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Timber Trail Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 597 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 8, 2014

What a huge mistake! We moved from out of state and chose Timber Trail based solely on test scores. They don't challenge kids. It's like the teachers just get by with what they have to teach. There is no communication between teacher and parent. There is no way a child can excel at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

Huge classes, no homework, no science...go elsewhere if your child is smart. We moved from out of state in January & chose where to live based on school reviews. What a disappointment. My 4th grader who was in the gifted program at her old school doesn't want to go to school anymore. She has 30 kids in her class. She never comes home with any homework. Consequently, I have no way to reinforce her learning. There's no contact from the teachers regarding upcoming tests & test reviews, etc. At the same time, my previously straight A student doesn't seem to be doing well, but it's hard to address when she never brings any work home except a bad grade here and there. With no prior information on what they are working on, it's impossible to support the educational process. Giving them one star was being generous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

We have been very impressed with Timber Trail. The teachers are engaging, motivated, warm and very qualified. Also, the leadership is open minded, flexible and responsive. Next, the extra curricular programs are becoming more pronounced thanks in part to a wonderful parent/teacher organization. Finally, the office staff is helpful and friendly. Overall, a wonderful environment that our family is thankful to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

We moved here 2 years ago for the school and we could not be happier. My 3 children have thrived under the leadership of a great principal and the attention of wonderful classroom teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

We have two students at this school with two very different teaching needs. Timber trail has done a fantastic job of meeting our children's needs and fostering a wonderful, caring, and great academic environment. Our children are enthusiastic about school and their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

My wife and I have been very happy with this school. Our daughter has been attending TTE since half of 2nd grade and she is now in 4th. When we arrived at TTE she was behind grade wise and holding her back was discussed. Luckily we did not hold her back because thanks to the extra help given to her by the TTE staff she is now caught up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

We have a current student at Timber Trail and have been pleased with all of our interactions with her teachers as well as the administration. Everyone has been responsive to questions and requests. The BASE (before and after school) program is fabulous. We highly recommend this school if you are looking the Castle Pines area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

The parents at this school are snobby and clueless. If your child is average he may do well. If your child is above average, send him somewhere else. We pulled our son out after 2 years because they only teach to pass csap. That is not a well rounded education. The parents running around there could not be more full of themselves. It is ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2011

teaches only to score well on standard tests. Education is not well rounded and everyone is obsessed with scoring high on csaps. Your child will leave here able to read, write and pass a math test AT GRADE LEVEL ONLY. they don't teach ahead at the risk of not scoring high on csap. If you want your child to work at full potential and work ahead, this school is not for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2011

I have been so disappointed in this school. The overall attitude from the staff is one of apathy. We have had one strong teacher out of 4 years at this school. When you try to raise concerns with the principal and vice principal it falls on deaf ears. I truly wonder if they are even in the classroom enough to have a handle on what is going on. They do not challenge the higher achieving student what so ever. They barely teach science and the everyday math program is a complete joke, it does not establish the basics necessary to be successful in math.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2010

I totally disagree with the previous poster about TTE being for the average student. Their tests scores speak volumes...they have some of the highest csap scores in Douglas County including scoring higher than American Academy in almost all areas including math/sciene (which is suppose to be a math/science school) in 2009! TTE was also named in the 5280 magazine as one of the top elementary schools in the Denver Metro area and the only other school in Castle Rock was Flagstone Elementary. WTG TTE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Our daughter finished k-3 before leaving for a private school. The reading at TT is wonderful, but our daughter is behind in Science and Math. She was put into a remedial math group at the new school. We became frustrated with the lack of communication at this school. In comparison to other neighborhood schools, this is a good one, and well suited to the "average" student. If your child falls above or below the "status quo" I would continuously monitor their academic progress and look for outside testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

This summer my family moved from out of state to Castle Pines North; we chose this community because of the reputation of Timber Trail Elementary and have not been disappointed. My child is challenged daily and is given a great deal of individualized attention. My daughter's teacher is phenomenal; I credit her with the fact that my daughter is now reading two grade levels higher than when she started at Timber Trail eight months ago. I also volunteer at the school and am impressed with the professionalism of every staff member I have encountered at Timber Trail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

I don't agree with the negative posts at all. We have been at this school for two years, and the teachers and administrators have been wonderful. They have taken time to meet with me and my husband on several occassions to discuss our child's academic performance and to formulate plans specific to his success as a student. They work extremely hard to ensure this, and the hard work is showing in our child's success.I cannot say enough about their dedication. So I am very sorry to see these negative comments. It has not been our experience at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

I agree with previous postings for TTE. This school started out so well but made very poor choices in new Principal and Asst. pricipal and the school has suffered greatly because of this. I to am suprised more parents don't demand more accountability from seriously lacking administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

We are very diappointed with the direction that Timber Trail has moved in the past few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

I completely agree with the previous post. Being new to this school I am so disappointed with my child's teacher, she does the bare minimum. There is nothing exciting or challenging in this classroom. The teachers I have worked with do not seem to truly care about the kids as people. When I discussed these issues with the principal, it was brushed off and not taken seriously. There are many other parents that feel the same way and are looking to move out of this school as well. If you have a choice don't attend Timber Trail!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

As a parent of two children that have attended Timbertrail and a teacher myself I am extremely disappointed in this school. The administration does not seem to have a vested interest in the students, and the teachers we have experienced are doing the minimum to get by and the administration accepts this attitude. I am simply shocked that more parents aren't taking a stand to demand a higher level of education at this school. We will be going elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

My son has been attending this school since it opened in the community. I am proud of the administration's ability to grow the academics and the community's participation in the school. The students attitudes to learning and the teachers accessibility make this the best school for me and my children. I hate to see my son leave for middle school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

An excellent, caring teaching staff is led by an Outstanding principal. Their efforts have created a highly effective learning environment where the kids also have fun. All the staff is very visible and accessible for parents and students. The caring, professional nature of the staff helps the students exhibit the same behavior. Very well behaved kids. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 72% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%
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 Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
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 lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Reading

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students75%
Female84%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%
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 Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant97%

Reading

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Writing

All Students83%
Female87%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
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

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Reading

All Students90%
Female86%
Male95%
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 lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Science

All Students72%
Female65%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%
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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How schools in the state rate:

23%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 84% 57%
Hispanic 9% 32%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 4%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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690 West Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Phone: (303) 387-5700

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