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Heatherwood Elementary School

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Posted October 24, 2013

This is our first year at Heatherwood and we love the community feel! Staff, teachers, and parents are so welcoming. The teachers truly lover our children and want to see them succeed. We are off to a good start with our school. Our children are happy and LOVE going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Heatherwood is a small community oriented school with great teachers, families, administrators, and kids. The teachers my kids have had are top notch. You can tell that the teachers have a love for teaching! I am proud to send my kids to a school like Heatherwood. The small neighborhood feel creates a harmonious community and parents are heavily involved in the success of the school. The new principal is focused on taking Heatherwood from a good school to a GREAT school and remains very clear with his strategies and ambitions. He is open and present and is a strong leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

I am very proud to be a part of the Heatherwood School community. We have very dedicated and caring staff and community. Our new Principal has brought a fresh vision to our school. Through focus and by maximizing our support staff, we have been able to restructure the school day so EVERY child can thrive, not matter what level they are currently performing at. Heatherwood has a strong community. There is great parent support in the classroom, library and throughout the building. With the parent support the teachers and paras can best focus on the kids education. Heatherwood also host the Intensive Learning Center (ILC) which provides support for kiddos with special needs. The support team for these special needs kids is outstanding at Heatherwood. The school works very hard to include the special need students into the main stream classroom and activities. Though progress has been made in providing for these kids, I feel there is more education and awareness that needs to be communicated to all. Creating a more compassionate society, one person at a time. Overall I feel very lucky to be a part of such a great school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

We've been part of this neighborhood school for 3 years with kids in the "lower pod" (K-2). It's a welcoming place, with mostly kind and laid-back parents who are engaged. Teachers, at least in the lower pod, have been invested, nurturing and care about the well being of each child. It is an open-classroom setting (with partitions instead of solid walls), if you are wary of that I can say my child who has auditory issues has done absolutely fine and noise-level/distractions are manageable. As with many schools, more and more is becoming expected with less, therefore parental volunteering is essential--there are many opportunities from counting Box Tops to volunteering to assist w/reading and math, to helping in PE, Art; strong and varied PTO activities, etc. Emphasis on health such as walk/bike to school events, the Heather Heatherwood fun run, a salad bar at school with veggies from our garden, plus fun events like movie night outdoors, etc. It is truly a neighborhood school with opportunities to help build community, which I appreciate in ways that extend beyond pure academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I love the small community of Heatherwood. There are great parents, teachers and leadership at this school. Since the new principal started in 2012, there has been a lot of improvements to safety and academic standards. I can only see this school getting better under this new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

The best thing about Heatherwood is the highly dedicated staff! Each teacher truly cares about it's students success. Heatherwood has recently had a new principal. The new principal has made several steps to create a peaceful environment for all students. He is also very serious about raising the academic growth in the school. My 2 children really enjoy going to Heatherwood and have never once complained about going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Heatherwood Elementary is a smaller neighborhood school with an amazing community. Our school focuses on whole child growth and helps the children to really learn responsibility, respect, perseverance, and peacefulness. We have many optional community building events throughout the year. The teachers are all wonderful and have a passion for teaching, they welcome parent involvement and do an awesome job of keeping you informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Heatherwood is an awesome neighborhood school. We hired a new principal last year and he has been a very positive leader. The staff works well together and are all very talented in engaging the children in learning. The community is very welcoming and we are a small enough school it makes it easy to know one another. I have been a parent at this school for 7 years and I still have 6 years ahead of me! Couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

Heatherwood is an amazing school and I'm so happy to be a part of this community. There are many wonderful teachers and staff at Heatherwood. The teachers really know how to get their students to work their hardest. The music, art and gym programs are great. One of my favorite events is the Science Fair. Most of all, I love the wonderful sense of community at Heatherwood. I wouldn't send my kids to any other school. Go Huskies!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

Heatherwood elementary is a wonderful neighborhood school. As an engineer, I am really happy that they offer a Math Club called "Mathletes" to grades 1-5. This program is sponsored by the parent teacher organization (PTO). The school has given our kids a love of learning. They also love to go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

New upper pod teachers and a new energetic principal in 2011 improved this already wonderful neighborhood school. Great test scores. Lots of parent involvement and a few wonderful quiet neighborhoods to raise your kids away from the bustle of urban Boulder. A lot of the parents and teachers are native to Boulder. Surrounded by open space and one of the first 8 schools to be partially solar powered by BVSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2010

This is an okay school. Positives are the caring, positive environment, nice office staff and principal. My child likes going to school. Negatives are: not focused on academic excellence, eg, teaches to the middle or even the bottom, not particularly strong leadership to address waning 4th grade math scores, a reward/punishment based discipline/character program that is very ineffective for kids, like another person posted here. There are many, many activities for parents to be involved with, but unfortunately, none of those seem to be academic in nature. Far too much focus on food/social activities. Poor communication from classroom about academics, behavior, activities. Very short notice for sometimes 2 or 3 parent involvement activities per week, which is very hard for working parents and makes these kids feel their parents are not there for them. Warm and fuzzy, but not a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

Excellent school, conscientious principal Mr. O, wonderful teachers. Have 2 children who did K, Grade 1, 2, and 3. Always was in Montessori schools in and out of state, but this school is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2010

Heartherwood is a great school. We open enrolled our child and he loves the school. Teachers are very caring and parens are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

My Child attended this School. The Principal has no leadership skills. Unable to deal with any conflict. Parents run the School and are wonderful. Teacher moral is low with a lame leader. Had some Great teachers, also some very unmotivated ones. My advice look at open enrollment, Private School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

parent involvement is high...teachers are getting lazy in upper pod...worried about kids experience when they go to Middle school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Because both the teachers and the parents are highly caring and involved. Everyone gives extra time for the kids and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Heatherwood has a true community feel. We have great teachers, assistants and volunteers which encourage the development of a well rounded child. Thank you Heatherwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

It's an awesome school with a great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Heatherwood elementary has a great community spirit. Heatherwood also has many wonderful, gifted teachers!
—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.

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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%
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 Students89%
Female100%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students89%
Female96%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students74%
Female85%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
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 Students84%
Female77%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Reading

All Students87%
Female82%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Science

All Students83%
Female78%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%
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

Above 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
White 80% 56%
Hispanic 8% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
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 8%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7750 Concord Dr
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