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Phase II Recommendation

Since the spring of 2021, Jeffco has taken action to close 19 schools, including closing 16 small elementary schools as part of Phase I of Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools.

On May 11, 2023, the Board approved the Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools Phase II Resolution.

Coal Creek School Building

In the 2023-24 school year, Coal Creek Canyon K-8 School (Coal Creek K-8) was the lowest enrolled district-managed Jeffco school and will serve fewer than 85 students, which is a 45% decline in enrollment since 2019. 

Arvada K-8 School used 60% of its intended capacity and served fewer than 560 students as the district’s second lowest enrolled K-8 school. Enrollment was not projected to increase and both schools were urgently unsustainable.

On August 24, 2023, district staff recommended the Jeffco Board of Education (Board) close Coal Creek K-8 and Arvada K-8 because of unsustainable enrollment. On October 12, the Board voted to approve the Phase II recommendation. 

After-Action Review Part Two

The second after-action review focuses on experiences and perceptions around hiring, enrollment and efforts to prepare for student, family and staff transitions.

View the After Action Review Part Two

The Opportunity

All Jeffco students will have equal access to a thriving educational experience – resourced classrooms and programming, opportunities to collaborate with peers – because we are stewarding our resources to serve the number of students who live in Jefferson County today. Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools Phase I focused on thriving elementary schools. Phase II focused on thriving K-8 and middle schools and concluded this focused work to address declining enrollment in our district. The FCB Dashboard will be used to regularly monitor the enrollment health of our schools. 

  • The Board voted in June 2023 to meet the community’s desire to sustain the Pomona articulation area by consolidating Moore Middle School with Pomona High School. Beginning in the 2024-25 school year Pomona Jr/Sr High School will serve students in grades 6-12 at Pomona. Moore Middle School will close at the end of the 2023-24 school year.

  • The district can address long-term sustainability issues in two communities with the smallest K-8 enrollment, Coal Creek K-8 and Arvada K-8.

  • Boundary students from closing schools can be accommodated in their current articulation areas.

  • These recommendations impacted approximately 524 students and 97 staff across two school communities.

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