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About D16
Garfield County School District 16 is located in the Parachute/Battlement Mesa communities on the Western Slope of Colorado about 40 miles west of Glenwood Springs and 45 miles east of Grand Junction on I-70. We are located 5,099 feet above sea level in the Colorado River Valley. The White River National Forest extends to the south and the Naval Oil Shale Reserve is north. Parachute Creek intersects the town of Parachute going North and South, and the Colorado River separates the community of Battlement Mesa from Parachute going east and west. Our location provides for ample outdoor activities from world class skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, hunting, and many other activities. Those who live in the valley are truly the lucky ones.

Garfield County School District 16 is comprised of four schools: Grand Valley Center for Family Learning, Bea Underwood Elementary School, Grand Valley Middle School, and Grand Valley High School. Grand Valley Center for Family Learning houses the district’s PK – 1st grade students. The school is also home to the valley’s Head Start program and a school based health clinic provided by a grant and the Grand River Hospital District. The Grand Valley Center for Family Learning is an Expeditionary Learning school that helps students put learning in context with the world around them. Bea Underwood Elementary School houses the district’s 2nd – 5th grade students. Bea Underwood is also an Expeditionary Learning school that gives each student a unique experience which integrates and connects learning with the local community, state, national, and international issues and problems. Grand Valley Middle School houses the district’s 6th – 8th grade students in a beautiful school that opened its doors in 2009. Grand Valley Middle School is both an Expeditionary Learning and Pre-AP school. Grand Valley High School is home to the district’s 9th – 12th graders. Grand Valley High School is one of only a handful of schools in the nation that offers AP for All programming. This means that every student enrolled in the school takes Advanced Placement courses. The school received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award in 2013. All schools in the district offer a variety of extra curricular activities for students. Check out our schools websites for more information or, even better, stop in for a visit and see the great things happening in the District.