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Polaris at Ebert Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 345 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted October 11, 2010

This school keeps my children engaged, learning and loving school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 11, 2010

An amazingly holistic education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 11, 2010

really work w/ children & all their levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 7, 2010

a school of my child's peers, where she can fit in and be happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

Polaris does a super job at providing caring, individualized educational experiences for the children who go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I love the arts integrated curriculum and the best staff ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted November 8, 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


Posted 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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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%
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

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White (not Hispanic)100%
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Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant100%

Reading

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Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
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Writing

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Proficient in English100%
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Neither migrant nor immigrant100%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant99%

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
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Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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White (not Hispanic)100%
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Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
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Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant99%

Writing

All Students99%
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Male97%
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Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
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Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant99%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%

Reading

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant97%

Science

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant97%
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%
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Math growth at this school

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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 77% 56%
Hispanic 9% 32%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 8%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Diana Howard
Fax number
  • (720) 424-7885

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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