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Aurora, CO
Students enrolled: 700

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701 South Kalispell Way
Aurora, CO 80017

(303) 696-0944
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August 18, 2015
This school itself is really nice, however, the administration is absolutely terrible. The principal, Laurie Godwin, is one of the rudest and unethical people I have ever encountered. From what I've heard, she treats her teachers very badly. So badly in fact that Tollgate has one of the highest consistent percentages of teachers who leave each year. I have a friend who works there and said about 30% of the staff left, mainly due to the administration. I used to have a child attend the school, but had such a bad experience with the administration that I took her out and enrolled her at another school. Great teachers, but awful admin.

- submitted by a community member

September 25, 2014
This is a great school that helps kids learn in exciting ways. There are a lot of children at this school because there are a lot of apartments. The people who complain about the principal are probably the parents whose kids cause problems. I'm at the school often and I see what the office staff and principal have to put up with. Parents need to control their kids behavior and not expect this school to do everything. The person who said the principal runs a tight ship is right! She has done so much for our school and community. The new building happened because of her and now kids don't have to be unsafe in mobiles. Great job Mrs Godwin and all the teachers you hire are good to.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2014
This is a really good school, and I have always been happy with it. All three of my children have attended there; the oldest is now in high school and the youngest is in first grade. As a teacher myself, I feel I know what my kids need and they are getting it at Tollgate. My third and first grade boy have structured homework almost every night and read past grade level. Their teachers are caring and the principal runs a tight ship. The boys like their school and love the learning expeditions. Tollgate also offers full-day kindergarten, which is an option many Colorado schools don't offer.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2014
If I could rate this Principal Ms. Godwin any lower I would. She is the rudest, most uncaring person I have ever dealt with in a professional capacity. Her reason for any issues presented is that she has 250 students and she can't keep track of all of them. WOW! The school board was called, my daughter called them. The School Board needs to look into the ethics of this school. The teachers are good, the principal in my opinion needs to get out of the education field.

- submitted by a community member

November 21, 2013
I believe Tollgate has some advantages and a lot of the things to work on. My son who is in kindergarten loves his teacher, however we have had problems from them sending out a letter in Spanish saying he is not proficient in English which my family does not speak Spanish, and English is his primary language- this had me worried, but he was retested and stated he was right on tract as all the other kids. We have had issues when he is not able to go to the bathroom, the lunch lady was mean to him and refused to help him open his lunch,. He over heard a kid being taken to a different home by a police officer, His teacher definitely seems to care but i called and tried to talk to the principal, when speaking with her it was obvious she did not care about listening to my concerns and was just interrupting me to make excuses and say how many kids they have, she stated to me if I go to the superintendent they can't do anything and it will just be redirected to her. needless to say I will be changing schools which is unfortunate because my son doesn't want to change his teacher, I also went to the school board and will continue with the complain with them despite changing schools.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2012
I have two daughters that currently attend Tollgate Elementary. One daughter has special needs, has been diagnosed with Aspergers. She receives tons of help from the Tollgate family, as well as receiving help outside the school from different support facilities, at my expense. I did have both of my daughters in a charter in APS, and unfortunately could not get the assistance I needed. I have always commended the team at Tollgate for their assistance, and continue to thank them for helping my daughter proceed toward her goals and set a expectation to her future daily.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2012
how many parents have a child with ADHD? What would you do, as a parent, if you got a phone call from the school that says...come pick up your child, he/shes acting out again and they are no longer welcome in this school until a Dr. can tell us what to do with them!! They are basically saying they can't do their job! If I were that parent, I'd be calling the news channels and reporting them. Spread it all over the news that the teachers at Tollgate Elementary cant do the job they were hired to do! Hundreds if not thousands of kids are diagnosed with ADHD and this school kicks them out because the Principal, Vice Principal, and the guidance counselor cant handle them!!!! OMG what is this world coming to if your child can't get the education they need because they have ADHD! Tollgate you should be ashamed of yourselves. You don't deserve to have your job if you can't handle an ADHD child. Your solution=kick him out so we don't have to deal with it! IT'S YOUR JOB TO DEAL WITH IT AND TO EDUCATE ALL CHILDREN! SHAME ON YOU.

- submitted by a parent

December 30, 2010
Tollgate was once again awarded the Center of Excellence Award. This is two years in a row that this school has gotten this recognition. We are so proud!

- submitted by a teacher

February 24, 2010
I think this is a great school. The teacher who made bad comment listed below must have not made the cut. I know that the principal hold very high standard for teaching. If you do not perform she will not keep you. She listens to the parents a lot and what they say about the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2010
I have had two kids go through Tollgate now and I feel that there has been a lot of changes in the last two years. I like the direction they are moving in. But the best part of the school is the teachers. I love the teachers they have. I think they are gold.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2010
Both my children go to Tollgate. My daughter is in 3rd grade and my son is in Kindergarten. The teachers are great and care about the children. Even though APS don't generally have a high academic performance rating by the state and the teacher to student ratio is a bit high, the teachers here deserve a lot of credit for how well they manage the classes. The principal is very nice and the vice principal is awesome. He is always ensuring the safety of the kids. In the last 3 years I've seen only improvement at tollgate. If only tollgate would allow volunteer parents to be involved in classrooms, I think in a few years they could rise in their state academic ratings to a high level.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2009
I am currently a teacher at this school and think its an amazing place to send your kids. Tollgate's teachers put their students first and will do anything to help their students to be successful in their classrooms. We have been recognized as one of only ten schools in Colorado for growth of students for three years in a row on CSAP. Way to go Tollgate!

- submitted by a teacher

May 12, 2009
This is a horrible school. I was a teacher here a few years ago-the principal only cares about the image of the school and data, rather than her staff or the kids. I've never seen such a poorly run building in my life. There are a few teachers who really care about the kids, but by and large it's a really negative atmosphere. Send your kids elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher

March 31, 2009
My son is on 1st grade he loves the school but I'm not so happy about having 26 kids on his class; to me that's a lot of kids & I noticed my son is going backward with his reading & writing. We work together at home as usual. He is a smart boy, took him a few months in kindergarten to write & read, now I can see something is not helping him, not sure if is the teacher or the fact that she have to deal with 26 kids at the same time.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2008
This school is very good for children with disabilities. The staff is very understanding and works with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 11, 2007
i think tollgate is a great school the staff cares about the children. the teachers that my child has had were great and wanted her to do well and she did. so said her test scores so i think they need a better rating i would give them a five at least

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2005
My son has attended kindergarten and 1st grade at Tollgate. He has repeatedly told me 'school was bad, I learned the same thing again today.' I liked Tollgate's all day kindergarten program; however, once in first grade, the all day kindergarten students were divided up into classes with the half day kindergarteners. The vast majority of kids in my son's 1st grade class did not attend the all day kindergarten and are not as far along in reading, writing and math. I feel that the advantages my son received from attending all day kindergarten have been completely negated in his 1st grade class. In fact, it s almost worse, because now he is bored in school. Just to give one example: In kindergarten, my son had homework every night (distributed on a weekly basis). In 1st grade, homework is sporadic, usually one assignment every two weeks or so.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2005
I have a child who just completed 4th grade at Tollgate elementary. In 1st and 4th grades, we got TERRIFIC teachers - unfortunately, in 2nd and 3rd grades, we got awful teachers who didn't really care about their students at all - in fact, in 3rd grade, the teacher left the school without a word and the class was broken up among the rest of the 3rd grade classes. All the children fell behind and very little was done to get them on track. The teacher/principal relationships also seem to be very sketchy. There seems to be a lot of teacher turnover.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 13, 2003
One of my children attend Tollgate Elementary in Aurora at this time. She has been going to this school since first grade. She will be going in to the 3rd grade this fall. Her first 2 teachers have been outstanding. They encourage the children to do their best! I have had some concerns regarding the leadership there and the activities they provide. I would like to see more team encouraging activites. Overall I think Tollgate has teachers who care and are concerned about our children as people.

- submitted by a community member
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Tollgate Elementary School
701 South Kalispell Way, Aurora, CO  80017
(303) 696-0944
Last modified Tollgate Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tollgate Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top