Poudre School District - A Caring Community
Vision: To support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care, and to graduate prepared to be successful in a changing world.
Mission: Educate...Every Child, Every Day
In Poudre School District, we are committed to the holistic education of children in our 55 schools throughout Northern Colorado.
This means that everything we do, every day, is with students’ best interests in mind. We know success is different for each child. For one student, success might mean getting A’s on their exams. For others, it could be finishing a welding project, reading a sentence out loud or participating in class.
Our mission statement is, “Educate…Every Child, Every Day,” but we’re more than that. We are here for every child, every day. We move beyond academics to ensure our students have the resources they need to thrive academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
We’re constantly innovating and improving to ensure our students have the best opportunities possible.
PSD may seem like a large district. We cover more than 1,800 square miles in Northern Colorado (including Fort Collins, Laporte, Loveland, Timnath, Wellington, Red Feather, Livermore, Stove Prairie, and parts of Windsor) to educate 28,000 students. At the heart of it though, we’re really a community - caring partners to the families we serve.
- 31 elementary schools
- 10 middle schools
- 2 middle-high schools
- 4 comprehensive high schools
- 3 alternative high schools
- 6 option (100% choice) schools
- 1 online school
- 1 hybrid school (campus classes and online learning)
- 5 charter schools
PSD's instructional program is centered around District Ends, under the Policy Governance model, developed to support a comprehensive curriculum.
While more than 70% of PSD families choose to send their children to their neighborhood school, the district does support school choice and offers a wide spectrum of educational programs to fit any child's needs. Program options include International Baccalaureate, Core Knowledge, Bilingual/Dual Language Immersion, Hybrid/Online, Expeditionary Learning, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) along with extra-curricular activities and athletics.
PSD has two LEED certified school buildings and over 40 Energy Star awards and supports operational sustainability in all areas of work.
Reports and Data
- PSD Enrollment and Demographics
- Fiscal Transparency
- Finance and Budget
- Student Outcomes
- Find district performance data at the CDE's School View website.
PSD is committed to ensuring all information on the website and through other communication tools is accessible to everyone. If you have difficulty accessing information from the PSD website or would like information in an alternative format, please contact the Communications Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Website Accessibility web page.
History of PSD
PSD's history began in 1866 when a young widow moved to Fort Collins and began teaching her son and another student in a log cabin on the military post. Learn about the early history of education in northern Colorado in this PSD TV 10 video:
About Our Area
Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, Fort Collins is located 5,000 feet above sea level and has a moderate climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine and 14.5 inches of precipitation a year.
Fort Collins has been recognized as a choice city.