Cimarron Elementary began operation on October 1, 1979. It
was Elementary No. 23 for the Cherry Creek School District, which now has
40 elementary schools. The one square mile area was removed from the
Mission Viejo attendance area. It was bordered by Buckley Road on
the west, Hampden Avenue on the north, Tower Road on the east, and Quincy
Avenue on the south.
Students, staff members, and parents were involved in the
selection of the name for Elementary No. 23. A letter was sent to
each family in the community asking for name suggestions. The suggestions
were narrowed down to six names, which were presented to the parent community
for a vote. The top three names of Tumbleweed, Cimarron and Summer
Valley Elementary were then submitted to the Board of Education who made
the final selection of Cimarron.
Because of the rapid growth in the area, Cimarron was placed
on a year-round, four-track calendar. It was the school district’s
fourth elementary school to utilize that calendar. Students began
the school year in July of 1979 at Arrowhead Elementary and then transferred
to the new building in the beginning of October.
Cimarron remained on the year-round calendar for approximately
10 years. With expansion of the building and the addition of other
elementary schools to the area, Cimarron was able to change to a traditional
school year calendar. Enrollment peaked with a high of approximately
850 students. Cimarron's student population is currently 500 students.