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Dakota Valley Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 869 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted March 12, 2014

We are new students to the school and have never been shown or told anything unless we have asked. It is a shame my daughter dislikes it here so much. The communication from the principle to parents is awful. They are disorganized , do not listen to the request of parents and the lack of Parent involvement is because of the lack of communication. They PTCO cannot even get back to you and when they do they have to ask three other people for an answer. We weren't even told how the calendar works, the lunch schedule or even where to find it. It is by far the worst I have seen. Something needs to change
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

My daughter, now in 5th grade, has attended Dakota Valley since 1st grade. I could not be happier with this school, it is truely wonderful. Every single teach has been a star, I can not say how thankful that my daughter has had this school for her formative years. She is an excellent student, well rounded, and truely loves learning. I know I cannot capture in words how truely excellent this school is, but if you put a high priority on learning; challenging your student in a supportive environment, this is the school for you. My daughter has been involved in their Gifted and Talented program, the CLASS program (encouraging understanding of multiculturalism), the band, and Battle of the Books club. There are many ways for students to be engaged
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

Moved here in Sept. 2006, had to wait until my daughter's first grade class tracked back on in Oct. 2006. This school didn't take the time to identify my daughter as G&T until April. A long frustrating two trimesters that were a terrible repeat of Kindergarten. We couldn't get her out of there fast enough. I understand that you have to teach the kids who don't get it yet, but this school left many kids to sit and get super bored to the point of hating school. Quite a few of us left DV after that year and moved to other CCSD school where we were much happier. You may not agree with this, but this was our experience along with others in our class. The outside buildings really separate the kids from everyone. There was no parent involvement. Myself and one mom were the only volunteers all year. Sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

To the parent that posted in 12/2010 that Dakota Valley did not offer children the learning foundation they needed to be life-long learners and successful citizens? All three of my children are attending, or have attended, Dakota Valley. All three have also tested in the 97% on the CSAPs, and have continually performed above and beyond in all of their classes. To say the school as a whole is failing our children is absolutely ridiculous, as my children thrive there. (One of which is now in Middle School and maintaining honor role status every semester, and looking at a scholarship for a High School program). Perhaps the fit was not well for you and your children, but to say you fear for our future, because these children are going to Dakota Valley? That is absolutely ludicrous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

We searched for a school for a while before moving here. We have 2 kids that would be transferring grade schools. We have been at Dakota Valley for a month and our kids have adjusted very well thanks to the friendly teachers. One of our children takes a while to warm up to a new routine but she came home from the first day of school saying "I love this school" What a big relief for us as parents. Thanks teachers for making them feel so welcome & comfortable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2010

Dakota Valley was our 2nd school in Cherry Creek School District and we left both DV and CCSD and went private for many legitimate reasons. Our feelings were not simply hurt, nor were our Children s feelings. The problem with such a forum as this is it does not allow for complete reviews with tangible evidence being able to be supplied. My husband and I both have EXCELLENT graduate-level educations and very successful careers and neither CCSD nor DV lived up to our standards or the standards that every child deserves in education. To sum our experiences with them up, CCSD and DV did not give our children the learning foundation they needed to be life-long learners and successful citizens in the myriad of situations they could face in life. BEWARE of DV and the Cherry Creek mystique. If CCSD is the best school district in Colorado and DV is one of the top-rated elementary schools in CCSD, I fear for Colorado s future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

My 3 children have attended/are attending DV. I appreciate the gifted & talented program with Ms. Grinrod (sp?) and the fact that the teachers make sure to send G&T students to push them. It was always a concern that my kids would get bored and then start to slack, but that has never been the case. My only concern has been the turnover in the Principal's over the last 5 years, but I do realize things change, people move on and the new principal seems good. Let's hope this school continues on to remain strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We just moved to the area from IL back in December so our children didn't start @ Dakota Valley until the end of January. I have to say that the teachers, staff & students helped to make their transition smooth. Everyone was so welcoming. Both of our children love their teachers and are doing well. They've both made some wonderful friends. When we knew we'd be moving across country I spent hours researching different areas and school districts. Once we stumbled upon Cherry Creek Schools, namely Dakota Valley Elementary - we then found a house which would allow us to send our kids there. Best decision we could've made. We also love the year round calendar. We weren't sure how we'd feel about that having come from a traditional calendar - but it's great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The teachers and staff are awesome. They really do care about every student and do their best so every student succeeds. They have such a passion for teaching. You can tell by how they care and how much the students love school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This school is great and we have just seen our daughter excel! She is so excited to get up everyday and go to school. Not too mention her teacher is awesome and is very much engaged with us on her progress. I would though however, have to agree that the front office staff is not very attentive nor do they greet you when you arrive to ask a question, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

We moved in the neighbor hood in 2000, we have had 3 children attend Dakota Valley, all 3 are now in high school. We loved Dakota Valley back then and we love it now. We have a 3rd grader this year and will soon a kindergadner. We will not move until all of our children are out of Elementary. All of the teachers then and now have helped our children tremendously. The principals have been excellent as well, gotta say expecaially Mr. Kasper, he is so involed with the students, parents, its nice to go to the school and be greeted by Mr. Kasper. I have to agree, with others on one thing about the school, the office help does need to be more attentive to who has come into the school, not just buzz the door and not even acknowledge who has come into the school. Thanks to all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

This is an excellent school.Both of my children go to Dakota Valley. The school identifies gifted and talented students at first grade..Which I think is really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

I think overall the school is great. Mr. Kasper is a great principal and really seems to care about the kids. My only complaint is the front office staff. There have been many times that I've walked up and had to wait for them to finish their conversations before they even acknowledge me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

The education that my kids have recieved since being at Dakota Valley has been excelent. However I am scocked how difficult the staff is to deal with. I personally cannot wait until my daughter moves on to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

This school went year round and is still over crowded. The day care at this school often fills up and they are doing nothing to increase space or staff. I recommend you do research on merit pay. If you child is not above average think how this affects how the teacher treats your child. There has been a change in administration (Principle, Vice Principle) every year for the last four years. MMMMM what does this mean, and how does that effect the teaching staff? Do your research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I have a 3rd grader in Dakota Valley for 3 years. 3 years ago the class size was well under 20 students per teacher. I felt this was a better learning ratio for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

I think this school is great. My twins have excelled here. All of the staff is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2005

I was not pleased with Dakota Valley at all. They teach to the middle of the class and have very little to challenge or help anyone else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

We moved to this area summer of 2005 because of the school and could not be happier! Its diverse, fun, and very educational. Our first grader loves to get up and go every day! The teachers welcome your help, and encourage parents to drop in anytime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

My daughter has attended pre-school and is now attending kinergarten at Dakota Valley. It is a fantastic elementary school. The preschool program was outstanding. I was amazed at the major invlovement that the teaching team portrays. There are experts in occupational therapy, special education, and phsychology that routinely visit the classrooms weekly and do one on one activities with the kids. The daily schedule is very good, and the kids learn through play, creativity, physical activity and academics. So far my daughter's kindergarten experience is also excellent. Daktoa Valley has an excellent reputation for preparing their students to learn to read on a great program, and my daughter has already shown major improvement with her comprehension skills. Her teacher is dedicated and enthusiastic about making sure all students are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed academically.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%
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 Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Reading

All Students79%
Female90%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Writing

All Students60%
Female72%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Reading

All Students74%
Female81%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students57%
Female68%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
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

Math

All Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Science

All Students59%
Female54%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students55%
Female68%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
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

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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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 59% 57%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian 12% 3%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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