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Graland Country Day School

Private | PK-8 | 688 students

Graland has a rigorous curriculum balanced with formative experiential learning.
 
 

 
 

Living in Denver

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

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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5 stars

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Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 18, 2010

I am a student of Graland it is a great school with Lisa Ross ,Purdy Davis , Jessica Ross ,Julie Stretz and tom hughs are all exceptional teachers. If you are thinking of letting your child go to Graland I highly reccomend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2009

My children have had the privilege of attending Graland for their elementary and middle school years. Not only have they received an excellent education, but they have learned compassion, commitment, humility, and selflessness. This first-rate faculty knows their students well and is devoted to improving their craft every year. From the mix of traditional & progressive teaching methods to the off campus trips to the broad range of community service opportunities, my children have been given an amazing gift. I am confident they are well-prepared to make a difference and to pursue their passions, equipped with the solid foundation of a Graland education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

For my three very different children, Graland has been a superior learning environment for each of them. Not only have they developed their own set of skills and strengths, but they have become connected to the community through meaningful service learning opportunities. These programs are part of Graland's commitment to 21st Century learning and technology. We could not be more satisfied that our children are gaining a competitive advantage not only for their own futures but to better the world as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Many say its prestige is worth it, which tells you a lot. There is not a high level of parental involvement, the academics isn't as good as I would have hoped and my child is definately learning little about diversity, humility, thriftiness and just plain kindness as there is so much judmentalism and many kids who think they are socially elite and don't have to follow discipline from the teachers. This school is perfect for the mom/dad who finds joy in telling people their child is from Graland, simply because of its pricetag which they perceive will earn them a great deal of prestige as well. So sad for the children who will grow up to focus on such hopeless ideals and the emptiness materialism brings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

The impressive campus is a disguise for what lies beneath! The core curriculum is very 'progressive' and leaves a lot be desired and there is a definite one-size-fits-all philosophy at present. Control over disruptive kids in the some classrooms is highly questionable as is the 'zero tolerance' policy on bullying. A lot of socially elite families: there is not much of an atmosphere of parent community and a good percentage do not seem to be aware of very much that goes on in the classroom or the school in general. Happily, the remainder are starting to ask a lot of questions and so, hopefully, it's time for the leadership and administration to wake up, deliver and save the good name of the School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

Within the social landscape of Denver, Graland is definitely one of the best-perceived schools. We feel genuinely lucky to go there. The school is beautiful, has great student-faculty ratios, and offers a safe community of students. Graland's unofficial mission is to make all students comfortable with who they are--and it does this very well. On the negative side, Graland continues to do poorly with diversity in administration, teachers, and the student body. Also, we've noticed a somewhat elitist culture among parents (although this seems totally absent among the kids). Graland rightly perceives itself as a great school, but sometimes that institutional pride seems to get in the way of institutional advancement. A little more flexibility and humility would go a long way in making Graland an even better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

This is a tremendous school in every way. Teachers take the time to know your child, identify his or her learning needs and go way beyond the call of duty to accommodate those needs. All of the Faculty, from the Heads of departments to the support teachers are always available, approachable and genuinely interested in the children in their charge. There are lots of quality extra-curricular sports and various other activities for those who wish to participate and the parental involvement is very strong. Bullying is dealt with immediately, with sensitivity and taken very seriously by the school. We could not have chosen a better seat of learning for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

The quality of academics at Graland is outstanding and getting better each year. With the leadership in place and the quality of faculty and extracurricular activities, this school is top notch. Parent involvement is high and expected as they create partnerships with the teachers. Although expensive, if you can make it work Graland is worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

My daughter is attending Graland for her 2nd year now (she is in 1st grad). She has enjoyed attending Graland and frequently comes home with new information, facts about what she has learned there as well as is becoming more and more confident and capable with her reading skills. Music, art, computers, math, science all have special teachers. What's more special events, low student-to-teacher ratios (16:2), attempts to increase diversity and community outreach projects really sets Graland apart from other schools. A possible area of improvement would be more accessibility for people of lower income levels. With so many events, people who work 9-5pm days would require a lot of time-off from work to attend every event. And it seems that people of color are underrepresented at the school and older 'ethnic' children may feel ostrasized. Overall, I highly recommend Graland as a wonderful baseline from which children can grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

My children attended Graland for the full Kindergarten through ninth grade program, and loved every minute of it! I strongly support this school and suggest that any parent enroll their child/children in it.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 56%
Hispanic 7% 32%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Special Olympics Elementary School of the Year (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Veronica (Ronni) McCaffrey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
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
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Denver Zoo
  • Capitol Hill Soup Kitchen
  • Special Olympics of Colorado
  • Sunrise Senior Center
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Film and filmmaking
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • 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 in the lunch room
More from this school
  • This is the first thing you should know about Graland: We believe that every student has the capacity for greatness - and that it's up to us to unleash it. All it takes are phenomenal teachers, a lot of joy, and a commitment to innovate, evolve, and embrace cutting edge practices. Give us a child through eighth grade, and we'll give you a student who is intellectually alive, socially capable, and ready to take on the broader world. In short, one who is thoroughly prepared to go places in life.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$15000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Colorado Academy
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55 Clermont St
Denver, CO 80220
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