STEM School Highlands Ranch
STEM School Highlands Ranch, formerly known as STEM School and Academy, is a charter school located in Douglas County, Colorado, United States in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. The school building is located in an office park situated next to Central Park, a new retail center. The school serves as a K-12 for just under 2,000 students from across the Denver Metro Area.
|STEM School Highlands Ranch|
8773 S Ridgeline Blvd,
|School district||Douglas County School District RE-1 (DCSD)|
|Student to teacher ratio||21.61|
|Campus type||Office Park|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and gold|
|Athletics||Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, Baseball|
|Mascot||Stanley the Spartan|
|Rivals||Skyview, DSST, Goddard Middle School|
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The school opened as STEM School and Academy to students grades 6-9 in August 2011. It was led by principal David Floodeen.
In 2014, the school finished renovations, turning its gym into a two-story high school containing a weight room, art room with kiln, and chemistry lab. This allows for growth into both a middle and a high school.
In 2015, the school had its first graduating class, consisting of one student.
In 2016, the school begins seeking expansion, resulting in the purchase and remodeling of the conjoining building and addition of a 5th grade.
In 2017, grades K-4 were added, officially making the school a K-12. The school was also renamed to STEM School Highlands Ranch.
In 2018, anti-suicide programs were implemented to try to lower chances of suicide and school shootings.
The campus has three engineering labs, four computer labs, a chemistry lab, a weight room, one small gym, and three parking lots which encase the building on all but the north side of the school facility.
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