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Located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Eagle County Schools (ECS) is the gem of public education in the valley that takes pride in its mission of Educating Every Student for Success and strives to be the schools of choice for all families. There are currently 850 team members (employees) who actively participate in the education of 6,214 students enrolled in preschool through 12th grade. The District serves communities varying from the international ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek to the small towns of Minturn, Red Cliff, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum. The District serves all of the county, excluding the Basalt area, with 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 pre-k-8 school, 2 traditional high schools, 2 alternative high schools, 1 5-12 ski and snowboard academy and 1 charter school.

Did you know that Eagle County Schools:

  • Was one of the first school districts in the nation to successfully implement a pay-for-performance system and abolish the lock-step salary schedule over a decade ago? ECS has been recognized as a national leader in using teacher evaluations to enhance professional development and teaching practices.
  • Has established a record of high student achievement? Trend data for the past three years shows an increase in the percentage of students in grades three through ten scoring proficient or advanced in the areas of reading, writing and math.
  • Made significant and measurable progress in closing the achievement gap that exists between minority students and non-minority students, while achievement scores continue to rise?
  • Has been extremely successful in recruiting and retaining highly-qualified and knowledgeable educators? Additionally, ECS has been recognized as a national leader in instructional development and teacher practices.
  • Continues to surpass the State graduation rate year after year?
  • Has gained national attention for several District initiatives, including the rigorous curriculum redesign and ‘Professional Excellence, Accountability and Recognition’ program (formerly known as the Teacher Advancement Program)? A prime example: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan mentioned one school district in particular in his speech at the Iowa Education Summit as a ‘School district to watch’…Eagle County Schools. Also worth mentioning is that Leadership and Learning Center is featuring ECS in their March 2011 publication on current practices in the District related to the rigorous curriculum redesign process.
  • Had three principals named Colorado National Distinguished Principals in the past four years? Brian Hester (Battle Mountain High School Principal, 2008), Mark Strakbein (Eagle Valley High School Principal, 2010) and Mitch Forsberg (Gypsum Elementary School Principal, 2011).


Eagle County Schools
948 Chambers Avenue
PO Box 740
Eagle, CO 81631

Phone: 970.328.6321
Fax: 970.328.1024

Last updated: 8/22/2012 8:56:40 AM