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Brown Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 492 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2013

Our family has been at Brown for the past 6 years. It is a wonderful community of families, and the teachers, support staff, and front office staff are top-notch. The Principal is committed and caring and very approachable to parents and students alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

We came to Brown last year because of its "flooding" reading coupled with Accelerated Reading, and regular staff meetings to review student progress. For "flooding" and AR, students are grouped by where they are actually reading or in math, not by their grade level. Then, staff meet regularly to adjust educational plans based on what is actually happening. Our child has an IEP (needs extra support) due to illness. We feel strongly that Brown's systematic approach inherently will adapt to her needs - whether she needs more time or more challenge. The Brown community is building and growing with many parents volunteering and growing the PTO as well as other volunteer initiatives. Last Spring's volunteer breakfast had more than 50 attending... with more than 100 invitations sent. We're very happy to be part of this up and coming school and its community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

We selected Brown because they offered the IB curriculum. Our daughter is in 1st grade and started Brown in ECE (prekinder). We are very happy with her academic achievement already this year. She also likes to discuss events or topics that affect the planet and society over dinner. If raising a child to be aware of the world around them is important to you, I highly recommend this school. Academically it has been on an upward trajectory since revitalization. There is a great story behind the scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

The school community at Brown is outstanding. I have a 1st grader and kindergartner and I feel very supported as a parent. The teachers are very caring and dedicated to providing more than just standard learning materials. My favorite aspect is the school's endeavors to make the kids feel like they are responsible for others as well as themselves, and that they are part of a larger community than their small sphere of classroom activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Our child has been attending Brown for two years now, and we have been thrilled by the teachers and the learning that is taking place. My child had a wonderful teacher for Kindergarten, and this year had an amazingly-talented first-grade teacher. Classes were large this year, but the teacher clearly had the respect of her students and the classroom environment was friendly and orderly. My child's reading has improved dramatically, from barely reading to reading at above a 2nd-grade level at the end of the year! In math, he has also exceeded expectations, despite his short attention span. The principal is very approachable and visible in the hallways and the office staff is super friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

When we selected Brown we were so excited about the IB curriculum. What we soon found out is that the curriculum is not at all challenging; our 1st grader is bored! The apathy in the classroom is also a problem, and it clearly affects children who are eager to learn and excited about school. I am not impressed and my experiences with the principal have not been good. I do have to say, the Kinder team is great, but it's a big disappointment afterward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Great teachers who are teaching my child about a caring attitude, diversity, cultural awareness, thoughtfulness, environmental awareness as well as how to read, write and do math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

We just joined Brown and we couldn't be happier! Wonderful & caring teachers, great parent involvement, nice classrooms and equipment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Brown's sense of community plus the fact that Brown teachers are teaching our children how to become great citizens of the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The families, teachers, administration - they're all dedicated, engaged and enthusiastic about the wonderful learning the children are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

Our son just completed ECE at Brown IB Academy and we were very please with the school. The teachers are great, the administration committed and driven, and the curriculum is very strong. Of additional note, parent involvement is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

We are so happy that Brown is our neighborhood school! Great things are happening both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom. There are many hardworking teachers at Brown committed to providing a solid education for all students in our community. The staff(including the teachers, office staff, paraprofessionals, administrators) and parents of Brown are working together to make our neighborhood an even better place to live!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

My wife and I heart Brown. The PTO is fantastic and is a fun and lively group of people. The fundraisers that we have done in the past 6 months really have been fun. My daughter is in Ms. Shannahans first grade class and we love her as a teacher. Sheri in the office is amazing, I don't know what I would do with out her guidance and support. Brown really is a community and I look forward to watching my daughter and the Brown community grow as she advances through elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

This school has terrific leadership, talented and motivated teachers, an awesome IB curriculumn, good facilities, and active parents. My kids are extremely happy, motivated and loving to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

When we visited Brown we knew right away that this was the school for our family. The staff is upbeat, forward thinking and committed. Susanne, the principal, is amazing - she runs the school like a business and in this day and age in the DPS realm that is the only way a school will survive. The staff & parents have brought so many programs to the school - a dental program, salad bar, fruit for every child ever day, community garden to name a few. The reading program is amazing. We also love the parent community at school. We feel so lucky to be part of Brown.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

We love this school for both of our children. The IB curriculum is just what we were seeking in a school program - the IB attitudes reflect our own values, the topics the kids are studying are relevant to today's world, the after-school activities are excellent, and the school's approach to testing (taking a holistic approach to assessments rather than relying on CSAPs alone) are all wonderful qualities in a school. We love the parent community at Brown, too. We can think of no other school we'd rather send our kids to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

My daughter has been attending since ECE and she has loved ever part of her experience. The teachers are very supportive and proactive as well as the staff. I don't know how I would survive without their 'go to' staff. All in all....I am grateful to have found this hidden gem of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I am so happy with Brown, the teachers and staff are amazing, and Suzanne the principal is GREAT! we are so lucky to be here! looking forward to many more great years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

We're new to Brown this year, our daughter is in ECE. We absolutely love everything about it - strong principal, wonderful teachers/staff, incredibly engaged, forward-thinking parent involvement and last but not least, the IB curriculum can't be beat. As world travelers ourselves, we love that our kids will understand their place in the world as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

We are so impressed with all of the extracurricular activities at Brown as well as the geat parental involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
51%
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 Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Reading

All Students74%
Female81%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students60%
Female64%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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 Students70%
Female75%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students59%
Female70%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Writing

All Students51%
Female70%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%
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 Students65%
Female62%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Science

All Students50%
Female44%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%

Writing

All Students68%
Female74%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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
Hispanic 45% 32%
White 40% 57%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Black 1% 5%
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 49%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Suzanne Loughran
Fax number
  • (720) 424-9275

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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2550 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
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