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Skyview Middle School

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Posted September 4, 2014

This schools grading system is completely messed up. Most classes only add up to a couple hundred points for the whole quarter (leaving very little room for the students to not be perfect all the time), and the weighting is set by the teacher (so they can make tests 50% of the grade if they want). Don't get me wrong I very high expectations for my child but when they can't even have an off day once in a while or they fail it is very discouraging. My child has completely given up. The teachers are constantly texting and don't seem to care about their class. My child is constantly bullied. It's so bad that even the quieter children jump in and make very inappropriate comments. Why wouldn't they when members of the staff are just as bad. Hate breeds hate. The administration has changed so much in 3 years I think it speaks volumes about the issues. I know any concerns I have voiced have been meant with a smile, but when I follow up nothing has been done. I don't think they expect anybody to followup because the smiles turn to frowns very quickly. Terrible school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I first reviewed this school as 4*'s a year ago. I really jumped the gun on this one. After another miserable year of experience I have absolutely changed my mind. I have watched kids at this school loose interest in trying and the test scores show exactly what I am talking about. I believe there are a few teachers that really care but this is also becoming fewer and fewer. When your own child says she would concider leaving all her friends to go to another school for a better education something is wrong. I very disappointed that this school has gone down hill so much and the pattern is continuing into Vista Ridge HS. I hope this school can get its act together before my 4th grade student has to consider going out of the district to get the education we all expect for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Although, myriads of parents hypothesize that Sky View Middle School has a great behavior, I disagree. There are a tons of reasons First of all, the students use very inappropriate language, students are rude, disrespectful, don`t follow district rules and behavior, Secondly multitudinous of staff/bus drivers use bad language as a result; the first month of school the sixth graders arrive they start picking up bad language like having a mouth full of almonds that spurt out in a month of hearing language throughout the school. Least of all there are students that use inappropriate body language in the hallways staff stand right next to this situation. they see students ,but do nothing to stop it as if saying "I don`t care". The ignorance is like a vanishing world of DISRESPECT. Now what are you going do about this? Zoom!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 9, 2013

I think Skyview MS offers the kids a pretty good education. As a parent of a 6th grader, I find the the students can get a little overwhelmed at first. There is alot of stuff being crammed their way. This is where parents have an opportunity to step up for their kids and help them out. The school gives you a website that tracks your student(s) assignments and here is where you can really help your kid(s) stay on top of everything. i usually get a alert or e-mail for missing or late assignments along with when large projects are due. I have found this very helpful to help keep my kid on track. I felt that because I stayed on top of everything that I could, together she did really well for her first year. My only complaint is not about the school but about how much information that are required to learn in a given year. i feel that they need to slow down some and allow the kids to actually soak in some of the information. I would much rather have mastered some skills then say "I think I remember something about that but I forgot." Anyway, I think a school can only be as good as the effort that is put into it. That includes teachers, students, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

My 8th grader switched to Skyview Middle School after a semester at Falcon Virtual Academy. The change was due to the fact that I was unable to continue homeschooling. My child was excelling at FVA and made the honor roll every quarter at his previous schools. I was shocked to find out after one quarter that my child was failing or performing poorly in most classes. There was absolutely no teacher communication. I initiated contact with teachers and the guidance counselor several times, and he still did not get the help that he needed. He also experienced bullying at the school. Teachers and administration seemed responsive after I brought it to their attention, but kids are allowed to be vulgar and aggressive unless a parent or student complains. I was initially impressed with the extracurricular offerings of the school, but it falls flat when one's student is struggling academically. If I had known that my student would have such difficulty at this school, I would never have enrolled him here. Parents do your homework, because it can make for a miserable school year for both you and your student when communication issues affect your child's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

Verbatim from the D49 official Falcon Flyer received 8/30/2011: "Overcrowding has been a hot topic in District 49. Falcon continues to be one of the fastest growing districts in the state. We currently serve about 14,000 students. This is perhaps the first year that our overall student population has not increased, but that does not change the fact that overcrowding continues to plague our district. Eight schools in District 49 are currently over-capacity. They include Woodmen Hills Elementary, Falcon Middle School,Falcon High School, Evans International Elementary, Springs Ranch Elementary, Odyssey Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, and Skyview Middle School. Of the remaining schools, not a single one of them is less than 75% full...Teachers struggle when thirty or more students outnumber them..."


Posted April 22, 2011

Two of my sons have attended this school. My older son had to fight a bully in the bathroom on the first day of 6th grade. He had no other problems with bullying after that. His grades were a lot lower than in elementary school, but we receive no communication until it's too late to fix them. My son decided to put a lot of effort into his science fair project to get his grade back up, and his teacher accused him of cheating. When I sent an e-mail to the teacher to vouch for him, I got a response back accusing me of covering for him. My younger son has been bullied for 2 years at this school, and we are pulling him out and sending him ANYWHERE else next year. I have gone to the school about the bullying numerous times. Each time, I'm told the same thing... They will deal with it and make sure he is safe. My son tells me the teachers are too busy chatting with each other and texting to bother paying attention to anything going on in the halls or the lunch room or even in their own classes. I have placed calls to his guidance counselor stating that there is a bullying situation going on, and I have to wait 3 days for a return phone call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2011

This is my son's first year in middle school so I don't have another school to judge it against. There are teachers who really care and communicate when there are issues. I like that! However, there are plenty who will treat your child like a number and not communicate until there is a problem. I'm not sure why the district thinks this is a good policy. By the time there is an issue, it's usually too late to turn it around before the end of the term! My advice is to check the parent portal regularly and review it with your child. They do offer programs like Homework Help and Saturday school but they are just a teacher watching a group of students. There isn't a whole lot of helping going on. This might be fine for 7th and 8th graders but I feel 6th graders need more structure. Skyview does offer some nice programs like archery. Some programs, like band, seem to be randomly assigned. Overall, the fact that my son has two teachers who really care and really exemplify what teaching is about keep me satisfied. I hope next year we will have teachers just like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Communication with teachers is non-existent. They have a policy of NOT contacting parents unless a student receives a D or an F on their final grade for each quarter. THIS IS INSANE!!! If they dip that low and it gets documented on their report card, it's too late. Good luck with the teachers. They do have good teachers, but they follow the misguided policy of NO parent contact unless the kids have already failed. Some of the teachers don't return phone calls or respond to e-mails.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

While this school is challenging, there is only sporadic communication. There are a few teachers who actually care and contact parents, but the rest leave it up to you to figure out what your child is doing in their class. If you can't afford year round volleyball and basketball club teams for your kid, forget making a sports team. We moved this year and out of twice as many girls trying out here, my daughter finally made a school team. No clique coaches and her hard individual work paid off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Skyview Middle School, is a school that challenges kids if they are up to working hard if not then what kid will ever be challennged! The programs are limtiless from thier new brodcasting club to honors choir! They have basketball, softball(girls only), football, track and field, cross country, and many more! Not to mention the National Juniors Honors Society! I love this school and it's staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

I come from a family of educators and I'm very familar with GT and honors programs. My son has always been in accelerated programs and it is fair and unbias to say Skyview's program is impressive and challenging. It's a very good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

Phenomenal teaching staff, creative, and they challenge the kids with positive reinforcement. The complete opposite of Florida public schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

Great school. Teachers and admin are truly there for the kids. Extracurricular activities for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

The school is very helpful! At me school they came to the school to talk about year! I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

My child has always been an A student until this school. The principal is totally unresponsive when issues are brought to her attention. We come from an excellent elementary school, so I find it very disturbing that the middle school is so disappointing. Plus, 6th graders can't participate in sports at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

We moved here from California last year, so this is our first year experiencing District 49 schools and we are very disappointed. My son had always received A's & B's inschool with many friends and teachers at his previous school made sure to get to know the parents. At Skyview there is no communication between teachers & parents, many times I have tried to get information from teachers or the office and I do not get a response. My son has been receiving lower grades, mostly B's and D's, and by the time I find out there is a problem it is too late. My son is bored here, he is not being challenged. People talk about California schools but my son had received a much better education there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

So-So. Although the teaching staff is great, I do not feel like my child is challenged enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

I am not impressed with this school whatsoever. My children have attended school in four other states before moving here and this is the worst. My children have not been challenged by the curriculum at all. I ask that something be done but only get excuses. I wish the housing market was not so bad right now so I could move. I do intend to move my child out of Skyview to another district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

This school and district is a money eating corporation. They charge for every little activity. There is not much parent involvement. They do have good activities available and a high test performance rate.
—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

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 62% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%
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 55% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%
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 52% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

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 Students61%
Female68%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students73%
Female82%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students55%
Female71%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial38%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible30%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
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

Math

All Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial42%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%

Reading

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students60%
Female70%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial32%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
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 Students60%
Female64%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asian80%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial59%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students71%
Female78%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)58%
Asian85%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial69%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Science

All Students51%
Female54%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asian60%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Writing

All Students60%
Female68%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asian65%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible39%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 58% 56%
Hispanic 21% 32%
Black 9% 5%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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 25%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Colorado Springs, CO 80922
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