School Overview

School Overview

Thunder Valley K-8 opened our doors in 2013. Prior to 2013, our school was previously called Frederick Elementary. With the addition of the new Frederick High School, the district was able to renovate the old building and create a middle school area to add to the existing elementary school. 

Thunder Valley K-8 has approximately 500 students kindergarten through fifth grade and an additional 350 in the middle school grades. Our students come to us from Dacono, Frederick, and parts of Firestone.


Thunder Valley K-8 ensures the highest academic achievement for all through:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Strength of Character
  • Community Partnerships


The highest academic achievement for all.


Academic excellence leads to increased student achievement through:

  • Extending multiple opportunities to offer a variety of core classes, electives, advanced and intervention classes
  • Providing learning environments and excellent teaching to support high levels of student engagement in which students take ownership of their learning, goal setting and progress towards proficiency
  • Learning across grade levels to meet individual student needs
  • Providing connections between elementary and middle school learning with fewer transitions
  • Ensuring rigorous and relevant instruction that prepares students for high school success
  • Integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction into core and elective classes, stimulating higher-level thinking and hands-on learning
  • Academic teacher collaboration and articulation within and across grade levels

Strength of character leads to increased student achievement through:

  • Empowerment of students through leadership development
  • Mentoring and positive role models between grade level students
  • Respectful and respected students and staff
  • Safe and positive environments, where systemic and systematic behavior expectations and interventions are in place
  • Providing students with sense of purpose, confidence and self-worth
  • Pride in school by both students and staff

Community partnerships lead to increased student achievement through:

  • Community mentorships and student support
  • Volunteer systems that provide opportunities for a variety of adult involvement
  • Parent and family events that support all students and families
  • After-school programs, activities and clubs
  • Parent and family engagement and communication
  • Thematic learning throughout the building; which involves families, cross-grade level mentoring and community resources
  • Long-term relationships with students and their families which provides consistency and increased family involvement through the middle school years

Thunder Valley K-8 Administration Team