Students enrolled 24
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Dr. Diana Howard
Transportation options no info
District Denver Public Schools
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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410 Park Ave West
Denver, CO 80205

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(720) 424-7860
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5 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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April 29, 2014
Polaris@Ebert is a great school for my two children. Its creative, The principal and staff are amazing, and my kids have loved it for 5 years. i hope to see this school more often every day.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
I moved my two children to this school this year and it has exceeded our expectations. Both my children are engaged, challenged, and feel like they are part of a greater community. I would highly recommend this school. I feel very lucky my children can get this quality of education within the DPS school system.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Polaris at Ebert is a a fantastic school celebrating creativity with core curriculum and arts with science. I love that the school's community is comprised of many diverse and talented parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
Our eldest daughter graduated last fall and we are thrilled with how Polaris has prepared her for Middle School. She is a product of both the founding principal and the current principal, as well as past and current teacher. We credit her own efforts and the fabulously passionate teachers and current Principal for their hard work and educational values. Polaris is not always an easy place to learn because it is intense, yet we are so glad that our children have had the opportunity to learn there. Kudos to Polaris for not teaching for tests and for teaching for the better development of the children. We are so glad our younger daughter has two more years at Polaris!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
My son is not "high acheiving," he struggles to get all his great ideas down on paper. I wish he felt more valued and included at Polaris. He feels bad that his test scores don't match what is "expected." I was warned about the changing leadership before we enrolled our boys here, but also heard a lot of great things too. I think if you have well-behaved children, and especially still quiet girls, you will be a better fit at Polaris. Loud, active, unruly boys that are hard to get a good finished product out of may have a harder time connecting with the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
I must rave about Polaris, and I have read a few of the below comments and want to address them. I have found the new(er) principal to be quite approachable, supportive, professional, and engaging. She is a very strong leader. I understand that she took over leadership from the original founder and visionary of the school, but that the original vision was not able to be executed (too idealistic?) and the current vision for the school is very clear- teaching to high achieving and gifted kids, not squashing but rather keeping space for creativity, and establishing an incredible community with a strong parent base and love of learning. The school is a lovely old building with many great updates, the classrooms feel like traditional public school classrooms but with flairs of each teacher's own interests/passions. Polaris has the highest test scores of any school in DPS, but the kids don't seem to be taught to the test. Kids get help for learning differences when needed (although this might not be as extensive as at other schools). If many good teachers have left, many others have come that are just wonderful. This school makes it possible to feel totally at rest as a mom.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Ebert is the best school in the metro area. Having come from other school(s) my husband and I feel like our children have found a safe haven that is nurturing and challenging to their intellectual and emotional needs. The teachers are exceptional, well trained and simply loving. The principal is a lovely person. She is open-minded, has an open door and heart for these children. The curriculum is cohesive and the electives are cherished by our kids! THANK YOU EBERT!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
The Polaris program at Ebert Elementary provides the best elementary school education in Denver. I've looked at Edison, Steck, Bromwell, Cory and Park Hill, but none of them compare.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
My child felt like an outcast at other schools. We were hoping that at Polaris, she would finally have a group of peers whom she would feel accepted and understood her. Polaris has been the answer to our prayers. Highly gifted children have very special and specific social needs, and Polaris is Denver's expert at addressing these needs. This is not a school that will push advanced academics, like certain private schools for the gifted. Instead, Polaris focuses on nurturing the childrens' creative side, and helping them to be responsible, friendly, happy children with the skills to be successful in the world they will one day venture into.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
While certainly still the best of DPS , I feel the new direction that Polaris has taken is decidedly less optimistic than it was 4 years ago. The new principal is very concerned with awards, test scores and appearances. I am concerned that the joyfulness of teaching and the of learning, are being dismissed. A majority of the very best teachers that Dr Howard had worked with are now working elsewhere, and every year more will quit. While the teachers that remain are dedicated, hard working teachers, the principal is unapproachable. The kindness, warmth, and nurturing that attracted us to Polaris in the first place seems to be dissolving into thin air. I hope that I am wrong and that next year I will see a a different atmosphere. But for the last couple of years, our family has really struggled with the change in leadership. We are thankful for the teachers that carry on and for the great parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
Ebert is by far the best elementary school in DPS and you should send your kids there if they test in. However be aware that the quality of the program and teachers is slipping. Too many good teachers have left in the last 3 years. We were thrilled with K-3rd grade but 4th and 5th grades were a disappointment. With one outstanding exception parents are unhappy with the teachers in those grades. Also it's a school that values the arts above all else and does very little to nurture a passion for math or science. The Friday electives program (parent run) is beloved by all.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
Since October seems to be the month to rate Polaris, I might as well join the throng. The great thing about the school is that you have all these bright, inquisitive, high-achieving kids, who don't feel ashamed or self-conscious about their gifts, who are encouraged to be normal, regular kids, explore what they want to explore, have fun and learn in a joyful, free, kid-friendly environment. My husband was gifted, went to his local, public school and always felt like the odd-ball, the weird, smart, different kid. I am thankful that my two gifted kids don't have to go through that - they can be smart and it's totally normal and accepted. Shouts out to the great teachers, great parent volunteers, great arts and science curriculum. Now if only we could shrink the class size (of all DPS schools) to maybe 20-21, life would be just about perfect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2010
We love the hands-on opportunities for the children, focus on community, empathy and building rounded children, the challenging curriculum and teachers trained to differentiate, the smaller size and intimate atmosphere, and integration of science and the arts. This is a school that is trying to engage children and challenge them to do their very best.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
this school encourages children to think globally. Children think creatively how to solve typical problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
An incredible school - the best elementary in Denver, hands down. Excellent teachers, caring principal, global curriculum - all focused on the needs of gifted learners.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
The children experience educational freedom - they have choices and make decisions on their own much of the time...

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2010
One word describes this school: Joy. You see it in the faces of the children, the staff, and the families. We are there all the time, helping out wherever possible because we all believe in the mission of the school and love being there, in this atmosphere of joy! My children start every day with a smile, heading off to school. Better yet, they seem to believe every day was "the best day ever!" when I ask them about their day...how much more could a parent want?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Amazing school that let's kids learn for the passion and joy of learning, not learn to take tests!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
It is a school where kids can be kids. They are encouraged to grow and to stretch their intellectual boundaries while being encouraged to revel in their silly kid selves. Even the kids themselves seem to recognize this school as a special place where they can be themselves and they allow other kids to be themselves as well (as much as kids can - with the support of the teaching staff). The kids act their ages - and I love that my children have the freedom to enjoy their childhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Teaching the whole child to challenge the mind and think outside the box, integrating the arts and science into everything they do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
This school keeps my children engaged, learning and loving school!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
It has been a huge blessing to my children. Our neighborhood school has been low performing and although we tried to make it work by getting involved at the school. Their performance, however, was way ahead and they were not being challenged. I felt my daughter in particular would have held herself back to keep from having to keep going up in grade level early (she was already one grade ahead). Now they can achieve as high as they want and there are no limits!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
An amazingly holistic education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Polaris is wonderful! My son LOVES going to school everyday. He loves to learn because of the wonderful teachers at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Very involved teachers and parents, fabulous library. The kids there love to learn, and it has an extremely enriching menu of activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Having visited numerous schools within DPS, I am confident that the Polaris program at Ebert is unquestionably the most stimulating, challenging, supportive learning environment for high-achieving students.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
really work w/ children & all their levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
An amazing public school education that provides a foundational critical approach to teaching and learning. Great social atmosphere and community for kids and their families, and extraordinary teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Because the teachers treat my child like an individual learner and do not just follow the standard DPS script.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
The teachers, parents and children are involved and passionate about learning. The curriculum is unique and robust and offers kids a chance to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
Great Highly Gifted Magnet school. Best program there is for those kids who get bored in the neighborhood school classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
a school of my child's peers, where she can fit in and be happy

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Polaris does a super job at providing caring, individualized educational experiences for the children who go there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
I love the arts integrated curriculum and the best staff ever!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
This is my second message. My daughters attended this school until last year. My younger daugher (I have two) would have been a fifth grader at Polaris this year. We moved to Golden two years ago and this year I decided to put my girls in schools closer to home because it was getting too expensive to drive back and forth each day. I'm very sorry that I did that. My fifth grader, Willow, is learning nothing new at her new school and complains daily about how much she misses everything about Polaris. Parents, if your children are lucky enough to get to attend Polaris at Ebert, I highly suggest you keep them there til they are done with fifth grade. It is a Wonderful program.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
This is arguably the best elementary school in DPS. While the visionary Dr. Howard has moved on to other endeavors, she has left the school under the able stewardship of Karin Johnson, a former colleague and teacher at Polaris. She and the rest of the faculty and staff are among the best I've ever worked with in my professional career. Parental involvement at the school during my tenure was excellent (and I believe remains so today), but I never found parents to be overbearing, as they can be at some high-achieving schools. Students are respectful and tolerant, and the staff always worked to inculcate these attributes in the children. I was always inspired by the children's desire to learn. My only complaint is that there isn't room to expand the school so that other children could benefit from this program.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2007
I have had a child at this school for 8 years (2 kids). This is a wonderful school, creative, nurturing, rigorous academically. The Principal is amazing, and very responsive to aprental concerns. You will be very lucky if your child gets in.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
An amazing school for high-achieving and highly-gifted students in Northeast Denver. Major emphasis on the arts as well as individualized and group learning. A lovely, safe and happy school where your children will learn that people who look different are just as smart -- or smart in different ways. This school and the principal, Dr. Diana Howard, are truly wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
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Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
410 Park Ave West, Denver, CO  80205
(720) 424-7860
Last modified Polaris at Ebert Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Polaris at Ebert Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.