our communities,” said Myers. “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Greeley and Evans communities.”

Looking ahead, the brand new Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering is enrolling students for August 2022 and will utilize Project Lead The Way curriculum to embed engineering principles across all content areas. More facility improvements include the new Greeley West High School, a large addition to McAuliffe STEM Academy, a large addition to Chappelow Arts Magnet School that will include a new flexible performance space and a new Madison PK-8 school that is still in the design phase. Additional improved, innovative learning spaces are underway at Meeker Elementary School, Martinez Elementary School, Heath Middle School and Franklin Middle School while every school in the district is undergoing construction to create safe and secure entrances, as well as new paint, flooring and ceilings where needed.

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