Dry Creek Elementary
A Tradition of Excellence for Our Children
Congratulations! Dry Creek Elementary was once again recognized in 2017 with the John Irwin Award for Excellence!
The Dry Creek Difference
Dry Creek is consistently recognized as a school of academic excellence. We are proud of our stable and safe learning community that is fostered by a highly qualified staff. We have high expectations for all children and believe that, with support and care, they can reach their highest potential. We have an outstanding Specials rotation including a strong STEM program which is designed to increase student exposure to critical thinking through engineering, computer programming, and project–based learning. Dry Creek maintains its unique open classroom setting, which promotes collaboration as well as instructional alignment of both content and expectations. Dry Creek Elementary is unlike any other school in its ability to create an open, engaging, and challenging learning environment for all of its students.
The Cherry Creek School District mission is "to inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care" and it is our aim to support this mission each and every day by consistently encouraging our students through our Positive Behavior Support system.
The Dry Creek Community fosters a sense of curiosity and a love of learning beginning in Preschool and continuing through 5th grade.
Dry Creek Early Learning Center Preschool website
At Dry Creek Early Learning Center we strive to build a positive-self-image in each child as they learn to enjoy school. The curriculum at Dry Creek Early Learning Center is academic based. Through games, art, computers and hands on learning the children are introduced to math, science, social studies, reading readiness and writing. Activities are planned to enhance the emotional, social and physical growth of each child in order to set the foundation of life-building skills in sharing, cooperation and respect. The classroom is comprised of three teachers, who are trained in Early Childhood Education and have a wealth of experience working with preschool age children. Our goal here at Dry Creek Early Learning Center is to provide the opportunity for children to have a smooth transition into elementary school.
What makes Dry Creek stand out from other schools?
Flexible grouping: Students are grouped academically in grades kindergarten through five to ensure that every child's need is met daily. Groups are fluid and flexible.
Gifted and Talented: Our gifted and talented program makes services like accelerated academic instruction, pullout classes, and individual learning plans available to identified students.
Master Teachers: Dry Creek Teachers have an average of 18 years of teaching experience, and about 80% of our teachers hold a Masters Degree
Collaborative Learning Environment: Our academic program is supported by our team-centered classroom environment where students benefit from open observation of learning and instruction throughout the day allowing for ease of regrouping for ability-based approaches. Students also benefit from having access to 3 highly qualified teachers at each grade level.
PEAK mentorship: First through fifth grade students are assigned to one staff member as a mentor, and they keep the same mentor as they progress through the grades. PEAK promotes the sense of community and positive social relationships that support high performance in school and life.
Outstanding Library: Utilizing many community and parent volunteers, Dry Creek’s media center is a focal point of the school and is fully integrated into Dry Creek’s academic program.
Dry Creek’s Library is the hub of many activities during the school day and after school. The library and the STEM room are the focal points for our innovation renovation coming Summer 2019.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
At Dry Creek we practice Dolphin Pride!
P is for perseverance
R is for respect and responsibility
I is for integrity
D is for diversity
E is for engagement
We are committed to providing a safe and caring community for each student that is intellectually motivating and emotionally satisfying. Each student will develop the attitude that learning is a joyful and integrated experience continuing throughout his or her life.