Poudre School District

Educate Every Child, Every Day

Dunn Elementary, an IB World School

501 South Washington Avenue
80525 Fort Collins
United States
Principal: 
Deborah Ellis
Grades: 
K - 5
Colors: 
Blue & white
Mascot: 
Dolphin
Phone: 
970-488-4825
Fax: 
970-488-4827
Teacher Education Level: 
24 of 31 teachers hold master's degrees or above
Average Teaching Experience: 
11

Learning culture
Dunn’s student body includes a solid core of neighborhood children, international students from 27 nations, and School Choice children from the community. An integral part of a student’s day is the active processes of inquiry-based learning where developing critical thinking skills are used to master district and state standards.

Academic environment
Dunn, an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) for students in grades K–5, is a uniquely international program focusing on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academics.

A key component to IB instruction is service to others. Dunn students are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better their community and the world, and they undertake numerous student-initiated service projects every year.

Dunn offers half-day and all-day kindergarten. BASE Camp provides before- and after-school care.

Instructional & enrichment programs
Dunn offers half-day and all-day kindergarten. BASE Camp provides before- and after-school care. Enrichment options such as Positive Picassos, Dolphin Singers, Drumming Club, Japanese language instruction, morning news broadcasts, Garden Club, and Chess Club are available. Other student activities include monthly International Citizens recognition, spelling bee, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Green Team, Safety Patrol, talent show, and Geography Bee.

Opportunities for parents
Dunn volunteers log 11,000 hours each year. Our charter-driven A+ team assists with decision making, provides accountability supervision, and focuses on technology, multicultural events, assemblies, and public relations. Our PTO and District Advisory Board parent representatives serve as liaisons to community groups and foster partnerships with Colorado State University and businesses.