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Cowell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 548 students

We are best known for CSAP score increases 2009-10!

 
 
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Posted July 18, 2014

Cowell Elementary is a gem in a beautiful part of the city! We have a new community garden, and primary grades participate in hands-on science with visiting community partners. Students can shine in the talent show or on the soccer field (we've sent a SCORES student on a New York trip for the past few years!). New Light Rail stops in the neighborhood make Villa Park a great place to work and live!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

Very nice staff great teachers very safe enviroment!! The speech therapy class is amazing. I recommend this school to all the new parents in the area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

Cowell was just named a Center of Educational Excellence by the State of Colorado for the 2nd year in a row due to high student growth on state assessments.


Posted February 6, 2009

Cowell is a wonderful caring community dedicated to a sound education for it's students.


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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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
16%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
9%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
21%
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 Students50%
Female61%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)43%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Reading

All Students58%
Female64%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)43%
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students28%
Female55%
Male9%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English31%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant28%
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 Students43%
Female41%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)29%
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students40%
Female41%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)28%
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant40%

Writing

All Students32%
Female37%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English36%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%
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 Students39%
Female40%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Reading

All Students39%
Female50%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Science

All Students17%
Female20%
Male15%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities18%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant17%

Writing

All Students30%
Female30%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant30%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

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
Hispanic 89% 32%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
White 3% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 95%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highest growth on the School Performance Framework for Elementary (2009)
  • One of Top 20 Median Growth Schools in DPS (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Yes
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Thomas Elliott
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (720) 424-8325

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Yes
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
More from this school
  • We are a neighborhood school serving students in our Early Childhood Program beginning at age 3 through 5th grade.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Lake International (IB)
Skinner Middle School
Kipp Sunshine Academy
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4540 West 10th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
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Phone: (720) 424-8300

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