Poudre School District

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Poudre School District

The Poudre School District (R-1) is a K–12 public school district in Larimer County in northern Colorado. The district operates and manages the public schools in the city of Fort Collins, as well as in the towns of Wellington, Timnath and Windsor, and unincorporated communities of Larimer County including Laporte and Livermore.[1] The district was formed in 1960 by the consolidation of several dozen existing districts in Larimer County, and is the ninth largest in the state. The district manages 31 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, and four alternative high schools. Additionally, the district manages community early childhood education programs and special transition facilities for students with disabilities. Currently Lesher Middle School has the highest test scores, along with Poudre High School. Five Fort Collins charter schools fall under the PSD umbrella. The district is led by a seven-member Board of Education. The school district is the second-largest employer in Fort Collins.

The minimum teacher salary in PSD is $36,207, and the maximum $83,690.[2] In the 2014–2015 school year, the district had a total enrollment of 29,053.[3]

Elementary schools

  • Bacon
  • Bauder
  • Beattie
  • Bennett
  • Bethke Elementary
  • Cache La Poudre
  • Dunn
  • Eyestone
  • Harris Bilingual
  • Irish
  • Johnson
  • Kruse
  • Laurel
  • Liberty Common
  • Linton
  • Livermore
  • Lopez
  • McGraw
  • O'Dea
  • Olander
  • Polaris Expeditionary Learning
  • Putnam
  • Red Feather
  • Ridgeview Classical
  • Riffenburgh
  • Shepardson
  • Stove Prairie
  • Tavelli
  • Timnath
  • Traut Core Knowledge
  • Werner
  • Zach

Middle schools

High schools

There are four comprehensive public senior high schools in Fort Collins Colorado operated by the Poudre School District. Each serves students in different neighborhood sections of the city. The district also operates four alternative high schools for students who thrive in smaller environments or require flexible educational options. Two public charter high schools are chartered through PSD, Ridgeview Classical Schools and Liberty Common High School. Together the schools serve roughly 8,000 students.

French Field

French Field is a sporting arena in Fort Collins Colorado that is used primarily by the city's four public senior high schools for their sporting events such as football, soccer, and track and field events. The stadium is capable of seating 6,000 spectators and is used for day and nighttime events, and is fully capable of doing so as it is equipped with full field lighting.

Fort Collins' four public senior high schools are the primary users of French Field. The stadium is equipped with a standard football field and goal posts, but is also marked for use in soccer and lacrosse games. The stadium also boasts an all weather track that circles the playing field and is used by the Poudre School District for its many track and field events that involve not only the cities high schools but also many junior high schools and elementary schools. Other non Poudre School District sports leagues do sometimes make use of the stadium for championship events, but in general the stadium is used only for school related athletic events. Approximately thirty-five to forty athletic events take place at the stadium each fall and spring.

French Field is immediately adjacent to Rocky Mountain High School, at 1300 West Swallow Road, which frequently leads many to assume that is used only by Rocky Mountain High School. However it is in fact used also by Poudre High School, Fort Collins High School and Fossil Ridge High School.

French Field is capable of seating 6,000 spectators. The stadium is clearly divided with home and away bleachers. The home team stands are larger in width and height. Several press boxes also sit atop the home bleachers and are used by school coaches, stadium announcers, and radio sportscasters. French Field's away stands are smaller, since games are typically played against out-of-city teams; however on occasion in-town teams are pitted against each other, and the away school can easily fill French Field's away bleachers. Six floodlight towers are capable of fully illuminating the field for nighttime games. Both sets of spectator stands offer concessions stands and bathrooms, but away stands have only two ticket windows, while the home stands operate four. There are basic locker rooms for both home and away sports teams and officials, and Poudre Valley Hospital provides ambulance services to all varsity football games and many other sporting events.

New sound and lighting systems as well as a new scoreboard were installed in 2007, and the stadium's press boxes and ticket booths were updated with newer electrical and heating systems since its initial construction in 1974, opening along with Rocky Mountain High School.


  1. https://www.psdschools.org/about-us
  2. "Salary Schedule T, Poudre School District Educator Salary Schedule, 2015-2016 School Year". Retrieved 2015-09-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Official 2014-2015 October Count Student Enrollment". Retrieved 2015-09-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


External links

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  1. https://www.psdschools.org/webfm/4348