Cimarron Elementary is one of 17 schools in the Denver metro area to receive a grant from the Foundations for Great Schools to support efforts to increase student academic performance. Cimarron received a $20,000 grant which will be used to increase student access to technology in the classroom as well as pay for classroom resources for teachers to use that will enhance instruction in literacy and math.
Last October, Cimarron was recognized as a model of successful parent engagement by the Colorado Department of Education during the kickoff event for Colorado’s Family and School Partnership in Education Month, as proclaimed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
One of the most diverse schools in the Cherry Creek School District, the Cimarron student body consists of 58% students of color. Cimarron families speak 15 different languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Esan, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Telugu. The school offers a number of programs that help both students and parents, including a free Family Literacy program to help parents learn English.
The Foundations for Great Schools is a coalition of private Colorado Foundations, including The Anschutz Foundation, The Daniels Fund, the Fox Family Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation and the Piton Foundation. The group’s mission is to recognize, reward and encourage outstanding success among public schools serving low-income families in metro Denver.