Imagination is vital for education, particularly for children. That’s why educators were thinking outside the box when they created a trail that connects the students at Centerra’s High Plains School to the outdoor classes, greenhouses and open spaces of High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC).
High Plains is part of the Thompson School District, the 17th-largest district in Colorado with more than 16,000 students and assessment scores that are consistently above state averages. In addition to High Plains, the district includes 12 Early Childhood Centers, 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools, two charter schools and the Thompson Online K-12 Program. There are also nine private schools in Loveland.
But if you’ve just started your family or plan on adding to it, the Sunshine House ─ Centerra is an early learning academy that offers infant care and before and after care for school-aged children. Among the other quality childcare options nearby are Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, Thompson Valley Preschool and Bright Horizons.
Of course, education is not just for young children. You or your older children can take advantage of academic programs at the University of Northern Colorado Loveland Center at Centerra. UNC’s main campus in Greeley as well as Colorado State University in Fort Collins are less than a 30-minute drive from Centerra.
High Plains School
An early childhood ‒ 8th grade school, High Plains School offers students a seamless transition between elementary and middle school as well as the opportunity to develop a long-term relationship with the school, its personnel and other students.
High Plains’ STEAM education framework means students receive instruction using intentionally designed units and lessons that integrate concepts from science, math, history and the arts. They learn the skills and knowledge in these content areas to support their reading, writing and communication skills and then apply that knowledge so that they understand the “why” behind what they were taught. Technology and engineering design processes are taught and used by students to apply their content learning in real-world, relevant and meaningful ways through a problem-based learning approach.
Benefits students receive from a High Plains education include:
- Achievement and responsive instruction
- Fewer school transitions
- Modeling and mentoring between middle school and elementary students
- Academic achievement and social/emotional well-being that springs from relationships that support the development of the whole child
- Family involvement
UNC Loveland Center at Centerra
The University of Northern Colorado Loveland Center at Centerra offers academic programs in criminal justice and criminology, education ‒ teaching and nursing.
The center has:
- Eight classrooms and two conference rooms
- A computer lab with printing available
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Amenities including microwaves, refrigerators, convection oven, vending machines, toaster, television, coffee/tea and seating
- Outside patio area with picnic tables and a BBQ grill
- Small student lounge with several chairs and a table to study and work
- Four bicycles available for 30-minute check out, walking paths around two lakes and locker rooms
The center, located near Interstate 25 and Highway 34, brings UNC’s quality and caring culture to you for a unique educational experience.