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.
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.
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 The rating is a 3 due to outdated test scores.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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
This school serves the needs of children from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, and serves them very well.
I love Columbine because of the supportive families, the diverse student population, and the hard-working, dedicated, and passionate teaching staff.
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.
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.
Differentiated learning, respect for families, no stigma attached to non-native English speakers, passionate teachers.
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.
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