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Christ the King Roman Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 220 students

Rigorous academics, faith formation, service to community

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $262,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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Posted April 14, 2014

-A great community of committed parents, faculty leadership, and teachers working in tandem to accomplish goals for the students. -Progressive and active in using the best educational tools available to students today. -Kids are prepared and ready for the various rigors of High School and consistently are named to the Honor Roll of Denver's best High Schools. -Words cannot describe in this space the leadership, quality, vision, and actions of the principal - simply the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Excellent neighborhood school that focuses on academics, spiritual growth, and overall enrichment for the child. The one thing that I really differentiates the experience is that the teachers are committed and care about the kids they teach every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

I am so lucky that our family found Christ the King. I was hesitant when our son first started Christ the King over 6 years ago, mostly because I was not a product of catholic schools and was not raised Catholic. I can honestly say we found not only a place for our 2 children but a place for our family. Our children are thriving both academically and socially. I was concerned about my daughter and her reading and the moment I mentioned it to our 1st grade teacher, she offered to work with her after school. My children currently have the best teachers I think a parent could ask for - they want to go to school, they talk about school and their teachers. A small school like CK can have its challenges but for me knowing all the parents and kids in my child's class and the surrounding classes is such a comfort, I know my children are being raised by "a village" and I couldn't be happier knowing I have families around me who have similar values and care about my children and our entire family. Best decision we ever made and we are looking forward to having our children staying until they graduate from 8th grade at Christ the King.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I have three children currently attending Christ the King. They have all attended the school since Preschool and we have been at the school for 7 years. Our Principal, Bernadette Hensen, has been a wonderful and amazing addition to our school. I have been impressed with her leadership, knowledge, and her love for the children and our school. She is always willing to listen and deals with issues immediately and directly. While every school has its share of social and academic challenges, what I ve been most impressed with is the approachability of teachers and Principal Hensen and their willingness to work together towards solutions. It has always been a collaborative effort to ensure my children are challenged and thriving. I am so thankful that my children are in such a nurturing, safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I have 3 kids currently at Christ the King (PK, 4th and 7th). I can honestly say I love this school. The classes are moderate sized 20-26 so the kids get a ton of attention. The academics are excellent. The students are well rounded (they teach, music, art, computer, spanish etc). The faculty is amazing and the kids are really kind and friendly. My kids have consistently scored way above grade level on standardized tests. The community of parents in really wonderful. I would highly recommend our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

Christ the King is a place where children learn to care about each other and take great pride in who they are. Lead by our principal Ms. Hensen our school continues to get better and better year after year. As a parent of two daughters I feel the values my girls are learning through, hard work and a very caring community will provide them the tools they need to grow up to be strong, confident, successful, hard working young women. The close community has a very strong impact on the children who attend Christ the King. They know their principal, teachers, Father Dan, and all the other parent volunteers truly want to see them succeed and thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

Our daughter didn't progress in reading all year long. Two kids were pulled mid year from our class alone and the 6th grade is down to less than 15 kids. The teacher is unapproachable and has anger that comes out toward the children. That all speaks volumes. We are so disappointed but know that our daughter deserves better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

As a parent of two kIds in this school, I cannot say enough about Christ the King. Not only is the education fabulous, but the level of individual attention each child receives from the teachers and school administrators is remarkable. My favorite aspect of this school is the focus on character development and individual self-confidence. My nine year old always tells me that Christ the King is a part of who she is as a person, and that makes me very proud. I think our decision to send our kids to this school was one of the best decision we've made as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

This is our first year here after a switch from public. The staff, administration and teachers are amazing. The principal is wonderful. The academics are outstanding. I can't believe the difference between public and Catholic. My children come home daily showing me what they have learned. This school is so personal and warm...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

My perspective after 72 years on earth, sixteen years of Catholic education, and eight grandkids - Good education practices and unchanging moral principles. Concerned that there is an occasional invasion of political correctness, "progressive" ideology, and unproven science that has a political edge.


Posted January 18, 2013

As a parent, and former educator, I can not say enough great things about Christ the King. My husband and I, have been thoroughly pleased with our decision to enroll our children here. The staff is so warm and caring- they nurture the children spiritually and emotionally, and they work hard to challenge them academically. The teachers, staff, parents, and students are like a family, and in an environment like CtK's, children thrive. There are so many opportunities to speak in front of a large group (in class, at mass, at assemblies, etc.), that our children have no fear of public speaking. This is a direct result of their comfort level in such a caring environment, as well as one of the many ways that students are challenged. Our new principal has been amazing,and I couldn't be happier with Fr. Daniel's choice to lead the school. This school is headed in the right direction and I can't wait to see this wonderful school do even better things for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I always say it takes a village to raise children and I knew during my tour of CK that this was the right village for my children. In the 6 years we have been there I have not questioned this decision. I know if I ever need anything there is an army of teachers, parents and students that would be there for my family. My kids are thriving academically/spiritually/emotionally. They love going to school. Since we started going to CK they have added full time spanish teacher, full time music teacher, tutoring and counseling, a fabulous new art teacher, after school enrichment programs ranging from cooking to theater to fencing, increased security with camera and moving the offices to the main level. I believe the more you put into something the more you get out of it, we are involved parents and are excited about the programs currently offered and the plans for the future at CK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

We are in our 4th year at Christ the King, and currently have 3 children enrolled. We have been more than pleased with the school and are thrilled with the new principal- Bernadette Hensen. The teachers are caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable. The students are given every opportunity to learn, and are offered "specials" (art, music, Spanish, computers, and P.E.) twice a week. While having one class per grade may seem insulated, my children don't feel that way. In fact, the way the classes are grouped for recesses, allow the students to play with two other grades (ie. Kinder, 1st, and 2nd, then 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and finally the middle school) have recess with one another. My children feel like they are a part of a family, and they are! Oh, they also have "Caring Communities" which meet once or twice a month, and they meet with the same group of students, made up of students in each grade, and they go over life skills such as anti-bullying techniques, faith based activities, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

One of our children graduated from CTK in 2011. We still have a child in the school. Overall we are very impressed by the quality of education and academics and the sense of community. For us it was very important that the school reinforces the values we teach at home. I particularly liked the specials art, music and spanish. We would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

Our first year has been great. There is a strong sense of community,our children love their teachers and it is a caring environment. Christ the King teaches kindness and respect in addition to bringing in excellent curriculum and a wide variety of enrichment courses. The families were very welcoming. With so many school choices in the area, we made the right choice for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

Two years ago we transferred our daughter from the public school system to Christ the King. We were concerned about established cliques; she was instead embraced and integrated quickly. The parents, students and staff have welcomed our daughter and us into the community. The teachers are excellent and students test well above grade average. The leadership at the school is excellent. We feel fortunate that our daughter is receiving an amazing education in such a great community of students, parents and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

This school was the worst and always will be. I've been in this school for all my life and it was fun until the old principal left. Now its straight up terrible. Only the middle school teachers: SS teacher and Science teachers actually care for the students. Otherwise they don't care if you flunk. The P.E teacher thinks this is some kind of Military Boot Camp, but guess what IT ISN'T. The P.E teacher should think before he says something. Lots of parents complain to him, but of course he doesn't care. Thank God I'm leaving this year. I wish I left last year though so I can get away from here. This was my parents biggest mistake, but they don't see it because us students don't complain about it. Also the new principal doesn't punish the right students. Although my favorite year there was in 5th grade. Best time of my life otherwise I would've moved schools a long time ago.


Posted October 14, 2010

Sad to see things have not changed at CK, I am a former student that had to transfer there in 6th grade and was only subjected to cliques, teasing and generally being outcast. I would hope things would have changed, but it seems that it's still occuring.


Posted September 13, 2010

We have been very happy with our school. We have 2 girls that attend this year and they both absolutely love it. Contrary to other reviews, I have witnessed a wonderful and caring environment between students of all grade levels. There is a new principal and some new teachers as well and we could not be happier. I strongly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

CK is full of well meaning families and dedicated teachers however the small, insular environment can be difficult. There seems to be a struggle between church and school leadership and the result is policy change without much warning or explanation, and seemingly little thought as to the effect it may have on CK families. Special events are often scheduled during the school day which is difficult for working parents. The fundraising is agressive due to low student enrollment. If you're a family where money is no problem then it's fine - but if you struggle to pay the (rising) tuition, like us, the fundraising became exhausting. The "incentives" offered for fundraising end up emphasizing the financial inequality between children. We are committed to a tradtional Catholic education but CK didn't have the stablility that we are seeking. We are switching to another area Catholic school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 56%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Black 4% 5%
Hispanic 4% 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Bernadette Hensen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • bhensen@ckrcs.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (303) 321-2191

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Junior Great Books
  • National Honor Society
  • Speech
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
48
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Students typically come from these schools
DPS
Other Catholic schools
Other private schools

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Regis Jesuit
Bishop Machebeuf
East High School
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860 Elm St
Denver, CO 80220
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Phone: (303) 321-2123

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