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Crested Butte Community School Overview

School Description:

The K-12 Crested Butte Community School (CBCS) is a college preparatory public school in Crested Butte, Colorado, with a total enrollment of approximately 684 students. This school is a wonderful addition to the community of Crested Butte. With its unique design, CBCS is separated into 3 main buildings- elementary, middle and high schools, with a library, cafeteria & gym connecting them all together.  

CBCS was built in 1998 and is part of the Gunnison Watershed School District RE1J. The Crested Butte Community School offers a semester schedule with approximately 80% of its seniors attending four year institutions after graduation. It is continually acknowledged as an outstanding institution. In 2013, CBCS received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, placing CBCS among the top 8.0% of high schools across Colorado for student achievement - for the eighth time! And, US News and World Report recognized CBCS as a gold medal school in the spring of 2014, with an overall ranking of 6th in the state of Colorado.

From a parent's perspective, the moment you enter CBCS, the feeling is very warm and welcoming with large carpeted hallways, art displayed throughout from all ages on the walls. The elementary end offers open lockers with a drain system in place to dry those snowy boots. There are larger lockers for both middle and high schoolers to store books and after school sports bags. The teacher to student ratio is 15:1, better than the state average of 18:1. Not only is there a host of opportunities to explore and learn for all ages, but the teachers are always readily available at the drop of a hat for extra help with schoolwork, etc. Because Crested Butte is such a small community, you often see the teachers out enjoying nature, whether its biking during the summer or skiing during the winter months. In fact, 70% or our teachers either already hold a Master’s degree or are currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program. Several of our teachers are even extreme athletes and compete in local races and events.

Crested Butte Community School's mission statement is: “to ensure that each student maximizes his or her potential and becomes a contributing citizen by successfully completing a standards based education of exceptional quality in an atmosphere of high expectations and demonstrated achievement.” 

Graduation Requirements:

The graduation requirements for CBCS are 26 credits as follows:    

English: 4 
Social Studies: 3 
Math: 3
Science: 3 (2 lab)
World Language: 1
Fine/Applied Arts: 1
Physical Education: 1
Health: .5
Civics .5
Electives: 9 

Grade Point Scale:

The Crested Butte High School has chosen not to weigh grades or rank students. CBCS uses a basic 4.0 grade point average scale. The grading scale is as follows:

A 4.00 90 – 100%
B 3.00 80 – 89%
C 2.00 70 – 79%
D 1.00 60 – 69%
F 0.00 0 – 59%
P 0.00 N/A 

Community Description:

Crested Butte sits at the northern end of the Gunnison Valley in the southwest portion of Colorado, approximately 230 miles southwest of Denver and approximately 30 miles north of Gunnison, the home of Western State Colorado University. Just up the mountain from Crested Butte is the town of Mt. Crested Butte and is the site of the well-known ski area, Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte have a combined population of approximately 2,296. Originally a mining town with history everywhere you look, the economy is now based on tourism and ranching. 

Crested Butte Community School Contact Information:
818 Red Lady, P.O. Box 339, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Phone: (970) 641-7720     Fax : (970) 641-7729
Web : www.gunnisonschools.net​

Stephanie Niemi : Secondary Principal
Sally Hensley: Elementary Principal
Bob Piccaro, Assistant Principal/Middle School Athletic Director 
Jennifer Read, Secondary School Counselor
Stacey Petersen, Elementary School Counselor
Julia Kidd, High School Athletic Director 
Corrie White, Office Manager
Pamela Mahoney, Office Staff
Nicole Reycraft, Office Staff


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