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Douglass Elementary Welcomes You!

About Our School

Douglass Elementary School serves around 450 students from the communities of east Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville and Erie in preschool through 5th grade. We take pride in our many years of high academic achievement and student growth, which has been acknowledged at the state and national level with honors such as the John Irwin and Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards from the Colorado Department of Education, and the National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education. 

While those honors for our academics are significant, Douglass Elementary knows that we are responsible for teaching to the whole child, and the development of the character of our children is equally important. We have implemented Random Acts of Kindness as our core social-emotional learning program, which provides targeted lessons for all students in problem-solving, conflict resolution, stress reduction, and much more. 

At Douglass, WE CARE: Community, Achievement, Relationships, Environment.

Douglass Elementary School is a nurturing environment where students achieve academic excellence, build strong character, engage in arts and athletics, and succeed as thoughtful leaders in the 21st Century. Our mission is to provide learning opportunities that foster caring, creativity, academic excellence, and leadership.

Program Characteristics

Douglass Elementary is a neighborhood school offering the Boulder Valley School District curriculum and serving approximately 450 students. Douglass Elementary serves a broad range of student needs through the regular education program, the literacy program, the special education resource program, and the Talented and Gifted program.

In addition to the academic subject areas of math, literacy, social studies and science, Douglass offers students a well-rounded education which includes music (general and instrumental), physical education, visual arts, and technology. Many enrichment opportunities are provided to students to complement and extend the regular curriculum. Integration of the arts throughout the curriculum at all grade levels provides students with an opportunity to develop their interests and talents across a broad spectrum. Additionally, a strong character education program, built on developing character assets and a Restorative Justice philosophy of discipline, creates a caring and safe school environment for all children.

Supporting regular education instruction are the librarian, Talented and Gifted Educational Advisor, literacy teachers and tutors, and special education teachers and paraeducators. These staff members offer one-on-one assistance and small group instruction in collaboration with the classroom teacher.

Parent volunteerism is strong at Douglass and the home-school partnership is one of Douglass’ greatest assets. Parent volunteers are utilized in many roles and are very visible and active in our classrooms working directly with the children and teachers.