Zach Core Knowledge School

3715 Kechter Road
Fort Collins 80528
United States
Aisha Thomas
K - 5
Green & gold
Teacher Education Level: 
24 of 35 teachers hold master's degrees or above
Average Teaching Experience: 

Opened in 2002, Zach Elementary School is one of Poudre School District’s largest elementary schools.  Special building features include air conditioning, natural day lighting in almost every classroom, and a recycling center. 

Learning Culture
At Zach, our school motto is “Together We Inspire.” The staff is organized into professional learning communities to align the work of standards based curriculum, best practice instruction, and commonly developed assessments.  Our culture provides a strong partnership with parents and community members.

Academic Environment
At Zach, the focus is on both Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core, and also the Core Knowledge Sequence.  Zach teachers utilize the district adopted reading, writing, and math curriculums paired with a strong focus on differentiated instruction. Specials includes physical education, music, art, technology, and media.  Zach staff strive to meet individual student needs through our targeted and multi-tiered support systems, for struggling learners, students at grade level, and advanced learners.  These four questions guide the everyday work for Zach Staff:

  • What do we expect our students to learn?
  • How will we know they are learning?
  • How will we respond when they don’t learn?
  • How will we respond if they already know it?

Instructional and Enrichment Programs
Zach has many student enrichment opportunities, including all-day kindergarten, Lego Robotics, Spanish, Green and Gold Choir, art enrichment, chess club, Book Bowl, and leadership.  Before and after school childcare is available through BASE Camp. 

Opportunities for Parents
Parents are actively involved in the education of their children through the PTO, the School Accountability Committee, and volunteering in the classrooms.