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Jeffco Thrives 2025

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Jeffco Thrives 2025 is the Strategic Plan for Jeffco Public Schools. Built on an opportunity to move our district from good to great to extraordinary, Jeffco Thrives is focused on four priorities:

  • Our Learners. Our Future.
  • Our People. Our Strength.
  • Our Operations. Our Foundation.
  • Our Community. Our Legacy.


Our vision is for Jeffco Public Schools to be a thriving district where all students achieve their biggest dreams.



Our mission is to provide a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures as local and global citizens.



Focus on Students: In Jeffco, we make decisions and measure outcomes based on how well we serve our students. We exist to help students succeed and act with intensity to give our students the education they need and deserve, today.

Excellence: In Jeffco, we aspire to be a world-class school district which requires us to inspire one another to make an impact, focus on solutions, maximize our partnerships, and hold ourselves accountable for successful outcomes for all students.

Equity: In Jeffco, not all students, staff and families are starting from the same place nor do they need the same things to reach their fullest potential. We view individual differences as assets to be leveraged as we help all students thrive.

Integrity: In Jeffco, acting with integrity creates honesty, trust, responsibility, and a spirit of transparency. It is a constant commitment to do the right thing for our students, staff, families, and community.

Belonging: In Jeffco, we cultivate environments where all students, staff, families, and members of our community are safe, accepted, respected, included, encouraged by others, and feel that their voices and perspectives are valued.


This is the work we will do from now until the end of the 2025-26 school year.

Priority 1: Our Learners. Our Future.

  • Goal 1: All Jeffco students experience a culture of instructional excellence.
  • Goal 2: All Jeffco students have extraordinary student experiences that recognize their strengths, challenge them to improve, and support them to succeed.

Priority 2: Our People. Our Strength.

  • Goal 1: A collaborative, inclusive team culture with high expectations for staff and student performance contributes to instructional excellence and extraordinary student experiences.

Priority 3: Our Operations. Our Foundation.

  • Goal 1: Physical environments and operational services in Jeffco contribute to instructional excellence and extraordinary student experiences.
  • Goal 2: Jeffco’s resources are deployed strategically to ensure long-term sustainability.

Priority 4: Our Community. Our Legacy.

  • Goal 1: Positive, mutually respectful and trusting connections with Jeffco families and our community partners to support student success.


The Jeffco Thrives 2025 framework has four priority areas and six guiding focuses. The framework should be viewed through the lens of alignment to the district vision, mission and values statements, which have been revised by our Board of Education.

Measures of Success and Targets

How Jeffco is tracking progress made toward the goals.

Our Learners, Our Future

Instructional Excellence

  • All students reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
    • 2023-24 school year target: The percentage of students who meet/exceed on CMAS ELA grade 3 will increase from 50% to 53%
  • Every 5th and 8th grade student will be proficient in mathematics.
    • 2023-24 school year target: The percentage of students who meet/exceed on CMAS Math grade 5 will increase from 41% to 43% AND the percentage of students who meet/exceed on CMAS Math grade 8 will increase from 43% to 46%
  • Ensure every 9th grade student remains on track to graduate by the end of freshman year with a minimum of 6 credits.
    • 2023-24 school year target: Define, vet and implement a process for high school staff to monitor key indicators (potentially including attendance, behavior, credit attainment, discipline, and transitions) and implement appropriate interventions in response.

Extraordinary Student Experience

  • All students will graduate from Jeffco with the knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary life.
  • 2023-24 school year target: All students on track to demonstrate Postsecondary Workforce Readiness for at least one measure in reading, writing and communicating and one measure in mathematics by middle of 11th grade.

Our People, Our Strength

Team members align on common goals and on interpersonal norms that ensure success for both individuals and the group as a whole as measured by employee engagement survey with the ability to compare to similar organizations.

Our Community, Our Legacy

Annual surveys reflect that families and families have positive, mutually respectful and trusting connections with their schools.

Monitoring Reports

Provide the Board of Education with annual reports aligned to Board Ends and major policy areas.


Major Initiative 1: Schools creating the conditions for student outcomes

The work of the 2023-24 school year focuses on meeting our goals by creating a system-wide focus on student outcomes.

Norming on Instructional Excellence

  • Lesson internalization
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Quality programming
  • Enrich middle school experiences
  • Leadership walks
  • Community Superintendent role
  • Thriving School Support Teams

Building a Culture of Trust and Belonging

  • Focus on Name, Strength, and Need
  • Implementation and use of the discipline matrix
  • Restorative practices
  • Mental health support
  • R1 safety, security, and emergency management
  • Student engagement and re-engagement

Ensuring Data Literacy For All Leaders

  • Creating conditions for leaders effective and efficient use of data
  • Competency development for sustainability

Planning for High School Reimagined

  • Learner goals across all high schools
  • Resume of a Jeffco graduate
  • ICAP and counseling
  • Courses and credits
  • Policy barriers and accelerators

Major Initiative 2: Central services in support of student outcomes

The work of the 2023-24 school year requires organizing central services and resources to best support schools in their drive toward student outcomes.

Building a Values-Based Culture

  • Developing a culture playbook for all district and school staff to use
  • Culture Champions
  • Thrives Leadership
  • Service-level metrics for operations services

Modernizing Business Processes and Systems

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • HR Partners
  • Compensation
  • Transportation
  • Data platforms, products, operations, and governance

Aligning 2018 Bond and Overall Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

  • CIP financial accounting
  • Facility master planning
  • Boundary study and property disposition

Organizing to Maximize District, Family, and Community Partnership

  • Family Response Service Team (FRST)
  • Ensuring financial sustainability
  • Regional Opportunities For Thriving Schools (ROFTS) Phase II
  • Additional funding mechanisms (MLO)
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