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Westerly Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 588 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 19 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 18, 2009

Its a beautiful school in a beautiful neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)99%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Writing

All Students76%
Female86%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students74%
Female87%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
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 Students84%
Female78%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Reading

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Science

All Students67%
Female62%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Writing

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%
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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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

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 69% 57%
Hispanic 12% 32%
Black 11% 5%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:55
School end time
  • 3:45
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Jill A. Corcoran
Fax number
  • (720) 424-3185

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
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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  • Wce has a strong teacher-parent partnership. parents are actively involved in our school in many roles: room parents, volunteering in the classroom, csc and pta.
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