About Us

Located at Colfax Ave. and Tennyson St., Colfax Elementary School is a small school nestled in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver. At Colfax Elementary, we believe that preparation for college begins with our youngest learners.

We offer every student a broad and rigorous academic program, including exposure to the arts, sciences and technology. We believe in learning and living by our five Core Values and support students with a strong school culture. Colfax Elementary is a diverse community that believes high expectations and high support will allow every learner to achieve at high levels.

Vision/Mission Statement:

“At Colfax, we set every student on the path to becoming contributing citizens in a diverse society.

We believe that providing an environment of high expectations and joy creates a strong foundation of academic and social-emotional success for all students. Staff, students and families are united by the following five core values: Responsibility, Curiosity, Community, Perseverance, Positivity. (Created by ILT, reviewed by ILT, SLT, staff, Parent Leadership Team, and finalized by CSC)

A Letter from the Principal:

Dear Families,

My name is Sandra Berumen and I am the proud principal of Colfax Elementary. I’m thrilled to invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities that Colfax Elementary has to offer. Located in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver. Colfax Elementary is a small, safe school with a rigorous academic program, dedicated staff and focus on nurturing our students character. Here are some of the highlights that make us stand-out:

  • A strong focus on our school’s Core Valuesof community, curiosity, perseverance, positivity and responsibility. You’ll see students and educators talking about and striving to live these values at Colfax every day.
  • One of the most diverseschools in Denver, students at Colfax reflect the world we live in. We have been serving families and students since 1887!
  • Rated GREEN on the DPS School Performance Framework (SPF)-four years in a row!
  • Exceptional Transitional Native Language Instruction (TNLI) We value Bilingualism-Native Spanish speakers learn in their native language from ECE-5th grade. They make their transition to English gradually starting in the 3rd grade.
  • Full-Time bilingual school psychologist and MDS (Maria Droste Counseling Center) counselor committed to social-emotional development and supports.
  • Daily classroom community meetings.
  • Full Time Restorative Practices Coordinator
  • Neighborhood Centerwith extensive after-school programming including choir, cooking classes, chess, and tutoring.
  • Daily arts instruction in physical education/dance, visual artsand music.
  • A robust family engagement program, including frequent Family Nights, trips to Skate City and other recreational centers, Coffee with the Principal Fridays, and opportunities to work alongside your student in his/her classroom.
  • We provide schooling for student in ECE-5th
  • A full-day multi-age (three and four-year-olds), child-directed ECE program. We provide real-world hands-on learning for our youngest Tigers, with an emphasis on language development, problem solving creativity and building internal motivation!
  • Student-led and small group learning with 1:1 technology in kindergarten through fifth grade
  • New differentiation blockin which students receive more specific instructional supports based on need.

Choosing the right elementary school for your child is an important decision. Thank you for considering Colfax! We would like to invite you to visit Colfax to see what we are all about and what we can offer you and your child. Please email Nayeli Orozco (nayeli_orozco@dpsk12.org) or Leah Rounds (leah_rounds@dpsk12.org) ,community liaisons, to learn more about our amazing school or to set up a time to visit. We look forward to meeting you!

In partnership,
Sandra Berumen, Principal
Colfax Elementary

CSC Notes:

September  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16j8CIUCEkZCuSg9u8a6i_sDRUj_hzp3WxXdR1py2VgY/edit#slide=id.p4

Guiding Principles for Success at Colfax:

School Culture

  • Students learn more successfully within a culture where they feel supported and encouraged to develop positive character strengths. At the center of this culture are our five Core Values: community, curiosity, perseverance, positivity and responsibility. Students have the opportunity to show the Core Values throughout the day. Most school days begin with a morning meeting, where students come together to celebrate learning and the exciting work of being a Colfax student. We believe strongly that we must nurture character development so our students are successful in college and beyond.

Rigorous Instruction

  • Frequent data assessments ensure students receive individualized instruction that meets their needs. Standards-based lessons are frequently implemented through a gradual release model, in which students are provided with more support when first learning a skill. That support is reduced as students become more independent. A strong focus on literacy means that students are actively reading and writing throughout the day, developing communication and critical thinking skills.

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

  • Many students at Colfax are bilingual and our ELA program ensures that students become biliterate. Students in ELA-S classes receive native language instruction paired with supported English content instruction and English language development. English language learner students in ELA-E classes receive scaffolded instruction in English and daily support from our ESL Resource Teacher (for speakers of languages other than English or Spanish).


  • Families and community members are an essential part of our school culture. Guided by the work of our parent leadership team, a variety of educational and fun activities take place throughout the year.

Arts, Athletics & Enrichment

  • Students participate in visual arts, music and physical education weekly. A wide variety of clubs and other enrichment opportunities are available after regular school hours.