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Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 783

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4905 Cathay St
Denver, CO 80249

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(303) 371-9570
(303) 371-8348
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December 26, 2013
We have been at this school for 5 years and it has really gone down hill. It is more like an alternative school these days. It seems like the main focus is TESTING and the amount of homework is ridiculous quantity does not equal quality. I think the principle is pushing the school in the wrong direction. Resources are not provided to parents that want to help their children succeed. I am very disappointed in this school and we will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
My kids have been at this school for a long time and I have gotten to know and like many of the teachers. The teachers work hard to help their students excel.

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September 13, 2013
This school is terrible. I enrolled when I was in fourth grade and now I'm in eighth, and let me tell you, good riddance. They punish people too harshly. It's not even funny when they use the phrase "when one goes down so does everyone else." And now they're talkin about "restorative justice" ugh The homework takes me four hours, yeah, four hours. Dude, I have a life. The teachers are trashy. My LA teach makes us takes notes all day and I don't learn squat, and then she has the nerve to assign us homework she doesnt even grade. My history teach and nurse are both on Facebook 24/7. We have no recess, no time to be a kid. At lunch, they constantly tell us to shut up. Once, when i came out of the bathroom with an untucked shirt, my LA teach no warningly gave me detention. We're kids deprived of outside time, loudness, and good food. They expect too much out of us and are forcing us to grow up too fast. This school is the reason I hate school with passion and everything to do with it. Please, spare your child from this awful experience.

- submitted by a community member

August 13, 2013
This school is amazing, my daughter has been there since kindergarten and I love it she has grown and knows so much as education is the priority here!

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2010
Awesome School, faculty and staff who are all focused on providing the best education experience possible for all who attend. I love the diversity of the school and the staff. I amvery active in the school and tey to support any endevour that they pursue.

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August 02, 2010
Hi people! =D Did you miss me? Did you? XD Lol, I can't believe I'm on my way to high school this fall! ^^ I owe it all to my awesome teachers! I thought it was wonderful that we decided to teach 8th grade algebra this year. Omg, I hope I passed the test. So not looking forward to taking it again. XD

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 17, 2010
I am a parent and an active particapant in my son's education. The teachers and staff are all very focused on helping students build on improve on how they learn. They actively invite parents into the classroom to observe and participate in their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2009
Great discipline and structure!

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October 13, 2009
I teach at this school and it is the best school I have ever been a part of. They really care care!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
October 13, 2009
Omar D. Blair is very student centered, combined with a great group of kids and a hard working staff it is a great place to work.

- submitted by a parent
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October 11, 2009
The staff is committed to helping our students drive achievement. The teachers are willing to go the extra mile, they even spent two weekends recruiting students for our school. BOth the elementary and middle school students made AYP for 2009. Our school ratings showed high growth on CSAP. ODB Eagles, let's Make It Happen again!

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2009
The school is ok. it has very nice teachers and a great principle. For grades, there are many people who are on the mile high scholars!!

- submitted by a student

March 12, 2009
This school is unlike any others I have seen. The school is very kid centered and has teachers striving to bring out the best in the students. The staff works to make learning engaging and fun to meet the needs of all the students. The office staff is wonderful and all of the teachers are friendly.

- submitted by a teacher

January 13, 2009
My daughter has been enrolled in this school since she was in kindergarton.(she is currently in the third grade) I do believe the school is challanging enough, But the homework is overkill. When my student comes home every night with 3-4 hours of homework it is a little much for an eight year old to handle. But she gets through it and is and has been a straight A student. The only reason why I think the Homework is overkill is she has very little family time and extra event time such as playing soccer and cheerleading in which she has been a part of since she was four. I do believe in homework but when it cuts into family time and proper exercise a young child her age needs it is to much.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2008
Compared to other schools in far northeast Denver, this is the best school in our area. Security needs to be tighter at the front door and at pick up times, but the teachers are wonderful, leadership is great, and the communication is superior to other area schools. I plan on keeping both of my children at this school through 8th grade unless something major changes with the school or local schools here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 06, 2008
My daughter has been at the school for three years and she loves it. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2008
This school is unsafe and unorganized. On August 11th, 2008, my daughter started her first day of kindergarten. I knew the first couple of days would be an adjustment for both of us, but after a week and a half, I started to think something was wrong. So I started checking in on the school. On 4 different occasions, I was able to walk in the front door and walk straight to my daughters class room, without a single person stopping me to ask me who I was. I went to the school to pick up my daughter. when I got towards the flagpole, where our kindergarteners were suppose to be standing with their teachers, my heart skipped a beat because my daughter was no where to be found. I noticed her standing along the street, without supervision. I picked her up & no one knew she was gone.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2008
My daughter is in 2nd grade and is attending Omar D Blair for the first time this year. Last year she attended a different school in 1st grade. She had problems with reading and understanding what she was trying to read. Importantly, she was not very interested. Her 2nd tutor Ms. Opal Anderson (Ms 'O') as my daughter calls her, had a 'Poetry Cafe' and allowed my baby to read a poem. I've seen a drastic change in how interested she is now reading and writing poetry on her own. We owe Ms 'O' and OD Blair a debt of gratitude. If they continue to spark interest in young people like this, our world should be a lot better place. My daughter told me that there's another 'Poetry Cafe' scheduled soon and she's very excited. We love this school! Keep up the good work Ms 'O' and thank you!

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2007
Quality of academic programs-minimal Availability of music,art, sports and other extracurricular programs-less than minimal Level of parent involvement-only when their child is a problem

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2007
My son has attended this school since it opened. He is about to start 3rd grade. His teachers have been incredible. They have been patient, kind, determined and fun educators. The teachers are great communicators and love their children, and it shows. I am an involved parent, so I do not say this on just a day of watching them. I pop in frequently (after I give my i.d. at the front desk) and I have never been disappointed. There are still, however, no spanish classes for our students. Even after speaking to the principal numerous times! Rumor has it that if they do have spanish classes, it will only be for sixth grade and up. It doesn't make sense. It is easier for a person to learn a second language at a younger age. I wish the parents voted on these things like they said we could.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2007
My daughter attended this school. It was unchallenging. The rules changed all the time and the parents weren't notified about rule changes.

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April 23, 2007
My children have attended Blair since it opened. At one point I considered pulling them out due to high turnover, but decided that compared to neighborhood schools, Blair was my best bet. I'm happy we stayed. Although there is something to be desired in the areas of computers and languages based on what we were promised in the beginning, this school is still better by far than surrounding schools. New leadership has made quite a difference in behavior and in student expectations. The school feels safer and more stable. Parent involvement is strong, too. There could be more field trips but it's a small price to pay for a sound education. The teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2006
My daughter has attennded Omar D. Balir for the past two years. She'll go into 2nd grade this August. My daughter had the same teacher for Kindergarten and 1sr grade and she was a good teacher. My daughter was challenged and the curriculum seemed good. Most of the other teachers we've come into contact with have seemed very nice and invested in the school.There has been very high turnover in school leadership; the school is 2 years old and we are on our 4th Principal. Also, we were told the kids would be offered a Spanish class and so far that hasn't panned out. There are very few extracurricular activities. Overall, we are content with what is being offered and the teachers get a good grade from us. However, the jury is still out on Leadership.

- submitted by a parent

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Omar D Blair Charter School
4905 Cathay St, Denver, CO  80249
(303) 371-9570
Last modified Omar D Blair Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Omar D Blair Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top