Welcome Sand Creek Stars!
Meet the Sand Creek International Administrative Team!
Rachel Laufer, Principal
This is my 15th year with Harrison School District Two and 8th year as Principal at Sand Creek International School. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Master's Degree in Education from Whittier College in California. I taught for 3 years in California at a private school located on the Whittier College campus. When I moved to Colorado in 2005, I was hired to teach a Gifted and Talented 6th grade class in Harrison School District. I then moved into coordinating the Gifted and Talented program for the district, and then became an Instructional Coordinator supporting several schools to improve instructional practices for students. During this time, I received a second Master's Degree from UNC in Special Education: Gifted and Talented, as well as my licensure in Educational Leadership from Adams State. Most recently, I completed a Superintendent's Licensure program at UCCS.
Outside of school, I have a passion for animals, and love spending time with my two dogs, three cats and one guinea pigs. For the past 8 years I have spent the weekends volunteering at the Humane Society. In my free time my husband and I enjoying taking RV road trips and camping with our dogs. I am looking forward to the new path ahead for Sand Creek International as we work to become a K-8 school, adding one new grade level a year starting with 6th grade in the 2019-2020 school year!
Charley Ryder, Assistant Principal
Working at Sand Creek International is an adventure and a joy every day, as we have a fantastic community of curious students, supportive parents, and talented teachers! After working in education for over ten years, it’s clear that Sand Creek is a truly special school. My experience has ranged from classroom teaching at the elementary and secondary level, to instructional coaching and leading professional development for teachers in various school and non-profit settings. Nothing about this job is more exciting to me than seeing students become globally aware citizens through engaging with a rich curriculum. When not busy at school, I’m more than likely running, biking, or reading!
Call the Main Office at 579-3760 if there is ever anything we can help you with!
Sand Creek International is an established neighborhood school that has a strong partnership with the community. At Sand Creek, we strive to ensure continuous improvement in student achievement through a safe and positive learning environment.
Our school will develop globally minded citizens who make meaningful contributions to the world through reflective inquiry, creativity, and problem solving.
Inspiring Students to G.R.O.W.
Great Collaboration. Respectful Relationships. Outstanding Achievement. Welcoming Environment
The Sand Creek staff is a committed group of educators who continually study the best instructional practices and go above and beyond to meet students' needs. Our staff of over 70 teachers and paraprofessionals represent highly qualified individuals with a great passion for helping all students reach their potential. Classroom teachers and administrators meet on a weekly basis to align curriculum, review student achievement data, make improvements and give feedback on the progress of various educational programs. Sand Creek values high quality teachers and offers many opportunities for professional development to all staff members.
Our students are proud to be Sand Creek Stars! Our students, with their rich and diverse backgrounds, tie the school community together and teach students and staff to celebrate, respect and learn from their differences. In addition to our students, our community includes many extended family members. We welcome parents, grandparents and others to become part of the Sand Creek Family.
Established in 1996, Sand Creek International School was named for the creek that we are located near. It was built to support the new housing developments being built in the area. Originally, there was a grant with the city to include a Family Center within the school, and while that partnership has ended, the extra space in the school building has been beneficial as our school population continues to grow. Part of our growing population is due to the fact that we are located right on the border of another school district, and our gorgeous school building attracts many families to Sand Creek. A couple years ago we celebrated our 20th year anniversary as a school, we buried a time capsule with artifacts that the staff and students can unearth in 20 more years!
Sand Creek Elementary started as a traditional K-5 school with an average of 85 students in each grade level. Since the school was first built, we have also been home to preschool programs and a severe needs special education program. In recent years, we have added an autism program as well as a Spanish program for students in all grades. We are also home to an Early Connections program for young children, and they provide before and after school daycare for our students. Our school population also includes around 150 English Language Learners. In 2015 we applied to become an IB Candidate school, and revised our approach and curriculum to incorporate the standards of IB with a more global and inquiry approach for our students. In 2017 we were named an official IB school and changed our name to reflect this, becoming Sand Creek International.
In 2018 Harrison School District passed a $180 bond on the November election, starting a series of six years of capital improvement projects throughout the district. The first of these major projects was investing almost $12 into Sand Creek International to build a new wing on the school grounds, allowing us to expand to a K-8 school. Sand Creek International started this process by enrolling 6th graders for the 2019-20 school year, and will add 7th grade in 2020-21 and 8th grade in 2021-22.