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Gilpin Montessori Public School

Public | PK-5 | 212 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I rally like Gilpin. It has a family atmosphere about it and my children like going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My son is now in 5th grade he has been coming to Gilpin since E.C.E and he has transitioned since it turned Montessori and he will continue Montessori education and I could not be happier with his growth it is an awesome school!!!! My oldest son also attended Gilpin he is now in high school taking honors classes!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gilpin is on its way to being a true success story for the Denver Public Schools! As a public Montessori school closest to downtown Denver, it provides access to a quality Montessori education for a diverse student body. Each year gets better and better. My son is in his second year of the primary level, and he has thrived at Gilpin. His teacher runs a disciplined and authentic Montessori classroom. Class sizes are small, teachers are engaged, and parent participation is increasing. I love the attention that is spent on grace and courtesy along with independent learning. Good things are happening here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gilpin is a great neighborhood Montessori school - one of the few in the nation. There is a wonderful amount of diversity at all ages, and all of the kids seem to thrive in the Montessori environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

My daughter has been attending Gilpin for four years now. The teachers are amazing, the support staff is unbelievable and the parents are so supportive. It is really unfair that they gave the school 1/10 rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Our daughter thrives at Gilpin Montessori. The relationship she has with her wonderful teacher is priceless. The Gilpin Montessori community is welcoming and continues to strengthen with it's envolved staff and families. I am so thrilled we made the switch to Gilpin. I am excited to be apart of this growing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Gilpin Montessori is an innovative school, enlists parent and community involvement, and is continuously growing. As a teacher at Gilpin, I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2014

We have been at Gilpin for 3 years now. Something I feel is missing from standard education is making sure the foundation is at 100% before continuing onto the higher level instruction. Each child here is guided by teachers individually to ensure they completely understand the lesson before they can move up to the next level. If standardized testing cannot reflect that, it is unfortunate. I would rather my child take time to fully comprehend a concept, then get a "good enough" passing grade and continue on just to keep up with their peers. A building with a stronger foundation can accommodate more levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

We're a few years out from our firstborn being school age, but have already done a tour with Gilpin. We are excited to "choice" into this school and have our kids get a Montessori education. The principal and teacher we met were very thorough in answering our questions and very positive about the changes happening in the school since it has switched to Montessori. A parent on the tour said parent involvement was good and continually improving. My husband wasn't sure what the big deal about Montessori was until he saw what the classrooms were like firsthand. We're excited to start getting involved!


Posted October 24, 2013

1 out of 10 rating is so unfair. First, I don't believe test scores tell you anything about anything. But also, these test scores are reflecting an older set of kids who did not benefit from the Montessori method that was brought to the school in the last several years, once the kids going through the Montessori method reach the higher grades, the testing will reflect what's really going on at this school, and it's awesome what's going on! Anyone wondering should just take a tour and see for yourself. It's only a matter of time before this school is one of the coveted schools everyone wants to choice into. We consider ourselves very lucky to live here and have such an awesome public school nearby that is really embracing the Montessori method. The principal is very dedicated, the teachers and staff really believe in what they're doing, and the children are happy and proud too. It's currently underfunded so any parent involvement, especially in raising funds, is essential. Be ready to be a team player and get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is our second year at Gilpin. Both of my children love their teachers and are excited about learning. My mother-in-law has trained and taught in Montessori. She took a tour of Gilpin and was very impressed with their set up and tools. I've seen change at this school within the last two years and I think it's only getting better. I recommend this school if it is Montessori you are looking for. It does need a little help with parent participation but overall - we are happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

Gilpin is a fantastic school that provides Montessori education for the urban initiative. The teachers work their tales off as does the administration. I would not consider sending my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

If you have not been to Gilpin during this school year, you really need to take the time to check it out. This school has done a total 180. Was the school underperforming before? Yes. Has it made neccessary and difficult changes to raise the school to a completely different level? YES! It is now a Montessori based school, which provides an excellent environment and foundation for life-long leaners. Gilpin has a new principal, Frank Vincent, who is providing the required leadership to turn the school around. Principal Vincent is in fact, a nationally recognized Montessori educator and administrator. He is a catch. All of the teachers are now Montessori trained. Their in-class materials are beautiful. The school is clean and orderly and the students are focused on learning. Teachers don't find themselves disciplining a few students at the detriment of the rest of the class. They serve healthy meals, made from scratch and are even starting a garden this spring so they can eat the veggies in the fall. Make an appointment for a tour. Check out the school and witness what the school has become!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My son was a student a Gilpin K-8 since Kindergarten. We choiced in because as a single parent Gilpin was the best school for my son at the time for many reasons. He is now in 4th Grade, but we have moved to a different school for various reasons. His testing scores last year were significant to his overall attendance and all of the teachers that impacted his education in a powerful way since the day he started Kindergarten. His fourth grade teacher, Micheal Sterling, not only exemplified knowledge and wisdom but everyday challenged my son, and his entire class beyond metocrity. His passion to teach went beyond teaching literature, writing and mathematics. He chellenged them daily. Congratulations Gilpin and Thank You for amking a difference. My son is on his way to academic excellence because his foundation was excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
27%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
0%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
6%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
6%
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.

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2012

 
 
12%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
6%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
24%
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 Students41%
Female48%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible40%
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)n/a
Proficient in English35%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students41%
Female38%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible36%
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)n/a
Proficient in English38%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Writing

All Students22%
Female19%
Male25%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities25%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English15%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%
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 Students38%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Reading

All Students44%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Writing

All Students38%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a
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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52%
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24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 60% 32%
Black 26% 5%
White 8% 57%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 81%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Catherine Gonzales
Fax number
  • (720) 424-7165

Programs

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  • Montessori
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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