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Manhattan Middle School of the Arts and Academics

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Posted January 19, 2013

My son, who is extremely motivated academically, and a TAG student, thrived at MMS. In fact, it was a life changing, for the positive, for him. We switched him half way through 7th grade, and he slid right in. He was well prepared for a rigorous high school with all IB classes, and is continuing to thrive in high school. He had some exceptional teachers. Though he feels he could have had better prep in Science he is still thriving in science in HS (IB course too). Yes, of course there is drama here and there, but there is enough diversity that you can be yourself and find friends who are great for you. I LOVE the principal. She is open minded and cares deeply for the kids and the school. It is a place where kids can thrive. I love the diversity. It's really hard to find that in our school district, as well as a place where middle school kids say more often than not, that they love their middle school - which is what I heard from the MMS kids I asked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2012

Wonderful school; very accepting of all types of diverse students. Principal is amazing and caring and staff is some of the best in Boulder. Our son has thrived in advanced math (has skipped 2 grade levels) and advanced Language Arts. He is thriving, happy, and loves school. One of the few middle schools in Boulder with National Junior Honor Society and TAG program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2012

amzingly kid friendly and has exelent art programs. students are kind there are never any fights and kids feel free


Posted February 18, 2011

Students at the High School this school feeds into says kids from here are woefully prepared for high school compared to the those from other schools that feed in . The school does not differentiate students in language and had to be prodded strongly to provide an accelerated 7/8 math class this year after not having once since they were formed. Many parents of kids more academically inclined are desperately trying to open enroll out or move. It is the principal who drives the lack of academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

This school has great teachers and the principal is always checking up on the classes. The teachers will help you if you are struggling with something and only want you to succeed in life and school. Manhattan is the only school in the district to be named a No Place for Hate school three years in a row


Posted October 8, 2009

i go two this school i am a sixth grader there and think its the best school ever and give it an overall 10 everybody there loves every teacher and enjoys it i dont know one child there that doesnt like it i think if u like the arts but would like to be just as accedemicly inclined than this is the school for you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

My grandchildren have received a well-rounded education from Manhattan from a dedicated administrative and teaching staff who obviously love teaching and the children whose lives are impacted by their dedication.


Posted May 3, 2009

Manhattan Middle School is the best school I have ever seen. Their standards are very high. My daughter deeply enjoys the school for the arts and projects available. I highly recomend Manhattan Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Both of my daughters have loved this school. The arts program is fantastic and the IB program is really great. The opportunities they are getting at this school have been wonderful and the principal is very engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

I couldn't be more pleased with the experience I've had at this school. My 6th grader is happy and engaged in her classes. Dinner conversation often revolves around the cool things she's learned during the day. I've found her teachers to be involved and responsive; a couple I'd consider stellar. The arts focus has surely boosted my child's confidence and self-esteem, and there are a number of art class options to engage just about any interest. Homework is reasonable and fair. I continually see the students at this school tended to with care and respect. The diverse population of students provides a real life cultural experience; an education in and of itself. The best part is the philosophy that they teach the whole child: equally important to the child's education is his/her happiness and well being. I give this school an emphatic A+, and encourage you to visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

As a parent, I strongly agree with student indicating that Manhattan could have better teachers. However, not having strong teachers is the lack of Manhattan not having strong administration. Given that BVSD has many choices, as a parent, I am choosing to send my child elsewhere next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

I am a student at Manhattan Middle School and am currently in 8th grade. It's definitely not the best school ever and I suggest you look around before picking this school. The kids are really immature and if you want a school that has minimal drama this definitely isn't it. The academics are really good but the teachers are not flexible and will not help you in your learning style, if you can't understand something, too bad. It is definitely a good school but it's more art-focused and i wouldn't recommend it to anybody who is looking for good teachers, because I would say that there are only about 2 or 3 good ones.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2006

My twice gifted son began attending this school in 8th grade and he has had his best year ever. While all of his behavioral issues have not disappeared, the staff here seems to understand and know how to work with him. The Resource room teacher is as much a coach as a teacher and has continually provided a positive, esteem-building relationship with my son. He truly understands his issues and knows how to talk with him in a constructive way when he is getting off track. The drama program is wonderful and engaging for my creative son. There is a block schedule that allows a break mid-week with a late start, and fewer classes per day so that the focus can be maintained on each subject during the day. I am very happy with this school and the support my family has received there.
—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.

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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%
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 Students67%
Female72%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)37%
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%
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 Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students73%
Female80%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students60%
Female76%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%
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 Students61%
Female54%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Science

All Students60%
Female59%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 66% 57%
Hispanic 19% 32%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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290 Manhattan Dr
Boulder, CO 80303
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