History: Douglass Valley Elementary opened its doors to students in 1959 and was named after Robert Douglass who homesteaded in the area in the 1860’s. Several building additions were added to the original building and the early student population was comprised of mostly officers’ children. In 2008, Pine Valley Elementary (located on USAFA) closed and many students and staff members joined our school and positively contributed to our climate. At the beginning of the 2009 school year, we dedicated our new artificial turf soccer field. DVE, in partnership with USAFA Civil Engineering, Forest City Enterprises, District 20 and Peak Scapes Inc., now has a great all-weather surface for students to play on and they continue to enjoy it.


School Profile: The school is located on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy, situated in one of the two housing areas. Our current enrollment is approximately 325 students, in grades K - 5. We have a diverse student population that consists of military and civilian families, with officer and enlisted families, as part of one community.

Points of Pride: There are many opportunities for student pride and involvement. In addition to the Veterans Day Parade, 100 Day Celebration, Junior Achievement, and many other in-school extensions of the curriculum. Students have opportunities to participate in Student Council, intramurals, spirit days, robotics,  and Battle of the Books. To address Colorado Academic and Common Core Standards, DVE utilizes Wonders, Eureka Math, and Write Now Right Now curriculums. The Common Core Standards direct our social studies and science instruction. ​

DVE Mission: The mission of Douglass Valley Elementary School, in partnership with families, staff, and our military community, is to educate each student in a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment where academic excellence and exemplary character are achieved through problem solving, collaboration, and critical-thinking.