About PSD

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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 54 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.



PSD At-a-Glance

See quick facts and a summary about PSD in this brochure. 

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PSD At a Glance Brochure - Information in the linked PDF document.


Our Schools

  • 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 
  • 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 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 info@psdschools.org. For more information, visit the 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.

Contact Information

General Questions - info@psdschools.org

Customer Support Center - (970) 490-3333

Elementary Schools - 970-490-3302

Secondary Schools - 970-490-3201

Early Childhood - 970-490-3102

Integrated Services - 970-490-3233