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Columbine Elementary School

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Posted January 6, 2014

Columbine has amazing dedicated teachers, a more culturally enriched school population than typical Boulder schools, and bilingual education. With the new facilities, I couldn't ask for much more, and my kids couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

This school is really changing in a positive way. The principal is excellent and engaged at all levels. Seasoned teachers and a diverse community. One of the smaller schools in BVSD which is great for classroom learning. New tcap scores show kids are excelling. Spanish class is also offerred everyday and lots of fun after school activities like dance, martial arts and additional science learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

I completely disagree with the review written 11/6. My child loves Columbine-learning an incredible amount, engaged, interested, supported, respects her teachers (most of whom hold master's/award-winning). I volunteer at the school every week, know nearly every staff member. Did the parent who wrote that review volunteer in the classroom? Attend PTA meetings? Help make events happen? Carnival, Harvest Day, class parties, Parade of Lights, Art Show, etc? You'll find passionate, committed parents who support their children and the Columbine community. This negative review of the school is inaccurate and sad. The rating is a 3 due to outdated test scores. Test scores have tripled since Principal Medina started, last year's scores were approx. 90%-which surpassed many top rated schools in BVSD. Please come tour Columbine, and form your own opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

this school is amazing, the best teachers, phenomenal staff, supportive community. my son loves his school. the class sizes are small. the kids get exposure to other cultures. highly recommend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

As a mother I couldn't have asked for a better Kindergarten experience than the one we had at Columbine Elementary. Small class sizes, amazing student teacher ratio, full day curriculum, fantastic after school activities such as the NASA learning program, yoga, martial arts, etc., a bilingual program, great teachers and administration, and a very warm community of families. We are so enthusiastic about the rest of our kids elementary journey at Columbine. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2013

Very disappointed in our experience.. The emphasis on biliteracy - specifically Spanish literacy is a real asset to the latino community - however native english speaker suffer and are held back by the overall lack of fluency. This should not be a neighborhood school - it is in effect a charter school. The parents in the (immediate) neighborhood go to other schools that do not have 80% or more ESL. Home prices in the attendance area suffer because of this fact. The people whose taxes support the school do not feel served by the school. Generally very disorganized. Of course there are gem teachers - hope you get one. We wanted to be happy here - and really tried to be positive about the experience and the benefits - but it soured very fast beginning on day one when the new building opened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

My son loves going to school everyday. He is ahead of schedule in reading and math. The adminstration is super helpful. My only complaint is sometimes its a bit unorganized as far as afterschool programs and communication
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2013

Me and my partner are very happy with Columbine. The principal is always available, parents involved are truly commited to our children's education which brings communities together. The staff and teachers are qualified and they always look for ways to improve our kids education. We started Columbine a year ago and we look forward for our kid to be proud to finish (mastering both languages!) his elementary school at Columbine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Awesome school! We've been there for 4 years now with 2 daughters and love it! What's best about this school: Spanish (or English, depending on your native language) as a 2nd language as part of the curriculum, wonderful teachers and principal, great parents, diversity that's hard to find in Boulder county, and awesome atmoshpere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

The ratio for non English speaking is very high. The level of education is very low. My child is losing interest in school. Not recommended. More attention is given to non English speakers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2012

I disagree with the last posting of 1 star stating that the school should not be a neighborhood school. Here is an exemplary school in terms of highly educated teachers, proficient in both languages, involving English and Spanish speaking students in an immersion program with outstanding progress year after year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

While the building and grounds of the school are very nice, I don't think this school should be a neighborhood school. They have a strong focus on bi literacy, and if that is not one of your priorities it seems like a lot of time is wasted on switching kids back and forth between classrooms. Also by splitting up kids by native language it really creates a separation and once again a lot of time is wasted trying to get this kids to connect. Something that would normally happen in a classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

The staff is great! and all the children come first! Learning and love in seen there and children are very happy! There is a lot of spirit and pride in there "Wild Cat " school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

This school serves the needs of children from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, and serves them very well.


Posted October 31, 2009

I love Columbine because of the supportive families, the diverse student population, and the hard-working, dedicated, and passionate teaching staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 29, 2009

I love the small class sizes and that all of the teachers are concerned with providing my children with a great education, despite their varied learning styles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Our school is one in which the individual value of each student is always remembered. The teachers try to teach lessons in a way that is personally relevant to the students and adapted to their individual needs. They attain this goal by focusing on the development of critical thinking and by providing activities that address the development of the complete student, including intellectual, physical, emotional social and ethical development. As one of the areas only bilingual schools it offers a safe environment for Latino students and their families, instruction in Spanish as a Second Language for English speaking students and serves as a model for schools across the United States seeking a path towards unity and equality for students and parents from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Differentiated learning, respect for families, no stigma attached to non-native English speakers, passionate teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Columbine bilingual teachers are highly educated and they are fully committed to their mission of making Columbine the best bilingual school in the county and the state. They face a challenge because of the diversity in this school population, but with the support of their Principal, the parents as well as of the community they will conquer their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great staff...caring teachers


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 72% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
70%
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 72% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%
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 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
29%
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 Students76%
Female72%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)82%
Proficient in English100%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students88%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students92%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant96%
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%
Female53%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students33%
Female32%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%

Writing

All Students31%
Female32%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%
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 Students66%
Female61%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)72%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students44%
Female45%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)39%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Science

All Students34%
Female21%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)31%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%

Writing

All Students54%
Female55%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)53%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%
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

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 69% 32%
White 22% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 70%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3130 Repplier Dr
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