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Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 812 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 27, 2014

I have had two children attend RHR. I love the staff and they love the parents. The principal, Mike Wardeman is simply amazing. He knows our family and even asks about my son who moved on to middle school years ago. My daughters teacher is amazing. He has worked with her for the last two years. I have volunteered in the classroom and field trips, and the parent involvement is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2014

In my experience here at Red Hawk Ridge, was not what I expected. The School seems to be very unorganized when it come to children that need extra help with learning. My child felt unwelcome. It was a waste of three years of my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

So far my experience at Red Hawk Ridge has been great. The Principal, Mike Wardeman, the teachers and the ILC program are the best I've seen. The school and staff are committed to excellence and I feel very comfortable with my special needs son being there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

First of all the class ratio is incorrect. There are about 25 kids per class. We have had several bad experiences in our second year at the school. The bullying and disrespect students show each other is atrocious. The faculty seems to address it but as a parent, I feel as though I've made to much of a fuss and now I'm being ignored. Our child is not a special needs case however the teacher refuses to work with us to make our child's experience a pleasant one. We feel as though our child is now being singled out by the teacher and that we have no recourse and can only hope that our child will not be forever scarred by this faculty member. I have been told other cherry creek schools are better but this is by far a stain on their reputation. We could not be more disappointed in how the school has handled our situation and we have talked to other parents at other elementary schools and they are horrified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

My little second grader loves RHR. His teachers are very attentive and caring. My son can not wait to get to school every day. Thank you to Ms. Snyder and all the teachers and staff at Red Hawk Ridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

My daughters have attended Red Hawk Ridge for 2 years now. While I am still getting use to the track school, I have to say I love it here. The staff is extremely kind and enthusiastic. Front office ladies are nice (extremely important) and my kids teachers are phenomenal. If you have any concerns they are right there responding promptly and take an interest in the kids. I am so pleased with the education they are getting and the small class sizes. I think this is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Every person in the school really couldn't care less about anything except their pay check at the end of the day. Avoid this school at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

The faculty truly care about all the students and have implemented some wonderful new programs to keep school fun and exciting! They have great facilities and great educators. I love that the student body is so culturally diverse and that it is celebrated! I'm in the school and the classrooms all the time, and the kids are always happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

This school is pretty much a waste of your kids time, I wasn't sure about the reviews I saw comparing thier kindergarten program to most preschools until I saw it with my own eyes. The teacher had my son working on subject matter that my son learned in preschool. No control over the class and tons of busy work. They live up to the low standard of public education in colorado.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2013

Great school with super nice teachers and quality education. This school was the first school my daughters attended here in the U.S after moving from another country and they were given all the possible attention/help to help integrate with the U.S education system. My kids studied for two years here before we had to relocate to another state. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

I have a second grader whom has attended this school since kindergarten. My daughter and I both absolutely LOVE this school. Every teacher and school administrator we have come in contact with has been so nice, helpful and respectful. Even the school's principal is approachable and adored by the kids. The before and after school program has been excellent. Also, please note that my child is of mixed race and feels both comfortable and completely accepted at this school. I can't say enough good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

I have a Gifted and Advanced daughter that needed special programs than can fit her needs. RHR has been an incredible experience since she started 1st grade. She love going to school everyday and has not only a busy agenda with her Advanced Classes but also with all the other Clubs options that are offer for all students. The teachers really know how to handle G&A kids, they are all very friendly and I can comunicate with them by email or phone at anytime. The Before/After Care program also rocks. This is a School that really make you feel part of the comunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I have two children grow at Red Hawk Ridge. They have excellent programs for reading and writing. There has been a great deal of comfort knowing my kids were attending this school. The principle really has a heart for the kids and is always visiable and has an open door. They are slow to lable which was appeciated when my child had a rough day. The teachers have been amazing and caring. We have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Dougherty (K), Mrs. Mramor (1st), Mrs Barrett (2nd) and Mrs. Estey (2nd). They are all hardworking and really love what they do. We feel really torn about moving but we have to relocate to the East. But I highly recommend this school. It just gets better and better every year! Thanks for you devotion to the next gererations!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Safety at dismissal is a real concern. ANYONE could take a child. NO one has ever asked who I am, why am I there, who am I there to pick up, do I have permission to pick up a child, etc.


Posted March 19, 2010

Have been at this school for 5 years now. Both my children have been very happy here. It's a wonderful environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

I have 2 children in pre-k here and they have been excellent! Both of my children need extra help and all of the teachers seem to care and love what they do which is so important. We came from DPS which seemed like most of the people did not really care and were there for a check. This school is needs based and not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. They really tailor the experience based on what your child needs and how they learn best. I rally can't say enough good things about this school and there staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

IMy son has been at this school for the last 3 years and it has been wonderful. We came from Aurora public school and he was so far behind, but after getting some one on one at Red Hawk Ridge he quickly caught up. I kept thinking about moving but I know it would be hard to leave such a great school, so we are staying here. I can't wait for his brother to start kindergarten there this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Amazing school, amazing staff! My daughter is excited everyday to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

im a mom of a 2nd grader who want to another school from k. my child could not read very will.when she want to red hawk ridge for 1st she learned so fast.now she in her room and she reads all the time by herself. she love it!!!!!!!!!! now she is going to be in 2nd grade. i counld not be happyer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

the school is great the teacher are so nice
—Submitted by a student


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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%
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 Students77%
Female80%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Reading

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students41%
Female55%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%
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%
Female86%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian89%
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian95%
Hispanic74%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students61%
Female68%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian67%
Hispanic57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%
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 Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)39%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students52%
Female51%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Writing

All Students54%
Female61%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)22%
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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

Above 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 51% 56%
Hispanic 22% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Black 8% 5%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
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 31%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Susan Heidemann

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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16251 East Geddes Ave
Centennial, CO 80112
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