Basalt Elementary School is located in the Roaring Fork Valley, between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. There are approximately 600 students in grades preschool through 4th, and we are one big family. We are a Dual Language/Bilingual school which offers rich choice for our families and provides support in learning the English language for our native Spanish speakers. We are proud of our school's achievement on state assessments, in 2013 having our highest achievement scores ever and in 2012 and 2011 receiving the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for student growth. We continually update our programs based on current research and the performance of our students to make sure we are best meeting the needs of all. Teachers are organized into teams and work collaboratively to plan and meet students' needs. Students attend core classes: reading, writing, math, as well as SSH in homeroom: science, social studies, handwriting, and health. They also have an enrichment class (Spanish, English, Reading or Math Learning Lab, Leadership, and Extended Learning) and specials classes (P.E., Music, Library, STEM, Art and ACES). Teams of teachers create relevant, hands-on experiences which require critical thinking to create new products for synthesis of learning. Our district vision statement is "Roaring Fork schools will ensure that every student develops the enduring knowledge, skills, and character to thrive in a changing world." Basalt Elementary meets this vision through four main teaching strategies. We implemented a social emotional code in the Fall of 2014.