KEYSTONE SCIENCE SCHOOL INC

Mission

Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate nonbiased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mrs. Ellen Reid

Main address

1053 Soda Ridge Rd

Keystone, CO 80435 USA

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EIN

46-1735364

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Programs

Through partnerships with public and private schools, KSS brings science alive through informal investigations and research projects that incorporate innovative teaching methods and hands on activities. Tailored to each school’s academic needs, KSS’s curriculum is aligned with Colorado Science Standards and utilizes a non-biased, interdisciplinary approach. Teachers can choose from a variety of program structures and academic themes to create a unique and customized learning experience

Population(s) Served

Keystone Science School offers a range of camp programs for youth aged 5-17 that provide just the right balance of hands-on science education, true Colorado adventure, and traditional camp-style fun. Options include a summer-long day camp, multi-day residential sessions, and leadership programs for teens.

Population(s) Served

Keystone Science School's Educator Programs reinforce teachers’ confidence and skills in teaching science in the context of current events. By introducing a fresh approach to learning about science and its relationship to decision-making, our educator programs inspire teachers to make science exciting and relevant for their students, while providing a unique opportunity to enhance their own skills and knowledge.

Our programs advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills and focus on teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. All curricula is interdisciplinary and meets National Education Standards. In addition to re-licensure credit, participating teachers receive thorough training on our original curriculum, including detailed lesson plans written by classroom teachers and associated materials. Post-training, we offer continued support online.

Population(s) Served

We believe in creating unique, memorable educational and recreational experiences that provide individuals the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. Keystone Science School’s Community Programs offer a suite of innovative, interactive programs for groups of all kinds—business teams, college classes, clubs, church groups, families. Whether your group is seeking a team-building experience, an outdoor group education opportunity, or a unique, peaceful venue for your own event we believe you’ll benefit from our exceptional expertise and location.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By 2017 Keystone Science School will:

--Expand its high-quality educational and youth development programs to reach a more diverse audience of learners;

--Invest in physical and technological infrastructure to increase energy efficiency, sustainability, and productivity while maintaining the highest safety standards for KSS staff and participants.

Develop and implement a plan to increase ethnic and socioeconomic diversity among staff and campers that includes reducing language barriers, scholarship distributions, and collaboration with diverse organizations.

Develop a plan to partner with new groups such as church groups, youth groups, and colleges to increase our annual program participant base.

Develop and implement an integrated technology plan to increase program participation and program access and to better connect the KSS experience to the classroom or home learning environments.

Determine the feasibility of off-campus program expansion and implement as appropriate in an effort to accommodate groups in excess of 100 participants.

Develop and implement a Sustainability Plan to include an audit of current energy and sustainability practices and create steps to reduce overall energy use.

Update and implement a plan for new construction of faculty housing and an administrative office with a keen eye to energy efficiency, affordability, long-term sustainability and safety.

KSS enjoys the support of an engaged and qualified Board of Directors who help guide our progress toward these goals, facilitate the tools and steps we must take to get there, while holding staff and the entire organization accountable through monthly, quarterly, and yearly progress reports. Additionally KSS staff are recruited based on relevant skills and experience and retained through various incentive programs. By attracting and retaining highly qualified employees and retaining their experience year after year, KSS grows its capacity to serve while also developing new, creative programs that build upon our rich history.

An extensive network of dedicated donors as well as a growing network of program partners, corporate sponsors, and foundation representatives helps KSS to develop new funding opportunities while growing and more deeply engaging our long-time supporters. These stakeholders all provide critical feedback and insight that allow KSS to evolve and improving upon best practices for programming and administration as well as evaluation and analysis of program impact.

These goals are all scheduled to be completed between 2015 and the end of 2017. Previous success toward strategic goals between 2012 and 2014 is already reported on in the 2013 Annual Report and will be updated in the 2014 Annual Report.

Financials

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KEYSTONE SCIENCE SCHOOL INC

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2016
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Board chair

Mr. Douglas D. Sims

CoBank

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

Tim Estes Vice President, Keystone & Breckenridge Hospitality

Vail Resorts

Sherry Strong Retired Professor

John Fitzgerald Retired Pilot

Jeff Campeau President, Summit County Market

FirstBank

Heidi Pace Superintendent of Schools

Summit County

Kelli Kast Lawyer

Private Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes