Lenski Recognitions


 Best of the Best awards are presented each year by local newspapers. Colorado Community Media has a certified electronic voting system that readers use to make their votes. In 2017 Lenski Elementary School was voted Best School in Centennial by local newspaper readers.





Lois Lenski Receives the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award

These awards are given each year by CDE and are based on high CSAP scores. The award recognizes the top 8 percent of schools in Colorado that demonstrate the highest achievement. The award means that Lenski has exceeded expectations on the three-year school performance framework's indicator related to academic achievement and met or exceeded expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. The schools awarded this prize demonstrate the highest levels of achievement not just for some students, but also adequate performance across all student groups. Lenski has received this award each school year since 2002.

We are an exemplary high performing school!

Lenski Parents,

I am happy to announce that Lenski has been selected as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence as designated by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the second time Lenski has been awarded this honor, which puts us amongst a very elite group of schools. The Blue Ribbon award acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for--and attaining--exemplary achievement. Lenski was selected for this award based on a comprehensive review of our achievements over the past five years. This award belongs to all of us because it is the combination of talented educators, energetic students, committed parents, and a supportive community and school district that make Lenski such an outstanding school. 

I look forward to celebrating this honor with all of you throughout the school year.

All the Best,

Dr. Barb DeSpain


Links to Blue Ribbon School Letter and Announcements:

Letter from the Secretary of Education, Washington DC

Announcement from the US Department of Education

Blue Ribbon Profile from the Colorado Department of Education

Littleton Public Schools Get State Awards

LPS earned the rating of "Accredited with Distinction" for 2017 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. This is the highest accreditation rating given by the Colorado Department of Education. Only 10 percent of Colorado's school districts earned this top academic rating. We are proud to announce that Littleton Public Schools has retained the designation of Accredited with Distinction for 2016. LPS remains the only school district in the Denver Metro Area to have earned the top rating of Accredited with Distinction all six times it has been offered!  Click here for a full listing of awards for Littleton Public Schools.

Lenski and LPS students score high on state assessment tests

Results from the standardized testing show that Lenski students consistently perform at high levels. LPS students are scoring 13 to 21 percentage points higher at the proficient and advanced levels than the state average in all grades and all subjects tested. LPS typically scores 16 percentage points above the state average. Many LPS schools posted their highest scores ever. The district focus on math and literacy continues to pay off for students at all levels.  For more information on testing scores click here.

National Library of the Year 

Awarded by the American Library Association in 2004 recognizing our Media Center for fully integrating the library media program into the school’s curriculum.

Outstanding Staff Members 

Lenski leader, Dr. Barb DeSpain, is one of 23 Colorado principals recognized by The Colorado Department of Education, Colorado State Library, Colorado Association of School Librarians, Colorado Library Consortium, and the University of Denver for their support and collaboration between classroom teachers and certified teacher-librarians, thereby leading to improved academic achievement.

Lois Lenski Elementary Receives Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

The Colorado Department of Education has named several LPS elementary schools as recipients of the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. The Governor’s Award is given annually to schools with the highest rate of student longitudinal growth on state assessment tests. Lois Lenski received the award in 2010 and 2011.