Coal Creek Students and Staff
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Coal Creek Staff and Students 

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Coal Creek Elementary resides in the quaint town of Louisville, Colorado, which is just southeast of greater Boulder.  

As part of the Boulder Valley School District, Coal Creek School has an impressive history of academic excellence in educating children and youth in our community for over three decades.  We have been recognized as a "John Irwin School of Excellence" numerous times, an achievement that is only awarded to the top schools in our state.

Our faculty is dedicated to working with parents and school leadership to ensure the development of the whole child; academically, physically, and socially.  Our curriculum and instructional program is based on work of Dr. Arthur Costa's Habits of Mind framework, which helps students to grow in their problem solving skills and experience increased success in school and peer relationships.

Coal Creek Elementary maintains a proud tradition in Louisville as a “neighborhood school,” serving approximately 400 students, K-5. Rated by the Colorado Department of Education as “exceeding” academic achievement expectations in all areas examined by the state, Coal Creek teachers teach the BVSD curriculum based on a child-centered, holistic approach to education. Students receive daily experiences in general and instrumental music, physical education, library/ technology and art. The school is dedicated to strengthening students’ problem-solving skills by integrating the “Habits of Mind” model, based on the work of Dr. Arthur Costa. Extracurricular activities include Destination Imagination, Battle of the Books, Choir, Morning Movers, and Art Club. Through BVSD Lifelong Learning, a variety of classes are offered such as Spanish, Lego, Running Club, Cooking and MANY other classes. After-school care is offered. Hallmarks of the school include a low mobility rate and high parental involvement.

Program Characteristics

Coal Creek Elementary School provides academic programs that support and enhance education for the variety of learners we serve. In addition to the balanced literacy program, a math block has been established at the upper grades for extension and acceleration through the curriculum.  Innovative programs in the arts and physical education are also offered at Coal Creek. 

A listing of key instructional programs follows:
During the upcoming school year, teachers will concentrate on helping students to develop effective attitudes and dispositions towards thinking and learning, or “Habits of Mind.”

  • A “hands-on” approach to teaching and learning is emphasized throughout the curriculum.
  • Our , “Positive Behavior Support” (PBS) plan ,”Coal Creek ROCKS!”  This stands for:  R(respect) O(owning it – responsibility) C(cooperation) K(kindness) S(safety).

Special Programs and Opportunities

Coal Creek offers a variety of co-curricular programs for students. A partial list of these includes:
Field Trips around greater Louisville, Boulder County, and Denver

  • Fall Jog-a-Thon and Spring Fun and Fitness Day in Physical Education
  • An All School Musical held every other year
  • Leadership Opportunities: Student Council (grades 3-5). 
  • Eco-Cycle Presentations
  • Junior Achievement
  • Girls Leadership Classes
  • Fifth Grade Outdoor Ed
  • Battle of the Books
  • Annual Science Exhibition
  • Choir and Instrumental Music options and regular performances during the year
  • School-wide participation in the National Geographic “GEO” Bee
  • Participation in the BVSD Spelling Bee
  • Spring Art Show
  • Monthly “ROCKStar Assemblies” with the Principal
  • Morning Movers arranged through our PE Department
  • After school clubs and classes arranged by staff and Lifelong Learning
  • Destination Imagination and Scouting groups supported by parent groups


Coal Creek Habits of Mind

Pumas ROCK!

Rock Star

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Rock Star

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Rock Star

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Rock Star

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Parent Partners

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Our Pumas!!

The Treble Makers

Centaurus choir


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Student's Favorite Memory:

"The great teachers at Coal Creek.  They are always helpful."
Cate, class of 2020

Student's Favorite Memory:

"Knowing I have a safe place

to be."
Juna, class of 2020

Student's Favorite Memory:

"Kindergarten buddies, - It was really fun and I liked helping them."
Braden, class of 2020

Student's Favorite Memory:

When Mr Munoz was turned into an ice cream sundae and the teachers seemed to be having the most fun.  Especially Mr Maron because he dumped THREE cans of Reddi Whip on Mr Munoz
Evie, class of 2020

Student Quote:

“The habits of mind really helped me  to persist, take responsible risks, and think flexibly.”  
Allison, class of 2020

Student's Favorite Memory:

"Calwood because it was my first sleep away camp with my class.  I loved how we had cabins and played games."
James, class of 2020