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With 13 schools and 5,600 students, the Roaring Fork School District is located in the culturally vibrant and naturally stunning Roaring Fork Valley serving the communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt. The Roaring Fork Schools believe that teachers are our most important asset, and our teachers enjoy a true teacher voice in decision-making; clear and collaborative leadership; small class sizes (average - 21); a highly competitive and progressive salary schedule; access to our affordable housing program; and a culture of self-care and well-being. We believe diversity is a strength, and our staff makes a real difference for our students who come from different ethnicities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds.

  • School District
  • Glenwood Springs, CO

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Roaring Fork Schools by the numbers

  • 470

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 5,000

    Engaged Learners

  • $40,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Roaring Fork Schools

  • About

    Welcome to Roaring Fork Schools! Nestled in the Elk Mountains, 30 minutes from Aspen and 2.5 hours from Denver (just south of I-70 past Vail) we are Colorado's premier mountain district (~5,000 students and ~500 teachers). Well-funded, community integrated, teacher driven and student-focused, our district is a great place to work, live, and thrive! Glenwood Springs is a top-10-rated place to live in America according to Outdoor Magazine, USA Today-Rand McNally, and AARP and more. If you like to work hard and play hard, you won't find a better career destination than RFS and the world-famous Roaring Fork Valley.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    We offer a very progressive salary schedule that is highly competitive regionally, and that rewards experience and education. Our starting salary for first-year teachers is $40,000 a year, and thanks to a healthy financial profile district-wide (and a positive, empowered teacher culture) regular raises for Certified salary can be expected. 

    We reward PD-based salary advancement twice a year (many districts only do once/year) and our MA pay-band stretches from MA all the way to MA+70. Experienced teachers can expect initial placement as high as the low $60s.

    We are a CEBT-member district and provide solid health benefits; our lowest premium PPO comes at no cost to the employee. Dental services for children under 12 are covered at $100. A free state-run clinic for CEBT members exists here in Glenwood (No copay whatsoever!). We also offer entry into Colorado State Pension, PERA (Defined Benefit Plan). Our district also offers heavily subsidized housing (rent and deed-restricted purchase) to combat high housing prices in our area (more than 60 new units under district management).

  • For Students

    We are always excited to have student teachers in our district! Enquiries should begin at the building level. We certainly promote teaching to our own graduates.

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