At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation at the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.
KOSON Schools’ headquarters is located in Highlands Ranch, Colo., at 8920 Barrons Blvd., and operates to bring the KOSON Instructional Model of Problem-Based Learning to all students. KOSON Schools is actively exploring replication efforts throughout the State of Colorado, looking at a number of districts where students will benefit from our instructional model and STEM-based approach. If you’re interested in finding out more about replication, consider joining our KOSON Replication Committee.
Welcome to STEM School Highlands Ranch. We are an innovative, FREE, public, charter learning community that exists to innovate K-12 education in order to prepare every student to lead change, solve problems and succeed in an exponentially changing world.
with a Charter from Douglas County School District, we serve students in grades K-12.
Our Elementary School serves over 500.
Our Secondary serves over 1,200
Our students recorded the highest overall SAT scores among Douglas County Schools in 2019.
Ranked No. 9 among Colorado High Schools by US News and World Report.
Finished with a 95.6% Achievement Rating and an 87% Overall Performance Rating.
Our students earned five consecutive John Irwin School of Excellence Awards.
We are a think tank, a learning lab and a catalyst for creativity. We are a haven for continual innovation, creative exploration, and rigorous discovery. We defy definition and break with convention. Because that’s what innovators do.
Although our curriculum has a college preparatory focus with emphasis on developing core liberal arts skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science, we use creativity, problem-solving and innovation to inspire and challenge our students.
We infuse STEM into all classrooms. We challenge students with STEM-based, real-world problem solving fueled by constant exploration, inquiry and discovery.
We equip every student, every day in every classroom with the knowledge, skills, confidence and character to thrive in a constantly changing world. By using continuous inquiry, constant discovery and trial and error as critical pathways to new discoveries, we create a culture of safe failure and fearless innovation.
We put students in the driver’s seat of their learning, engaging and empowering them to push their own unique boundaries of innovative learning, thinking and doing.
Here, teachers are role models and innovation coaches who provide the framework for learning. Our teachers are experts in teaching appropriate use of technology, collaboration, and teamwork that sparks interest in STEM and learning at an early age.
Here, we leverage the power of collaboration, teamwork and group think to build, design and create solutions to real world problems.
We work tirelessly to nurture and develop integrity, respect, responsibility and honesty within our students and take pride in encouraging well-rounded student development. Link here for some of our notable student accomplishments over the last school year.
One-hundred percent of our faculty is ranked "Highly Qualified" through the Colorado Department of Education. Monthly staff surveys demonstrate high satisfaction and engagement with our students.
Through a rigorous, STEM-based problem-solving curriculum, we foster innovation by teaching concepts, not facts; tapping students, not chalkboards; keeping learning real, personal, hands-on and weaving STEM principles into every subject.
Students are selected through annual lottery. No testing is required. We are a free, public charter school.
We collaborate with community businesses for real-world, authentic learning experiences for all students. We invite innovators, scientists, artists, engineers, government officials, teachers and parents to work with students to enhance learning.
College Preparatory Counseling is available to all students. Our innovative, Career Discovery Program enables high school students to work in fields of interest and develop real-world career skills and engagement.
The school is open for tours every Wednesday at 10 a.m. All tours meet in the middle school lobby. No sign-up is required.