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Aurora, CO
Students enrolled: 869

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3950 South Kirk Way
Aurora, CO 80013

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(720) 886-3000
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January 12, 2015
Very unhappy with this school. The communication is non-existent, even when you ask for an answer you get a bunch of round-about answers. The excuse from the principal on why the test scores are so low is that "we are one of the first to take this test to we have nothing to compare it to" Really? I am sure we are not the ONLY ones to be taking these tests and no one else seems to have a problem. Bullying is an extreme issue at this school. Rather, the bullying itself is probably the same as it is at other schools but when it happens the principal turns a blind eye and says "it is just kids being kids". The victim is treated like the bully rather than the other way around. Kids are told to go back to class when they are ill, my daughter called me to come pick her up because she felt so sick and was told it was almost the end of the day. There is a new vice-principal this year, and she truly seems to care about the kids. I have seen her talk with the children, tell them good morning with a smile, and the kids always are glad to see her.

- submitted by a parent
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
December 03, 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
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
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
February 07, 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
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
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
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.

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no rating 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.

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no rating 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.

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no rating July 06, 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
no rating 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
February 07, 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.

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August 22, 2008
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July 08, 2008
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no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating 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.

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May 14, 2007
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March 28, 2006
I think this school is great. My twins have excelled here. All of the staff is wonderful!

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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
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
August 04, 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
July 09, 2005
My children have attended this school for 3 years now and we love it. The teachers are amazing and very caring the prinicipal is very involved in fact he stands outside everyday before and after school greeting the kids and parents. There is a drive up loop where you can drop of your kids in the front of the school and almost every morning he is helping my kids out of the care. Its very sweet. I also like that they challenge the kids to bring out all their potential. My kids were 'late bloomers' but these teachers worked hard with them figuring out the best way they learn and they have made a 180 with them! This school is definitely a school of excellence. Lots of parent volunteers too!

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May 30, 2005
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January 10, 2005
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August 11, 2004
My son has attended Dakota Valley for 5 years and I am completely satisfied with the programs offered and the focus on Reading, Math and overall excellence in education. The teachers are experienced and outstanding. Parent involvement is incredible and encouraged by all grade levels. My son loves going to Dakota Valley. When we considered moving he asked if he could still go there even though we would have to drive a ways. I don't think you can find a better elementary school, even in Cherry Creek.

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Dakota Valley Elementary School
3950 South Kirk Way, Aurora, CO  80013
(720) 886-3000
Last modified Dakota Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dakota Valley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top