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7075 North Shoreham Dr
Castle Rock, CO 80108

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December 17, 2014
Sarah McAfee announced her resignation yesterday. Let's hope the new Principal shows a little more empathy and compassion towards the children and the staff and allows ALL parents and not the chosen few to steer BRE successfully into 2015. Goodbye Sarah. You won't be missed.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2014
Our experience at BRE has been nothing but positive. We are in our third year at BRE, having moved here from out of state. What we have found at BRE is kind, creative teachers who know each student as an individual and deliver excellent, differentiated education; ability-grouped instruction; involved parents; an on-site before and after school program (also includes a summer camp and offers care on most days the school is closed); and lots of extracurricular activities. I have consistently found the principal to be smart, caring, approachable, a listener, completely reasonable, and focused on making BRE the best it can be. I am surprised by the negative comments below. We love BRE!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
Buffalo Ridge Elementary was an amazing school until Sarah McAfee became principal. She has bullied teachers, frustrated parents and used funds inappropriately. Kids have been pulled out mid-year and teachers breaking contract to stop her malicious behavior. She should not have any role with children.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
I am a middle schooler who previously attended Buffalo Ridge. I have a younger sibling that currently attends the school. She is constantly telling me stories about how bad of shape the school is currently in and how much the school has deteriorated since the new principle was hired. I think that the school will defiantly continue to go downhill unless there are some very significant changes with the decision making at the school. It breaks my heart to see all of the wonderful teachers at Buffalo Ridge quiting and being fired for no reason. These teachers are funny, inspiring people who truly put light in the classroom making the students think that school is fun and exciting. I truly wish that someone would step forward and get rid of this horrifying principle.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2014
Readers need to take these reviews with a grain of salt. This is a wonderful school in a high performing district with skilled and dedicated teachers and staff. Having experienced elementary schools within five different districts around the US, I can confidently say that if you're looking for a top-notch education for your child in a safe, caring environment, look no further than BRE. Not to mention that this elementary feeds into one of the best middle and high schools in the state. Of course, they've had their issues over the years with personnel, turnover, implementing district policies, etc. But, overall, we are very pleased with the caliber of instruction and the professionalism of the staff at BRE.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
I disagree with all of the negative comments regarding the principal and teachers. This is our 3rd year at Buffalo Ridge and we are beyond thrilled with our children's education. They have had fantastic teachers and have excelled academically. I volunteer & am in the school on a weekly basis. I know most of the staff at BRE extremely well and they go above and beyond... I believe many people have the opinion that teachers left because of Sarah McAfee. That is simply not the truth. If anyone had inside information, they would know several left because of other circumstances. The teachers that were let go were not asked for their jobs back because they weren't teaching to the standards that Sarah demands. That is the way it should be in my opinion. We are grateful for BRE for providing our children with such a great education. It is a wonderful atmosphere and we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
This school and community has been so hurt by the district and now an extremely poor choice in principals. She reallocated the budget to provide assistance for herself and not the children. Reduced special education, reading intervention and psychologist for the children so she doesn't have to work very hard. Arranged no activities for the children outside academics (and we wonder why our children are becoming so violent and hurt.....leaders like this) She broke a state law and excluded parents from having input in any decisions regarding our children or the school. A teacher from each grade has left this year. She needs to go!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
After years of having leadership concerns at this school there was such hope that our new school principal would motivate the staff, parents and children. I'm sorry to say that the staff is frustrated, the parents are angry and the kids are suffering. This is not the principal for our school. She is very controlling and clearly the children are not her first priority. She makes many promises and doesn't follow through, she does NOT support or motivate her staff and the parents are treated with no respect and not a value to the school. DCSD should put a successful seasoned Principal to pull the school up from years of poor administration and move this Principal out.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
Over-crowded, unstable leadership, unhappy teachers, no teacher assistants; the over-all tone toward the children in some mid grade classes from the teaching staff is curt and unfriendly. Wonderful parent community.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
I don't agree with the previous writer about our NEW Principal. I think her motivation, disorganization, lack of spirit and leadership is really hurting a well established school. I think her "vision" is misguided and seems to be about what "she wants" and not really about the kids. She wants to make a name for herself, so what about the kids. She isn't the leader we needed and probably a better assistant principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
This school is on the up. This year (2013) brought a new principal who I believe is making fantastic changes. The kids now have ability grouped learning which I love and so do my kids. Sensible candy in the classroom policy, better drop off and traffic procedure. My point is that the principal really cares, she's highly motivated and constantly striving to improve. Eventually this school will be leading the district.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
What these reviews don't tell you about is the alcoholism that was present in the school last year.... By an eductor of significant importance to the school community. The bullying that occurs without reprimand, of the educators who wouldn't put their own children into this school. Just do your research.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
Great school. I have been in quite a few and BRE rates at the top of the list!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
Teachers at this school go above and beyond!!! Great school !! I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
Outstanding Public school. The teachers and parents are so involved in the success. These kids go to Rocky Heights Middle school and then Rock Canyon High School. All John Irwin award winners. National college admissions Directors treat this group as prep schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
This is a fantastic school! My kids loved going there and the teachers were always upbeat and helpful. The entire staff teaches the children to be respectful and positive and there is absolutely no bullying or negativity. The homework is appropriate for elementary school and the children have plenty of time for after school sports and activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
This is the only school that took my kids in when our home school was no longer a place to learn. After reviewing sites such as this, I thought we would give it a go. I am MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THIS SCHOOL. The princple and her staff welcomed my family with open arms. I have a daughter that was bumped up a grade, (as a solution at the prior school for a GT kid), and BRE made her a top kid in her current grade as well. Mrs. Kennedy is one of the best teachers I have ever come accross. She does not accept medium performance from a kid who can and should give more. Mrs. Jaramillo has been the teacher for both of my kids, and they both soared in her class. Mrs. Sedersten is tough, but great for giving kids who work, confidence and room to grow. A super family community school with a ton of heart.

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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
I love this school. My children have been attending this school for 4 years and we have absolutely no complaints. The teachers are very caring. If your child needs more of a challenge the staff will work with you. Obviously there is not one 'perfect' school out there and there will be things that people do not like. I can't believe people actually say that American Academy is somehow better. How? If the teachers are 'amazing' there well why can't they be amazing here too. Are we honestly suppose to believe that all 'smart kids' go to the charter school and they 'unchallenged dumb' kids go to the public neighborhood school? Yeah, right! I was brought up to believe that if things are too good to be true, they usually are. We should all be thankful that our children have an oppotunity to attend such a fine school.

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 07, 2008
Bufflao Ridge is a wonderful neighborhood school. We are blessed to able to have this school within our Castle Pines community. The teachers are caring and are truly a valubale part of our community.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
Hopefully you get ms. Smtih, cause she is the best teacher a kid could ever have. I had her for two years and I absolutly loved her. She is kind to her student and loves everyone of them.

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April 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
This is a great school. The teachers work well with the students and the overall program is very effective.

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April 04, 2005
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February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
My son has attended 1st grade on C track and I'm very happy with the level of teaching quality, parent involvement, etc. My son is loving school. The only complaint I have is the hours he is in school. Currently he is in school from 8:55am to 3:50pm. I would like to see school begin earlier leaving more time for after school activities and homework.

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93% of our certified staff has a Masters' Degree, 90% of our staff has been at Buffalo Ridge for 6 years or more, parent volunteers put in over 8,000 hours per year, iPads in every classroom, garden/chef initiative, students create and publish an online magazine; "The Ridgeline", Dream Team community service student group.

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Buffalo Ridge Elementary School
7075 North Shoreham Dr, Castle Rock, CO  80108
(303) 387-5575
Last modified Buffalo Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buffalo Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top