The Vision of Two Rivers Community School is to be an exemplary K-8 school founded upon 3 pillars:

Rigor that ignites a passion for learning and high achievement through interdisciplinary experiences, multiple problem solving methods, second language acquisition and culminating work aimed at positively impacting the community and the world.

Relevance to topics that create a sense of place, embrace diversity and build a bridge to a broader world perspective.

Relationships that foster a sense of belonging and positive collaboration between staff, students, families, and the community.


The Mission of Two Rivers Community School is to be an exemplary K-8 school founded upon the belief in academic Rigor, curricular Relevance, and authentic Relationships.

Language Learning

An important goal of Two Rivers Community School is to produce students who will eventually be bilingual (Spanish and English,) biliterate, and well-adapted citizens of the world! According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, second language acquisition develops 21st Century learning skills, increases future job opportunities, and prepares students to think and interact in a global economy. Research demonstrates the benefits of learning a language at an early age also include intellectual growth, enhanced mental development, increased flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening. TRCS will strengthen the bridges between the two languages by providing instruction in English literacy for all grade levels and immersing students in Spanish through full lessons taught in Spanish.

Pillars of School Design

Academic Excellence: Colorado Academic Standards are used as the centerpiece for instructional planning and research based curricula assure that students are proficient in math, science, and literacy. Place-based Projects: Community connections and research provide limitless opportunities for student engagement, projects, workshops, field studies, internships, and community initiatives to take place. 21 Century Communication Skills are embedded within this context. A school where community elders and experts will be called upon as resources to enhance student learning. Respectful Climate: Embedded teamwork, multi-age learning opportunities, and leadership development in a climate of respectfulness and inclusivity for both students and their families. Community Connections and Caring: Nurturing students of character through integrated learning and community service experiences that foster civic responsibility through Place-based projects. Wellness Community: Creating a collaborative community that embraces the need for the individual growth and health of mind, body, and spirit through daily movement and an emphasis on physical and outdoor education. Cross Cultural Understandings: Celebrating diversity and multicultural backgrounds. Spanish language instruction offered to all students. Language taught through the lens of culture and academics. Family Support and Partnership: Early childhood programming and family services prioritized to support school readiness and parent involvement.

Place-Based Learning Combined with Project-Based Learning

After years of hard work and perseverance, Two Rivers Community School welcomed students through its doors in the fall 2014. Two Rivers Community School (TRCS) is a public charter school authorized by the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI). The school was founded by a group of community members, parents, and teachers who recognize the need for an innovative school of choice in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. TRCS offers K-8 education in a small school environment that provides students with the skills needed to enter secondary school poised for post-secondary education, workplace readiness, success, and a love of learning. Place-based and project-based learning are the centerpiece of our educational model as we aim to bring education to life for our students. In addition, TRCS emphasizes goals specific to engaging family involvement, multicultural understanding, the power of diversity, and a strong Spanish language program. Students enrolled at TRCS will be representative of the diversity of the local community.