Educating Every Student for Success
To be the schools of choice for all families in Eagle County
- Teamwork - Focusing on a district wide common purpose.
- Innovation - Promoting creative solutions.
- Professional Pride - Recognizing and celebrating individual and collaborative efforts.
Eagle County Schools currently has 850 team members (employees) who actively participate in the education of 6,214 students enrolled in preschool through 12th grade in 18 schools from Vail to Gypsum. ECS’ small schools and class size promote consistent, positive interactions and strong relationships between teachers and students, along with customized education for each and every student. Amidst challenging demographics, a relatively young teaching staff, significant teacher turnover, high cost of living, declining budgets and competition from private and charter schools, one could argue that ECS is undoubtedly paving the way for innovation, reform and accomplishment in public education today.
The District has worked diligently to recruit, retain and reward highly-effective and knowledgeable educators, eliminate the lock-step salary schedule and successfully implement a pay-for-performance system, close the achievement gap that exists between minority students and non-minority students and be a national leader in teacher professional development related to instructional delivery and content. Additionally, ECS has established a record of high achievement, evident in the 2011 CSAP results that show an increase in the percentage of students in grades three through ten scoring proficient or advanced in the areas of reading, writing and math when comparing scores with the previous two years of data. Additionally, our English-Proficient students are scoring at or above the proficiency levels of the English-speaking students at the charter and private schools in the area. ECS graduation rates for all students are higher (77.1%) than the state (73.9%), and also for Hispanic students (68% ECS, 60.1% CO) and Limited English Proficient Learners (64.7% ECS, 52.8% CO). Among students attending traditional ECS high schools, 77% of them planned to attend 2- or 4-year colleges.
The Board of Education's Ends-Policy expresses the Board's expectations and hopes for students outcomes:
Students are inspired and able to reach their individual potential, will acquire a passion for life-long learning, the desire to succeed, and the ability to participate and contribute, both locally and globally, as a competitive and responsible citizen and community member.
To view the Board of Education's Strategic Plan, please CLICK HERE.