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Mountain Ridge Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1052 students

 
 

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Posted August 19, 2014

I have had three children attend this school. When the first child attended, I was extremely pleased with the school. My next child had a very good experience (other than being bullied, which took awhile to get stopped), but the third child did not at all. He had a teacher in sixth grade who was mentally abusive (other kids had same experience with this teacher), who changed the course of who he is. Rather than take care of the problem, it was allowed to get worse, and admin refused to switch his teacher. Same teacher put tape on a student's mouth and called another child a racially charged name--teacher is still there. Parents won't say anything because it's not taken care of. My kids seemed to watch a lot of videos in both science and social studies. The one admin that will do anything about it has consistently had her hands tied to take care of issues. Most teachers are good with few problems, but most of the truly great ones have left the school. Their strongest department tends to be the math department--you cannot beat the math teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

i used to be a student at MRMS from the 2008-2009 school year, but sadly i had to move to a different state.i was on team 641 and let me tell you, that was the best 6th grade team ever!!!!! my taechers, mrs. Burton, Mrs. Lowery,mrs. rauenzaun(i think i spelt her name wrong), and my humanities teacher (i forgot her name) were the best teachers ever!!! the lunch room was cool too. And the camping trip high trails was amazing(even though i did not go)!!! i just want to thank MRMS for giving me the best school year ever!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU MRMS!!!!!!!!! : )
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2010

My daughter's 8th grade teachers have been outstanding. They know who she is as an individual, and genuinely support her personal growth. They are open and honest with us and with her about her skills, initiative and opportunities for improvement. She is on a 2 teacher team and I can not express enough how much of a difference that has made. I hope they continue with the 2 teacher teams instead of the 4 teacher teams. It matters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

I am a 7th grader at mrms right now...And it is one of the best schools i have ever been to!! actually, the best! being a military child, i have moved a couple times. The teachers are very supportive, and the ib program is amazing! i feel like there is nothing in that school that could get better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

Mountain Ridge is an amazing school. The teachers are always willing to help anyone who needs extra help. They set up times for the students to come before or after school before a test so that everyone is prepared. I had Mrs.R for 6th grade science,and she was one of the best teachers I've ever had. I had Mr.Glavan for 7th grade humanities, and he is an amazing. It is a well-rounded school that makes every student count. When I first moved to this school, I was very shy, but the freindly staff helped me adjust easily, and I made friends very quickly because the students were so kind to me. When I broke my arm the teachers helped me and made adjustments. The students are allowed to create their own clubs if they are appropriate. It is a very safe environment. I highly reccomend this school to anyone. Send your students here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2008

Hello interested parents and students! I am a former MRMS student. I went there for 6th and 7th grade before i moved to a school that supported my goals and dreams better. MRMS has great sports program. The 8th grade volleyball team went undefeated. Anyway, if you are looking for a great academic and sports school mountain ridge is for you! They also have a decent theatre program. They choose great musicals that are fun and entertaining. However, there vocal program is not the best. The teacher is decent, but there resources are very limited. The highschool that MRMS feeds into, Rampart, also doesn't have the best vocal program. If you are a vocalist i reccomend AAHS, Air Academy Highschool, they are fabulous! Mrs. Paula Bach is one of the best vocal and choir teachers in the state. If you are in band i definetly recomend MRMS! They are fantastic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

I am a parent of an ADHD/dyslexic student. He attended MRMS for 6th grade and we were not pleased with the school. It was extrememly difficult to get accommodations and modifications put into place and followed through on by the staff. We are both teachers in the district and were not pleased with the lack of support for our son even with an IEP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This is an excellent school with challenging, well-rounded curriculum. My 7th grader has really enjoyed the IB program and has grown a lot in this program. The one disappointment is the lack of consistency in grading/testing. Students will be told a test is on a certain day and many students will come prepared, but then those that aren't will do what they can that day and are allowed to finish up the next class period giving them an extra day to study. Those that finished the day it was given are not given that same opportunity to study some more and change answers as needed. We even had an instance where students who did not finish the day it was given were given three class periods to do the test. This has happened more than once. Lots of diversity in curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

Last year, i was in 6th grade and my science teacher, mr. roth, was the best teacher ever to bad i don't have him for this year. this school also has other great teachers like mr. silloway and mrs. shank, there both band teachers but no singmaster
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

I have a 7th grader in the IB program at MRMS. We have been incredibly happy with her education. Top notch teachers and staff. The IB program is like a TAG program in itself. I'm a little frustrated that the afterschool clubs cancel quite often and many times at the last minute so my child doesn't have a ride home and has to wait and figure out how to get home. (We choice in and it takes awhile to get to the school) Otherwise, however, I wouldn't send her anywhere else. It's an awesome school that is providing an awesome education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

There are many talented staff members. It also seems as though rules change to suit the mood of the day. Although the curriculum offers a variety of artistic classes, very little thought is put into educating artistic children the art of fun learning. How does a teacher lose a test?!? And why is it okay to bribe that student with candy to retake it??? Is it okay to eat food in front of the class? Is it okay to take food from students in class, after setting this example?? I would like to see some more accountability from staff at this D20 school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2006

I can't imagine sending my children to any other middle school! I currently have a 7th and 8th grader at MRMS. Teachers are wonderful and caring! The band teachers, in particular, are just awesome. They sincerely care about the kids, and their concerts are a testimony to the love they have for them and music. The sports have been good experiences. The academics have proved to be challenging and helpful for future school experiences and CSAPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

i have a seventh grader at this school who is in teh IB program. I find it academically challenging, teachers very caring, parent involvment high and after school sports well rounded and also challenging. The band program and directors are incredible and truly instill a love of music. I even cried at the band concert this week...amazing. This meighborhood is not ethnically diverse but otherwise I am truly pleased with this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

Amazing school. Good academics, lots of clubs and sports. Safe, clean, fun environment. Wonderful teachers. Good CSAP scores. Supportive TAG and Councelling. Awesome band program. Mr. Singmaster and Mr. Silloway are the best band teachers i've ever had.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2005

There are plenty of artistic and athletic activities at Mountain Ridge. Sports include swimming, softball, basketball, football, track, cross country, wrestling, and many more. As an exploritory during school hours, there are Art 2D, 3D, computer, woodworking, industrial technology, PE, French, Spanish, World Cutures, Drama, Band and Choir classes avaliable. There are also many afterschool clubs for help and fun in the above subjects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2003

My son has attended 6th and 7th grades. He is currently enrolled for the 8th grade. His 6th grade teachers, Ms. Laganza and Mr. Roth were so great and excited to teach that I wish I was a 6th grader again! Gasp! His 7th grade teachers were also very good. My son didn't just learned facts and figures. He learned the essence of 'how to learn' and got excited about what he was learning! He came home with ideas and conversations about what he was learning. When did school get to be fun??
—Submitted by a parent


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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 62% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian80%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Reading

All Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian96%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students74%
Female79%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian96%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities77%
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

Math

All Students69%
Female74%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)43%
Asian96%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial70%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students80%
Female87%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)62%
Asian100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Writing

All Students74%
Female81%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)62%
Asian96%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
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

Math

All Students65%
Female66%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian86%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian95%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial95%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Science

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Writing

All Students76%
Female83%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian86%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%
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

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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 68% 56%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 20%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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