Fort Collins Schools

Top Fort Collins Schools

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 top Fort Collins 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 and these types of neighborhoods usually get favored.  Sometimes you need to compromise.

Most of the newer neighborhoods are in Southeast Fort Collins and offer great top Fort Collins 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 Neighborhood, Observatory Village Neighborhood, English Ranch, Willow Springs, Huntington Hills, Westchase, Stetson Creek,Harvest Park, McClelland’s Creek, Mail Creek, Kechter Farm, 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 specific neighborhoods.


Top Fort Collins Schools

Riffenburgh Elementary – Top Fort Collins Schools

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 which is located in Timnath Ranch 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 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 schools! Contact me if you need more information regarding neighborhoods and the schools that feed into them.

Top Fort Collins Schools – Poudre School District

Bacon Elementary School

Principal: Joe Horky Grades: K – 5 Phone: 970-488-5300

Bauder Elementary School

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

Beattie Elementary School

Principal: Dave Patterson Grades: K – 5 Phone: 970-488-4225

Bennett Elementary, an IB World School

Principal: Amy Smythe Grades: K-5 Phone: 970-488-4750

Bethke Elementary School – A Core Knowledge School

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

Cache La Poudre Elementary School – A World IB School

Principal: Landus Boucher Grades: Pre K – 5 Phone: 970-488-7600

Dunn Elementary, IB World School

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

Harris Bilingual Immersion School

Principal: Norma Huerta-Kelley : K – 5 Phone: 970-488-5200

Irish Elementary School – A Dual Language 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: Kirk Samples Grades: K – 5 Phone: 970-488-5625

Polaris Expeditionary Learning

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

Laurel Elementary School – School of Arts and Technology

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 – A Leader in Me School

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

McGraw World – A 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: Melanie Mierzwa 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 – STEM School

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 – Core Knowledge School

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

Werner Elementary School – A National Blue Ribbon School

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

Zach Core Knowledge School – Core Knowledge School

K – 5 Phone: 970-488-5100


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