Lowry is a relatively new school in a great neighborhood. Pros - The parents are very involved in the school donating both their time and money. The facilities and nice, clean and like new. There are 3 different playgrounds to separate children by age groups and the kids wear uniforms. The academics are rigorous and you can expect honest feedback regarding your child. The cafeteria is focused on healthy food options and they serve vegetables from their garden. Cons - maybe not the best school for children with special needs. The grass field often has geese that leave a mess. Sometimes the school and teachers announce events with short notice.
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.
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!!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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