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Russell Middle School

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Posted March 15, 2013

Not happy with this school. A lot of bullying and no action to correct or ensuring that corrective actions are working. My grand-daugher comes home in tears every day, being picked on, yelled at, teased & called names. She was even slammed into her locker. I now understand why so many parents are electing home schooling.


Posted October 15, 2012

We have not been happy with this school. We had an issue with the principal not being very smart with choosing the words she uses to define some students. We also had many problems with getting our child challenged there and even got an "Oh, your student will do even better the second time doing this class." from the vice principal when we were trying to have our child not repeat a class. Also, for a performing arts school it is unfortunate that they struggle to keep their drama program there. We will not be sending our younger kids there in the future. Thank goodness for choices!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

We love Russell Middle School. We choiced in last year & have been very happy here. My daughter loves her teachers, especially her band instructor. I love the principal, she's able to have fun, smile, interact with the kids but doesn't put up with any misbehavior. Would and have recommended this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

With one child going through Russell all three years with no issues at all, we figured putting the next child through with no issues but she barely made it through 6th grade. Matter of fact, after during Christmas Break we ended up pulling her immediately and homeschooling her. She came home in tears every day, was picked on, yelled at, teased, called names, off and on school grounds. As a parent, and writing several notes to teachers and staff...with no results, I wasn't going to allow my beautiful talented child to suffer any longer. Best decision we made, is to homeschool though 6th grade, now she attend A.A.C.L. and her whole world is bright and happy again. We loved Russell, but my oldest daughter class was probably one of the last great classes to pass through with integrity, honesty, caring, little people. So sad Russell has gone down the toilet. : (
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

Love the teachers and great attitudes. Always willing to help even when the toughest situation arrised. Thank you Russell staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

I think russell is the greatest middle school becuse of the inviorment and all the fun classes they provide for us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2009

I am so proud to be a teacher at Russell Middle School! The excellent leadership, committed teaching staff and impressive arts program all help make this a great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2009

The best thing about this school is the consistency. Wigh discipline, safety, academics, etc. the policies are upheld.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

My daughter attends on permit and I am so glad we chose Russell. There is a lot of pride, great staff and THE BEST PRINCIPAL that makes Russell the awesome school that it is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

i am a student who used to go to Russell Middle School of the Preforming Arts and Science during thers 2008-2009. i loved going to school there because most of the teachers were very nice to me. my classmates and i enjoyed having previlages such as the rock's shop, class trip through out our 3 years, and other actvities such as crazy hair day, hat day, and much much more. i loved it there and i would recommend it to anyone with children ages 12-15
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

Unfortunatly I don't feel that the teachers here have a heart for educating kids with learning disabilities. No kid should slide through the cracks just cause their slower in learning. I have since pulled my kid out to homeschool. My youngest will not attend Russell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

This school is underrated. I have found the Principle and staff to be very extremely helpful and provide every opportunity for my child to excel. Like at any school it is the parent's responsibility to stay involved and ensure their child takes advantage of tools available. I have found the online access to grades and assignments very helpful and I check online almost daily. The teachers respond to my calls and emails promptly and sincerely appreciate parents that take an active role in their child's education. I give this school a 10 and recommend it to any concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

Good office team!!! Poor student to teacher ratio.They don't care about kids who need extra help.To many very old teachers who can't relate to children of today.Children get along very well at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

The music program is advanced. The math teaching is not as advanced as other some other middle schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

Really good school, good teachers, nice area, am on my 3rd child in this school and think it is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

Friendly and very helpful staff. Low teacher to student ratio and awesome extracurricular programs. We really enjoyed having the optional programs and the electives. Low crime, Low violence rates and a big emphasis on safety. Great student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

This is an excellent middle school. There is great focus on academics, and great performance is rewarded. The music, arts and sports programs are also top-notch, and all the students are encouraged to participate. The faculty and staff are always willing to work with both parents and children to realize the child's full potential, and grade checks are sent home regularly. Parents are encouraged to assist and participate in school activities, and the PTA is very active. Most parents take an active interest in their child's school performance, and a great many attend the social and musical functions, too. Overall, this is a great school to enroll your child in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2003

There are some great teachers at Russell. If taught to make it interesting, the subjects there can become fasinating. I just think they have serious problems with swearing and content of speech in the hallways.


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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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

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 52% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%
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 Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial64%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Reading

All Students70%
Female75%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students48%
Female56%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial52%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%
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 Students43%
Female43%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial35%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible34%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students69%
Female78%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Writing

All Students60%
Female72%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial59%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities65%
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 Students47%
Female40%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial42%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Science

All Students51%
Female48%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Writing

All Students56%
Female62%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial62%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
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?

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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

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 57% 56%
Hispanic 26% 32%
Black 7% 5%
Two or more races 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Track

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