Sterling Ranch - The Nature of Education

The Nature of Education

Schools are more than just buildings at Sterling Ranch, they’re building blocks. The elevated learning experience coming here will offer choices in public, private and charter education. Facilities will feature advanced instructional amenities and the very best educators, mirroring the thoughtfulness that calls this place home.

There will be a learning path for all facets of educational growth, tailored to a full range of ages, grades and styles of students – and with dedicated consideration to the families who grow right here with them.



Sterling Ranch resides in the Douglas County School District – a leader in education across Colorado. In 2015, the local district received the Colorado Department of Education’s highest district accreditation rating, “Accredited with Distinction.”

These are Sterling Ranch’s neighborhood schools in the Douglas County School District:

  • Roxborough Primary (grades K-2)
  • Roxborough Intermediate (grades 3-6)
  • Ranch View Middle School (grades 7-8)
  • ThunderRidge High School (grades 9-12)

Student transportation will be available for a minimal charge.

Sterling Ranch residents may also consider other open enrollment Douglas County schools, charter and alternative schools. Several options are located within a 5-15 minute drive, including:

  • Coyote Creek Elementary (K-6)
  • Trailblazer Elementary (K-6)
  • Eldorado Elementary (K-6)
  • Stone Mountain Elementary (K-6)
  • Saddle Ranch Elementary (K-6)
  • Ben Franklin Academy Charter School (P-7)
  • STEM School and Academy (6-12)

Nature Centers Throughout the Community

Sterling Ranch is creating opportunities for residents to learn as they explore the community. With a focus on stewardship and support from our multi-faceted roster of partners, Sterling Ranch will have Nature Centers placed throughout the community to educate and inform.

Where might you discover a Nature Center? Perhaps inside Sterling Ranch’s 30,000-square-foot civic center, as you experience a wildlife corridor or come upon an area of archaeological significance.

Whether a grand exhibit showcasing innovations in sustainability or a simple marker along a trail, these Nature Centers serve as places for you to uncover the natural beauty and legacy of Sterling Ranch.

Vanderbilt University Partnership

With new technologies and advancements in education, Sterling Ranch aims to stay ahead of the curve in meeting, and exceeding, residents’ expectations of effective learning.

A dedicated team of distinguished professors and bright students from Vanderbilt University is conducting research to better understand the educational preferences and priorities of the community.

Vanderbilt invited future residents to participate in a survey and is working with community leaders to identify opportunities for enhancing education. The insights gained through this research will guide the development of curriculum, facilities, school-community partnerships, adult education and other important aspects of Sterling Ranch’s education system.

Planning for Our Future

Sterling Ranch sets aside a stipend with each lot sold in order to construct and foster a lifelong educational ecosystem for all residents, including its multiple school sites planned for the community.

Douglas County School District governs these neighborhood schools and determines when and where the schools are built. There is a planned school site in Providence Village.