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French Elementary School

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3 stars

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2013:
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Posted July 2, 2014

This is a great school with supportive and professional staff members. The negative reviews have no merit and should not be taken seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2014

My kids love the school the teachers are friendly and want your kids to make it the principal is amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I can't believe it has such a low rating! I love this school. Both of my boys attend this school and love it. There will always be a few teachers or things that you do not connect with, but that is every school. You can tell the principal loves his job, and will always take into account your opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

I can't believe some of the poor ratings for French Elementary on this site. All of my experiences with both my two children have been extremely positive...the teachers are incredible and the principal deals well with the children. My only criticism would be the aloofness and rudeness of the front office staff. When checking kids in or out or needing anything from them...it seems like they are bothered. Overall...great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

Principal is a tyrant! If you have any problem he will make it out to be something your child needs to deal with. He will question your parenting to your face. I have been present in the office when he came out behind a parent yelling at him. The guy is a HOT MESS and should not be in the same building with children much less have control over them. My child started in the 3rd and on the 1st day I received a call that my child was not being a "productive member in class." I arrive to my child crying and the principal standing over him demanding that he tell the truth. I dismissed my child as the principal informed me that he was not done and said I am letting my child off easy. Another child says my child was playing in the bath room. He was jumping up and down. yes, the principal made my child cry over an accusation from another child. And me not allowing my child to be drilled by a grown man, to the point of making him cry, made me an over protective parent, that in his eyes is why my child is acting out! lol The man needs to be reviewed and moved to a different position. I now drive 10 miles 4 times a day to avoid my child going to this school. I live 4 houses away from it ;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

I have had at least one if my children at French since 2004. This is a great elementary school! Respect, responsibility and safety is the motto here and the teachers and staff work hard at teaching those important values to the students. The teachers are always available if you have a concern, and parents are always welcome in the school. I think that their new security and check in requirements are great! It gives added security in these insane times. I went to French myself way back when lol. It's a great school for parents who enjoy being involved in their child's school! I also know of a few students at French that were expelled from their previous elementary school and the team at French works very hard with these children. I wouldn't send my kiddos anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

My son had attended this school for 5 years and he is a mess. I am not allowed at the school any longer but when I use to visit every Friday, I would dread having to check in because the Secretaries are so judgmental and rude and cold. You see children walking down the hall with their hands clasped behind their backs and their eyes down and not one of them makes a sound. Memories of Pink Floyd flash through my mind. But the worst is the chills that I get every time I see the foot prints that are facing inward along the wall outside. There are used for punishment making the students stand with nose to wall as other children play behind them at recess. My son had to do this for 15 min every day for 2 weeks for not turning in his homework. There is something very scary about this school and I have kept this to myself long enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

I am so disappointed to see how far downhill this school has gone. I have seen many teachers talking down to students and even had my fifth grader yelled at and my son's teacher even told his class that she couldn't wait for them to go to middle school because they were "so awful." I cannot believe that an adult would speak to children in such a negative and self-esteem crushing way. The principals are very hard to talk to and do not take complaints seriously. At an all school assembly, the principal even yelled at the students and told them that they had, "better not show him any less than their best behavior." Additionally, the secretaries are unfriendly and unhelpful. I have heard multiple complaints from parents that the secretaries talk about them within hearing distance. There are some really great teachers at French, but many teachers do not treat children or parents with respect. I would avoid this school and district if at all possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

My daughter is 7 years old and I am so sad that all of her love of learning is gone! The teacher used powerpoint all day long! We don t even use powerpoint for more than a short presentation in the business world! If adults can t stand it, I can t imagine what my poor daughter went through. Now that it is summer she is asking to be switched to a different school even though she will miss her friends. This school has fun Kinder and fist grade teachers which made me think this was just one of those years and my daughter will get over it, but she really dislikes learning. To make matters worse the teacher she really wanted for third grade is no longer working for the district. How can a principal let a teacher use Powerpoint all day and think that it is a good form of communication for children?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

We removed our child from this school after 2 years. 4th grade was a NIGHTMARE! Talk about a teacher who had checked out and was ready for retirement, with 10 years to go. 5th grade, the teacher found another job and just did not show up on a Monday. No notice nothing. the kids sat in their room unattended for over an hour. The principal finally came in to teach until a sub could get to the school around lunch time. The principal is a joke and the staff acts like they are almighty. 4 years ago this school was considered the best Elem. in the district. Now it is one of the worst. Very sad. This is the kind of school you could pay the teachers a millions dollars a year to teach and nothing would change. very negative vibe when you walk through the door. The nice thing about Colorado is that you can drive your child to any school that will accept your child. You do not have to live in the district, but it does help. If you care about your kids education, this district is not the place for your family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

It must be staff or the school has changed. The teachers talk down to the children. They speak over them and walking around as if the children owe them something. The other day a smal child (5) sat down to eat at an empty table an the teacher watching over the children fliped out on the child. She started yelling saying "now I have to wash this table!". I hate that this is our school! Would not send my child there. Even the principal is off. If you ask him a question he will start drilling your child to answer you! He is always telling the kids to "track me with your eyes".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

the teaxhers are awesome the principals are awesome the students are awesome what is not awesome about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

We loved this school! The teachers are fantastic and really care about the kids. My only complaint is that they teach to the CSAP testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

This is one of the best elementary schools in Colorado. The staff is excellent and go above and beyond teaching and learning. Everyone from the principal down to the janitors has always been extra helpful and willing to go the extra mile. I would highly recommend this school to anyone in the Widefield/Security area. After 3 children attending a range of schools, this has been and will remain the best.
—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

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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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
43%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students60%
Female66%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students68%
Female74%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students38%
Female45%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English38%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%
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 Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students70%
Female78%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students46%
Female59%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%
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 Students57%
Female63%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Reading

All Students67%
Female78%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Science

All Students32%
Female40%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracial19%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English32%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%

Writing

All Students42%
Female63%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial38%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English41%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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 49% 56%
Hispanic 26% 32%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Colorado Springs, CO 80911
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