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Side Creek Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted May 21, 2014

This school is terrible. The principal is a terrible principal. She has no clue how to control or run the school. The school is complete chaos everyday. There are a few good teachers but there are also some really bad ones. Some of the teachers do not teach the children very well. This school has a lot of bullies and the principal and assistant principal don't do anything about it. The school was decent before the current principal and assistant principal but now is one of the worst places I've seen. The school may have a chance if the principal and assistant principal are replaced. AVOID this school if possible!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I like the teachers here, but when my 9 year old started at this school she was above average and when they tested her after 6 months of going to this school she was not being challenge at school and didn't test above average. She lost interest in school by this time. The teachers need more resources to help child like mine. The office staff with the exception of the nurse are horrible and rude. My children will be going to a different school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

This school is a 6 but I feel APS 6 is Cherry Creeks 4. We have pulled our kids out of this school because there is no structure and the bad kids who don't behave rule the class rooms! There are a few amazing teachers but then the next year they get horrible ones that make the good ones obsolete. They loose recess, library, fun Fridays and more because the teacher cant just punish the one ore two kids acting up they have to punish the entire class and that doesn't work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

I have only good things to say about this school. My oldest has attended for four years now and my younger son has attended for three. The teachers are involved and communicative. The principal has been there for me when I've had questions and the vice principal is excellent with the children. One of my sons has an IEP and the teachers have worked with him (and me) to make sure his grades are good. Both of my boys are excelling academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The principal, staff members, teachers, kids, parents we are all dedicated to better education and show pride to side creek elementary!!!! Go side creek!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2010

After reading these reviews I was very surprised to see such high reviews then I began to have a clear understanding of the expectations here. There are a few great teachers at this school, but for the most part people are just there to collect a check. When I talked to the staff about putting my son in Sylvan Learning they frowned and would not fill out a questionnaire for Sylvan. The teachers at Side Creek say my son excels, Sylvan says hes almost a year and a half behind. The drop off pick up area at Side Creek is atrocious and no one there seems to have the same idea. About every 3 weeks its someone different directing you a new way to drop off your children. Then if you don't do it right or someone gets upset and they call out the local law enforcement the next day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2009

My son has been enrolled at Sidecreek for three years now.And I'm impressed, His first year in kindergarten was a rough start he suffered from a broken leg(due from daycare) and the staff was great with him and helped him anyway possible and made it easy for him to be there it ment alot to me.Now he is in second grade and I was impressed to hear that my son is above level in reading and is standard in math.It is an overall great school but some staff needs to change.Sad to say we are leaveing at the end of the year and everyone will be missed.GREAT JOB YOU GUYS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

My two girls have been there for 2 years now. Last years teacher was great we truly miss her, but this year I find my daughter not wanting to go to school because she is not being challenged enough. Also the front desk staff is very rude. Everytime I have called in for whatever reason they always seem to have bad comment to say. Its horrible and we will not be returning to this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

I will be leaving because of a move and I'm sad to go. I have a 2nd & 3rd grader. They have been there since kindergarten. I have had great experiences there. The new principal has done great things for the school. I was surprised the rating wasn't higher. I highly recommend this school. I especially like the class set ups.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

All schools have their strengths and weaknesses. I think you can determine for yourself how your experience in any situation will be. I have found the teachers and staff at Side Creek to be very cooperative in communicating with me. My second child is finishing up 4th grade this month. We have had our challenges over the years and by keeping the communication lines open with the staff, we have turned the challenges into positive experiences for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

The new principal has alot to contend with and is doing a great job trying to implement some changes for the better. I do agree with the comments of the parent posted earlier that some of the staff there are rude to parents and kids. I have voiced my concerns and the principal has assured me there would be some changes made. I have some adjusting to do with the rules, like our children not being able to play on the playground before or after school. It is still only the first month of school for my twin kindergarteners. I will evaluate again soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2007

My experience with this school was horrible. Both my boys are advanced, but one has adhd. Everytime there was a problem he was either suspenned or was given detition. Which meant no recess, that is horrible for a child with adhd. The teachers were rude and seemed like they just did the minimum. There is also too many kids to one teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Side Creek is a great school. There is one thing that I am concern.Some of the staff there are rude to parents and the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

My overall experience with Side creek was ok or just average. The caliber of student is less than desireable, and the teachers seem to do the minimum required for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

Side Creek is a very parent involved school. They take their academics very seriously and do strive to help as many kids accel as possible. They have well defined programs and guidlines for the children and their families. The teachers I have had experiences with have been extremely involved and helpful in solving issues. Many of the teachers have been teaching for decades and are quite diligent in their work. I do recommend this school to any parent wihin the district. I have compared it to the nearby school arrowhead that lies in the well known 'cherry creek' district and found that dispite the reputation of the two districts, side creek scored higher marks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2004

I love this school! It challenges my child and gives a great structured atmosphere. The teachers are excellent and deserve high recommendations for their acheivements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2004

The best elementary school in Aurora Public Schools. Side Creek will provide an education to your child. This school is full of excellence and is very fortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


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 72% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%
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 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%
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 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students59%
Female57%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)52%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students60%
Female65%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Writing

All Students50%
Female59%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)41%
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
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 Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)58%
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students58%
Female57%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)46%
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students44%
Female55%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)29%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)59%
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Reading

All Students66%
Female79%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)55%
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Science

All Students44%
Female44%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Writing

All Students57%
Female71%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)46%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%
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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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
Hispanic 34% 32%
White 27% 56%
Black 25% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 45%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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19191 East Iliff Place
Aurora, CO 80013
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