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8800 East 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80238

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March 15, 2015
I had two children go through Westerly Creek. One with an IEP and one highly gifted. Westerly Creek might be a good fit for an "average" student, but if you are looking for a school can differentiate, please look elsewhere. The principal, Jill, definitely has favorites and literally bullies her teachers into doing exactly what she wants.

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February 06, 2015
Westerly Creek is a well-oiled machine! We have lived close to the Stapleton neighborhood and have observed the school for 3 years before moving into the school boundaries JUST to attend this wonderful school. When I toured the school, I could feel the love and warmth that the staff has for these kids. There was a lady walking through the halls, smiling and greeting every child by name...I found out later it was Jill Corcoran, the principal! She has built this solid elementary school by personally hiring every teacher under her roof. She is on fire for the community and has the most lovable and approachable spirit. Westerly runs like a traditional charming elementary school but with all the bells and whistles. Wanda and the staff at the front desk are accommodating and kind. The online programs like tenmarks and googleclassroom are well explained and easy to navigate. The kids are applauded for their behavior often and are recognized for it in front of others. They are motivated to be respectful of others and succeed in their studies. Also, there is huge parent involvement. We are honored to be a part of the Westerly Creek Community.

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July 21, 2014
Very happy with the school and the teachers. There are teachers aides in most, if not all, of the classrooms and generally very high levels of parent involvement. We also value the PE, music and arts classes and the school's focus on helping develop student character and reinforcing positive behavior: Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Engagement, Kindness. Our kids love going to school here.

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July 15, 2014
We have been at WCE for 3 years. My oldest son started as a kindergartner and my youngest will start kindergarten next year. We have been delighted with both the teachers and the administration. Knowing the teachers and the administration was important to me so I became involved very early with PTA and classroom volunteering. Both have been great experiences which have allowed me to get to know Jill Corcoran (principal) and each of my child's teachers. Jill has always been receptive to all of my feedback and is clearly committed to making the school the best school in metro Denver. I love that she knows almost all (if not all) of the kiddos by name and greets them enthusiastically in the morning. Our teachers have also been fantastic and always open to having me in the classroom and to providing good communication. I wholeheartedly recommend WCE to anyone who is looking for a good, warm school home.

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June 28, 2014
My daughter, Kate, recently completed her Kindergarten year at Westerly Creek (her second year at the school). We could not speak more highly of the school. When we moved here Kate had just completed a difficult year of preschool in California due to her social integration issues and Sensory Processing Disorder. Kate came in to Westerly Creek with an IEP, which was assessed and issued in California. Both Kate's ECE and kindergarten teachers were very accommodating of Kate's needs and provided an environment that have allowed her to excel both academically and socially. The parents, students and faculty at Westerly Creek have left us desiring little more for our daughter's academic environment and opportunities. Kate's younger sister, Lucy, is getting ready to start ECE at Westerly Creek this coming year and we look forward to watching her grow in the same environment.

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June 20, 2014
The Principal has been a gift to our community. She is a pillar of strength and devoted to each and every one of the 700+ children. I've watched her at the CSC meetings and with her students and her teachers and she is genuinely compassionate and in love with all of her students.

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June 20, 2014
Westerly Creek is a solid, student-centered school where teacher support and quality are paramount. This website proves that you can't please all the people all the time. Some parents who are stating their opinions - without any cited evidence - are entitled to their feelings however any one school can not meet the demands of entitled people who expect to get their way without being cognizant of the common good of all kids. The reason why this school is so high performing, attracts the best teachers and implements innovative programs is because of the principal. People need to respect that running one of the highest performing schools in the city school takes leadership moves that are not always popular with people with are only most concerned with their own little bubble of issues.

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April 28, 2014
WCE is an incredible place for kids - all kids! The leadership is strong, firm, yet supportive and continuously makes kids the focus of every decision. Our oldest is in 2nd grade, so we only have experience with the ECE-2nd grade teachers, but they have been so amazing for our kids!

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April 10, 2014
The principal is a terrible. She picks her favorite parents, students and teachers while belittling the rest. I have never experienced such a tense and unwelcoming school,

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April 01, 2014
I agree with other people. The school is nice. But the principal is very unprofessional and also bulling. I am surprised she is still there

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December 21, 2013
We've had two kids at Westerly Creek and are very happy. Our kids progressed very well academically and loved going to school each day. On the one occasion where my child witnessed some minor bullying behavior, I notified the teacher and was very impressed that although it was a very minor verbal incident, the teachers took it very seriously and dealt with it firmly and appropriately. I love the emphasis on good values...being kind to others, including everyone, helping others, etc. As for the Principal, she is great and clearly cares very much about the kids. It seems she is sometimes criticized for not tolerating disruptive behavior in the classroom, but that is not a fair criticism at all. She's doing her best to serve ALL the students in the school.

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August 09, 2013
Westerly Creek is about as good as it gets for a DPS school. The teachers are unbelievably good and unbelievably dedicated to the principal which is a sign of her strength. The only downsides are: (1) class size (but that is due to its popularity and lack of funds; (2) short recesses; and (3) not enough gifted services. I know the third issue is being addressed in 2013. My children got amazing special ed services at this school. And the teachers, cannot say enough. . . .

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June 04, 2013
This school blew me away with how great the teachers are, the energy of the administration, the strength of the PTA, and the sheer amount my child has learned in just one year here. This school has exceeded my very high expectations on every level.

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August 28, 2012
As a parent at the school for the past 2 years, I have seen my kids grow and thrive each year there. They have both attended other schools and I love that they come home and say "school was great." No drama, no issues, no bully problems. Simple, easy, fun and engaging. The staff is awesome and consistent. The leadership is great & receptive - sets a high standard and also consistent. The school is the most diverse in the neighborhood - in terms of socio-economic, family structure, ethnic and developmental needs - a great thing. The Autism program is an asset for all the kids with everyone in the school seeing it as an integrated part of the school. My child needed a special needs plan and the leadership, teachers and staff worked hard to ensure she would do well in the school environment. It was better than I expected. There is a place for everyone and all learning styles at Westerly Creek.

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August 25, 2012
Westerly creek provides an excellent education and sense of community to my family. The teachers are passionate and the administration is supportive and advocates for the best!

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August 23, 2012
My kids have been in WCE for 6 years. Every one of their teachers has been wonderful. The parent community is very involved, leading to a family atmosphere. My kids are already saying they will be sad to leave when they move onto middle school.

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August 20, 2012
I wonder about the ONE individual (mentioned earlier) and wonder how this person can be treated with more consideration, the lack of which seems to be the source of the poor review. With the addition of an Asst Principal in 2010, the focus on student needs has improved. This Asst principal sees the big picture and is a great leader. Beginning fall 2012 there will be a 2nd Asst Principal added. That's one more to help with operations and give parents the attention they deserve, no matter if you're on the PTA board or able to contribute to fundraising efforts. I agree with the perception that attention is not given equally, but I can't say what motivations it. If you feel you aren't being heard, don't give up. There are 3 administrators to contact now, if one doesn't satisfy, contact the next. My 4 stars are based on my positive experience with the asst principal, differentiation in the classroom, specials classes that my children look forward to (Art, PE, and Library), character education and acknowledgement (CREEK Kids), technology in the classroom, and exposure to students with autism contributes to their expanding compassion and understanding of students with special needs.

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August 20, 2012
Excellent teachers, strong leadership and great academic programs. We are very lucky to have this school in Stapleton!

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August 16, 2012
Overall this is a great school. The only reason I gave it such a low score is because of the leadership. This would be a five star school if it had a principal that actually cared about the students. Most of the teachers and support staff are great. I have seen the school lose good teachers and families because she is too difficult to deal with. Of course, you will hear the other side of it too. That is because it is coming from the parents that she caters to. She is unprofessional and insincere, I would not go as far as to call her a racist, but I have definitely seen a change in her attitude when dealing with minorities.

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August 16, 2012
Westerly Creek Elementary is a superior neighborhood school. The teachers and staff are caring, supportive and professional. My children are thriving in this wonderful educational environment and they look forward to school every day!

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August 15, 2012
My kids have attended Westerly Creek since the first year it was open. Our experience couldn't be more positive. Caring teachers, involved parents and a wonderful principle.

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August 15, 2012
This school is a community within a community. The teachers and the administration know all of the kids and go out of their way to make each child feel successful.

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August 15, 2012
We have had an excellent experience at Westerly Creek. My three children have had excellent teachers, and wonderful academics. The Principal and her staff are very professional, kind, and caring. I cannot say enough good things about Westerly Creek. We will be sad to leave when my kids finish fifth grade. My children love to go to school. It really is wonderful and always one of the top ten schools in DPS.

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August 15, 2012
I love going to work each day. The support and kindness from not only the staff but the families as well makes Westerly Creek an environment conducive to learning. This staff is focused on building a compassionate community of learners which in turn promotes academic success.

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August 14, 2012
We have been a Westerly Creek family for 4 years and will have children in the school for another 8 years. We have found WCE to be a welcoming, caring, attentive, and demanding learning environment for our children. We have been nothing but thrilled with all the top notch teachers, administrators, and support staff. WCE addresses the needs of EVERY student in the building and makes it their priority to monitor the growth both academically and socially of every child. The review that said the principal plays favorites and the school only addresses the needs of a small percentage of students could not be further from the truth! We have found the administration to be fair, honest, and professional at all times. We have both a gifted child as well as an "average" child, and both of our children have received an education that is differentiated to their unique abilities. We are proud Westerly Creek Wolves!

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August 14, 2012
My children have had the opportunity to grow and thrive during our six years at Westerly Creek . The teachers are tuned in to their individual needs and many give 110% in their efforts to go above and beyond the typical classroom experience. The principal and vice principal have exceeded my expectations time and again. They are extremely hands-on, and amazingly receptive of and welcoming to parent feedback. We have been so very impressed with how vested the administration and staff are in our children's individual successes.

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August 14, 2012
Through our extensive travels, we understand that a great school starts from the top -the principal. Unfortunately, WCE has leadership that is threatening to the staff, students, and families. Phone and emails are unanswered and only the financially equipped families are acknowledged.

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August 14, 2012
Westerly Creek is a wonderful neighborhood school. My two children have attended since ECE and are now in 3rd and 4th grade. When you come to school each day you get a feeling of a real community where most of the kids, other parents, teachers and the principal know you and your children. The teachers are all wonderful and my children are receiving a great education.

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August 14, 2012
Westerly Creek Elementary is giving my girls a private school education at a public school price. WCE is in the heart of Stapleton and has a phenomenal principle, assistant principle, superb, engaged teachers as well as a dedicated staff. We have been overwhelmed by how much our children have learned and are excelling scholastically. The school setting is smaller and intimate and focuses soley on the Elementary age levels. My kids have flourished in this environment. If you can't tell, we love Westerly Creek!

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August 14, 2012
Fantastic school, administration, teachers and community! We are very pleaded with the education our children are receiving there.

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August 09, 2012
We have been proud to be a WCE family for the past three years. My daughter's talented and committed teachers have not only encouraged her to flourish academically, but also socially and emotionally. Westerly believes in educating the whole child and every child, from the truly gifted to the most impacted. Walking into Westerly is like walking into the neighborhood school you've always envisioned for your children. There's strong parent involvement and exceptional leadership from both the principal and assistant principal. The administrators always put children first and are true instructional leaders. They have a clear vision and mission for the school and hire and retain the most effective teachers in the district. We love being part of the WCE family!

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November 19, 2011
This is my family's second year at WCE and we have never been more pleased. My oldest daughter was having some difficulty with her previous school with bullies,favoritism played by the staff and teachers, etc. From the moment we she started at WCE she felt welcome as did we. This year our 4 year old started ECE and I am hoping to get my other two children there next school year. I would recommend this school to any and everyone with children.

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November 07, 2011
We have 3 children attending Westerly and all of them are VERY happy there. We were at another school in Stapleton for 3 years and made our way back to a smaller school that cares about kids character just as much as their academics. I'm shocked to hear other parents writing about leadership...it is TOP notch here. The staff and leadership at this school are truly impressive!!! Each and every time we have had an issue with one of our kids, I have received notification not only from the classroom teacher but also from the Principal that same day. Also, if parents want to change something about the school (ie. acquire smart boards or change the gym floor) these issues are discussed, addressed and action is taken to get them done. I was making lunch with my 4th grader the other morning and he voluntarily said to me, "Mom, I really like Westerly Creek." I responded with, "That's great to hear, why?" And he said, "There is no bullying, the teachers do what they are supposed to do (instead of talking on their cell phones) and all the kids get along...there are no clicks." Truly a testament to the expectations and culture that has been set from the start.

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July 04, 2011
This school is pretty good. My son had an excellent teacher in ECE 4, and more than decent teachers in 3rd grade. What was confusing was the administrative part of the school. I thought it more than odd that parents were asked to organize the field trips, including booking the buses, without any clue as to how to do it. I had to go and find who was the person to book the buses, for instance. And then the field trips kept getting canceled. The teachers didn't seem to know when other big happenings in the school were booked to make sure they didn't book their own big event. Some of the front office staff were excellent and some were very rude. The principal seemed like an insecure person right out of graduate school. Clearly, according to the testing, there are more than enough great teachers to make up for the problems above, however. Both of my boys enjoyed attending the school.

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March 25, 2011
Reading through the reviews it's clear that there really are two camps at WC -the cheerleaders and everyone else. I think it's great that many people are passionate about the school. What isn't great is that the principal caters to this crowd and in exchange they think she can do no wrong. If you dare to question this crowd or the leadership then you are labeled as unsupportive of the school. Voicing any concern about existing policy is met with disdain and, yes, as others have pointed out, the Principle is very difficult to deal with and often won't even bother to look up from her computer when talking to you. That said, most kids will probably do fine here, but if you have a gifted kid or one that struggles then you won't find much support. Many, many people have left because they simply found this school to be difficult and unsupportive. Read these posts and it's easy to see who the cheerleaders are and who experienced what it's like if you're not in the "in crowd". I would say about half of the staff has been good while half just go through the motions. BTW, Chuck Raische at Stapleton 3 is an experienced principal and seems reasonable -this school may be a good option.

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March 20, 2011
This school keeps getting better and better. We have a 4th grader and 2nd grader that have each attended Westerly Creek since ECE. The Principal is dedicated, hard working, and fair. The teachers are excellent. The school is continuing to grow and as they add teachers, they are selecting excellent talent. I think all children are given an opportunity to thrive at Westerly Creek. This is a fantastic public neighborhood elementary school and the administration, teachers, parents, and students are all working hard to make it a thriving nurturing environment.

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January 31, 2011
We were excited about Westerly Creek as our neighborhood school and we think the principal is above average with leadership, parents and students. However, most schools and teachers are challenged when your child has needs that fall outside the median/standard curriculum, whether a child has special needs or requires additional stimulation. Even great schools can have bad teachers, which we experienced. Our child needed a different environment and we encourage all parents to research options that are best suited for your child, don't just rely on ratings or a generalized "Distinguished" ranking. We were discouraged by the principal and the teacher to move schools and didn t get support or solutions for our child. We were also disappointed with communication - phone calls were not returned or e-mails poorly handled. With school budgets such an issue these days, we shouldn't be surprised that motives can be monetarily driven. As far as public schools in Denver, at least Westerly Creek is better than most. Parent involvement is impressive and it is a wonderful community. They have hired some decent teachers, particularly Rich Ashburn is a 5-star quality teacher.

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September 18, 2010
Westerly is a great school for our family. We have been there for 6 years now. I encourage anyone interested in the school to go and see for themselves. The principal and staff works very hard and provides a great learning enironment for the students. Any problems we have had have been handled in a professional and caring way. My kids love going to school and are learning and being challenged.

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September 18, 2010
We are new to the school starting our second year this fall. It has been a very positive experience so far. The school just received its first rating in DPS as "Distiguished". We are very pleased with the school. As for those that are not, they are fortunate in Denver to have other choices so the can find the best fit for them and their kids. In our neighborhood families I know also choose Bill Roberts, Ebert, Steck, Odyssey, Denver Language School, Logan, Blessed Sacrament, and Stanley British. All great choices too. For us, Westerly Creek is our best choice!

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September 17, 2010
I donated plenty of time and money during the years my children were at this school, and still didn't find the principal easy to work with. At all. I am in education myself, and have worked easily with all kinds of people. Believe me, it isn't just MY personal problem.

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September 08, 2010
Our children have been at this school for five years, and it gets better each year. Basically, it's giving us a private school education for a fraction of the cost. The facility is new, clean, and well-maintained. The teachers are talented and dedicated, and the principal is eminently accessible and engaged. Even the test scores are now some of the best in the district. The people who have given low ratings to this school apparently have personal conflicts with the leadership or other parents. perhaps they are unwilling to donate the minimal time and money it takes to create a wonderful community.

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September 07, 2010
I am a little distressed at reading the recent posts about the school's principal. My husband and I give a little money to the school each year (nothing excessive) and we both have donated our time over the years, as do many of the parents and we have found the principal to be an incredible advocate for the school community. She is constantly evaluating what is best for the students and always seeking to make that happen. She has hired some amazing teachers over the last several years. I think she does a great job of trying to balance individual student's needs with the needs of the rest of the school community. On the few occasions that we have needed to discuss one of our children specifically with her, I thought that she was incredibly fair and reasonable in her approach, and I appreciated that very much.

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August 13, 2010
I had a child at WC for 1 year and have now switched out primarily due to the principal. I found her to be cold and extremely difficult to talk to. I need to be able to advocate for my child and she was completely uninterested in speaking with me.

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July 29, 2010
We have children at WC and are now looking elsewhere. In talking with other parents we are finding that we are not alone in our disappointment with the Principal. She is not supportive of parents, always takes the teachers side and definitely plays favorites. Many teachers are inexperienced and the school just lost two teachers that did have experience. We're hearing of many parents "choicing out". It's really too bad because the school has a lot of potential -just bad leadership.

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July 14, 2010
Couldn't agree more with the previous poster. The principal has very poor social skills and unless you are on her favored list (able to give lots of money and spend all your free time in the PTA) she won't give you the time of day. The teachers are generally good, but we are looking elsewhere.

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May 30, 2010
This is a new school with a very young and mostly inexperienced staff -including the principal. If your child is average and has no special needs then this school will likely be fine. The school will no doubt score well on test scores -not because the school does anything special or particularly well, but solely due to the demographics of the neighborhood. It's a very well educated and affluent neighborhood with many parents that value education and expect their children to do well. The Principal is young and very inexperienced. Several people have left because they found her too difficult to deal with. Here's a tip: if you donate a lot of money to the school she may bend over backward for you.

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December 07, 2009
My son attended ECE-3 and ECE-4 at WCE before we moved away. There are so many things we miss about WCE! We miss the diversity and the great after-school programs. The staff is great and truly dedicated to helping each child. But I have to say I miss the parents the most. WCE is blessed with a very, very, very involved group of parents. Because it's a small, community school, everyone walks their child to school each day, so you get to know not only your child's teacher and classmates, but also their parents as well. We were so blessed to a part of WCE's first few years in Stapleton.

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October 21, 2009
There is so much parental envolvment, I think it has so much potential

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October 14, 2009
We have had a great experience at Westerly Creek largely due to the excellent teachers and staff. We have two children at the school (one in kindergarten and one in second grade) and feel that they are getting a very good education in a good environment from kind and well qualified teachers.

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September 28, 2009
Westerly Creek is a community school with small class sizes, excellent and caring teachers, and a great group of parents. All of the teachers I have encountered care about the well roundedness of the children and not just the academic pieces. The PTA has done a great job supplementing the curriculum without burning the parents out. In a very short amount of time the parents, teachers and staff have created a nurturing environment where our little ones are blossoming.

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September 26, 2009
The parents are very active here - we all pitch in to help as much as we can. We're dedicated to making this the best school in a short amount of time and we're well on our way there. The teachers/staff have been wonderful - dedicated just as the parents are. I have been happy with the attention that my children get here as well - the class sizes are manageable and the kids do not get lost in the mix.

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September 25, 2009
The community and the teachers and staff are great!

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September 25, 2009
Westerly Creek is a small school in a fabulous community. It has great teachers, an amazing principal and very supportive families. The kids are so smart and are thriving there.

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September 25, 2009
Westerly Creek is a fairly new neighborhood school that quickly coalesced to develop a strob sense of community - great parent participation, wonderful teachers and staff, and neat kids.

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September 25, 2009
The teachers and staff are a very dedicated group of individuals.

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September 24, 2009
We just love Westerly Creek! Miss Kayla is a wonderful ECE-3 teacher and provides excellent communication/updates with the parents. We are just thrilled with the program!

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September 24, 2009
The staff is excellent and is always looking to improve.

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September 24, 2009
Our kids have only been at Westerly Creek for a little over a half a year. Yet, in that time, we have noticed several things that make this a great school. First, the teachers are fantastic. They are communicative, involved, enthusiastic and caring. Our kids seem to be thriving under their guidance. Second, the parental involvement is really tremendous. Parents are very active participants at WCE, and seem to be hyper-aware of the need to cooperate with teachers (and other parents) in the education process. Third, this seems to be a really positive atmosphere for all the kids. Our first-graders come home nearly every day with nice things to say about their teachers, activities and friends. After moving from Bolton, Massachusetts (where we loved our kids' school) we were apprehensive about finding a good place for them in our new home. But, we continue to be pleased about, and comfortable with, their new school home.

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September 24, 2009
Westerly Creek has a very dedicated group of teachers and parents who have the same common goal 'the children' and strive to do whatever they can to make things happen. My family has been extremely happy with our sons education at the school thus far!!!

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September 24, 2009
The teachers are nice. The principle is excellent. All the parents help out at school whenever they can.

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September 24, 2009
Westerly Creek, while only 6 years old, is like an old-fashioned neighborhood school. There is a true sense of community. Parents are involved and friendly, and the kids are truly happy there. Most importantly, the students develop a love of learning and a strong intellectual curiosity.

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September 22, 2009
Westerly Creek is a great neighborhood school whose staff and teachers really care about the education of their children.

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September 22, 2009
I love the great community feel the school has and all the parent involvement. The teachers and principle are excited about teaching and learning. My kids love going to Westerly Creek!

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September 22, 2009
Westerly Creek is a great school. From the super principal, Jill Corcoran, and super teachers. The schools growth is challenging, yet the school handles it with ease. They have the extra challenge of sharing the facility with another school yet the schools work together to offer amazing after school enrichment programs for both communities. Committment to the children is the main focus of WCE!

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September 21, 2009
Westerly Creek has the best teachers, kids, principal, support staff and PTA around!

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September 18, 2009
Its a beautiful school in a beautiful neighborhood!

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August 04, 2007
I agree with the comment that sometimes it seems like a small group of 'PTA Mom's' runs the school, which can cause other parents to feel left out or discriminated against. However, the quality of teachers is high and our children have been successful in this environment. The principal has to keep a balance between more demanding parents and making sure that ALL the kids at the school get an EQUAL chance of success. The facilities are brand new and the classrooms have all new equipment and are spacious. Last year, the school had a pretty good enrichment program, but nothing this year so far. Plus Bill Roberts kids are dismissed early (1pm) on Fridays which is something you will have to take into account if you are considering sending your children here. Overall we are moderately happy with the school, but there is definitely room for improvement.

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May 06, 2007
Our family loves this school. Our oldest is finishing his 4th year at the school. Both of our kids have had high quality teachers who differentiate instructions for the varying ability levels in the classroom. This year the students have Music, Drama, Art and Physical Education. The level of parent involvement is high and extremely productive. The principal is a strong leader who puts the needs of the children above all else.

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April 03, 2007
Overall Westerly Creek is a very good school. Trich Lea is a great principal who strikes a strong balance between parent involvement and responsiveness to teachers. There is a core group of parents who exert a lot of control over the school. Usually, this is very helpful, but other parents may feel ignored or dismissed. The school is in a period of transition by splitting from Bill Roberts. Principal Lea will be going to Roberts along with most of the teachers and the historically most involved parents. Parents staying at WCE feel that the school will continue to do well, but there are significant unknowns right now. WCE is a true neighborhood school, so don't expect resources to go into creating a specialized academic program. Its purpose is for the neighborhood and many parents feel strongly that it stay that way.

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March 21, 2007
We have a kindergartener and a 3 year old in the ECE program & have been very pleased with the teachers & classmates in both classes. Kids get lots of personal attention & the curriculum is very rigorous. Principal Trich Lea is a strong leader, admired by the teaching staff & is the glue holding an excellent staff together. Parental involvement is amazing with a large number of volunteer parents & a great PTA which raises a significant amount of money for the school. Specials include PE, art, drama, music, and after-school enrichment programs.

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February 02, 2007
We have a first grader at WCE, and she was fortunate enough to have one of the best educators we have ever met for a Kindergarten teacher. It set the bar high for first grade expectationss, and we haven't been disappointed, despite the different style of teaching compared to other first grade classes. Parent involvement is extremely high, on par with Bromwell Elementary or U. Park, which sets the bar for DPS year after year. The two school campus will work for one more year (07-08), then it will be time to make two joined, but distinct schools. We moved to Stapleton because it offered a unique educational experience, and we are happy with our decision 2-1/2 years later.

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December 04, 2006
My child has been going to Westerly Creek for two years. The teachers are great but they need leadership. The principal has no control over the school. We are in search of another school!

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November 14, 2006
I am extremely happy to have my kindergartner at this school. Anyone who says that the teachers are not engaging, and that parental involvement is low doesn't know this school. My experience has been one of intense community support and a fun, safe, dynamic learning environment. If you want the true story, just visit the school. There is no 'standard drudgery' going on there!

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March 07, 2006
This is a new school in a new neighborhood. The facilities are great. So far, we haven't been wowed by the teaching, though, or the curriculum. It doesn't seem there's much emphasis placed on really engaging the kids, there seems to be little magic. It's the standard drudgery.

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Westerly Creek Elementary School
8800 East 28th Ave, Denver, CO  80238
(720) 424-3160
Last modified Westerly Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westerly Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top