School Overview

School Overview

Highlands Elementary, opening Fall 2021, is a new school in the St. Vrain Valley School District, located in the Highlands subdivision of Erie, CO. Our school offers Preschool through Fifth Grade. 


At Highlands Elementary, where everyone dreams, wonders, creates, and innovates, we transform the way our students and community define learning.


In partnership with our community, Highlands Elementary celebrates creative, curious and empathetic learners, empowering all to reach their full potential and positively impact our global society.

Background & Building Information

In November 2016, voters approved St. Vrain Valley Schools’ $260.3 million bond issue by a large margin, signifying communitywide investment in public education. The bond included funds to build an additional elementary school (Elementary 28, now named Highlands Elementary) with its location to be determined by future growth. In September 2019, the Board of Education identified a 10-acre parcel in the Erie Highlands Subdivision (Erie Highlands Filing #11, Block 5, Lot 1) as the building site. 

About the Facility 

  • Address: 475 Highlands Cir., Erie CO. 80516
  • Building Size:  70,000 sq ft
  • Construction Cost: $26,000,000
  • Construction Start: June 2020
  • Construction Ends: June 2021
  • School Capacity: ~650 students

Core Values

Outcomes for Students

Our students will:

  • display empathy, an eagerness to learn, and respectful behavior
  • be encouraged to explore their own personal interests and have a voice in their individual goals
  • demonstrate exemplary academic growth
Conditions for Learning

We will:

  • prepare all students for success in our global society through innovative, collaborative and creative learning opportunities
  • be an inspiring, safe and positive learning community where students’ questions and learning processes are as valued as the outcomes
  • commit to be accountable to decisions made that are driven by student data, mission statement, vision statement and core values
  • establish a schedule that maximizes student success and a culture of collaboration within and between levels and departments
  • develop, and value, ongoing partnerships between students, staff, parents and the community
  • establish clear and consistent communication systems and expectations
Commitments to each other

We will:

  • create an environment that fosters relevant and meaningful learning experiences
  • be a community that is empathetic, focused and intentional
  • share responsibility for the achievement of all our students
  • be innovative educators committed to ongoing, targeted professional development
  • embrace shared decision making
  • be open to change and be willing to be flexible
  • value trusting and respectful relationships grounded in our core values, mission and vision
  • welcome new staff and prioritize the development of lasting positive relationships
  • unconditionally celebrate each other’s successes
  • approach all situations assuming positive intent
  • communicate openly and clearly
  • treat each other as professionals, and respectfully interact with each other to create an environment where everyone feels safe
  • reflect on, and learn from, our failures and accomplishments
  • provide opportunities to connect outside of the building
Highlands Elementary School