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Prairie Middle School

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Posted March 29, 2007

My children both attended Prarie with wonderful results. One with a learning disability received the kind of attention that prepared her for high school. My youngest child went from Prarie to Regis. Why is he successful at Regis? Because he went to Prarie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

My son has gone to this school for two years. The curriculum is poor at best. The teachers have no control of the classroom which creates a negative learning environment. I fear for my son's physical amd mental wellbeing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I have been impressed with the staff and students at Prairie. My son is in the 8th grade, and is excited about going to school! The teachers are invested in our children - helping mold characters as well as minds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I would not want my child to attend any other school than Prairie. Dr. Cassaday is a TERRIFIC leader and the administration is top notch. Everyone at the school cares about the students. Diversity is our strength and students are not just taught a rigorous curriculum, they are taught life skills in dealing with people different than they are. The band program (including the newly resurrected Jazz Band) is phenomenal thanks to the leadership of Martin Martinez. Parental involvement could be higher, but the ones we have spend a lot of volunteer hours because they love the school, students and staff so much. The new Springboard curriculum (pre-Advanced Placement classes)is going well and challenging our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

I went to Prairie for only one year and I already know that it is one of the best school years of my life. There is such great students there and Dr. Kassaday is the best! The teachers are fun out of school and in school. I would love to go back there again!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2006

My child was relocated here after having his home destroyed from Hurricane Katrina and losing all his lifelong friends. I cannot thank the school faculty and all who were concerned with adjustment and counseling enough for their supreme efforts. To say that this school is awesome is an understatement and I want you to know how very much we, as parents appreciate everything you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2005

3 of my children have attended Prairie, I am VERY dissappointed in the way things are hadled disipline wise. A student advisor (dean) is VERY rude to the children and VERY unfair when a parent shows up he turns into a angel. VERY DISSAPPOINTING. I am in the process of moving my children from this school for this MAIN reason. Lot's of first year teachers that dont have the skills to teach pre-teens, if your looking for somewhere to send your kids where someone else is watching them because you dont have time to be involved with your child and you dont care how they are treated, this school would be for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

I can't say enough about Prairie Middle School. We came here after being in DPS and are very impressed. The staff and teachers are the best! Dr. Cassaday is truly a gifted,intelligent woman who deeply cares about the success of these students. Cheers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2004

I went to Prairie for three years, the first year was average, but those following were litterally the worst, most restricted years of my life. They held whole 'teams' consisting off 100+ students in for lunch because of what a group of 2-5 did, the teachers ranged from excellent to terrible, one litteraly insulted her students to their faces, but when parent teacher conferences came around, she was 'such a sweet lady' homework loads went over the top, to the point myself and others lost hours of sleep, and the school was generaly mismanaged, since the new principal came, Prairie has transformed from a school to a daycare for pre/young-teens. It has 'safty rules' but some of them are simply restrictive and useless, and don't help with real problems.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 25, 2004

This school is the best one ever
—Submitted by a student


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 62% in 2013.

552 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

552 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
1%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

552 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%
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.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

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 52% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%
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 Students57%
Female53%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)47%
Asian63%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial73%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%

Reading

All Students1%
Female2%
Male1%
Black (not Hispanic)1%
Asian0%
Hispanic2%
Multiracial4%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)1%
Free lunch eligible1%
Reduced lunch eligible0%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch3%
Students with disabilities (IEP)1%
Students without disabilities2%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English2%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant2%

Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)37%
Asian53%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English48%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
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 Students58%
Female63%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)48%
Asian77%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)31%
Proficient in English58%
Immigrant13%
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students55%
Female62%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asian72%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible49%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrant6%
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Writing

All Students48%
Female57%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)42%
Asian69%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible45%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English53%
Immigrant13%
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%
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 Students41%
Female43%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)34%
Asian64%
Hispanic34%
Multiracial45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English45%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students53%
Female61%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asian58%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Science

All Students41%
Female43%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asian56%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Writing

All Students45%
Female54%
Male38%
Black (not Hispanic)40%
Asian58%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible51%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%
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

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%
Black 32% 5%
White 22% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 71%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Kandy Cassaday

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Join PTO/PTA
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