Meridian Ranch Supports Education & Local Schools
Not too many years from now, a new generation of children will have grown up in the community of Meridian Ranch that over 1,000 families now call home. Most of them will have no knowledge of all the hard work and financial support it took in the early 2000's for the education of Meridian Ranch students to become recognized Statewide. They will only know Meridian Ranch as a master-planned development complete with amenities, such as local schools, not found in most comparable communities.
They won’t know that it was GTL, Inc. (Developer of Meridian Ranch) that donated the land and contributed to the $3.5 million it took to build what is now the Meridian Ranch Elementary School. In addition, few people will know it was GTL, Inc., that donated the 70 acres to build Meridian Ranch’s High School. Today Falcon High School is strategically located within walking distance and will have a road connecting it to the Meridian Ranch Elementary School. All part of the master plan, GTL, Inc. will be connecting Londonderry Drive from the Meridian Ranch Elementary School to the Falcon High School, (August of 2014). Perhaps, however, the generation being raised now in Meridian Ranch will someday realize the quality of the education they received from the Meridian Ranch schools that are in the Falcon School District 49.
In fact, the reading scores are up across the board in the Falcon School District 49. The 2011-12 school year Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) data shows the School District continues to perform well above the state average in reading at every grade level. In addition, the Falcon School District 49 is also greatly exceeding the State average in nearly every grade level in writing. In math, scores are significantly above the State’s average at the elementary and middle school levels and consistent with the State numbers in high school grades. In science, the District scores at or above the state average in all grade levels.
Falcon High School (located in Meridian Ranch) achieved the highest score in the school’s history in tenth grade science, scoring twelve points above the state average. Falcon Virtual Academy also saw significant gains, which accompany a significant gain in enrollment. The 2011-12 scores will now be used as a baseline for the schools moving forward.