Parents and community members are integral to Basalt Elementary School's success! Our academic, music, sports, technology, and arts programs all directly benefit from parent support and involvement. Educational programming, student safety, and overall school climate also benefit tremendously from your insights and communication. We consider parents a valued partner and asset in helping us provide the best possible education for students. Please feel free to contact us with any ideas or concerns you have.
Welcome to BES
Front Office Main Number: 970.384.5800
Fax Number: 970.384.5805
Attendance Line: 970.384.5806 *Please use this number to report your child absent or sick.
Snow Day Line: 970.384.6075
Grant Waaler, Principal 970.384.5801
Marisol Henriquez, Assistant Principal 970.384.5802
Whitney Bell, ELD Coach 970.384.5859
Tori Thompson, Student Services Secretary 970.384.5803
Basalt Elementary School is located in the Roaring Fork Valley, between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, in the heart of downtown Basalt. There are approximately 600 students in grades preschool through 4th. At Basalt Elementary School, our mission is to partner with our community, to inspire students to thrive by building relationships, achieving academic success, and providing enriching learning opportunities in both Spanish and English. We are a school that offers a dual language program which is a wonderful and growing program choice for our families and students as well as many other rich learning experiences for all of our students. Our dual language program provides support in learning the English language for our native Spanish speakers. We are proud of our school's achievement on state assessments, in 2019 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, 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.