Awards & Achievements

Teacher Awards
Within the last ten years, several of the Bradley teachers have been honored in the Denver community for their dedication and commitment to teaching. In short, going above and beyond!

Ellen English, 1st grade – Ms. English received the Distinguished Denver Teacher Award. Ms. English has been a teacher at Bradley since 1993, and has been an educator for over 30 years. Mrs. English absolutely loves teaching first graders and wants all of her students to leave school happy and they always do thanks to her enthusiasm.

Andrew Hoffer, PE Teacher – Mr. Hoffer was a recipient of the Distinguished Denver Teacher Award. Mr. Hoffer’s passion is contagious! He loves teaching, coaching and motivating children to become more independent athletes as well as team-players who thrive as lifelong learners.  He creates an energetic, engaging  and respectful atmosphere where all students are encouraged to think, share, compete and have FUN! He also is our sponsor for the annual Kids Heart Challenge! The kids are always on the lookout for Captain Canada and the Bradley Purple Flash or for the next school-wide themed activity!

Lisa Zinn, ECEMs. Zinn was recognized as a “Fearless Leader” by Denver’s Early Childhood Council for her commitment to teaching young children for over 27 years, and leading the Early Childhood Education team at Bradley since 1999. Miss Zinn is a tireless advocate for students and families, always striving to create meaningful relationships with both. She is also an active and a very integral member of our University Hills neighborhood.

School Awards

  • 2021 and 2022 Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award. The John Irwin award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. View the complete list of DPS award-winning schools here. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) recognized and celebrated schools and districts that won performance awards in the 2021-22 school year at the annual awards ceremony last week. John Irwin School of Excellence
  • 2021 – School Sparrow ranked Bradley as one of Metro Denver’s Top 7 Elementary Schools: “Bradley International is one of the best elementary schools in the Denver Metro area. Not to mention the State of Colorado! The students at this high-quality school perform in the top 4% of schools in Colorado.”
  • 2020 – Ranked #8 Top Schools in Metro Denver (Denver Business Journal)
  • 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award as an Exemplary High Performing School (DPS School Review)
  • October 2019 – Denver Business Journal Ranked #8 best school in Denver
  • Designated “A” school through the Colorado School Grades
  • Great Schools Foundation, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
  • Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant recipient

School Achievements

  • 2008 – granted authorization to become an IB PYP school
  • 2011 – re-authorized by the IB International as an Exemplary IB School
  • 2016 – re-authorized by the IB International as an Exemplary IB School
  • 2022 – most recent re-authorization visit by the IB organization