Fort Collins Schools – Poudre School District: A Simple Rundown

Most people or families rather when relocating to a new city look for many things in that new city.  It could be quality of life, affordable real estate, jobs,  and of course schools for their children. Many people move to Fort Collins with families and thus one of the most important factors in determining a neighborhood to live in is the schools. As I drive, a lot of my Fort Collins relocation clients around I find they love the charm and character of Old Town, being able to walk to shops and restaurants, but when it comes down to it a high quality education as well as amenities usually win out.  Sometimes you need to compromise. Most of the newer neighborhoods in Southeast Fort Collins offer great schools, neighborhood parks, community pools, tennis courts and an overall sense of community with neighborhoods with families just like their own.  A few of these neighborhoods include Fossil Lake Ranch, Observatory Village, English Ranch, Willow Springs, Huntington Hills, Westchase, Stetson Creek, Harvest Park, and Woodland Park Estates to name a few. Poudre Schools for the most part are School of Choice though in more recent times these neighborhood schools have been closed to just that specific neighborhoods.

Zach Elementary and Neighborhood Schools

A couple of neighborhood only schools include Fossil Lake Ranch and Observatory Village who go to Zach Elementary, Kinard Middle School and Fossil Ridge High School. Bethke Elementary has closed its school as well and is now just a neighborhood school. Fossil Ridge High School is very popular as well and for the most part you need to live within the Fossil Ridge High School zone in order to go to that school. Very important information when choosing where to purchase Fort Collins real estate and a good Fort Collins realtor such as myself will be able to help you sift through some of the intricacies of it.

Fort Collins schools in general are pretty good overall. We do have many differing styles and each school offers something different for each individual. Here is a list of the schools in Fort Collins. You can also go to to find test scores, reviews from parents and so forth. Take advice from others with a grain of salt as they all have their own objectives, coworkers, neighbors, people on the street, but do your research. I myself have three kids in the Poudre School District and I love our school! Contact me if you need more information regarding neighborhoods and the schools that feed into them.

Fort Collins Schools – Poudre School District

Bacon Elementary School

Principal: Joe Horky
Grades: K – 5<br>

Phone: 970-488-5300

Bauder Elementary School

Principal: Brian Carpenter
Grades: Pre K – 5
Phone: 970-488-4150

Beattie Elementary School

Principal: Sam Aldern
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-4225

Bennett Elementary, an IB World School

Principal: Michael Schooler
Grades: K-5
Phone: 970-488-4750

Bethke Elementary School

Principal: Ann Alfonso
Grades: K-5
Phone: 970-488-4300

Cache La Poudre Elementary School

Principal: Roxann Hall
Grades: Pre K – 5
Phone: 970-488-7600

Dunn Elementary, an IB World School

Principal: Deborah Ellis
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-4825 | Fax: 970-488-4827

Harris Bilingual Immersion School

Principal: Julie Schiola
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5200 |

Irish Elementary School

Principal: Lindsey Walton
Grades: Pre K – 5
Phone: 970-488-6900

Johnson Elementary School

Principal: Georgianna Dawson
Grades: K-5
Phone: 970-488-5000

Kruse Elementary School

Principal: Sean Gorman
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5625

Lab School for Creative Learning

Principal: Joe Gawronski
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-8260

Laurel Elementary School

Principal: Tommi Sue Cox
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5925 |

Linton Elementary School

Principal: Kristin W. Stolte
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5850 |

Lopez Elementary School

Principal: Traci Gile
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-8800

McGraw World IB School

Principal: Amy Smith
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-8335 |

O’Dea Core Knowledge School

Principal: Laurie Corso
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-4450

Olander School for Project-Based Learning

Principal: Brian Olver
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-8410

Poudre School District Global Academy

Principal: Heather Hiebsch
Grades: K-12
Phone: 970-490-3086

Putnam Elementary School of Science

Principal: Steve Apodaca
Grades: Pre K – 5
Phone: 970-488-7700

Rice Elementary School

Principal: Karen Koehn
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-8700

Riffenburgh Elementary School

Principal: Marc Ryby
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-7935

Shepardson Elementary School

Principal: Jennifer Chadwick-Conway
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-4525

Stove Prairie Elementary School

Principal: Matt Marietta
Grades: Pre K – 5
Phone: 970-488-6575

Tavelli Elementary

Principal: Christine Hendricks
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-6725 |

Timnath Elementary School

Principal: Lori Sander
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-6825

Traut Core Knowledge School

Principal: Mark Wertheimer
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-7500

Werner Elementary School

Principal: Hayden Camp
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5550 |

Zach Core Knowledge School

Principal: Will Alllen
Grades: K – 5
Phone: 970-488-5100


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