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1737 Park County Rd 43
Bailey, CO 80421

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(303) 838-7666
(303) 816-0162
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August 13, 2014
I thought the world of the school, until one of my children started to get bullied. I would love to be able to say that my child was the only one that this girl bullied, unfortunately she had bullied 80% of her class mates in five years and was even caught stealing from the school multiple times. They talk a big game about Anti Bullying, even gave out Anti Bully Awards. Unfortunately their actions were completely opposite. The bullying was a child of a Special Ed teacher at PCHS. SO almost NOTHING was done. I had even requested that my child be kept away from the bully. The teachers and the school administration wouldn't even respect that request. My child was belittled in from of the class and told to "get over it" when attempted to inform the teacher of the request. When brought to the attention of the administration about the incident the excuse was he didn't get the memo. There was ABSOLUTELY no accountability or responsibility taken from either the parent of the bully, the bully, the teachers or the school administration. After that we decided that our children would never go back to that school. As long as your child is main stream you are ok, anything else RUN HARD AND FAST!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
I have had the privilege of going to this school for 3 or 4 years to do a presentation on Native Americans and assisting in science projects. I have the upmost respect for the principle and the teachers and volunteers I met. This principal allows the teachers to use their ideas and resources to encourage learning. My grand daughter just finished elementary school here in grand junction and she was never exposed to the excellance of a science program like Dear Park. No dissection, no models. Kudos to the principal and teachers...remove the board member who apparently doesn't value excellence. Bobbye Horton RN

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2014
I'm VERY proud of this school. Not only is it Accredited with Distinction for 2013, it's test scores for 2013 are above 80%, 89% being proficient and above. I think these so called "parents" need to take their kids to another school and then realize how LUCKY they are to have their children at Deer Creek! There is a sense of community and belonging in this school. There have been some "issues" revolving around a certain school board member and his rogue behavior which has prompted some people to feel then need to discredit this wonderful school. So take what has been written over the last 4 months with a grain of salt!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
I am hoping to be impressed next year. That is what it will take for us to feel comfortable with our daughter attending this school. I am skilled in working with children myself, and understand developmental stages and needs very well. The discipline program implemented by our current first grade teacher is inconsistent, and this particular teacher focuses highly on the negative, with very limited positive reinforcement. Maybe it is better when implemented by others, but I haven't had the opportunity to observe that. The energy of her classroom is depressing--shouldn't first grade instill the fun and excitement of learning in our children? I've witnessed her shouting at our 6 and 7 year olds, as well as having displayed other demonstrations of poor temperament. Our children have had stomach aches and have not wanted to come to school some days and several of us agree it is an emotional issue rather than a physical one. Other parents who initially complained about this same teacher were rebuffed by the vice principal, who seemed to stand in blind defense of the teacher rather than promptly and thoroughly investigating. Our children deserve much better than this.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
My children have all attended this school since they were in preschool and are all now in grades 2 and above, but now I have had to remove 2 of the 3 and start home schooling them due to the unprofessional and uncaring behavior of the new Vice Principal. Since the Vice Principal came on a couple of years ago the entire staff is on edge. What used to be a place my kids looked forward to going to everyday has now become a place they fear going to. The teachers use to love their jobs but now with the new Vice Principal in place the laughter and fulfillment that used to be in the air is no longer there. Sadly a once very caring and kind Principal seems to now be under the control of this dominating Vice Principal that is only concerned with how the school ranks with the states rating system. She demands that you send your child to school when they are sick and if you do keep them home she threatens you with truancy charges with the courts even when you have doctors notes stating your child has strep or whooping cough or H1N1. My children's health is my priority and I will not allow for threats that my child must be at school sick or not so that the school looks good to the state.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
i moved from lakewood just to get my son in this school (deer creek elem) and am so pleased with how well they work with EVERY student on an individual basis if needed. A+++ Teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
This school has an A rating on the Colorado School Grades website, is ranked 53rd out of 1132 Colorado elementary schools, and is accredited with Distinction by the Platte Canyon School District. Given it's remarkable achievements, I don't understand why it has such a low Great School's rating?

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2013
We had a horrific experience at this school. Dishonest, lack of care for our child, down right abusive. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Overall, my daughter has had a great kindergarten experience at this school. I really like the positive behavior program Deer Creek uses (SOAR).

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Wow what a school. Starting with one of the greatest principles I have ever met...wish he would have been mine. Then the staff with only a few exceptions make a wonderful team they are well on there way to making DCES one of the best in the state. Then you throw in the parents. There is not a day that goes by that there are not at least a handful of parents wondering the halls doing things everywhere. From stuffing folders to laminating art work. What a great team !!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
The staff at Deer Creek work hard to meet the needs of all of the students. Teachers are trained in methods to differentiate instruction and establish a positive learning environment. There are many teachers who consistently go 'above and beyond' which in turn creates happy, productive students at all grade levels. As a parent, my choice is Deer Creek because students can excel at their own pace. I also feel the positive behavior support program helps to recognize students who are model citizens of their school community. It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
This is a public school, meaning all kids at all levels should be given the opportunity to reach their academic potential. How wonderful for the parents who have children that just 'get it' easier than others. Sadly, our experience is that teachers at this school do not recognize all students strengths. Better efforts are necessary to reach every student on the bell-shaped curve and not just part of it. It's no wonder there is so many that homeschool from this district.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
My daughter was a new student at Deer Creek this year, having come from a very prestigious school for gifted children. We are very impressed with Deear Creek and it's principal! My child has dissected 4 organs, attended several educational assemblies, and been exposed to many different types of literature, as well as accelerated grade levels in math, science, and literacy. This little public mountain school is far more impressive than the elite school she was previously attending!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2008
Despite this schools rating, it unfortunately for parents who have children with different learning abilities, does not adequately meet the needs of all children in a respectful, professional, and sensitive manner. There is a desperate need for some staff training when it comes to recognizing that children respond to different teaching techniques. Instead there exists a very narrow-minded perspective that one size fits all. Hopefully, this perception will improve so it can truly reflect its rating.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2008
Deer Creek has made some excellent changes in the last 2 years, the best being their principal. He is very caring of his staff and students and has made significant improvements. They are stepping up curriculum and expectations, to take this wonderful little school to the next level. Deer Creek recently was awarded an excellent rating as well! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

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February 27, 2006
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Deer Creek Elementary School
1737 Park County Rd 43, Bailey, CO  80421
(303) 838-7666
Last modified Deer Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Deer Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top