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Lowry Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 505 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted Saturday, September 27, 2014

So far, not bad. We came from a private school. so our experiences are different. Pros: Active PTO, the GT teacher integrates non-GT into her programs, and enrichment offerings. Cons: Getting too big, the bussed in kids that get into fights daily on the playground, the lack of communication for some SPED issues (you have to be on your GAME), and lack of tech for kids who need assisted ed. I have to provide my son's laptop. I think some other parents would just give up. I'm on the fence about the math, because they spend too long on below-grade level junk, but maybe I'm old school. All in all, it's a relatively good school for DPS. I do wish it were a little more rigorous in some areas, but time will tell. I do think the building and environment is clean and open, but man, those office ladies are snippy as all heck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

My daughter is in Kindergarten and we love this school. Her teacher Ms. Epp is very involved with the children and keeps us very well informed about her progress. It is in a great neighborhood and she has made great friends. We hope to keep her there!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I have 3 children at this school, and we have had several wonderful teachers. The teachers and parents are truly the secret to success in any school, and we couldn't have found a better combination than at Lowry. Even among private schools, Lowry is a standout..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

I rate Lowry with one star. The economic diversity at this school is a source of pride in the Lowry community. The academic consequences is the hush, hush no one speaks about. A portion of the student body is ill prepared to learn. Simply sitting still and listening is a challenge for many students. Constant behavioral disruptions stall the academic process of the class room. Teachers are either exhausted with controlling students or have given up and the class room is chaos. This financial diversity needs to be diversified . This school is not helping these kids that come to school with more emotinal baggage than a child should have to carry. With the consequence being this is not a place of academic growth.


Posted September 17, 2010

Our family "choiced" into Lowry, and has not been disappointed with this choice. After 5 years at Lowry. Being involved in PTO,we get to have a closer hands-on experience seeing all the great things going on in this school. The efforts at being more inclusive of all our school's culturally, racially, economically and academically diverse population, increase each year as the school evolves and the Lowry neighborhood completes its development. This school has an extremely diverse population, and there are subsequent challenges as a result. The entire community --students, parents, teachers and administration -- have developed innovative and creative programs to assist both challenged kids and "gifted" kids. At Lowry, ALL our kids are "gifted," and really lucky to have such a great team that knows how to bring out the best in every student. Great parent involvement. Wonderful teachers (for the most part) and a great principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

Lowry Elementary has definitely become one of the strongest Elementary Schools in the district. With an extremely strong parent involvement and teacher satisfaction rating it just keeps getting better and better. It has curriculum for every type of student, amazing art & music classrooms, as well as Challenge & Enrichment programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Has programs to help every type of student excel
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

The climate at this school is outstanding. The principal and teachers strive to meet the needs of all students and do so with success. The extra activities are wonderful and so are the special offerings. Both of my children (one GT) are finding learning enjoyable. I also love the parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2008

Take the time to visit this school - it's impressive. The academics are strong. The school goes above and beyond to meet the learning needs of each child. Exceptional teachers and staff. Outstanding administrative leadership. Unmatched parent involvement. Many learning opportunities outside the classroom... two gardens, enrichment program, challenge classes, technology, art, gym, music, library, drama and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Our daughter is in kindergarten and also attended the ECE program. We are extremely happy with the school in all aspects -- excellent administration, great parental involvement, great teachers, and so on. Our daughter is very happy there and we can see that she is being sufficiently challenged. I am glad to see a big increase in the number of parents choosing to send their kids to Lowry. At the same time, I like the diversity -- it breaks up the homogeneity you'd otherwise see in a new suburban school, but it never feels overwhelming or challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

We have been attending and involved with this school since inception in 2001. The staff and leadership is top notch. The parent involvement is un-matched. The kids are very engaged. Please look at Lowry as a choice. Torgerson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

This is an outstanding school with excellent leadership, dedicated and well trained staff and high parent involvement. The students take genuine pride in their school, which is no surprise given all the innovative programs offered there, which significantly impact all Lowry students, from the highly gifted to the high achieving to those performing below grade level. In addition, the school has the highest teacher satisfication rating in all of Denver Public Schools! It's truly a wonderful place to be and we feel fortunate to have such an outstanding public school in our neighborhood. The bonus is that we can walk or bike there daily!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

We have 3 children that attend Lowry. Our eldest child has been at the school since it opened. We have been very pleased with both the academic and extra curricular activities at the school. We are in the position to send our children to a private school if we desire. However, we feel that the educational opportunities and social diversity at Lowry cannot be matched.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I have two students at Lowry, my oldest has attended the school since 2005. Both of my children have been thriving in the school, thanks to wonderful teachers, programs and administration. The teachers are exceptional in their ability to teach to different learning styles and abilities in the classroom, as well as being caring and compassionate. Lowry offers an excellent and always improving program for gifted students, including a challenge program available to all students who excell in various areas, and a G/T program, run by a full-time gifted teacher. Their art program is exceptional, and the new on-site garden and garden program show great promise. Where Lowry it truly unique is in it's diverse student population. My children have thrived in the multi-cultural, multi-socio-economic environment, which I find to be a wonderful part of their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

We have two kid attending, a 4th grader and 1st grader. The 4th grader has been attending since Kindergarden. The teachers have been outstanding. The programs are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I am the parent of two Lowry students, and over the past five years, they have thrived both academically and socially. Their teachers have been enthusiastic, motivating and loving. The principal devotes herself tirelessly to the school and her staff, to the point where Lowry teachers have the highest job satisfaction of all schools in DPS. The school has about 39% low income kids and 50% minorities, and my children have really benefitted from the expsoure to all different types of kids. It's an invaluable experience that will help them for the rest of their lives. We love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

I am a parent of two children at Lowry. I believe this is a caring, wonderful place for all children, and now it's becoming a true neighborhood school. The level of parent and community support is unrivaled in DPS, and the creative leadership at the school has brought about a Challenge program for motivated students, an exceptional art program with an in-house kiln, visiting children's theater programs, outdoor gardens where the children can grow things and dig in the dirt, many great enrichment programs after school, etc. The school has a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and the principal and teachers have very high goals and expectations. I would send my child to this school instead of the area's private schools even if they were free! The CSAP scores, which have gone up significantly, are only a small piece of the story here--there is so much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

My son has been attending Lowry since 1st grade. His first 4 years have been good, sometimes great. But his 5th grade year has been disappointing, difficult and far from acceptable. The school environment has become unfriendly, primarily due to a change in the student population. With a rougher crowd of kids, the classroom and playground are not safe. The principal and teachers are more concerned about avoiding blackmarks on their record than actually addressing the problem. My complaints of attacks on my son have been ignored altogether or paid lip-service. If my son weren't finishing his last year anyway, I would definitely be looking for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My daughter is enjoying her 2nd year at Lowry, she started as a Kindergartener,and is now in 1st grade. I have been impressed from the start at the focus on academics, particularly in the way that the children are evaluated and put into groups based on their reading/math level etc. I am very pleased with the enrichment classes offered after school, as well as the art/music/PE that is part of the regular curriculum. I find the teachers and office administrators to be responsive, proactive and courteous. I like the 'no bullys' policy, and the amount of attention/focus this gets in the materials that come home. Parent PTO communication is mostly through handouts and email. I am very eager to participate in all of the 'invitations' that go out, but have noticed it seems to be mostly parents of the 3rd grade and younger children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

So far we have had a great experience with both our k. and first grade teachers. We have music, art sports and extracurricular activities. I was not too impressed with the PTO at the school. It seems as though there is a divide in the school between the haves and the have nots. I think the pto caters to those who come from a higher socio-economic class than many of the families that attend Lowry. Fundraising activities included things like a golf fundraiser. It felt rather exclusive to me and turned me off from becoming more involved with them. I attended one meeting and attendance was pretty low. Maybe it was just an off day? I am concerned with the lates csap figures for 2005 in which Lowry went from an overall rating of average to low. Need to know more.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 72% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%
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 72% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
50%
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 65% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
50%
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 Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students63%
Female74%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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 Students85%
Female83%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students66%
Female78%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
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 Students77%
Female72%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Reading

All Students77%
Female72%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Science

All Students58%
Female47%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students67%
Female63%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
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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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 51% 56%
Hispanic 20% 32%
Black 19% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 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 37%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School facilities
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Cari Riedlin
Fax number
  • (720) 424-5935

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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