BackCountry kids don’t just have it good when it comes to elementary school. They also have an outstanding choice for middle school, those in-between years that can be the most challenging.
Less than two miles away from BackCountry, Ranch View Middle School boasts a “Performance” plan status, the highest level rating by the Colorado Department of Education. In terms of test scores, 7th graders in 2013 averaged 73% in math (compared to 55% statewide), 82% in reading (compared to 68%), and 79% in writing (compared to 61%).
Why such good scores? One reason may be the school’s emphasis on hiring teachers with real-world experience, which brings additional depth and relevance to subject matter. RVMS teachers hold degrees in Engineering, Technology, Business, Construction, and Marketing, as well as Education.
The school also offers an abundance of choices to match kids’ educational needs. Perhaps its most attractive feature is its International Baccalaureate program, a challenging educational system that helps children develop the skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
When it comes to languages, children can choose from Spanish and Chinese, a rare but extremely relevant choice in today’s global economy. The arts include band, choir, orchestra, drama, and visual art.
A “Leaders of the Pack” group of 8th graders serve as role models for the school, and provide practical assistance to 7th graders in order to promote their success.
And there are clubs galore, oriented around books, chess, code, drama, robotics, guitar, and writing, among other interests.
Want to learn more? Visit the school at 1731 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway or call (303) 387-2300.