Cañon Exploratory School

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Battle of the Books was a success.
Limo Ride Fundraiser Winners!

Top earning fundraiser students enjoy a ride in a pink limo and lunch and Pizza Madness!

Limo Ride Fundraiser Winners!

Inside the pink Limo!

Farms are FUNdamental

Farms are FUNdamental!

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Cañon Exploratory School's Vision:

Empowering life-long learners through relevant exploration, choice, and personal responsibility.



Cañon Exploratory School's Mission:


Foster diverse learners by utilizing Project Based Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Choice Theory, and multi-age groups. Learners will access relevant experiences and make a positive difference for themselves, their
families, and their world.
Cañon Exploratory School's Vision & Mission Statement:

Principal's Message

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Welcome to Canon Exploratory School (CES)! This is an exceptional school with exceptional staff and students. My name is Kelly Albrecht and I’m thrilled to be the principal of this school.  If you are a current member of the CES family, I hope you will stop in and see me the next time you are in the building.  If you a potential new member of our community, welcome!  Take the time to explore our excellent website and get to know who we are.  Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.
Allow me to introduce myself: I have been in the business of educating children for over 29 years. I am married to a lifetime educator who teaches choir at our local high school and have two grown children.  I began my career as an elementary music teacher, and then moved into the classroom after 13 years teaching primarily 5th grade--first in Pueblo Schools and then at McKinley.  I came to CES as a 5th/6th grade teacher the year we opened and then was instrumental in the creation of our Middle School before leaving to be the Dean of Students at Washington.  I returned to CES as the principal last year. Coming back to CES is like coming home.  I love the people, the families, and the work we get to do here.  
As I stated earlier, CES is a special place! We are a ‘school of choice’ so all of our students and families have chosen to be a part of the Exploratory School. Exploratory Learning is a concept that began in 1992 when Molly Merry wrote a grant for funding through the Colorado Department of Education to provide an alternative form of education for students who needed something different than the traditional models. From the beginning, this school’s mission has been to create an environment where each child can meet his/her greatest potential in their education. We believe in learning through real world experiences, integration of content/standards, feeling safe enough to take a risk and possibly fail, and learning through choices and the resulting consequences—positive or negative. We have one-to-one technology with each of Kindergarten through 8th grade student having their own laptop or netbook. Our students each work on projects that we now call Explorations where they use their passion to learn more about a topic through research and questioning, develop a product, and then teach others. Additionally, our school is multi-age and broken up into smaller communities replicating small schools within the larger school to provide a family-like environment where our students and teachers know each other very well and grow up together through their years in school here.
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News & Announcements

Canon City Schools Reopening Plan 2020-2021

One week ago today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, along with the Colorado Department of Education, published revised guidance for school reopening.  They provided us more opportunity to offer in-person learning for our students, and less restriction on key areas such as transportation.  Since that time, CCSD has worked diligently to fine tune our plan and communicate it to the public.  Thank you for the patience and flexibility as we’ve worked through this challenging period.

Important Community Message About The Rest Of The School Year

It is with tremendous difficulty I share this. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis and the many unknowns we face, I'm directing our instructional staff to finish the 2019-20 school year by continuing to provide digital learning opportunities to students in grades K-12 through mid-day, Friday, May 22, 2020.   I arrived at this decision for the following reasons;


The Governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.
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