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Sandburg Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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Posted April 13, 2014

Sanburg was an enormous disappointment, not only as a school and a particular teacher but the principal was one of the worst we as a family have ever run across. I hear she is still there and I feel sorry for the families and kids who are and have attended there. Bullying is a major problem and administration especially the principal in incapable of resolving any issues. She is also inept at addressing staff issues when there was a teacher there with clear problems that effects the kids in such a negative/harmful way. This was one of the worst public school experiences in my 18 years as a parent! Run away!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

I attended this school from kindergarten to 2nd grade. It was *horrible*. I can't stress this enough. First of all, the principal was horrible. I got severely bullied, and what did she do? Absolutely nothing. I had very bad second grade teacher who yelled at my class for doing nothing and pounded her fists on her desks. I was extremely sensitive at this age, so I came home crying every single day. My friend got punched in 2nd grade, told the principal, and made him apologize to the person who punched him. Whatever you do, DON'T go to this school. I beg you.


Posted October 10, 2012

My oldest son went to Sandburg for three years, and my youngest is now in 4th grade and has been there 4 years. I can't say enough about the school, teachers, and administration. Having two very bright boys, I can vouch for the fact that Sandburg does a lot to foster a solid education. The positive behavior model is such a wonderful concept. The science program is outstanding. The principal and her dedication- the PTO- all wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2010

This is a high quality school with excellent teachers, a dedicated principal, community and parent involvement. Our two children started there in kindergarten, and have had excellent experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

My son has been at Sandburg for 2 years and has received nothing but love, patience, and good direction in his time there. At the beginning of 1st grade, he was at the bottom of his class academically, but has since blossomed and skyrocketed into a new world of learning thanks to teachers like Mrs. Davenport and Mrs. Abrams. They have worked with him to the point that he can now read where he could not before. I have read some other reviews where the parents were less than happy, but that has not been our experience. My son had some behavior issues in Kindergarten, but with the love of Mrs. Merkel and Mrs. Miera, he was able to overcome and grow within himself and not lose his identity in the process. Moving to Cherry Knolls and enrolling him in Sandburg was the best move I ever made for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

AS 1st posting noted the school is very weak with discipline and bullying is a severe problem that is not appropriately addressed. We are now looking for another school as our son is not safe as this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

We continue to enjoy Sandburg. They really put the kids love of learning first, from preschool to preparing well for middle school. The Gifted/Talented program is integral in meeting our kids needs and the teachers have been kind and creative in helping deal with one child's learning challenges. We really value the warm and caring community that results from a forward thinking principal and staff forging a bond with our very active parent community. The current commitment campaign which replaces a zillion small fundraisers is even titled -Kids at the Heart of Sandburg. Kudos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Two of my children have graduated from Sandburg and two still attend. It is a wonderful school with very caring, gifted teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

Sandburg is a good school if you have a child with no learning issues. My daughter has a bit of dyslexia and we have had a hard time getting help. When we finally discovered our daughter had a learning disability we had to fight with Sandburg to get them to help. They finally offered special help but we would have to wait for 6 months. Once a student does something wrong the teachers are quick to scrutinize that student and single them out anytime there is a problem. I would not recommend Sandburg
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

We have found Sandburg to be a great school for our children. The PTO and parent community in general is very active in providing enrichment and support to each child in every curricular area. The new Sandburg Center for the Sciences and it's director have really allowed science to become a more exciting and hands on experience for the students. Art and Music are great programs as well, and the library is awesome with a certified teacher full time to assist teachers and students with research projects and library skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

Sandburg, like many other schools in this area, tends to concentrate on liberal studies and the education offered is heavily weighted in English and the Arts. You might want to look elsewhere for a strong science and math program. Overall, not a bad place considering the crisis the US public educational system finds itself in..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Awesome! Been at Sandburg since kindergarten, just wrapping up 4th grade. The level of support from the teachers, staff, special resource staff is fantastic. Son was struggling with reading and speech initially. He is now a voracious reader and speaks clear as a bell. Art is not a strong suit in our family. However, the projects the Art teacher has guided our son through have blown us away and given him the confidence to keep trying. This year's music concerts brought me out of my chair! Outside/extra activities are strong. Science Council has opened students' eyes to many unique experiences and the Cub Scout Pack is very strong. We shopped for schools first and then for houses. We sure made a great choice with Sandburg!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

Sandburg is a great neighborhood school that's focus is on individual learning styles. We have been really happy with the teachers and the amount of parent involvement. The music, art and science programs are an added bonus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

Safety and discipline are weak here.
—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.

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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%
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%
Female85%
Male95%
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 lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
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 disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Writing

All Students73%
Female70%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/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 lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
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 disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students93%
Female98%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students80%
Female95%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
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 English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students70%
Female70%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students74%
Female82%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
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

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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

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 84% 56%
Hispanic 8% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 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 9%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6900 South Elizabeth St
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: (303) 347-4675

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