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,[2] 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
STEM School Highlands Ranch is located in Colorado
STEM School Highlands Ranch
STEM School Highlands Ranch
STEM School Highlands Ranch (Colorado)
STEM School Highlands Ranch is located in the United States
STEM School Highlands Ranch
STEM School Highlands Ranch
STEM School Highlands Ranch (the United States)
8773 S Ridgeline Blvd,


United States
Motto"Never Stop Innovating"
School districtDouglas County School District RE-1 (DCSD)
PrincipalLeanne Weyman
Staff88.24 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,875 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio21.25[1]
Campus typeOffice Park
Color(s)Royal blue and gold   
AthleticsBasketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, Baseball
MascotStanley the Spartan
RivalsSkyview, DSST, Goddard Middle School
YearbookOrganized Chaos


The school opened as STEM School and Academy to students grades 6–9 in August 2011. It was led by principal David Floodeen.[3]

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 lease 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.

In the Fall of 2019, STEM School Highlands Ranch purchased the building that houses grades k-5.

Shooting incidentEdit

A shooting incident on May 7, 2019, left one student dead and eight others injured.[4] The shooting was carried out by two students from the school.[5]


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.


  1. ^ a b c "STEM SCHOOL HIGHLANDS RANCH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Central Park development in Highlands Ranch shaping up to have healthy living theme". 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "STEM to host parent meetings". Colorado Community Media. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Shooting at suburban Denver school leaves 18-year-old male student dead, sheriff says". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ Healy, Jack; Stack, Liam (May 7, 2019). "School Shooting in Colorado Leaves 1 Student Dead and 8 Injured". The New York Times.