STEAD is a regional Nextgen Agriculture Campus centered around an innovative food, environment, and business systems entrepreneurship secondary school. STEAD’s mission is to empower students to design and lead their own postsecondary and career pathways within the context of an exciting Science, Technology, Environmental, Agricultural, and system Design thinking learning environment. Heads, hearts, and hands are engaged in project-based learning as students develop their unique passions to become lifelong learners, thinkers, creators, and activists. All students graduate with a professional portfolio, post-secondary plans, a robust set of work and community service experiences, and can graduate with college credit.


STEAD provides pathways and an educational and career pipeline for the next generation of passionate and visionary Colorado leaders across business, civic, science, health, energy, and natural resource industries and across rural, urban, and suburban divides. Deeply connected to their respective communities, STEAD students are stewards of their environment and address increasingly complex food, health, environmental, and energy challenges that face the state, the nation, and the planet.


  1. Citizenship
    Students are aware and reflective of, and connected to their local, regional, national, and global community.
  2. Respect
    Students have respectful relationships with their peers, teachers, communities, and environment.
  3. Head, Heart & Hand
    Students learn each day using their head, heart, and hands, thereby engaging the whole person.
  4. Risk-taking
    Students take risks and learn from mistakes through real life experiences inside and outside the classroom.
  5. Sense of Purpose
    Students are leaders and have a sense of purpose and understand their value and impact in the community.
  6. Deep Learning
    Students have deep learning experiences across all academic experiences, internships, and community learning activities.


Three Guiding Principles shape the school’s education model and will be integrated throughout its education program using project-based learning across multiple career pathways from which a student can choose:

  1. Stewardship: STEAD students will be taught and inspired to become stewards of each environment in which they live, work, and travel.
  2. Exploration: Students will receive lessons in the fields of science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and design and embark on interdisciplinary exploration of key Guiding Questions relative and relevant to today’s world.
  3. Collaboration: In collaboration with other students, and guided by teachers and outside experts, students will leverage the latest technology and research on their Guiding Questions to complete a culminating Presentation of Learning (POL) that will be shared in a community forum at the end of each project unit.
Guiding Principles

The STEAD School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in employment on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, creed, color, age over 40, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other status or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. The Principal is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.