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Drake Junior High School

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Posted January 5, 2012

This place rocks. Very little bullying like at the Catholic school. Teachers who care, nice kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

Drake is really nice. Kids and teachers are happy and CSAP scores for 8th grade is best ever and among the top for the whole district, the largest in CO. Wonderful Principal.My daughter is happy and so are we. We could use more parents to get involved in this great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

This is a great school with great teachers. They do a great job with all they do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2007

The teachers at Drake are more than just the students teachers they are their friends!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2007

Drake Middle School is awesome. All teachers are great, and the library is big.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2007

The majority of teachers at Drake have made a sincere effort to relate to the students. It has helped my child gain respect for them which in turn gets him to put a bigger effort into his schoolwork. It's as if the Drake faculty is all on the same page regarding what is best for the whole student body while positively molding each individual student at a time. It's a school that I am glad my three sons have all had the opportunity to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

My 7th grader is really flourishing here, and Jr High isn't easy to say the least. My average student has blossomed into a smart, funny, caring, conscientious, student with a 4.0 GPA!! I'm so proud, to hear her talk about colleges already just blows me away. They are definitely doing it right, creating a school kids are proud to be smart at. The extracurricular activities are abounding, there are their electives classes, and their 'clubs' for their special interests. Keep up the good work team!!! Sincerely, A very satisfied mama
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2006

My 3rd son is now enjoying this wonderful school. It has been a place for each of them to flourish and become more independent. The teaching staff has a wonderful attitude towards each other and the student body. They help students feel included and encourage them to be involved. The clubs have been a great way to try new things and feel relaxed as they are readied for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2006

this is such a good school! there are tons of opportunities for parents to get involed in activities. There are many extracurricular activities and all of them are fantastic!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 30, 2005

Excellent school, lots of participation from the principal, and gives kids many oppertunities to meet others!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female76%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students79%
Female84%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Science

All Students64%
Female66%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students66%
Female73%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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Arvada, CO 80002
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