Opened in 2002, Zach Core Knowledge 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.
Zach delivers the content-rich Core Knowledge curriculum, which exposes children, early on, to interesting and demanding subject matter and then builds on it, year by year, in a carefully developed sequential manner.
Kindergarten and 1st-grade subjects include Open Court Reading and ability-grouped reading, history, science, writing, Shurley grammar and spelling (1st grade), and math.
Second through 5th-grade subjects include Core Knowledge recommended classic novels, world and American history, science, writing, (Zaner Bloser) spelling, and math. Specials for all grade levels include physical education, music, art, technology, and media. For those who qualify, gifted and talented reading is available for 5th grade students and math acceleration is available for students in grades 3–5. Character Counts, Bully Proofing, and class meetings are part of the K–5 curriculum.
Academic goal: Ninety percent of all students will make at least one years’ growth in language arts and math. The school is making progress toward implementation of grade level professional learning communities. The teams have identified and reached agreement on power standards in reading, writing, and mathematics at each grade level.
Instructional & enrichment programs
Zach has many student enrichment opportunities, including all-day kindergarten, Spanish, choir, art club, chess club, Book Bowl, and student council. Before- and after-school childcare is available.
Opportunities for parents
Parents are actively involved in the education of their children through the PTO, the Site-Based Decision-Making Team, and volunteering in the classrooms/school.Parents give input and influence the decisions of the school by participating in monthly “principal coffees,” serving on the school safety committee, and serving as a member of the Cultural Resource Group.