Arapahoe Ridge Elementary joyfully engages all learners to be critical thinkers who are empowered to reach their highest potential.
Teachers at Arapahoe Ridge are highly trained — 80 percent hold master’s degrees — and, on average, have been with the school more than 12 years. Arapahoe Ridge staff work together to instill a deep love of learning in each student, while helping them grow emotionally, socially and academically.
Outside of the classroom, more than 200 students participate in Arapahoe Ridge’s afterschool activities, including drama club, choir, student leadership, book club and school newspaper. The school’s active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) coordinates several schoolwide community events, including a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad and an annual Celebration of Learning.
Together, parents and teachers work to help students succeed in an encouraging, safe and engaging learning environment.
School Demographics (Colorado Department of Education School Dashboard)
No matter what your child's passions are or what unique learning opportunity they're looking for, there's a home for them in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. If you are starting your journey with us or transitioning from a different school, you are invited to discover all that our district has to offer to elevate your child's education. Make sure you understand your enrollment options and then find the best fit for your child.
Step 1: Understanding Your Enrollment Options
New to the district and need to enroll now?
In-district families who wish to attend their neighborhood boundary school can use our boundary locator to determine which school their student will attend.
Looking for a school outside your designated attendance boundary?
In-district families who wish to attend a school other than their boundary school and out-of-district families who wish to attend a Five Star District school can apply for admissions via the Choice Program during the specified timelines. Choice is closed for the 2019-2020 school year. We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please Note: In extenuating circumstances in-district students can request a change of school assignment through the family-initiated school transfer process.
Joining Adams 12 Five Star Schools from out of district?
Out-of-district families who wish to attend a school in the Five Star District can apply for admissions via the Choice program as family-initiated transfers are only available to in-district families.
Step 2: Gather the Required Documentation
Gather the required documentation.
Documentation needed includes:
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- One Proof of Residence
- Immunization Records
- Previous school information (if applicable)
Step 3: Complete the Online Enrollment Application
Please click here to access the district’s enrollment webpage, then click the New Families or Current Families buttons to be directed to the appropriate online enrollment application for your family. The application will ask you to enter information about your family and upload the required documents. Failure to upload the documents when the application is submitted will delay the enrollment process.
Step 4: Create a Parent Portal Account
You will receive confirmation of your student’s enrollment from their school after which time you can create an Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal account. You will need your child’s student number to create the account. The Parent Portal provides access to your child’s class lists and report cards in addition to other information.
District neighborhood schools create a strong sense of community and belonging while offering a wide array of specialized programming and curriculum. The Five Star District is home to over 40 neighborhood schools, which offer:
- Early childhood education, including tuition-based spots, and free full-day kindergarten
- Engaging, rigorous curriculum including STEM Learning, Gifted and Talented programming and Integrated Arts
- Student supports to nurture academic and social development
Arts-integration magnet school, The Studio School, where core subject areas are infused with the arts - drama, visual arts, music and dance - while maintaining high academic expectations.
Gifted and talented magnet program at Hulstrom K-8 designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and advanced learners.
Each of our five comprehensive high schools offer specialized programming designed to challenge, enrich and excite students and also put them on the path to achieve post-secondary success.
The district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, FutureForward, provides all district high school students with multiple pathways to a wide range of in-demand careers with competitive salaries. A second campus opening in the 2020-2021 school year will expand programming with Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Crime Scene Investigation.
The Five Star District is the authorizer of four charter schools, The New America School, Prospect Ridge Academy, Stargate School and Westgate Community School, which offer curriculum and programming ranging from Core Knowledge, Gifted and Talented and dropout recovery.