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5420 East 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80220

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(720) 424-9090
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September 18, 2014
Carson is a DPS gem! We have been very happy with the school. The teachers our children have had have been fantastic, the parents are highly involved, and the community is very welcoming. The character education program is reinforced daily and we are happy that our children are exposed to such a unique component of the curriculum. The enrichment offerings are numerous and solid. The school offers a great education and we feel fortunate to live within its boundaries.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Very disappointing school. This school has high teacher turnover, we have lost two teachers during the school year. I am a full-time working parent and communication is terrible, no lead time to make any plans for child care, school parties, picking up school supplies, etc. if I had to do it over again, I would never have enrolled my child at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
Carson is an excellent character education school with first-rate teachers. There are two classes per grade (traditional) with two teachers per grade, one focused on literacy and one focused on math / science. The parent community is very active with a PTA that raises funds to provide extra resources, such as field trips and new technology in classrooms. The PTA does not actively try to improve curriculum, however, which is needed. The school has a fabulous music program and choir in addition to other enrichments offered. Like most DPS elementary schools, Carson uses the deficient Everyday Math curriculum, and most parents need to supplement math at home. That said, Carson has good TCAP math scores until they drop off in grade 5 (maybe due to Everyday Math not teaching standard math operations.) The biggest weaknesses of the school are the HGT program (which seems inequitable counter to Carson character traits) and the unwillingness of administration to look at other math programs that innovative schools use in Denver. Overall, Carson is a good choice with potential for greatness with a bit more courage from leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
My son started Carson in 3rd grade and it has been a terrific experience. The staff is wonderful, his teachers have his best interests at heart. The parental involvement is outstanding and I am so happy that I chose Carson for my son. I was worried because of all the bad you hear about Denver Public Schools, but this school is amazing and I would not change a thing. The character education that they have at Carson falls right in line with how I raise my son and the small class sizes mean that each child does not get overlooked. I would recommend Carson to any parent looking for a great learning environment for their child!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2012
Carson is a terrific school. The teachers and school leadership are exceptional. The academic level is advanced. I feel fortunate to have my child attending the school. Very impressed. I would also like to highlight the kindergarten program, it's excellent.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Carson is an excellent school!!! We have been thrilled with the teachers, principle and parents at Carson. We wouldn't go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Carson is fantastic! I observed the school before sending my kids there and recommend you do the same before making a choice. The positive atmosphere inspires my children to want to learn. I couldn't imagine sending my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
The other reviews of this school clearly reflect a "group think" perspective and not the reality of the performance of this school. The families at this school are great but the teachers and administration at this school are very much sub par. Of the 1st through 5th grade teachers (i.e. 9 teachers) only 2 have a passion for teaching. The rest are typical public school under achievers. If your kids aren't in the HG program, the academic expectations of students are extremely low. Classroom discipline is a joke. Problem children are sent to the neighboring classroom for "time outs" so they can disrupt two classrooms instead of effective discipline being metered by the principal and the parents. In fact I have never known of parents being notified of their problem child(ren) even after two years of constant classroom misbehavior. My kids are shell-shocked by the clowns in their classrooms. The principal is nice and "available" but has done nothing to raise the performance of teachers or students. The teachers she has hired are big-time status quo under-performers. Even with the HG program Carson scores 20 points below Steck which is a mile away with similar demographics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Carson is a great school for my grandaughter. It has small classes so the teachers can devote more time to each student. It has a counsellor who works to help the children develop social skills and learn to get along together. This is really important in these days of bullying and hazing.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2009
Great new principal, fabulous teachers and involved, proactive parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Wonderful school. New principal with great leadership qualities. Teachers are amazing and strong parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The kids make the difference!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
We have great teachers and great parent involvement with those two things. The kids will always win!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Carson is a great school with wonderful people. Very open-minded. Caring community. Friendly parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
This school has fantastic teachers who are truly devoted to children.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2008
I love this school. Parents are very involved. The principal is awesome you can tell she truly cares about each student as an individual and their education. The scores speak for themselves. 2 of my children are going here. The Teachers are exceptional both new and old (seasoned) and although there has been some turnover I have been extremely pleased with the outcome. As a physician I have high expectations for my children I researched many schools both public and private and could not have hoped for a better school. Carson is an excellent mixture of professionalism and combined with a nuturing atmosphere that has allowed my children to have integrity , responsibility, respect and courage to try new things. there is no other place I would want my children to go.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
As an educator myself, I think that Carson is a strong school. My son attends Carson, as a parent, I find the staff to be knowledgeable, dedicated and delightful to work with in regard to my child's education. I am thrilled with Carson!

- submitted by a teacher
August 08, 2007
Although my child had a ok kindergarten year at Carson, I have decided to attend a different school for 1st grade. Carson has lost alot of good teachers and I think its has something to do with the schools leadership, very sad!!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
We have been completely unsatisfied with the overall experience and education our child has received at this school. If not for the cost of alternative education options, we would have pulled our child from this school long ago. Poor leadership, poor supervision and an incompetent administrative staff We are just thankful that our child is finished with Carson and came out in one piece. We could go on and on with other issues we have had with this school, but are limited to 150 words. All we can say is, try and do your job and quit just going through the motions. This school has been a disgrace.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Carson Elementary is an up and coming DPS. The principal is a wonderful leader and focuses on each student as an individual. There is a strong focus on both character and academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
Carson Elementary is a wonderful small community oriented school that offers music, art and drama as 'extras' for all students on a rotating basis. Gym is offered on a 1 to two time per week schedule. My experience in grades K and 1 has been great. With the quality of teaching excellent. Level of parental involvement is average and growing with some star perfomers who have done excellent work over the past several years.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
Carson Elementary is a multicultural school that provides for the needs of an accademically diverse group of children. The teachers and staff are fabulous! My family has been at Carson for 5 years. We love it! Check it out for yourself.

- submitted by a parent

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Carson Elementary School
5420 East 1st Ave, Denver, CO  80220
(720) 424-9090
Last modified Carson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top