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Salida Colorado Schools and Education


310 E 9th Street / PO Box 70
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 530-5252; Fax: (719) 539-6220

salida high schoolThe Salida School District includes the southern half of Chaffee County and western Fremont County, a total of approximately 500 square miles. The district is served by one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school. All schools are located within the city of Salida.

Longfellow Elementary School
350 W 8th Street
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 530-5260; Fax: (719) 539-5072

Salida Middle School
520 Milford Street
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 530-5300; Fax: (719) 530-5364

Salida High School
905 D Street
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 530-5400; Fax: (719) 539-2407

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Support Our Schools, Salida, a non-profit organization, was created to support the educational programs of the Salida Public Schools. The Foundation provides funds for educational programs and activities which have been under-funded by the normal operating budget. These funds are used to promote student achievement and skill development, to develop staff excellence, and to expand community involvement.

The SALIDA SCHOOL SYSTEM states its mission as that of working together with family and community so that all students are properly prepared to succeed in life. This involves providing quality instruction and a progressive curriculum in a secure and challenging environment. Excellent academic and activity programs are provided to the district's students to meet these stated goals. In addition to standards-based, college preparatory academic programs at all levels, the high school offers an excellent career and technical program. These programs are offered to high ability learners and second language learners. The school district also provides an alternative program for those whose needs are not met by traditional methods and programs.

The School district is fully accredited by the State of Colorado and grades 9-12 are accredited by the North Central Accrediting Association. A comprehensive academic and activity program is offered with emphasis on the basics in grades K-8, and "cutting edge"' programs are offered in the high school using state of the art technology. Quality programs exist in the areas of special needs children, Chapter I, General Education, Vocational Education and Work-Study.

Students from R-32-J consistently score above the state and the national average on the standardized tests including the ACT and SAT. Half or more of the high school graduates go on to college or technical schools. The district has received national recognition from the School Match Corporation as one of the schools among the seven percent of school districts nationwide to offer the type and quality of education parents want for their children.

Chaffee County Montessori School (CCMS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit school that was founded in 2007 to provide Montessori education to students from 3-10 years of age. Based on the 100-year-old principles of the Montessori method, the stated mission of CCMS is to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm for learning; to promote peaceful interactions; and to ignite and nurture the human spirit in every child. The curriculum content parallels that of traditional teaching programs however the method differs. Instructors teach an integrated curriculum to a multi-aged classroom. Practical applications of the sciences and other disciplines are born out in courses that focus on gardening, cooking, and sewing. Students also have access to activities such as those involving climbing structures and are presented with creative experiences in art, music, and dramatic play. CCMS is located at 1040 I Street in Salida, CO. For more information call (719) 539-4887.

TLC - Salida Christian School, 509 F Street / PO Box 923, Salida, CO 81201.  As of 2006, this school is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational facility that provides Christian education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Initially, however, the school was started in 1981 as Son Shine Inn (SSI) Preschool and Daycare with 7 children in attendance. Over the years it grew to 78 children in attendance per year. The school values patriotism and character-building as part of the educational process. The mission of SCS is to provide an excellent academic education for students in a caring Christian environment. The school is open year-round and is licensed to care for children from 2 ½ -12 years of age. Preschool is offered four days a week and introduces the children to art, science, bible, music and movement, field trips and social experiences. A K-4 program (pre-kindergarten for 4 year olds) is provided for children whose parents desire a more rigorous preparation for kindergarten.

SCS elementary students are housed in the basement of Temple Baptist Church, Salida, however this church is not affiliated with Salida Christian School. For more information call (719) 539-1693 or email

Head Start – 516 Teller Street, Salida, CO 81201 -- is a federal program for preschool children from low-income families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, are given healthy meals and snacks, and are provided with a safe setting in which to enjoy playing indoors and outdoors.

Head Start helps children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Most children in Head Start are between the ages of three and four years. Cut-off for ages is September 1. Applications with proof of child's age and family income must be received and verified no later than mid-August. For more information call the Salida Head Start Center at (719) 539-5360.

KID'S CAMPUS - A licensed child care facility that provides appropriate activities for children ages 5-11 in a supervised, safe, and child-centered environment during non-school hours. This program serves the needs of working parents during teacher work days, holidays, and during the summer. Scholarships are available for eligible families. For registration information call (719) 221-2095.

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Buena Vista Center
27900 CR 319
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-8419; Fax: (719) 395-2173
Colorado Mountain College (CMC), the largest rural community college in the U.S., has been delivering challenging, high quality associate degree, leadership, medical, expressive arts, environmental, and workforce training to 12,000 square miles of Western Colorado since 1967. CMC now offers Bachelor's Degree programs in Business Administration and Sustainability Studies in addition to its traditional two-year transfer and vocational degrees and certificates of occupational proficiency in 20 different occupational specialties. Each year, CMC serves the training and educational needs of more than 20,000 students throughout the Rocky Mountain region. CMC plans on adding more four-year degrees in the future as it continues to offer quality education at affordable rates.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County
340 E 5th Street
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-9500

BGCCC enhances and expands educational opportunities for elementary and middle school students. Part of a national affiliation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, its mission is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens. Programs are offered in five core areas by youth development professionals: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness, and recreation. The local chapter operates facilities in Salida and Buena Vista that host over 130 kids per day in a safe and secure environment providing the kind of programs that prepare the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Doors are open five days a week, 50 weeks per year.

Pre Schools
Strawberry Door Inc., 1712 Holman Ave, Salida, CO 81201, (719) 539-2154.
Son Shine Inn, 530 F Street, Salida, CO 81201, (719) 539-3882.
Montessori School, 420 W 7th Street, Salida, CO 81201, (719) 530-9665.


Strawberry Door, Inc.
Developmentally Appropriate Education
Children ages 3-7; AM or PM sessions
1712 Holman Ave
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-2154
Day Care Providers
Call (719) 539-4236 for an updated listing of child care providers who are certified in CPR and First Aid.


113 N Court Street / PO Box 2027
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-7000

Avery Parsons Elementary - Phone: (719) 395-7020
McGinnis Middle School - Phone: (719) 395-7060
Buena Vista High School Office - Phone: (719) 395-7100
Buena Vista High School Counselor's Office - Phone: (719) 395-7104
Buena Vista High School Athletic Office - Phone: (719) 395-7102
Chaffee County High School (Alternative High School) - Phone: (719) 395-4064

buena vista schooldThe BUENA VISTA SCHOOL DISTRICT serves a community of around 2,500 residents in northern Chaffee County, Colorado. The school district states that its mission is "to ensure everystudent reaches the peak of success." The school's core set of beliefs provides the underpinnings of the educational philosophy for the school district: every student deserves teachers who are competent, passionate, and are positive role models in terms of character and life-long learning; students are best served by the recruiting of strong teachers whose skills and talents are appropriately supported by the school district and community. A major factor in assisting students to reach their full potential is the relationship between the student and the teacher. Thus, it is expected and encouraged that the BVSD teachers will build these relationships in their daily work with students. Recently, the BVSD was recognized by the state of Colorado as a "District of Performance" based upon evaluation of student achievement and growth.

Buena Vista Day Treatment Program
109 Brookdale Ave
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Pre-school for income-eligible, 3-5 years of age
Education - Health - Nutrition - Dental - Disability - Social
516 E Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-7029


Darren Patterson Christian Academy
K-12 Independent Christian School
518 S San Juan
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-6046

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