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Aurora Hills Middle School

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Posted September 22, 2004

It is obvious that the postings so far have been from disgruntled parents. While I am not a big fan of 'uniforms' it seems to be a neccessity in today's culture. My son has other ways of being an individual. He doesn't need to dress special to set himself apart from the others. He does that with personality, confidence and friendships. I have had numerous meetings with teachers and staff at the school. I have always been treated professionally and with courtesy. The Middle Years program, IB program and Summit Academy all bring something positive to the school. This school is diverse, but not in a bad sense as one posting would lead you to believe. It's not the school's responsibility to teach our kids discipline, morals, ethics and the importance of education. That's a parent's job. Aurora Hills is doing a fine job with my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2004

The administration at this school treats parents as adversaries, not as partners in the educational process. There is little positive communication between the administration and the student body. The atmosphere between the various groups of students at the school, which in addition to its home school boundaries includes a magnet school for gifted students, the Jr. International Baccalaureate program and the Middle Years Academy for high-achieving students, verges on poisonous. APS needs to do better for its students at this critical time in young student's educations. And yes, given the secondary populations at the school, test scores should be much higher. I'm afraid that the district doesn't separate out the scores of the two academies for fear that it will show how poorly the general population at the school is being educated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2004

Why does a school with a magnet program get such low test scores? Aurora Hills holds a Pre-IB program but at the same time, shows below level performances on CSAP. In addition, Aurora Hills is not in a comfortable enviroment for several reasons. There are no windows in the school building, making students feel as if they are in closed and locked away area. A[urora] Hills students also have to wear school uniforms meaning that there is less diversity in the school. Aurora Hills is not a recomended school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2003

While my child got straight A's at this school, he was not prepared for high school. We moved in order to get our children into Cherry Creek Schools. The teachers are caring but don't have a lot to work with. I feel it is a hard school to teach at and some children may fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
34%
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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%
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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
31%
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 Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)30%
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students52%
Female62%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)30%
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Writing

All Students41%
Female49%
Male34%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)23%
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%
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 Students30%
Female28%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)14%
Proficient in English22%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant30%

Reading

All Students40%
Female45%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English39%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Writing

All Students37%
Female45%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English39%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%
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 Students29%
Female29%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English32%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant29%

Reading

All Students34%
Female43%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities37%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English41%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant35%

Science

All Students25%
Female24%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English30%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant26%

Writing

All Students28%
Female39%
Male18%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities30%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English34%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant28%
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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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

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 56% 32%
Black 24% 5%
White 14% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 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 74%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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1009 South Uvalda St
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: (303) 341-7450

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