STEM School Sterling Ranch

At STEM School Sterling Ranch we put innovation in the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.

Welcome! We are an innovative, FREE, public, charter learning community that exists to innovate K-12 education in order to prepare every student to lead change, solve problems and succeed in an exponentially changing world.

Projected to open in the Fall of 2023, STEM School Sterling Ranch will serve students in grades K-12 once it is at full capacity.

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Our Curriculum

We Innovate Early

Our unique K-5 model encourages innovation from an early age, laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovery.

We focus on providing a rigorous and relevant core education that taps into the innate curiosity of each student while integrating essential STEM skills and concepts within literacy, mathematics, social studies and science.

Our classrooms come alive with relevant, problem-based learning where 21st Century Skills are embedded through the use of technology, critical thinking, and collaboration to engage the heads, hearts and hands of students in authentic and real world issues. All elementary students will participate in specials classes that include art, music, physical education, and world language.

Character development is key as we nurture and develop responsible and respectful elementary students.

All curricular decisions begin with the alignment to the Colorado Academic Standards (CDE, 2010). Core Knowledge (Core Knowledge Foundation, 2010) topics are incorporated and embedded throughout each unit of instruction. Twenty-first century skills (P21, 2007) and technology are infused throughout each unit as well.

We Foster Fearless Innovation

Our Middle School is a haven for continual innovation, creative exploration and rigorous discovery.

In Middle School we focus on a providing an engaging and empowering education that incorporates essential middle school level skills and character development, with rigorous real world education. All of this is then rooted in STEM-based problem solving and fueled by constant exploration, inquiry and discovery.

Our students are thinkers, doers, change makers and innovators. They develop the skills of critical thinking, collaboration, safe failure and applied innovation through an exciting and challenging integrated STEM curriculum.

At the heart of our innovative model is a student-centered and teacher guided approach to learning where students become curious, creative and active drivers and problem solvers to real world challenges.

Our teachers are catalysts, champions, guides and experts in igniting a love of learning while teaching appropriate use of technology, collaboration, teamwork and organization to achieve goals.

We work tirelessly to provide an exciting and engaging education that unlocks the unlimited potential of every student while fostering the character and confidence needed to succeed in an exponentially changing world.

Our High School is where innovation and rigorous achievement come to life.

Our strong, innovative and problem-based curriculum is futuristic, entrepreneurial and fun. Our students are challenged to think outside-the-box and maximize their potential in every academic area. They are challenged to develop the essential soft skills necessary to be productive and valued members of the 21st Century workforce. We offer a variety of technology and computer science classes focused on programming in a variety of languages, creative applications like 3D animation/modeling and designing, and building games.

Additionally our students are able to earn industry level IT certificates by taking classes in A+, Net+, and Security+. In our engineering Labs, students fine-tune their problem-solving and creative skills as they take classes in manufacturing, robotics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), digital electronics, and transportation technologies.

The infusion of technology goes beyond the labs and is integral in the liberal arts classrooms as a tool to help students use information which is abundantly available to create and build new knowledge. Teachers facilitate students through significant problem based learning (PBL) experiences where they are not simply acquiring new information, rather students work collaboratively to solve real-world problems in real-world contexts.

The foundation of the engaged real-world learning at the high school level, is our focus on ensuring all students fully master the basic skills in reading, writing, communication, math and critical thinking. We aim to support and challenge students and provide the firm foundation necessary to be successful with whatever pathway they choose to take after high school.

Beyond the basics, our students take risks. We challenge them to create, learn and do things never done before. We embrace safe failure as a way to push forward. We are an exponential learning environment that engages students at all levels. We teach career navigation skills, business ethics with character education, personal responsibility, teamwork and problem solving with creativity.

Our Mission

Never Stop Innovating.

Our Vision

We envision a world of exponential possibilities where every child develops the innate knowledge, skills, creativity and character to thrive, lead and succeed in an ever-changing future.

Our Goal

Our goal is not only to prepare students to thrive in the constant world of reinvention, but to lead it.

Core Beliefs

Creating an environment of respect and success in an exponentially changing world.
Nurturing unlimited human potential.
Leveraging the power of collaboration through continuous inquiry and experimentation.
Optimizing resources and operations.
Impacting the world ethically and positively.
Relentlessly reinvent and adapt.

Our KOSON Instructional Model

Problem-Based Learning

Our KOSON Instructional Model is our secret sauce. It is what inspires our students and our staff every day.

What is it? It is Problem-Based Learning, done the KOSON way. That means it is a teaching methodology where learning is student-centered and driven by relevant, real-world problems.

Throughout their instruction, students learn about a problem, ask questions, research, brainstorm solutions, test, analyze and take action, all while learning the state standards.

Students access background knowledge and investigate standards, which are aligned concepts that might help solve the problem.

PBL encourages peer collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, all while learning responsible use of technology.

Working with industry leaders, students find new ways to collaborate and seek new solutions.

Students are in the driver’s seat of their education through meaningful learning opportunities that allow for them to constantly seek new answers and push themselves even further.

The Timeline

March 16, 2022

Application Received by DCSD

April 19, 2022

Applicant Interview with DCSD CART Team

April 26, 2022

Public Hearing at DCSD Board Meeting

June 7, 2022

DCSD Board approves/denies application

July/August 2022

If approved, begin implementation of Year Zero plans.

If denied, appeal to the Colorado State Board of Education.

Fall of 2023

Expected date to Open