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Aurora, CO
Students enrolled: 617

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24300 East Progress Dr
Aurora, CO 80016

(720) 886-4000
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January 24, 2015
Disappointed in this school, to say the least. Very little supervision of students in the early morning, my child has been in pre-school for years and has never had as many injuries as they have had in 6 months, and office staff is very rude and unhelpful. They can't even get the letters on the building fixed and they have been missing for months. Just a lack of care on all levels. Looking at other options in my area.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2014
I cannot gush about this school enough! My daughter is in kindergarten at Buffalo Trail. Since starting Buffalo Trail a month ago she's already started reading! She's also doing some pretty heavy addition! The teachers all seem enthusiastic and excited to be there. My daughter's teacher Ms. Swanson is the quintessential kindergarten teacher that every student wishes they had. She's a great communicator (responds to parent concerns and questions immediately) and I have literally never seen her without a huge smile on her face. The school itself is clean, organized, and runs seamlessly with a huge staff. The bottom line is that my daughter cannot wait to get to school to learn and as a parent I could not be more thrilled!

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July 24, 2014
I have been going to buffalo trail for 4 years now, and the best teacher I had was Mr. Towner. Most people had him for kindergarden, but I had him for 3rd grade. All the teacers are so nice!

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2014
My daughter attends kindergarten in Buffalo Trail Elementary School, I'm very pleased with her teacher, she has been learning a lot since she started school..

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December 21, 2013
My daughter's school is pretty good. But the staff is very rude. Some of the staff say things about a student's race. One incident that my daughter had with a recess monitor, was when the staff member grabbed my daughter, and threw her to the ground. She was knocked out, and had to the go t the hospital because of the concussion. The rude staff member still works there. Some of my daughter's friends have experienced these types of things as well

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October 08, 2013
My Son loves going to Bufalo Trail, the teacher and staff are great. My son is learning so much everyday.

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August 27, 2013
This is our second year with children at this school. It is a fantastic school. Caring, dedicated staff who truly see the children they work with. We have both children with some special needs and who qualify for the Gifted and Talented program and both needs are met brillantly. LOVE this school and the staff here.

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November 24, 2012
I have gone here since it opened in 2006- this is my last year here. I have had so much fun in the curriculum up until this year where I just can't deal with the teacher (then again, she's new this year and needs to settle in a bit...). Other than that, they have an amazing gifted/talented program and also a fantastic ILC/special needs program. The lunch program in Cherry Creek Schools has always been good, and probably will always be. During the fourth year there (third grade for me) there were about 32 kids in a class and about 1100 kids total, but Pine Ridge got rid of the 500 kid overflow. I am not sure about middle school or what it will be like, but my education so far has been fun, welcoming, and better than the program in Aurora School District.

- submitted by a community member

August 19, 2010
I love Buffalo Trail! We have been at this school 4 years now, and have yet to have a problem. The teachers are responsive and attentive. They challenge the students and expect excellences. I've enjoyed getting to know the staff and principal as well. Any concerns have been addressed and handles promptly and to my satisfaction. The teachers are top-notch and seem to love what they are doing. Last year was a difficult year due to growth in the school that wasn't relieved until a new school opened in the area this year! But I thought everyone handled it the best they could. I'm very thankful to be able to send my children to Buffalo Trail.

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July 07, 2010
My oldest daughter just finished kindergarten and we are so pleased with the level of learning that occurred over the year she was there. Her teacher communicated well and I found the homework appropriate in aiding in her overall success - she is reading wonderfully, adding, subtracting, telling time etc. She is blossoming socially as well. Buffalo Trail has a FANTASTIC Enrichment program for families that must work full time - the teachers are AMAZING - my daughter loved going to school every day! The parking lot can be a bit of a nightmare but they have made some changes to make it safer. My daughter is excited to start 1st grade and our youngest daughter will start pre-school in the fall as well.

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May 30, 2010
The fourth grade math program has been horrible at best. My child could have gotten a better math education at Primrose Daycare. It is sad. The parking lot is a death trap and the principal turns her head to the issues.

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May 18, 2010
My son just started kindergarten this year and we are extremely pleased with the quality of services BT provides. My son has special needs and was put in an IEP around mid school year, and since then he has made vast improvements. The school takes his special needs very seriously and are very proactive regarding his special services plan. All of the teachers and staff are very warm and welcoming to the students and the parents. As far as accademics, I am amazed at the speed that these children are learning and the content of knowledge that is being taught. It is now close to the end of the school year and my kindergartener is writing full stories, has solid sentence structure knowledge, can tell time, knows currency, can add and subtract, has a basic knowledge of geography, and so much more. I am amazed.

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April 05, 2010
I was only able to tolerate 3 months for my daughter in kindergarden before I pulled her out, as she was screaming , not wanting to go to school, and stating that she was 'dumb'. The teachers have their pre-determined teaching approach, and were unable to change their approach when it would benefit the child . The school chose to eliminate recess for kindergarden, and when I voiced concern, the principle stated that 'she would hate to see the other parents prevent their children from befriending my child due to my families opinions.' Our teacher was unresponsive when requested to provide practice materials for home. Homework is intensive and required 30-40 min. per day in kindergarden. Overall, it was very disappointing. I did 'school of choice' to a different school in the same district and it has been a wonderful experience.

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June 26, 2009
BT is a good school. The kids love going each day. As a parent there are some things I would like to see change. Most of the focus is put on reading and writing in the early years. Which is good, but I would like to see more of a balance with science, math, social studies... I personally think videos are watched too much. I also think there is way too much busy work with the worksheets. I would like to see more hands on activities and teaching. The school is already getting a new principle so we will see what changes take place in the future. There are a lot of great teachers at this school. Some communicate well with the parents, and others do not. It just depends on who you get. Hope to see the ratings improve next year! Maybe BT can get some ideas from Coyote Hills.

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March 12, 2009
The building is beautiful but it lacks the feeling of an elementary school. I feel that the teachers work extremely hard and care about their students. There is also a great deal of technology that is available to the students which I love.If I could change some things I would like for the administration to be more open and friendly to the students and parents. I also feel that the library needs more books. I know that this is a new school and hopefully the problems will be worked out.

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February 09, 2009
I love Buffalo Trail. My daughter began kindergarten it's opening year and my son began 3rd grade. I absolutly love the teachers. The staff at Buffalo Trail are young, full of energy, and ready to jump in and teach in a fun controlled enviorment that promotes growth, self confidence, and personal responsibility on top of academics! I am so grateful my children are so blessed to be a part of this school and all of the wonderful staff there.

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September 04, 2008
Both my son and I love this school! The teachers and teacher assistants are all very skilled with dealing with the children and each child gets individual attention. I'm glad my son will go to Buffalo Trail again next year for another round of excellent pre-school!

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August 22, 2008
As a parent it is nice to hear from your child that they enjoy going to school. My son attended last year and has already stated how much he has enjoyed his first week at school.

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July 18, 2008
My daughter has just finished 1st grade at Buffalo Trail. I don't know how the CSAP Score of this school have been this year, but I would say, in terms of discipline, school spirit, organization and quality of teachers, this is one of the best schools in Cherry Creek. My daughter completed her Kindergarten at Homestead, which, in my view, does not compare to Buffalo Trail in any way. Buffalo Trail is undeniuably better. the Principle has a great vision and keeps the welfare and safty of the students above all. It feels like family being a part of the school. The focus on academics is very clear and they have good extracurricular activities like Chess Club, Math Club even in First Grade. So, unless your kid gets into Challenge School , I would recommed looking into Buffalo Trail. We absolutely love the school !!

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July 16, 2008
We moved to this school in Jan 08 and are thrilled with the kids' progress! The principal has hired top-notch teachers that are excited about the challenge of starting a new school. There are different ability groups for all kids in math and language arts which was unheard of in elementary level in our old district. I highly recommend this school!!

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April 25, 2008
I just moved in Jan 08 from Maryland and I love this school. This school exceed district standards with the principal's standards and they really give the kids the attention they need. My child has learned a tremendous amout of new things in 3 months. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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Buffalo Trail Elementary School
24300 East Progress Dr, Aurora, CO  80016
(720) 886-4000
Last modified Buffalo Trail Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buffalo Trail Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top