Stargate School

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Stargate School
144th & Washington, Thornton, Colorado, 80023
United States
Coordinates 39°57′47″N 104°58′41″W / 39.963051°N 104.977965°W / 39.963051; -104.977965Coordinates: 39°57′47″N 104°58′41″W / 39.963051°N 104.977965°W / 39.963051; -104.977965
Type Charter
Established August 29, 1994 (1994-08-29)
School district Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Principal Josh Cochran[1]
Grades K–10, extending to K-12 by 2018[citation needed]

Stargate School, also called Stargate Charter School, is a charter school for gifted and talented children in Thornton, Colorado, in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Adams County, Colorado, in the United States. It was founded in 1994, and teaches children from kindergarten to tenth grade.[2] The name Stargate combines "Star" from the name of the school district with the initialism of "gifted and talented education".[3] In 2013 the school had 649 students, of which 69% were white, 17% Asian, 8% Hispanic or Latino, and 1% black or African-American; 3% were classed as "low-income".[4]


The school opened on August 29, 1994.[3] The former school building at 3951 Cottonwood Lakes Boulevard in Thornton opened for the 2003–2004 school year and was later expanded to include a gymnasium and extra classrooms.[citation needed] During the 2013-2014 school year, the Stargate School board approved expansion of the K-8 school to include a high school.[citation needed] The new school building finished construction for the 2016-2017 school year. The school is the largest charter school in the state of Colorado.[5]

Assessment and recognition[edit]

In both 2012 and 2013 Stargate School received an A+ rating from and was the highest-ranked of about 500 middle schools.[4] The school was among the 178 recipients of the John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award in 2013.[6]


In November 2014 Standard and Poor's changed its rating of Stargate School's bond debt from "stable" to "negative", citing the school's "weak operations" and "insufficient annual debt service coverage" as reasons; however it maintained unchanged at BBB its issuer credit rating for the bonds.[7]


  1. ^ Stargate School. Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Accessed November 2014.
  2. ^ [Adminissions] (Feb 20, 2017) [1]. Stargate Website. Accessed February 2017.
  3. ^ a b History. Stargate School. Accessed November 2014.
  4. ^ a b Report Card – Colorado School Grades. Colorado School Grades. Accessed November 2014.
  5. ^ K-12 opens in Thornton as largest charter school project in Colorado, Denver Post, Accessed December 2016.
  6. ^ Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. Colorado Department of Education. Accessed November 2014.
  7. ^ [Staff] (November 4, 2014) Another Colorado Charter school in deep financial trouble. North Denver News. Accessed November 2014.