Dr. Keith Owen
A Message from our Superintendent
Welcome to the virtual home of the #FFC8family!
Whether you are a current parent or employee, or a prospective parent or employee, let me be one of the people to welcome you to our website. This site is a wealth of information for all of our visitors and I hope you find what you need. Ultimately, I also hope that by visiting us here, you learn what a great district Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 truly is and know that you are encouraged to join our community.
FFC8 is one of the most unique districts in the state of Colorado. At approximately 70% military-connected, we pride ourselves on serving the families who serve this country. We are involved in many military education coalitions and organizations in order to make sure we are implementing best practices to support military children. For example, I am the Commissioner for Colorado in the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3). We are also members of the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) as well as National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). Our primary goal is to make military children, and all children, feel welcome in our district and make the transition as smooth as possible. View our video that talks about our approach to serving military children.
This district places a high value on health and safety, in a unique way. We employ a School Resource Officer in every K-12 school in our district. This is a unique level of commitment in the Pikes Peak region, and the state of Colorado. Partnerships with both Fort Carson and the Fountain Police Department make this effort happen and continue to benefit students. In 2020, the district created a full-time school nurse position in every school building. This position (and sometimes teams, in our larger schools) support the health of our students, staff and families every day. Both of these initiatives ensure that FFC8 schools are safe and healthy places for students and staff to learn and work.
I’d like to take just a moment to champion some outstanding student groups and programs, and link you to places where you can learn more. For example, the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) at Fountain-Fort Carson High School continues to excel and perform at high levels in competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. Learn more on the JROTC website. The district offers students a wealth of opportunities in Career and Technical Education (CTE), including classes and organizations that focus on business, graphic design, coding, marketing, culinary, and other essential skills. Learn more about the options available to FFC8 students on the CTE website. STEM access and opportunities continue to expand in FFC8. The district has STEM labs in four elementary schools, and added one more at Aragon in the summer of 2022. In secondary schools, STEM is embedded in the schedule of courses students can choose from, to include Engineering, Biomedical Science, and more.
I hope you find what you need both in your journey with us and as you click through our website. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 719-382-1300.
Dr. Keith Owen