Gold Rush is a unique learning environment that is committed to meeting each student’s academic, social and emotional needs. Gold Rush’s mission is to develop students who think critically and act responsibly. The school accomplishes this goal by building strong relationships with students and their families, inspiring a love of learning and honoring individuality and creativity. Gold Rush continues to be a high performing school as noted by the state of Colorado’s Performance Plan designation. Educators at Gold Rush routinely analyze student assessment data to identify each student’s strengths and needs. Teachers are committed to implementing best instructional practices and preparing students for the 21st Century. For example, national reading expert Stephanie Harvey trained teachers across grades K-5. Teachers are also utilizing Lucy Calkins' instructional writing units and they are promoting critical thinking and problem solving in math using the Investigations program. Gold Rush is a family environment, and parent involvement is welcomed.