Golden Schools

Public schools in the city of Golden include one high school, one middle school, two elementary schools, and one Pre-K through 8th grade.  The schools are part of the Jefferson County School District, the largest school district in the state of Colorado.  Golden is also home to the Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street * 303-273-3000
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Colorado School of Mines is a public research university offering degrees in engineering and applied science. The school has been an integral part of the Golden community since 1870.  Staff and students live, work, and recreate here, participating in politics, serving on local committees, boards, and civic organizations, tutoring K-12 students, and volunteering time to cultural events and other projects.  Learn more about Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado School of Mines Events Calendar

Golden High School

Golden High School

Golden High School
701 24th Street * 303-982-4200
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Golden High School was founded in 1873 and is the oldest school in Colorado with over 125 years of history.  The newest building for the High School opened in 2008.

Community Involvement:

Art program with the homeless, the elderly, and children at Children’s Hospital
Athletics – community service and support for cancer research
Book drive for Pleasant View Elementary
Breathe Easy Team (BE Team)
Canned food drive for Christian Action Guild
Classes sharing books with elementary students
Clear Creek Earth Day clean-up
Don’t Drink and Drive
Don’t Text and Drive pledge campaign
FCCLA – nutrition counseling, blankets for Ronald McDonald House
Forensics – Veterans of Foreign Wars audio essay contest, Optimist Oratorical Contest, English Speaking Union Shakespeare contest, Lions Club Speech Contest, and Poetry Out Loud

Guest speakers in multiple disciplines
Holocaust awareness
Invisible Children
Key Club fundraisers for charities
National Honor Society – food, clothing drives, etc.
Outdoor Lab – counselors
Pro Start catering
River Watch
Senior Sem – Habitat for Humanity
Student Council – Christmas lights
Students volunteering for various community events (multiple groups)
Trick-or-Treat Street
24th Street Singers – caroling at nursing homes

Bell Middle School

Bell Middle School


Grades 6 through 8
Bell Middle School
1001 Ulysses Street * 303-982-4280
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Named after Gertrude Bell, a Golden pioneer and educator, the school opened in 1963.  A two-story classroom addition, a larger library, and new office space were added in 1994.

Community Involvement:

Rotarian Interact Club at Bell MS does community service projects: canned food drive for community, planted six trees with City of Golden in Southridge Park, made ornaments for Giving Tree for students at Pleasant View Elementary, raised and donated $90 to Toys for Golden Kids, helped wrap Christmas gifts with residents of Canyon Gate Senior Apartments.
Some of our students performed at Heritage Square with the Rising Stars Productions and at Golden High School with Stage Right Productions.
Students volunteered at the Golden Gallop.
“Science is Fun” students do a science roadshow for the elementary schools to build a love of science via interesting and intriguing experiments.

Our literacy leaders went and read books to Pleasant View students.
Some of our students belong to the Golden High School Percussion team
Every honors student has to do five hours of community service per semester. This is done through helping to host school events and helping in the community and around the school after school hours.
Students and staff participate in the Buffalo Bill Days Parade.
Activities such as International Day with a variety of local guest speakers (parents, neighbors, etc.) for students to learn about our cultures.
The 8th grade science honor’s class were regional winners in the Department of Energy Home Energy Contest.

Mitchell Elementary

Mitchell Elementary School

Mitchell Elementary
201 Rubey Drive * 303-982-5875
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Formerly located in downtown Golden across the street from the post office, Mitchell Elementary has a long history in Golden.  The new school was built in 1997.

Community Involvement:

Annual Day of Giving Back in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Students made 131 heart pillows, 152 finger puppets, and 8 boxes of bookmarks for the patients at Children’s Hospital
Students collected 1324 items of food and hygiene products for the Christian Action Guild
Students wrote Valentines to soldiers and put together Fruit Bags for the residents of Canyon Gate apartments
Students collected hundreds in donations for the Table Mountain Animal Center
The Golden Optimists collected 34 used bikes and held a clinic for kids on how to fix a flat tire
Students created a word wall in our atrium to the themes of Community and Service

Source:  Jeffco Public Schools

Shelton Elementary

Shelton Elementary School

Shelton Elementary
420 Crawford Street * 303-982-5686
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Shelton Elementary opened in 1994, replacing Earle Johnson Elementary.  The school is named after Hal and Mary Shelton, who were involved in Jeffco schools and active in the Golden community.

Community Involvement:

Shelton 5K event in September – open to all interested runners and/or walkers
Robotics Club for 4th – 6th students
Oasis tutors support the learning of our primary students. These tutors are retired volunteers who come in and read with kids each week.
International Night – A showcase held in the spring as a way to celebrate the many international families we have living within Golden.
Math/Science Night – many local organizations come in to support this night.
Yearly fundraiser to support the Christian Action Guild at Thanksgiving.
Science Discovery Lab

Montessori Schools:

Free Horizon Montessori
581 Conference Place
Pre-K through 8th grade

Compass Montessori
4441 Salvia Street
Pre-K through high school

Golden Preschools/Kindergarten

Canyon Point KinderCare
107 North Rubey Drive

Cornerstone Montessori
15970 W. 50th Avenue

Eagle Ridge KinderCare
18601 Eagle Ridge Drive

5280 Early Childhood Education Center
17602 W. 14th Avenue

Golden Community Center Preschool
1470 10th Street

Lookout Mountain Preschool
17 S. Mount Vernon Country Club Road

South Table Mountain Preschool
17701 West 16th Avenue



Golden High School Matriculation Area Elementary Schools

Fairmount Elementary
15975 W. 50th Avenue

Kyffin Elementary
205 Flora Way

Maple Grove Elementary
3085 Alkire Street

Pleasant View Elementary
15920 W. 10th Avenue

Ralston Elementary
25856 Columbine Glen Avenue

Welchester Elementary
13000 W. 10th Avenue