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Why is Jeffco Public Schools consolidating schools?

To provide extraordinary learning experiences for every student and extraordinary professional experiences for every staff member in a declining enrollment environment, Jeffco must concentrate its resources into fewer schools. Ensuring that Jeffco provides a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures locally and globally requires both building on our many bright spots and confronting our challenges through the lens of opportunity.

  • Jeffco has seats for 96,000 students and serves 69,000, leaving approximately 27,000 empty seats.
  • Lagging birth rates and unaffordable housing have been steadily shifting demographics and affecting enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools since 2001. Add to that, that during the last three years, Jeffco’s enrollment declined by 5,000 students.
  • Colorado school districts are funded based on how many students they have. While funding is supposed to follow each student to their school, in Jeffco our smallest schools cannot survive on per-pupil funding alone. In order to sustain small schools, Jeffco pulls funding from larger schools. Our investment in an individual students’ education ranges from $13,000 to over $19,000—we are paying the most to educate students in our smallest schools and the funding isn’t for better programming or more services. The funding is simply to supplement the school at the most foundational level so that it can survive.
  • Jeffco’s smallest schools are often unable to provide one classroom per grade level, which results in split grade-level classrooms (e.g., a combined third and fourth grade classroom). And where there is one classroom for a grade level it may be very full because enrollment cannot support two classrooms for that grade. This also means that educators in small schools do not have a colleague to collaborate with around lesson planning and instructional strategies.
  • Jeffco’s smallest schools have fewer full-time service, activities, and clubs than larger schools and may not offer before and after school care because there are too few students to support the program.

What are the benefits of school consolidation?

The vision for school consolidation is that two small schools can become one, more robustly resourced school that will do the following:

  • Offer the services, activities, and peer interactions that will provide extraordinary student experience
  • Operate with a foundational staffing model by 2025 (full time Art Music, and PE Teachers, more resources for students, more full-time staff, etc.)
  • Have two teachers per grade level to provide extraordinary educator experiences
  • Execute an academic success plan, based on the unique attributes of both school communities and aligned with Jeffco Thrives 2025 to ensure a culture of instructional excellence in the new boundary school.

What was the criteria used for the Phase 1 elementary school consolidation recommendation?

The Phase 1 criteria was that on August 15, 2022 the school had:

  • An enrollment of less than 220 K-2, K-5, K-6 students OR
  • Is utilizing 45% or less of the capacity of its facility AND
  • There is an elementary school or schools less than 3.5 miles away that can serve the students from the closing school in the current articulation area*

* Source: EnrollJeffco

When were the Phase 1 consolidation decisions made?

District staff recommendations were shared with the Board of Education on August 25, 2022. The Board voted in favor of the staff recommendation on November 10, 2022. Decisions will be effective for the 2023–24 school year and the 2024–25 school year.

How are students and staff being supported at impacted schools?

Ongoing support plans are in place at each impacted school and are customized to each school’s needs.

When will Phase 1 schools close and consolidate?

Schools part of Phase 1 will close at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The exception is Bergen Meadow Elementary and Preschool K-2 that will combine with the Bergen Valley Elementary School to become PK-5 at the start of the 2024-25 school year. 

What happens if the school my student attends is named as the new boundary school for a nearby school that is closing?

School communities will be supported as they come together to become one strong and sustainable school community. The focus will be on the district’s value of Belonging. In Jeffco, we cultivate environments where all students, staff, families, and members of our community are safe, accepted, respected, included, encouraged by others, and feel that their voices and perspectives are valued. New boundary school leaders are committed to creating opportunities to ensure that students and families whose buildings are closing feel that they belong.

What will happen to the principal, teachers and staff at schools that are closing and consolidating with another school?

Jeffco is committed to supporting administrators, educators and classified staff in exploring employment options both at new boundary schools and throughout the district.

As a result of consolidations, we anticipate that the new neighborhood school for the area will require more certified and classified staff to serve incoming students; your child’s teacher will have the opportunity to be matched with available positions at the new neighborhood school and other available positions throughout Jeffco.

School principal will continue to lead their school for the remainder of the current school year and will be considered for school leadership opportunities in Jeffco for the following school year.

If my student’s school is closing, how will my student get to their new school?

Eligibility for transportation will be determined by the distance students live from the school (one mile for elementary students) and safety concerns unique to their attendance area (policy EEA). Elementary students who live more than one mile from their boundary school are eligible for transportation. Students who live one mile or less from their school may be eligible if a safety consideration applies (e.g., 4 lane roads and HWY, RR crossing, 2 lane road with a speed limit above 40 MPH, road that the supervisors determine unsafe to cross, etc.)

Transportation routes are determined just prior to the start of school, as normal operational practice. If you have specific questions about transportation eligibility and operations please connect with your Jeffco Transportation Contacts.

Will families impacted by Phase 1 have to pay bus fees?

Bus fees will NOT be assessed for Jeffco families in the 2023-24 school year.

What support will be provided to impacted families to navigate the EnrollJeffco process?

There are designated support staff in place for each impacted school to help families navigate the EnrollJeffco choice process. Families will be assisted in enrolling in the school of their choice. Families who prefer their student attend a school other than their new neighborhood school may participate in the EnrollJeffco choice process.

Will families have an opportunity to visit new boundary schools?

Your student will have opportunities to visit their new neighborhood school, and meet staff and classmates to begin creating a sense of belonging and community at their new school. Your student’s principal will be in touch about these opportunities throughout the remainder of the school year.

What are you going to do with the facility once a school closes? 

The district will take time to understand what will best serve the interests of the district and communities as a whole, which includes an analysis of systemic needs and feedback from stakeholders. Decisions about building use will be made after conducting a process that includes public consideration of the district’s options. To learn more and view available properties, visit the Property Disposition webpage.

Are you considering consolidating secondary schools?

Jeffco will begin considering secondary schools (K-8 and traditional middle schools) in Phase 2 of Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools. Consolidation criteria for Phase 2 will be different from consolidation criteria set for elementary schools in Phase 1.

How will school consolidations affect school boundaries and articulation areas?

Jeffco will begin considering changes for school boundaries and articulation areas in Phase 2 of Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools.

What do I do if the current school my student attends has a PK but the recommended receiving school does not have a listed PK site?

Of the 34 pre-k classrooms at schools included in the Phase 1 elementary school consolidation, we will be able to place or maintain all but 14 in new boundary schools. The remaining 14 classrooms can be placed in nearby schools to maintain the total number of pre-k seats currently offered.


  • Maple Grove
  • Powderhorn
  • Sierra
  • Weber


  • Campbell (ECE Center)
  • Eiber
  • Foothills
  • Hutchinson
  • Kendallvue
  • Lumberg
  • Ryan
  • Semper
  • Stevens

Do current enrollment numbers include center program and preschool students?

Enrollment and building utilization numbers on the FCB dashboard include Center Program students. The number of students in Center Programs are also called out separately on the dashboard. Because preschool is not part of an elementary school’s funded count (it is funded differently), preschool students are listed on, but are separate from a school’s K-2, K-5, or K-6 enrollment on the FCB dashboard. However, as stated on the FCB dashboard, if a school has a preschool program it is factored into the building utilization percentage on the FCB dashboard.

Once a school closes, will all of the students at the school (boundary and choice) have a place at the new neighborhood school?

Yes. Every student (boundary and choice-in) at a closing school will have a secured spot at the new neighborhood school. If no action is taken by a family during EnrollJeffco, students in the closing school will automatically rollover to the new neighborhood school.

Will impacted families have a priority in the EnrollJeffco process if they chose a school outside of neighborhood school?

Yes. All students attending a school that will be closing will receive a priority for all district-managed elementary schools above the “Students who reside in Jefferson County” priority during Round 1 and Round 2.

How are you going to use the FCB Dashboard for evaluating secondary schools in Phase 2 of Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools?

Similar to Phase 1 of Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools, school closure criteria will be developed that specifically look at Jeffco’s K-8 and traditional 6-8 middle schools. We anticipate for this criteria to be developed and presented to the Board in August 2023. 

We recognize that data on the FCB dashboard does not tell the whole story of school. However, it offers important context that can effectively support all of us — families, staff, and community – in our work together to ensure that all Jeffco students have extraordinary student experiences that recognize their strengths, challenge them to improve and support them to succeed.

How frequently will the information in the FCB Dashboard be updated?

The FCB Dashboard was updated in Spring 2023 to include the addition of option schools and AECs (alternative education campuses) in addition to charter school enrollment information. We will also share more about how the data in the dashboard will be maintained going forward, including when we expect new or corrected data to populate.

[Special Education] If my student’s school is part of the Phase 1 elementary school consolidation, what will happen to school-based Center Programs?

Your student’s continued success is crucially important to the district. Jeffco’s practice is not to have multiple types of center programs in one school. Five of the center programs will be moved to receiving schools identified for Phase 1:

  • Arvada: Peck SSN → Secrest 
  • Dakota Ridge: Colorow AN → Powderhorn 
  • Standley Lake: Sheridan Green GT → Ryan 
  • Wheat Ridge: Wilmore Davis ASD → Stevens 
  • Wheat Ridge: Kullerstrand AN → Prospect Valley

Six of the center programs will be relocated:

  • Emory AN Program → Rose Stein
  •  Thomson AN Program → Hackberry Hill if needed
  • Campbell SSN Program → Vanderhoof
  • Green Mountain SSN Program → Belmar
  • Glennon AN Program → Hutchinson
  • Vivian DHH Program → Maple Grove

[Special Education] If the current center program my child is placed at is moving, can they now go to a center that is closer to our home? Or, what if we want to attend a school other than where our student is placed?

The Special Education Department is working directly with families  on new placement locations. We are working together to honor family input on location as much as possible.

[Special Education] Will there be an opportunity to tour and meet the staff at the recommended facility?

School sites will schedule open house events for all potential new families.

[Special Education] When will we be communicated with about where our student will be placed?

Families will receive a call from a Special Education Assistant Director or Director prior to discuss student support and placement.

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