The Succeeds Prize Awards

The Succeeds Prize rewards what’s working in Colorado’s public schools to deepen impact and support ongoing innovation.

Award Categories

The Succeeds Prize identifies six winners who are education innovators, exemplars, and embody Vision 2030 in the following categories:

  • Transformational Impact in an Elementary School
  • Transformational Impact in a Middle School
  • Transformational Impact in a High School
  • Excellence in Education Innovation
  • Excellence in STEM Education
  • Excellence in Technology-Enabled Learning

Selection Process


Application: Applicants respond to a series of questions, articulating why their program should be considered, based on award criteria. The 2020 application is now closed. Please check back in January for the 2021 application.  

Review & Finalist Selection: Applicants are reviewed by Colorado Succeeds staff and an advisory committee of education, business, and philanthropic leaders in Colorado. The committee supports Colorado Succeeds in identifying finalists.

Finalist Announcement: 12 finalists for the Succeeds Prize are announced in late July.

Winner Announcement: The $15,000 prize winners are announced through a televised event in September. Runners-up receive $5,000 each.

The Succeeds Prize 2020


Colorado Succeeds has announced 12 finalists for 2020:

Transformational Impact in an Elementary School Award, sponsored by TTEC

  • Vega Collegiate Academy, Aurora Public Schools
  • Wyatt Academy, Denver Public Schools – WINNER

Transformational Impact in a Middle School Award, sponsored by DaVita

  • Beacon Network Schools, Denver Public Schools – WINNER
  • Mesa Middle School, Douglas County Public Schools

Transformational Impact in a High School Award, sponsored by Slalom

  • MiLL National Training Center, Peyton and Widefield School Districts – WINNER
  • Northglenn High School STEM, Adams 12 School District

Excellence in Education Innovation Award, sponsored by Janus Henderson Investors 

  • Cherry Creek Innovation Center, Cherry Creek School District – WINNER
  • Lake County School District, Leadville

Excellence in STEM Education Award, sponsored by Ball Corporation 

  • Montrose County School District RE-1J – WINNER
  • Springs Studio for Academic Excellence and Pikes Peak Early College, District 49

Excellence in Technology Enabled Learning Award, sponsored by Arrow Electronics 

  • Lone Star School District, Otis
  • The CUBE High School, Denver Public Schools – WINNER
The most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado's public schools and educators