About Rocky Mountain Prep

Our Mission
Our mission is to educate scholars with the rigorous academic program, character development, and personalized support necessary to be successful in a four-year college and life.

Our Vision
Our vision is to close the opportunity gap that exists between students from low-income households and their wealthier peers. We will grow to be the top performing network of transformative schools in Colorado, outperforming the wealthiest districts and educating more than 2,500 students by 2020.

An RMP education is focused on rigor and love in both academics and personal development. All of our work is guided by our “PEAK” core values: Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness. We believe that clear and consistent values for scholars and staff, and a strong culture rooted in those values, form the foundation of great schools.  

All RMP students receive personalized learning through our rigorous, college-prep curriculum. Our focus on math and literacy education, as well as the sciences and the arts, ensures that all RMP scholars are prepared for success in secondary schools and four-year colleges.

In addition to our emphasis on literacy and math, our scholars participate in specials classes, including science, art, music, Spanish, and dance instruction. 

Rocky Mountain Prep intentionally builds a culture designed to prepare students for long-term success in high school, college, and beyond. Our PEAK values of Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness define the culture that we cherish, cultivate, and grow at RMP – for students and staff alike.

  • Perseverance – We work hard in the face of challenges.

  • Excellence – We try our best on everything we do.

  • Adventure – We have the confidence to explore, try new ideas, and take risks.

  • Kindness – We treat ourselves and others with love and respect.

Our scholars are constantly working on character development, using the PEAK values in their interactions with themselves, peers, teachers, and administrators. Our staff members model these same PEAK values through their work with each other, by building relationships with students, and by promoting joyful learning and rigorous work.

We actively work to support and our scholars and staff in living these values through our school’s rituals and traditions, including daily community meetings, award celebrations, our school-wide weekly “PEAK Parties” and always shouting out students who model PEAK values throughout the day.

Research clearly demonstrates that the most important learning happens before a child reaches third grade. And yet, only 30% of Colorado students attend full-day kindergarten.

Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP) is committed to ensure our youngest scholars are set up for success. In fact, RMP is the largest charter provider of Pre-K in the Metro-Denver region. We are proud to offer prekindergarten and free full-day kindergarten programs at all three of our campuses.

All of our prekindergarten programs focus on developing the whole child. We know that providing time for play, social-emotional development, dance, and centers supports our scholars in their development.

This emphasis on the whole child has supported our scholars in achieving exceptional results: On average, kindergarteners who attended three-year-old pre-K at RMP began the year reading at a level more than half a year ahead of new kindergartners just starting at RMP.

RMP’s curriculum allows teachers to provide excellent learning experiences that drive student success. Our teachers are recruited from all over the country, and we offer teaching positions to less than 5 percent of all those apply. All of our teachers are passionate about supporting all of their students, and they get to know them on a personal and academic level. Our teachers receive more than 250 hours of professional development training each year to ensure they deliver intentional and informed lessons to all students.

RMP also offers a unique fellowship program, which gives future teachers the opportunity to grow their craft while providing scholars with the experience of having two teachers in a classroom. Through a partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, fellows earn their Master of Arts in Teaching over the course two years while working with lead teachers to deliver quality instruction to our scholars. This supports both the educator in their learning as a professional while providing additional classroom support to reduce the teacher to student ratio and increase the opportunities for personalized learning experiences.

Letter from the ceo

It is an honor to share our school with you. Our vision is simple: to close the opportunity gap in public schools by providing an excellent elementary education for students of all backgrounds. 

Rocky Mountain Prep schools are founded on the two pillars of rigor and love. RMP scholars know their teachers love and care for them and our staff is honored to partner with our community to help scholars succeed. Teachers, staff, and scholars alike are constantly using our PEAK values - Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness - to foster a culture of academic rigor and love.

Every day, scholars are met with the challenge to do their greatest work. They are expected to provide evidence for their thinking, express their ideas using advanced vocabulary, and explain their math strategies verbally, visually, and kinesthetically. Each book we read, each story we write, and each problem we solve is an opportunity to go on an exciting new learning adventure. We don’t just teach our students information, we work to foster a love of learning, both in and outside of the classroom.

Our school is a place where innovation is woven into our daily practice. Sadly, the larger public education system is this country fails far too many students and families and we know we need to chart a different path. Our team constantly experiments, asks tough questions, and rethinks traditional paradigms to better meet our ambitious goals.

I invite you to join us! We need exceptional teachers, leaders, families, supporters, and partners to continue to make our vision a reality. This journey can be long and challenging, but each day, scholars remind me of the incredible responsibility and reward that comes with a shared commitment to excellence.

Yours in Excellence, 

James Cryan

Our vision is simple: to close the opportunity gap in public schools by providing an excellent elementary education for students of all backgrounds.

Our Results

Our goals for student achievement are ambitious, and they drive every decision we make.

On the 2017 DPS School Performance Framework, RMP Creekside was the highest-performing elementary school in DPS out of schools where more than 60% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. (#1 out of 79 schools!)

RMP Creekside was one of only 20 schools in DPS to receive a Distinguished or “Blue” rating. 

We are also proud of our RMP Southwest campus, which received a Meets Expectations or “Green” rating on the more limited Early SPF, and are particularly proud that Southwest is in the top five of all elementary schools that educate more than 50 percent English Language Learners.

Additionally, on the 2017 DPS Parent Satisfaction Survey, RMP Southwest was the #1 overall highest-rated school out of all schools in DPS. On this survey, both RMP Southwest and RMP Creekside were rated in the top five out of all schools in the district.

Our Schools

We currently have four schools in the Denver-Metro area, three in Denver and one in Aurora.


7808 Cherry Creek S. Drive, #3-300, Denver, CO 80231

Phone: 720.863.8920 x100

Fax: 720.863.8940


10455 E 25th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010

Phone: 720.863.8922

Fax: 720.863.8940


911 S Hazel Court, Denver, CO 80219

Phone: 720.863.8920 x200

Fax: 720.863.8940


3752 Tennyson St. Denver, CO 80212

Phone: 720.464.3550

Fax: 720.464.3550