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2021 Back to School Guide! Schools, Enrichment Programs and More.

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid August 19, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Back To School Guide! 

ART



ARTISAN YOU

Artisan You is a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio plus more! We offer After-school in person art classes. New this year, we also have Paint at Home kits, based on the work and life of an artist in history.

Cooking





The Cooking Studio Fort Collins

Have a budding chef in your home or know one who wants to expand his or her skills? Many kids and teenagers these days are very interested in cooking and are eager to try new foods and learn the fundamentals to creating masterpieces.

Educational Outings





Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Welcome to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery! We’re a hands-on history and science museum, filled with interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts that tell the stories of Northern Colorado.

Music





Music Together ® with Mountain Song Music Studio, Inc.

We offer the Music Together ® Program in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor. Classes are mixed ages and siblings are welcome. Singing, dancing, instrument play, exposure to a wide variety of musical styles. Have fun and make new friends! 




Loveland Academy of Music

Quality, fun music lessons for ages 5 - adult!  Piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, violin, and ukulele, personalized for YOUR goals.  Lessons are offered weekly, month-to-month with no long-term commitment.  Open 7 days a week.  Call our friendly and knowledgeable office team today!




School of Rock Fort Collins

We teach students not only how to play music, but also to appreciate music theory, songwriting, and stagecraft.  All of our music camps end with an epic live rock show performed by the campers.

Mind & Body Resources




Helping Parents Parent, LLC

Helping Parents Parent offers multiple ways for parents to solve the problems they experience in their families. From private One-on-One Parent Coaching to Online Parent Groups with other parents to Classes, Webinars and Workshops that walk you through specific topics - there are many options for you to get your family functioning the way you want it to be.




KidsFirst Dental

Our name says it all! At KidsFirst Dental, we put kids first! Our goal is to provide each child with a positive dental experience, placing their safety and dental health above all else. Our pediatric specialists see patients ages 0-18 and accept most private insurances, as well as Health First Colorado and CHP+!




IOME Guilt Free Self Care

It's an I Owe Me instead of an I Owe You offering Guilt-Free Self Care by providing tangible tools, resources, and action steps for bettering your MIND, BODY, and SOUL! 

Physical Movement & Fun





Fort Collins Circus Center

BUILD KINESTHETIC INTELLIGENCE & SELF CONFIDENCE
Circus arts, such as juggling, aerial dance and partner acrobatics, can be valuable non-competitive activities with which students can learn entrepreneurial, civic, personal, and interpersonal skills. By participating in such activities, students develop abilities in self-expression, collaboration, and musicality, while gaining knowledge and experience in health-related skills.




Juko Kai Martial Arts Center

Family self-defense and martial arts training




Urban Air Adventure Park

If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in the Loveland, Erie, Boulder, Cheyenne, Lafayette and Fort Collins areas, Urban Air Adventure Park is the perfect place. 




NoCo Theatrix Children's Theater

We offer children's musical theater and dance classes during the school year and summer camps. In addition to singing, dancing and acting. Our young performers work on teamwork, costume design, set design, and the basic technical aspects of theater.  Children's performing arts programs also help strengthen reading skills, interpersonal skills, boost self confidence, and encourage creativity. Most of all it's fun!

Tutoring & Literacy





Children's Speech and Reading Center

Free screenings for all children for speech, language, early literacy and reading skills  Free pre-literacy programs for children 4-5 years old delayed in pre-literacy development




Literacy Together

Tutoring for students with dyslexia and students needing additional reading support. In-Person Super Reader Summer Camp! / Online Classes/In-Person Classes, / Hybrid Classes




LearningRx Fort Collins

Did you know that many struggles with thinking, learning, reading, memory, and attention are caused by weak cognitive skills
At LearningRx, our brain training programs target those very skills. We do it through a series of intense (but fun!) mental exercises that work on the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, and remembers.




Tutoring Excellence

Since 2013, we've helped students and families like yours achieve new levels of academic success. Whether your child has fallen behind or is way ahead of the class, Tutoring Excellence has a program to help deliver better grades.

Private Schools, Homeschools Etc. 





Immanuel Lutheran Church and School

In addition to core subjects such as mathematics, science, and social studies, Immanuel offers instruction in Bible, technology, music, Spanish, art, physical education, and library courses for all elementary school students. Students are also engaged in reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills on a daily basis.




Little Lab Preschool and Child Care

Little Lab Preschool and Child Care offers Full day care, Preschool programs during the school year, and summer programs.  Children who are Full Day get the Science and Math in the morning along with everyone else.  Our Science and Math program is hands-on/minds-on and children get their own set of materials so they can explore and get answers to their questions.  At the end of the day, children believe they are world class scientists!




Rugged Research Homeschool

Our goal is to provide Colorado students of all ages with a sense of place within their local ecosystems. Rugged Research offers summer camps, early childhood programming, homeschool programming, and tailored field trips for children from Pre-K to High School.




The Children's Workshop Early Learning Center

Childcare Toddlers (one and walking) through 12 years

Poudre School District





Bacon Elementary School - Poudre School District

Academic expectations at Bacon Elementary begin with strong universal instruction that is balanced with high levels of support, intervention, and enrichment. 



Bamford Elementary School - Poudre School District

Referred to until now as PSD’s “new southeast elementary school,” Bamford Elementary is slated to open in fall 2021 and is the first PSD school to be located in the City of Loveland.




Bauder Elementary

Bauder Elementary is a warm, friendly, and collaborative environment where staff is dedicated to focusing on the whole child by emphasizing relationships, the arts, character-building, as well as a strong, comprehensive academic program. 




Beattie Elementary School - Poudre School District

The staff at Beattie Elementary focuses on academic growth given both individual and group learning goals. Support programs are available and include the Beacon program for Gifted & Talented, a special needs program, literacy help, and counseling. Creativity and problem-solving strategies are used to promote thinking skills.


Bennet Elementary

Bennett Elementary, an IB World School - Poudre School District

Bennett Elementary is an IB World School that implements the Primary Years Program for all K-5 students. Focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. 




Bethke Elementary School - Poudre School District

Bethke Elementary is a Core Knowledge school, focused on higher level thinking skills, and integration of technology into the classroom. 




Blevins Middle School - Poudre School District

With its Pre-Advanced Placement in 7th and 8th grades and AVID programming, Blevins supports PSD’s curriculum goals with a rigorous academic focus.  




Boltz Middle School - Poudre School District

Boltz prides itself in offering many curricular options. Students in all grades may choose Pre-Advanced Placement and other accelerated classes. 




Cache La Poudre Elementary, an IB World School - Poudre School District

CLPE is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school authorized in June of 2014. CLPE offers the Primary Years Program for grades K-5. The PYP develops students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being while focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. 




Cache La Poudre Middle an IB World School - Poudre School District

CLPMS is a close-knit community of 335 students where Relationships are at the core of everything. It is a school where master teachers know and have a relationship with every student. 




Centennial High School - Poudre School District

Following the graduation of Discovery, students enter the five-period academic day where they work on meeting the PSD graduation requirements.  




Dunn Elementary, an IB World School - Poudre School District

Dunn Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, where students actively use inquiry-based learning and critical thinking to master district and state standards.




Eyestone Elementary School - Poudre School District

Eyestone Elementary meets learners’ needs through differentiation of instruction, an inclusive service delivery model for all student services, and collaboration both within and between our teams. The school is dedicated to creating a culture of high academic expectations in a climate of care and concern for staff and students.




Fort Collins High School - Poudre School District

FCHS is a comprehensive grade 9–12 school. Classes are offered to support students with special needs, including adaptive technologies, and students with special interests such as school-to-career opportunities. 




Fossil Ridge High School - Poudre School District

Classes at FRHS are available to meet a full range of student needs including those with special interests, those seeking advanced-level opportunities, and those with special needs. 




Harris Bilingual Immersion School - Poudre School District

Students at Harris Elementary receive direct instruction in both Spanish and English on a daily basis. High levels of Spanish and English language competencies, academic achievement in both languages, high self-esteem, and positive cross-cultural attitudes are promoted daily. 




Irish Elementary Escuela Bilingüe - Poudre School District

As a Title I school, Irish Elementary Escuela Bilingüe collaborates to ensure all students reach excellence and success through individualized learning opportunities. To achieve the goal of high academic growth, Irish offers a wide continuum of services ranging from intense intervention support to a variety of enrichment options.




Johnson Elementary School - Poudre School District

All grade levels enjoy long, uninterrupted blocks of time for literacy instruction. Additional literacy staffing allows Johnson staff and teachers to provide more individualized time for instruction and guided practice. Students enjoy a weekly rotation of “specials” classes including art, music, physical education, counseling, media and technology. 




Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School - Poudre School District

The Core Knowledge curriculum provides access to the best knowledge available, including diverse people and cultures. Kinard is dedicated to a well-balanced curriculum, including high-quality world language, physical health and wellness, technology, and performing and visual arts programming. 




Kruse Elementary School - Poudre School District

Kruse Elementary School’s curriculum is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards which provide a rigorous academic program. 




Laurel Elementary School - Poudre School District

Laurel educates the whole child through the infusion of arts and technology across the curriculum. With a culturally rich learning environment, differences are supported and celebrated among students. Laurel also offers outstanding education for gifted students, small group instruction for literacy and math, and a K-5 strings program.




Lincoln Middle an IB World School - Poudre School District

State-of-the-art technology is used to advance 21st century skills through engaging interdisciplinary units. Grade-level teams create effective support structures for each student. Accelerated opportunities in math, science, and English are also offered.




Linton Elementary School - Poudre School District

Linton’s curriculum is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards with a rigorous focus on literacy and math and integration of technology into the classroom. In addition to core content instruction, small group ability-leveled instruction for reading and writing provides an enriched learning environment in which all students thrive. 




Livermore Elementary School - Poudre School District

Livermore’s curriculum and instruction offer a rigorous focus on math and literacy. Staff excel at differentiating curriculum to meet individual student’s needs and offers a rich selection of programs to educate “the whole child”. 




Lopez Elementary School - Poudre School District

Lopez teaches personal leadership, goal setting, time management, teamwork, real-world problem solving, respecting diversity, and life balance. This approach to education is supported by Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is designed to develop essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century.




McGraw Elementary, IB World School - Poudre School District

McGraw’s learning environment is inquiry-based. Students explore transdisciplinary units that connect their learning across subject areas. A range of best practices and research-based interventions are used to meet individual learning needs so that each student is challenged and supported.




O'Dea Core Knowledge Elementary School - Poudre School District

Core Knowledge sequence is coupled with the Colorado Academic Standards and 21st century learning skills to ensure that O’Dea’s students receive a well-rounded and in depth education. Clear learning targets help ensure that students know their goals for each lesson and what mastery of that skill looks like. 




Olander School for Project-Based Learning - Poudre School District

At Olander, students are taught 21st century skills with an emphasis on establishing a strong foundation in literacy, math, and civic responsibility through student-centered projects and individual-inquiry.




Polaris Expeditionary Learning School - Poudre School District

Colorado standards are utilized to design learning expeditions across the curriculum at all grade levels. A learning Expedition is defined as “an in depth study, of a compelling topic, over an extended period of time.” In essence, we study fewer topics in depth in order to deepen our understanding of such topics and to transfer the acquired skills to other topics.




Poudre Community Academy (PCA) - Poudre School District

PCA’s goal is to support students in the transition from frustration and failure to personal success. PCA provides a diverse alternative education setting focused on consistency, excellence, and student accountability. PCA offers individualized planning for post-secondary education and career goals by providing students with regular evaluation and feedback.




Preston Middle School - Poudre School District

As a Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) school, Preston’s accelerated math, honors, and science courses prepare students be successful in the high school AP curriculum. Preston’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) provides students with relevant opportunities to compete in a global world.




Putnam Elementary School - Poudre School District

As a Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) school, Preston’s accelerated math, honors, and science courses prepare students be successful in the high school AP curriculum. Preston’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) provides students with relevant opportunities to compete in a global world.




Red Feather Lakes Elementary School - Poudre School District

Red Feather Lakes Elementary features a small student/teacher ratio and daily preschool. Challenging math programs and rigorous reading and writing emphasis is supported by dedicated staff. A fully networked computer lab and a media center complement all instructional areas. Art, music, technology and physical education classes are offered weekly




Rice Elementary School - Poudre School District

Rice uses PSD’s standards-based curriculum, with instructional delivery focused on inquiry and critical thinking skills. A dedicated science classroom and science Specialist provide materials and tools for extensive science exploration.




Riffenburgh Elementary, an IB World School - Poudre School District

Riffenburgh’s school-wide character education program teaches students social skills to make safe, responsible choices. Rigorous standards in math and literacy, using PSD’s standards-based curriculum, are emphasized and assessed.




Shepardson STEM Elementary School - Poudre School District

At Shepardson inquiry-based learning is fostered through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), along with the inclusion of arts and wellness.




Stove Prairie Elementary School - Poudre School District

Stove Prairie offers a challenging math program and learning opportunities that focus on literacy instruction, including a rigorous reading series with a literature-based component and integration of reading and writing.




Tavelli Elementary School - Poudre School District

Stove Prairie offers a challenging math program and learning opportunities that focus on literacy instruction, including a rigorous reading series with a literature-based component and integration of reading and writing.




Timnath Elementary School - Poudre School District

Timnath implements PSD’s standards-based curriculum while enriching STEM content areas with a transdisciplinary approach. High expectations for all students are maintained while differentiating instruction for individual student needs.




Traut Core Knowledge School - Poudre School District

TCKS has been established on the basis of five pillars: Parent Partnership, Character Education, Core Knowledge, Mature Literacy, and Student Responsibility. TCKS consistently performs in the top 1% of the state, and has been awarded the John Irwin Award each year it has been available. TCKS has been named a National Blue Ribbon School as well.




Wellington Middle School - Poudre School District

The Wellington school community sets measurable goals, teaches fundamental and advanced skills, supports interdisciplinary learning, and encourages individual student growth. Included in the academic program are Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered in 7th and 8th grades and school-wide AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which helps prepare students for success in high school and beyond.




Werner Elementary School - Poudre School District

In 2008, Werner received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the U. S. Department of Education. It has also been recognized as a John Irwin School of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Education. Werner Elementary offers a challenging curriculum with a literacy-based program and an integrated curriculum emphasizing research and critical thinking.




Zach Elementary School - Poudre School District

In 2008, Werner received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the U. S. Department of Education. It has also been recognized as a John Irwin School of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Education. Werner Elementary offers a challenging curriculum with a literacy-based program and an integrated curriculum emphasizing research and critical thinking.