Education

Moffat County School District:

Early Childhood Center

The Moffat County School District Early Childhood Center provides educational services for children ages birth to 5 years old in morning and afternoon sessions. Programs are run in accordance with regulations, guidelines and statutes established by the Colorado legislature, Colorado Department of Education, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA), the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Preschool Program Act as outlined in Colorado School Law. The purpose of the Moffat County School District Early Childhood Center's preschool program is to provide quality early childhood education for young children in Moffat County through active learning. Parents are a child's first teacher, thus we encourage positive relationships between school and parents, working towards the achievement of shared goals. Carol Taylor is the preschool director. For more information on the Early Childhood Center, call (970) 824-7457.

East Elementary School

Located at the corner of Seventh Street and Texas Avenue on the east side of Craig, East Elementary School sits atop a hill overlooking the community. The school provides 12 classrooms, a technology center, cafeteria, gymnasium, music room, Title I reading and math program and a special education program. East Elementary School endorses the developmental approach to education that focuses on the child first. The school's staff believes in creating classrooms where learning is a natural process. Parents and teachers work together to develop the whole child at East Elementary School. Meaningful communication between school and home is a goal at the school. East Elementary School was constructed in 1959. Sarah Hepworth is the school's principal. The school's phone number is (970) 824-6042.

Maybell Elementary School

Maybell Elementary School is located 30 miles west of Craig in the small, rural community of Maybell.

One teacher and one student aide are employed in this new, modern school. Enrollment in grades kindergarten through fifth averages 10 students.

The school was the 2002 recipient of the John Irwin Schools of Eexcellence Award.

The school's principal is Julie Baker. Rhonda Willingham is the school's teacher.

For more information on Maybell Elementary School, call (970) 272-3266.

Ridgeview Elementary School

Constructed in 1981, Ridgeview Elementary School is the newest of the three elementary Schools in Craig.

The school is at 600 Westridge Road in the Ridgeview subdivision in west Craig.

The two-story building houses students in preschool through fifth grades.

The Ridgeview staff strives to create an ideal learning environment for each of its students. Numerous programs are in place to help students reach their maximum potential.

Academic achievement, with a focus on literacy and math, is a top priority.

The development of a positive self-concept while promoting student responsibility is emphasized throughout the School.

Physical education, music, art and technology are also integrated into the learning experience to offer a balanced approach to educating the "whole child."

The school's principal is Julie Baker.

For more information on Ridgeview Elementary School, call (970) 824-7018.

Sandrock Elementary School

Sandrock Elementary School, formerly Craig Intermediate School, was built in 1964. In 1996, when Craig Middle School was divided into two separate schools, CIS housed fifth- and sixth-grade students. In 2009, when a new Craig Middle School was constructed, CMS serves sixth- through eighth-graders, and Sandrock was created as one of four elementary schools to srve students in preschool to fifth-grade.. Located at 201 E. Ninth St., the school has an instructional program that includes art, music, physical education, Title I and special education. There are 387 students at Sandrock. Kamisha Siminoe is the school's principal. For more information about Craig Intermediate School, call (970) 824-3287.

Sunset Elementary School

Located a few blocks from downtown Craig at the corner of Green and Seventh streets, Sunset Elementary School sits in the heart of the community. Constructed in 1955, the school had building additions in 1960 and 1978. Sunset, which serves students in preschool through the fifth grade, features an auditorium, gymnasium, library, computer center and music room. The staff at Sunset Elementary School concentrates on reading and writing skills along with mathematics. In addition to the core curriculum, Sunset offers speech therapy, special education, Title I and counseling to students. The school's mission is to provide children at Sunset Elementary School with a good educational foundation to help them succeed as they continue through school. Zack Allen is the principal at Sunset. For more information, call (970) 824- 5762.

Craig Middle School

Craig Middle School, at 915 Yampa Ave., is centrally located in the community of Craig. The school houses sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. The school was constructed in 2009, replacing the previous building on the same lot, which was built in 1948. The 18-acre campus includes two physical education fields, a football field, baseball field, industrial arts classroom and shop.

The school is equipped with up-to-date computer/audio/visual equipment and materials to complement the basic educational program, which stresses the improvement of basic learning skills. The school also features an instructional materials center, which includes a computerized information search and checkout system, and materials for students and faculty members.

The central core of the instructional program focuses on the basic subjects of English, reading, mathematics, social studies, physical education and science. Elective courses include choir, band, foreign language, speech and drama, teen topics and specialized computer classes.

CMS places great emphasis on maintaining a positive school slimate and close communication with parents , including regular progress reports, report cards and regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences.

There is an interscholastic sports program for both boys and girls. Sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track.

Bill Toovey is the school's principal.

For more information regarding Craig Middle School, call (970) 824-3289.

Moffat County High School

Moffat County High School is located at 900 Finley Lane on the city's north side. The campus was built in 1981. The school serves students in grade 9 to 12. Beyond the core classes, the high school also features music, special needs, vocational classes, ACE/Work, agriculture classes and welding, auto mechanics, computer aided drawing and family/consumer science. The school competes in the Colorado High School Athletic Association's Class 4A Western Slope League. Sports teams include baseball, basketball, golf, swimming, volleyball, soccer and wrestling. MCHS's footbal team competes at the 3A level. Thom Schnellinger is the school's principal. Travis Jensen is the school's assistant principal. For more information about the high school, call (970) 824-7036.

Hayden School District:

Hayden Valley Elementary School

Hayden Valley Elementary School serves students preschool through fifth-grade. The building was built in 1979 and is located at 300 Breeze Basin Boulevard on the west side of Hayden. Hayden Valley Elementary School is a winner of the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for the 2001-02 School year. The school's principal is Rhonda Sweetser. For more information on Hayden Valley Elementary School, call (970) 276-3756.

Hayden Middle School

Hayden Middle School, 495 W. Jefferson Ave., features about 120 students in sixth through eighth grades. The school received a rating of average on the School Accountability Report. The school facility originally was built in 1948 and is now connected to the high school. Troy Zabel is the school's principal. For more information on the school, call (970) 276-3762.

Hayden High School

Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson Ave., was built in 1972 and a gymnasium was added in 1986. The school has about 150 students in the ninth through 12th grades. The school competes in Colorado High School Athletic Association Class 2A Western Slope League. Boys sports include basketball, wrestling and track and field. Girls sports include volleyball, basketball and track and field. The high school's football team competes at the 1A level. Troy Zabel is the Hayden High School principal. For more information on the school, call (970) 276-3761.

Dinosaur Community Charter School:

Dinosaur Community Charter Learning Center, located in the small town 90 miles west of Craig, split from Moffat County School District this year to join forces with Hope Co-Op Online Learning Academy. The K-12 school has 25 students in two classrooms, supervised by two mentors and one teacher/site coordinator, who visits the school weekly from Denver. The students complete online lessons and assignments and take tests. They type essays and watch science experiments on their computers. Mentors and teachers can track students' progress and reassign lessons if more help is needed. Mentors and teachers can advance students to the next grade level once they are competent in the grade's topics and pass related tests. Parents can also access educational information at home to track their children's progress. Carmen McKay is lead mentor at the school. For more information on Dinosaur Community Charter Learning Center, call (970) 374-2265.

Colorado Northwestern Community College:

The Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) offers local residents access to a number of educational and recreational courses. The college also offers courses at its residential Rangely campus. The Craig campus provides services to about 600 students. CNCC boasts about 1,300 total students including the Rangely campus, Hayden, South Routt County and Meeker service centers and high school dual enrollment program. Moffat County residents may enroll in the college's courses free of charge, thanks to scholarships through a local mill levy. Nursing, cosmetology and power plant technology are programs unique to the Craig campus. Mine training and Emergency Medical Services training are also provided by the college. Dental hygiene, aviation, aviation maintenance and natural resources programs are offered in Rangely. CNCC is close to breaking ground on a $38 million Craig campus expansion that will include a career and technical building, an academic building and work site. The two new buildings will sit on Moffat County Road 7 on the west side of Craig. The expansion should be complete by August of 2011. Although a number of students complete certificates and programs, many opt to transfer to four-year institutions to complete a bachelor's degree or master's program after receiving an associate's degree. The positive relationship between Moffat County High School and CNCC has resulted in the development of a strong collaborative program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to take dual enrollment college classes for high school and college credit. The Craig campus is a unique mix of recent high school graduates, full- and part-time students and non-traditional students, a dedicated staff and faculty, community education classes reflecting local interests and culture, and a fitness center. The Adult Learning Assistance Program (ALAP) provides experienced instructors and tutors for remedial and preparatory classes.

Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office:

CSU Cooperative Extension offers newsletters, information sheets and educational programs on a variety of topics including horticulture, gardening, food, nutrition and high-altitude cooking. Moffat County 4-H is also run through this office. Call (970) 824-9180 or stop by the office at 539 Barclay St. for more information.

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