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Casey Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 358 students

 

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Posted April 25, 2012

I am a student at Casey Middle School and have had an amazing experience so far. Both teachers and students alike are kind, helpful, and accepting of everyone at the school. I am a member of the bilingual program and have absolutely nothing negative to say. The teachers work with the group as a whole, and with students individually in a way that each student who works at the language learns and understands everything in class. Although the class is difficult at times, nobody can expect to learn another language without working at it. Casey is extremely lucky to have the amazing teachers that they have (of the bilingual program, as well as every other subject that the school has to offer). I have had the best possible experience at Casey and would recommend it to everyone.


Posted April 9, 2012

My husband and I have very high expectations for our kids' schools and after three years at Casey, we are still blown away by the quality of teachers and staff (the principal and assistant principal are, from my perspective, role models for what a principal should be). As for the bilingual program - it is amazing. Our son came to Casey in 6th grade with no Spanish background and is leaving Casey having tested into Spanish 4 for his freshman year in high school. Yes - expectations are high for the kids in the program but our son has never done "hours" of homework on a regular basis as some of the other reviewers have claimed. Every child is different so if your child doesn't want to put a good amount of effort into learning Spanish, the program probably is not for him or her. As for the bilingual teachers, I'll let the fact that 70% of the 8th graders in the program who took the high school placement test this year tested into Spanish 4 - speak for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

As a former student of Casey's Bilingual Program, I have benefited in numerous ways from this rigorous program. I am thankful to my teachers for not only teaching me Spanish, but also for having high expectations of me in a supportive environment which helped me become a better learner across subjects. The teachers in the bilingual program are experienced, highly qualified, use innovative approaches, and most importantly are passionate and compassionate in their teaching. Casey is lucky to have native language speakers as some of the teachers, which was vital in connecting me not only with the Spanish language but also with the culture of Spanish speaking countries. I fully recommend this program to any student who is committed to learning Spanish and understands that leaning a new language is hard work that will pay off for the rest of their lives.


Posted October 19, 2011

Finally, people are speaking up about the bilingual program at Casey. This school squanders an incredible opportunity at having an innovative language program. The bilingual teachers use old fashioned didactic teaching methods and load kids up with pressure and rote learning homework. Despite the highly educated parent population at this school, these bilingual teachers absolutely do not think they can learn anything from parent input. In their home country, it may have been true that teachers were vastly superior in what they knew was best for kids, but in this community, parents have a lot to offer and this is largely disrespected by these teachers. If your child excels under pressure and lots of homework and already loves the idea of learning a new language, this may be a match for you. But if not, you may not want to choose this because they will not appreciate hearing from you or be at all open to responding to the children they are teaching who may need a different approach to be really inspired about learning another language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

Casey is a safe, diverse school with a competent staff. The bilingual program is very challenging. Independent of outside requirements, teachers expect a level of bi-literacy that requires students to devote hours of daily reading and writing in Spanish. This makes for a laborious learning experience which runs the risk of turning students off to Spanish altogether. There are no field trips and little authentic use of Spanish despite the rich social mix available in this school and community. Teachers use outdated book and lecture approaches which do not exactly inspire a love of language learning. Mostly, the program is too demanding. Parents who attempt to give this feedback are met with strong resistance. Teachers, many of whom are immigrants, view themselves as authority figures, not only to students, but to parents, interacting with them in a condescending, paternalistic manner which closes down meaningful input. The school has never been willing to hold a meeting of the parents to discuss the bilingual program, despite requests from parents for this. If you don't like something at Casey, they are happy to have you leave rather than try to respond to your input.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers sincerely care about the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

It is an amazing experience for my children and the staff is good at provoking in-depth cconverstaions even from the most stuborn students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Amazing, just the best place for creating new friends and learnign a new language. (Highly Recomended)
—Submitted by a student


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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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

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 55% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%
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 Students66%
Female62%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)29%
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English81%
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 Students57%
Female51%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students65%
Female63%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)13%
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%
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 Students54%
Female51%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Science

All Students61%
Female60%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Writing

All Students69%
Female73%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)12%
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
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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52%
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24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 58% 56%
Hispanic 35% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
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 36%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

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