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1550 South Steele St
Denver, CO 80210

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(720) 424-8380
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October 23, 2015
Buyer beware! While at one time this school was a legitimate HGT/GT magnate school, the new principal has totally changed everything. There is no advanced content- even in "challenge" math (not even available to 4th and 5th grade). Many of the best teachers are leaving and so are many very involved families. The new Principal is a poor leader, ask almost any parent whose kids still go there. She also speaks to the parents and students as if they are all in kindergarten. If you are in need of GT or HGT services for your child, go to Polaris or get out of DPS!

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
October 23, 2015
I think there are some excellent teachers at this school, although in the past three years I've seen a number of the best leave to go to different schools (a couple as close as C3) to get away. It is very hard for an excellent teacher to teach students who are well below grade level and others who are a couple grades higher in ability in the same classroom. There is no accelerated content and the smart kids get bored. Not the teachers fault.

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Develops empathy: Disagree
October 23, 2015
Two of my three children were bullied here, one mercilessly. The principal is ineffective in dealing with bullies and seems to be more concerned with her appearance to her superiors (who apparently are concerned about her performance) than she is about your child.

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August 26, 2014
My child has attended this school for the last 3 years. She has had an amazing experience. The teaching techniques incorporate several different learning styles and they keep the students engaged while learning. We have several neighbors who also have had amazing experiences here. We highly recommend this school.

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June 13, 2014
My child was bullied mercilessly and the child who bullied him was given a very public award for basically adhering to the golden rule. What a joke and slap in the face at the same time. The principal is incompetent and throws out a lot of jargon to cover up her biases. We went to the school because of its rating and even though my child is gifted, we couldn't run away fast enough.

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January 27, 2014
Cory has gone downhill over the past two years. Part of it is due to the lack of funding for para professionals in the classroom by DPS and partly because the focus has become bridging the gap rather than helping all grow. A lot of the GT kids leave by 4th grade because they need to be challenged. The teachers are generally wonderful educators but it's difficult with about 30 kids in a classroom. The principal is inexperienced and it shows.

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January 24, 2014
Cory is an awesome school. I'm in 5th grade and have had an amazing time there since I arrived in the 1st grade. The staff members are great and I love my teacher and class, they are the best! I wake up every morning not being able to wait to go to school. I have such a fun time there while knowing that i'm learning a lot too. I could never recommend a better elementary school.

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January 22, 2014
We had a horrible experience at Cory. We moved there for the HGT program, and found it to be non-existent. The HGT coordinator never returned a single call or email, and I never saw her in person, despite countless attempts. And I also never saw my child's Advanced Learning Plan, and I'm certain it was not delivered in the classroom. On top of the imaginary HGT program they tout, the principal is not someone who should be allowed to work with children, and her group think tendencies start at the top and bleed down throughout the staff in the school. I genuinely could not wait to get my kid out of this school. If you want your child to thrive in a learning environment that nurtures them and helps them thrive in every area, run as far away as possible from this school.

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September 08, 2013
I have two fairly difficult children (for different reasons.) We have been pleased with the various interventions and the efforts to insure that parents and teachers are on the same team. They definately have not fallen through the cracks. We are still in the middle of it, but on balance have been very happy to send our children here. Our biggest disappointment has been a total lack of foreign language offerings (outside a couple of "cottage industry" before and after school clubs). Elementary school is precisely when ALL children should be developing second language skills in our opinion, but we seem to be among a very few parents that feel this way, so we are on our own! Outside that, a few more men teachers would be preferable (our son, who is extremely active and can't sit still, has had all women teachers. We keep hearing suggestions that he must be ADD or something, which is ridiculous in his case). Also, a little more diversity would be preferred (the place is "lilly white") .

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May 30, 2013
I've had children at Cory for four years now and our experience has been outstanding. It is a wonderful community and the staff there (teachers and paras) are great. They certainly emphasize/focus on academics, while also considering the whole child. Could not be happier.

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March 18, 2013
Large class sizes, but that's par fot he course with DPS. Some teachers are good, others not so much. It's a crap shoot. Would reccomend keeping a close eye on every step of your kids education at this school.

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January 16, 2013
There's a lot of good parent involvement. But it's still DPS, so you can expect large class sizes and spotty teacher performance. One of my boys excelled here, but the other slipped through the cracks with reading and I'm pretty sure the teacher was more concerned about her upcoming retirement to care.

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May 25, 2010
I have had two children complete Cory with two different principals. I couldn't recommend Cory any more highly. The teachers, principals and staff are all extremely child-oriented and the education they provide is excellent. My daughter has special needs as well as being highly gifted and the school accommodated her very well, allowing her to be very successful. My son graduates from Cory tomorrow night and he is very well prepared to go on to a challenging middle school program.

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September 16, 2009
Cory has great, dedicated teachers and a very active parent body that supports all kids.

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March 05, 2009
We have two kids at Cory and love it. This is one of the best elementary schools in Colorado according to 5280 magazine and we can testify to that. The parental support is unbelievable. The teachers are outstanding. Mrs. Shepherd is a great principal. What a great atmosphere to learn in. Our kids look forward to going to school every day. Wish we could have gone to Cory as a kid.

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January 09, 2009
My son is in ECE and loves it there.

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November 01, 2008
My daughter has attended Cory since Kindergarten and is now a 5th grader. We have been extremely pleased with every aspect of our experience with the staff. Cory is a magnet school for gifted and talented and the teachers really strive to make sure that all the kids are challenged. We 'choiced' into Cory and are so glad we did!

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November 27, 2007
We loved our experience at Cory the teachers and principle are wonderful caring and really on top of the elementary education game. Parental involvement is incredible and the kids are happy and well educated.

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April 15, 2006
Friendly Staff, great teachers (as in most schools, I think,) and principal Lynn Scates was involved and on top of everything, keeping things running smoothly and effectively. Parent involvement was incredible, often exceeding expectations on fundraising amounts.

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Mission: Cory is a 21st Century elementary school that achieves excellence through a partnership with its community, families, students and staff. We provide a safe and positive environment that fosters a love of learning. Our commitment is to ensure that each child experiences success.

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Cory Elementary School
1550 South Steele St, Denver, CO  80210
(720) 424-8380
Last modified Cory Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 1-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cory Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top