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Sky Vista Middle School

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Posted January 20, 2014

Sky Vista Is one of the best schools around they strive for excellence with there four corner stones. All I can say about this school is WOW!


Posted March 7, 2013

This is by far the best school that my children have ever attended. The teachers and support staff and even the principal knew my children by name and more, who they belonged to. The special ed team goes above and beyond any that I have ever known and were supportive and caring to our entire family. I have never known a school where all kids were accepted and loved like they are here. My children made huge gains in their time at Sky Vista and I know that it was due to the caring and qualified staff. I was so impressed with everyone I came across there, the students were respectful and on the odd time we did have an issue, it was dealt with immediately and appropriately. One of my children was bullied horribly at another school and they took great care at Sky Vista to make her feel safe. She actually enjoyed school again, which was something I worried would never happen. I felt their quality of education was excellent and their approach to learning outstanding, I am so glad we had the expereince of attending here, we will miss it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

This school is wonderful! The principal, staff are very positive, very supportive, and quick responders to any question for them. My son has gained so much in the couple years attending this school. Their parallel curriculum model teaches students to "think" through assignments thus increasing their ability to solve problems. The parent/teacher conferences revealed that my son's teachers know him well and can give feedback that can only enhance experiences for students and teachers. I am very impressed with this school, my daughter will be attending as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

Unfortunately I have seen this school go downhill. My oldest son went there 5 years ago and attended his 6th-8th grade. He had a great experience. However, when my middle son went there his 6th and half of his 7th, we started noticing unfair teachers who would talk about him with the other group of teachers giving him a bad name. Also the principal wouldn't do anything about a teacher who was lying to our son having him complete and assignment and then getting no credit. My son wanted to leave in the middle of the year because we were moving even though he had the option to finish out the year. Several of the teachers just don't seem happy and that reflects in their behavior towards students. Very Disappointing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

sky vista is a terrible school! the older students are bad role models for the younger ones. They swear freqently. They never slove your problems. The teachers can care less if you fail. The sucuerity is terrible. They never motivate you to learn. There curriculum is awful. They think there should be no joy in a school day! If you go to this school you are just asking for punnishment! htey act like thaey are nice when they really are mean! Don't go to this school!


Posted November 30, 2009

i went to thunder ridge and then went to sky vista. The kids here are horrible and disguisting.! They make fun of kids that they dont even know and are very mean. The 'popular' people would always call me mean names and would just be rude. My mother had a talk with the princepal but didnt even do anything.! Even the teachers are very mean. The make fun and pick on kids as well. The education is boring and noteven helpful. hunder ridge was a lot better. They took me in and liked me for who iwas not for who i had to be.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2009

Great school!!!! Teachers are very friendly and very supportive. My son loves going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

My daughter went to Sky Vista in the sixth grade. Now she is hopefully (we might be moving) going to go there again for seventh grade! Sky Vista is a great place for 'young adults' [teens] to grow up at. The education is speechless and the atmosphere... man I can't even think of a word to describe it; because it is so marvelous! If I were to give anyone some advice for going to a middle school Sky Vista would be on the top of my list. I am not just saying all these good things about Sky Vista; because my daughter went there... I am saying this because I think every child should have possibilities and Sky Vista Middle School offers that literally 24/7!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

Im a sixth grader at skyvista and I had nothing but pure fun and education time also the teachers are no joke you must study! Here at skyvista we are the highest ranked middle school in all of colorado because we are the one school that teaches parallell cirruculum. Here at skyvista there is nothing but FANTASTIC experiences!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2009

I am apart of the first graduating class. I went there when It opened, and finished it out. This school was amazing! Teachers always made you go above and beyond. Now as a high school student I feel extremely prepared thanks to sky vista! Send your kid here they will have teachers that change their lives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

this school is the best middle school in the aurora distarct the education is awesome and friendly teachers ans studans
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

Sky Vista home of the nighthawk is a nice complex school that expects good and outstanding behavior. The staff makes shure the students actually sink in their learning. By the way im in sixth grade and the 7th and 8th graders are really nice to us new comers. As one of the newest middle schools in the District we are spik and span. I love this school i would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

I've been in this school for 1 year and I love it here the teachers are so nice to the students. The food is really good it is better than Elem
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

I love this school! The teachers are so nice and funny and caring and helpful!The student body is wonderful to, every body cares about each other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2008

Sky Vista has pros and cons to it. Con- They played favorites to much with the students who always raised their raised, had outstand personalities etc etc Pro-The teachers are asweome! They are the best, their friendly and deserve some recogoniction for all their hard work Con-Teachers always pick horrible subs. I remember sitting in class not learning anything because of subs Pro-4 Corner Stones I think sky vista is a well and organized middle school. Have your kid attend here.Theres many many memories that they will enjoy. They will have tons of fun, but know when work hard. I went all 3 years and am very proud i went there
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2008

My son just started here and they are great. He previously attended Falcon Creek and I think that Sky Vista staff is much friendlier and more responsive. The teachers have been very attentive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

I have been at Sky Vista for the past 3 years and absolutly love it! I think that it is the best school. The teachers are all really friendly and are really young, so they are able to relate to the students more. They help in everything that they can. The principal also is awesome! He is so active in the school. He comes almost every sporting event, competion, etc. He is also very dedicated to what he does. The Parrallel Curriculum is also an awesome thing. When we are learning about something in Social Studies, we are also relating it to what we are doing in Science, Math, and Language Arts. If a student is behind or struggling, the teachers take the time out of their day to help that student so that they can better understand and get caught up. I love this school and recommed it to everyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2007

This school teaches kids the Parrallel Curiculum which believes in interconnecting classes. When they are talking about immigration in Social Studies they are reading and writing about immigration in Language arts. My son came here failing in school and now he is being recommended to take Honors classes in high school next year. It has high standards but it expects that all children be challenged and all kids are capable of working to an AP level. They do a lot of hands on activities including making power point presentations and this school is one of the most advanced in the district with technology and the kids and teachers are expected to use it on a daily basis. The last thing I love about this school is their blackboard program where you can log on and the teachers have posted all the classes for that week, with handouts and homework assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 62% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%
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 55% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%
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 Students75%
Female75%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)52%
Asian74%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)44%
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)61%
Asian74%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)44%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students63%
Female71%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)37%
Asian56%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible27%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)31%
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
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 Students69%
Female74%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)54%
Asian85%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Reading

All Students74%
Female79%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)85%
Asian82%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible79%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students66%
Female77%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)58%
Asian78%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible79%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%
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 Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)62%
Asian68%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible60%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)67%
Asian73%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students65%
Female59%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)57%
Asian64%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students66%
Female73%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)62%
Asian55%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible64%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
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

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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
White 57% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Black 13% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 4% 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 23%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Tony J. Poole

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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