Running River School

1370 Forest Park Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Tel: (303)499-2059
Grades: K-8 | 49 students
Running River School is dedicated to meaningful, intelligent, experiential, nature based and contemplative education.
We are a small school that is able to balance every aspect of education: an excellent academic program including all subjects and an integrated yearly environmental theme; the Arts; contemplative practices; nourishing a foundation for life long health (physical fitness and homemade organic lunches); life skills, camping and spending weekly time in nature, and a strong emphasis on communication and social skills.
Our middle school students pursue their interests and passions through mentored, individualized project based learning, as well as learn team work and community living.
They travel up to 4 times a year and contribute in every way to the running and continual growth of the entire school.
We build community through parent involvement and education, and school service projects both locally and globally.
We seek to transform our present culture through building an alternative model of education based on deeply connecting children and parents to themselves, humanity and the planet.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 2001

Student Body

Total Students 49 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Running River School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Our students are outside a lot, and get dirty)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $11,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Nancy Monson

School Notes

  • Curriculum
  • Middle School
  • Philosophy

Profile last updated: 10/17/2014

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school is The Patchwork School (2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Forest Park Montessori School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Forest Park Montessori School (0.1 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Lafayette
    Grades: PK-KG | 30 students
    0.1 miles
    2687 Northpark Dr
    Lafayette, CO 80026
  • Louisville
    Treehouse Learning
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-KG | 129 students
    0.9 miles
    175 N 96th St
    Louisville, CO 80027
  • Louisville
    Grades: PK-5 | 138 students
    1.6 miles
    1970 Centennial Drive
    Louisville, CO 80027
  • Louisville
    Grades: NS-K
    1.7 miles
    1818 Centennial Dr
    Louisville, CO 80027
  • Louisville
    Grades: PK-K | 46 students
    2 miles
    1501 Jefferson Avenue
    Louisville, CO 80027

School Reviews

Running River provides a meaningful, experiential and contemplative education for children in grades K-8. This fast growing 14-year old school is focused on awakening and developing every child's unique gifts, talents and passions through an integrated, nature- and project-based curriculum, keeping the children excited and engaged intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Teachers skillfully balance every important aspect of childhood education, which includes an excellent academic program covering subjects within an integrated environmental theme, emphasizing the Arts, teaching of life skills, contemplative practices and physical fitness. The school encourages the building a foundation for life-long health and well being by spending time in nature every week while maintaining a strong emphasis on personal communication and social skills. Authentic learning is achieved in small classrooms using a collaborative, creative, challenging approach, filled with opportunities for exploration and discovery of how things work, fostering a real love of learning and deep connection to self, others and the planet. Community is built through parental involvement and education, along with participation in school service projects both locally and globally. Running River's Middle School has expanded into a progressive 3-year program using thematic modules to integrate academics, real-life learning and community living, with meaningful and useful work.
- Posted by Administrator, 05/12/16
Running River is a wonderful school that emphasizes whole child education. We have seen our son thrive academically as well as socially. He is attempting and achieving goals that only a few months ago would have been daunting. We are thrilled with the responsiveness of the teachers and how the different ages interact and support each other. Additionally, the balance of outdoor/ indoor, structured/ unstructured, and movement/ quiet has been a wonderful fit. We feel lucky to be here.
- Posted by Parent, 11/20/14
Running River has provided my children with an education that is deeper than just academics. Their philosophy of educating the whole child has really worked. We have seen that the happier and more balanced they are in all aspects, the better their academic success is.
- Posted by Parent, 10/28/14

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The average private school tuition in Boulder County, CO is $9,527 for elementary schools and $16,513 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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