Strategic Plan



The Strategic Plan was formally adopted by the Mancos Board of Education on October 26, 2010. This plan will serve us over the next 3 – 5 years as we move forward in providing your students with the best educational opportunities possible. 

The Strategic Plan consists of three main parts: Safety, Opportunities for Students and 21st Century Skills accomplished through a Learner Centered Environment. 

Many thanks to all the staff, students and community who contributed to and helped create our vision. 


GOAL: Mancos School District will continuously strive, within the best of its abilities, given consideration of financial and community constraints, to ensure an overall school environment that is both safe and bully free.


  • Policy Review
  • Dean of Students Position
  • Fire Alarm System Upgrade
  • District-wide Door Lock Upgrade
  • Communication System Upgrade
  • Security Cameras Installed


GOAL: Our school values diversity and the characteristics unique to all individuals. 

GOAL: Mancos School District is committed to providing engaging extracurricular programs, electives and activities that reflect the values of the community and the individual student.

GOAL: Mancos School District will provide opportunities which incorporate fine arts, vocational and gifted/talented programs.


  • Schedule Alignment to maximize current staff and allow more options for Southwest Colorado Community College and Ft. Lewis College
  • High School Electives— Home Maintenance, Botany, Wildlife Ecology, Economics, Astro-Biology, Service Learning, Horsemanship, Calculator Creations, Paper Geometry, Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Global Issues
  • Career and Technical Education—Nutrition and Wellness, Healthy Teen Choices.



GOAL: Mancos School District will master core content with 21st Century Skills through a learner centered environment.

21st Century Skills

21st Century skills are best defined as mastery of traditional core subject areas (math, science, language arts, social sciences, world language and the arts) within the context of 21st Century themes: global awareness; information, media, financial, economic, health, civic literacy; technological literacy. These themes provide relevance and significance to core content areas.

Within this framework, 21st Century learners must learn and exhibit life skill traits such as 1) creativity 2) problem solving 3) collaboration 4) initiative 5) accountability 6) cultural proficiency. It is these skill sets that serve as the catalyst for learning and discovery. They provide the basis for a Learning Centered environment as well as the key for future success.

Learner-Centered Environment

The Learner-Centered environment places the student as an active part of the instructional process by becoming an active participant in planning, evaluating, and assessing what they are learning and how comprehensively they are learning it. Learner-centered classrooms fully engage students in the   development, assessment, and responsibility for meeting learning standards.

Standards Driven

A Standards Driven Education structure has the following elements present: A guaranteed and viable curriculum is in place, formative and summative assessments are aligned to the standards, being data driven, the standards are the foundation of lesson design, time becomes the variable and learning is the constant, and options become available for those students who have reached proficiency in standards

  • Curriculum Maps targeted for April 2011 Completion
  • Teachers including students in the Instructional Model
  • Professional Development opportunities provided for staff around 21st Century Skills and Learner-Centered Environment