Adams 12 Five Star Schools

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Adams County School District 12
1500 E. 128th Ave.
Thornton, Colorado, 80241
Coordinates 39°55′33″N 104°58′00″W / 39.925714°N 104.966549°W / 39.925714; -104.966549Coordinates: 39°55′33″N 104°58′00″W / 39.925714°N 104.966549°W / 39.925714; -104.966549
Motto Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Superintendent Chris Gdowski
Enrollment 37,341[1] (fall 2006)
Area Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster

The Adams County School District 12, commonly known as the Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is a public school district located in western Adams County, Colorado, United States. The district serves the suburban area immediately north of Denver including the communities of Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster.



As of 2011, the Colorado school district consists of 32 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, 4 charter schools, 1 alternative school, 1 technical education center, and 1 adult education center with nearly 39,000 students enrolled in the district. Even though there are approximately 68 different spoken languages throughout the district, the ESL(English as a second language) population of nearly 5,000 students consists of mainly Hispanics. Almost 3,000 students participate in the gifted and talented program, and almost 3,500 students have special education needs. Over 14,000 students travel to school by bus, and over 10,500 students receive a free or reduced lunch.

Along with the large student body, the district also has a large teacher work force. At the end of 2006, the district contained 1,918 classroom teacher, and 917 of those teachers had some kind of advanced degree. The teachers in the district have, on average, 10.65 years of total teaching experience and 9.19 years of employment within the district. Only .01% of the entire teacher workforce have emergency licenses.


  • White/Caucasian: 23.00%
  • Hispanic: 62.11%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.15%
  • African–American: 2.71%
  • Native American: 0.99%


Elementary schools[edit]

  • Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School
  • Centennial Elementary School
  • Cherry Drive Elementary School
  • Coronado Hills Elementary School
  • Cotton Creek Elementary School
  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School
  • Eagleview Elementary School
  • Elementary School 32 (under construction)
  • Federal Heights Elementary School
  • Glacier Peak Elementary School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Hulstrom Options School (K-8)
  • Hunters Glen Elementary School
  • Leroy Drive Elementary School
  • Lochibue Elementary School
  • Malley Drive Elementary School
  • McElwain Elementary School
  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • North Mor Elementary School
  • North Star Elementary School
  • Prairie Hills Elementary School
  • Riverdale Elementary School
  • Rocky Mountain Elementary School
  • Silver Creek Elementary School
  • Skyview Elementary School
  • Stellar Elementary School
  • STEM Magnet Lab School
  • Stukey Elementary School
  • Tarver Elementary School
  • The Studio School
  • Thornton Elementary School
  • Westview Elementary School
  • Woodglen Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Century Middle School
  • Crossroads Alternative School
  • Hulstrom Options School
  • Niver Creek Middle School
  • Northglenn Middle School
  • Rocky Top Middle School
  • Shadow Ridge Middle School
  • Silver Hills Middle School
  • STEM Magnet Lab School
  • Thornton Middle School
  • Westlake Middle School
  • Brighton Middle School

High schools[edit]


International Baccalaureate[edit]

Thornton High School is the site of the districts' IB (International Baccalaureate) and MYP (Middle Years Programme). Century Middle School also is authorized for the MYP Program for young people in the grades sixth through eighth.

Legacy 2000 Program[edit]

Legacy High School is the site of the Legacy 2000 Program, an academic program that focuses on math, science, and technology. The program has been in place since the school's founding in 2000.

SOAR Honors Program[edit]

Horizon High School is the site of the districts' SOAR Honor Program. SOAR has existed at the school since 2008, and is a pre-collegiate program developed by Horizon High School's teachers.


The Adams 12 district provides adult education, drivers education, and outdoor education courses. The districts also provides pre-school and summer school services along with the BASE (Before and After School and Summer Enrichment) program, a before and after school program offered at its elementary schools.


The general funds total of 2006–2007 for Adams 12 Five Star Schools was $279,793,754. Most revenue sources came from state and local forces with the state at the top at 58.90%. Most of the districts' expenditures went to salaries, benefits, and the districts' charter schools with salaries at the top at 53.31%. Hardly any expenditures were distributed towards supplies and capitol outlay with only 2.94% of the total funds going to new supplies and materials. For the 2011-2012 school year, Adams 12 cut 30 million dollars from its budget, resulting in larger class sizes, no more middle school sports, and the cut of funding of clubs.

  • Superintendent: Mr. Chris Gdowski
  • President: Mrs. Cynthia K. Dascher
  • Vice President: Mr. Mark D. Clark
  • Secretary: Dr. D.J. Strickland
  • Director1: Dr. Fredrick Schaefer
  • Director2: Ms. Heidi K. Williams


  1. ^ "2006 Fall Pupil Membership By District". Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

"Five Star District offers a wealth of opportunities". Adams12 Five Star Schools. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 

"2006 Annual Report". Adams12 Five Star Schools. Archived from the original on 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 

"Schools in Adams 12 Five Star Schools". greatschools: The Parents' Guide to K–12 success. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 

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