Christian Arts-Centered Preschool and Kindergarten Now Available

February 17th, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House

ERIE, CO (February 17, 2017)—On February 17th the Erie Chamber of Commerce and Metro North Chamber of Commerce joined Vista Ridge Academy at a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the addition of 3 year-olds to the Preschool program. Vista Ridge Academy is located near highway 7 just behind the new King Soopers. Early Childhood Program Director, Sandy Hepp, and Principal, Sandy Hodgson, were joined by School Board Chairman, Shawn Nowlan, and Rocky Mountain Conference Vice President for Education, Lonnie Hetterle. Participants and visitors also included parents, students and community guests.

Principal, Sandy Hodgson, has taught 5th and 6th grades at Vista Ridge Academy since it opened in 2004. “We are pleased to expand our program to better serve our community,” said Hodgson.

Vista Ridge Academy has offered quality Christian arts-centered elementary and middle school education to families in Erie and the surrounding areas for more than ten years. This fall, Vista Ridge Academy is proud to offer a full early education program, made up of both preschool and kindergarten and serving children from ages 3 to 5. The program is offered from mid-August to late May, Monday through Friday, with children attending full days (8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Monday-Thursday and half days on Fridays (8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.).

Early Childhood Program Director, Sandy Hepp, has been teaching in early childhood education for 25 years. Her career at Vista Ridge Academy began in 2014. “We are excited and honored to add a 3 year-old program to our family at Vista Ridge Academy,” said Hepp.

In addition to social and academic development—which includes phonics, reading (with a therapy dog!), math, and handwriting, children learn about the Bible, attend weekly chapels, and take classes in music, physical education, technology, and art.

Vista Ridge Academy aims for each child to become comfortable in the school setting, feel learning is fun, and find joy in who they were created by God to be, setting up a firm foundation for the rest of his or her education.

For more information about Vista Ridge Academy, call 303.828.4944 or visit