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School Information

Principal: Thomas Gardner (beginning July 2023)
Enrollment: Kindergarten through 5th grade, approx. 490 students
We currently have four teachers in 1st-4th grade and three teachers in Kindergarten.
Articulation area: Green Mountain
School hours: 7:45-2:35 (soft start begins at 7:35am)
Awards: Colorado John Irwin Award of Excellence 2018 & 2019, 2021
Highly Effective Library Program through Colorado Department of Education

Our school's history

Rooney Ranch Elementary is named in honor of the Rooney family, who homesteaded part of the land Rooney Ranch Elementary is built on. In 1859, Alexander Rooney, a farmer from Iowa, joined the gold rush. Tough times hit the East and in the West, newspaper headlines read "Gold in Colorado," "Pikes Peak or Bust." Alexander's hopes of instant wealth were dashed in the mining camp of Nevadaville. Heading home to Iowa, he passed through a beautiful valley between the plains and the mountains. Cedar trees just right for fencing were everywhere. In 1860 he returned to this site and using his skill as a stone mason, quarried and built with his own hands the ranch house which now shelters the fifth generation of Rooneys.

Mission Statement:

Rooney Ranch Elementary is a collaborative community that provides engaging and purposeful learning for all students.


At Rooney Ranch, we will inspire and empower every student to take ownership of their learning and well being.

Collective Commitments:

  • We are committed to teaching with integrity, purpose, and upholding the highest professional standards.
  • We are committed to communicating and collaborating with the Rooney community in a welcoming, kind and honest way.
  • We are committed to differentiating instruction for all students to ensure growth and success while being reflective in our teaching practice.
  • We are committed to encouraging and guiding our students to be problem solvers and  critical thinkers.
  • We are committed to being part of a team that values the strengths and differences of everyone.
  • We are committed to fostering a love for learning by having fun every day.

School Song

We're Mountain Lions, 
We stand proud and tall, 
Climbing to new heights, 
Above them all. 
Rooney spirit leads the way 
Helping each other to start a new day. 
Our motto states: 
"You can do anything". 
Just set your goal 
And success you will bring. 
We're Mountain Lions 
And proud to be at Rooney Ranch!

Words by Mrs. Kris Edwards

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