After being away from this school for two years and finally getting my head around what was really going on here, I have decided that I wish I had filed a formal complaint against this principal. Shocking and embarrassing, the worst year of our lives. She even had separate dances and drinking fountains. Shame on Hamilton and DPS!
I go to Hamilton and I have not been very pleased with it. The teachers in the IPM program are good, but the principal is not. She doesn't listen to suggestions and doesn't know kids unless they're unusually good or bad. Furthermore, there is a ton of segregation between TAP and IPM. IPM (which I am in) gets all the attention, and TAP falls by the wayside. Also, there are stereotypes that "IPMers have no life" and "TAP is not smart." This, and the fact that the two cores are kept as far from each other as possible, causes almost no interaction between them, which only serves to increase the stereotypes.I have found that the classes are not challenging at all, and with minimal amounts of homework. Whoever said that we get four hours of homework each night is completely wrong. The most homework I've ever gotten in my three years here is 3 hours working the night before a history assignment was due. The teachers move fairly slowly, because they have to keep up with the unmotivated kids, which IPM is full of (contrary to popular belief) which serves to make motivated kids incredibly bored and staring at the clock. Hamilton needs to start living up to its reputation or it'll lose it.
First of all, the school is completely divided between the regular classes and the IPM program. Most of the attention is focused on the IPM program and that attention is not even good. The student body is constantly made to feel unworthy and "bad" especially by one of the vice principals. Teacher and course quality is so-so because,with the exception of some, the teachers are awful. Now, I know the music program at Hamilton was outstanding mainly because of the terrific music teacher. However, this outstanding music teacher has since retired and the school chose an unfit person to take his place. The new teacher routinely puts us down and makes us students feel awful about our playing ability.These actions caused a huge percentage of music students to drop out of his class. He has turned what was arguably the best music program of any DPS middle school into at best an okay music program at best. This schools only bright spots seem to be the sports program and even that has holes (holes meaning some sports are plain awful). This school may seem great on the outside with the magnet program but going through it made me see how terrible this school really is.
I am deeply concerned about the segregation between the high-performing and TAP (traditional program) students. There is a wide gap--an embarrassing gap, between the performance of these two groups. Although there are some outstanding teachers in this school, teachers clearly differentiate between groups. I feel it. My student feels it. And I would imagine the TAP students feel it too. Overall, this divide is not good for our kids--both the achieving and underachieving and I believe it is wrong for our schools, wrong for our kids and wrong for our society. It is wrong to support some kids at the expense of the other kids. I hope others will stand up and speak up about this segregation which is right here in our back yard.
After "shadowing" at several DPS middle schools, I was incredibly impressed with Hamilton. As a parent, I knew my child would have a quality education, especially because of the International Preparatory Magnate program. We are fortunate to have such a fine caliber of a school in our city. The teachers are unparalleled. Hamilton lays the foundation of important study habits, along with organizational skills that will stay with the student throughout his education. In my opinion, Hamilton affords our children with an education equal to that of a private school, only at taxpayers cost! Our family loves Hamilton.
My son graduated from Hamilton and is now a freshman at the United States Air Force Academy. This is not an easy school to get into and he did have to report where he went to middle school. He had friends in all areas of the school, Magnet, TAPS etc. My daughter is now a 6th grader at Hamilton and loves it as well. The Teachers, Principal and Vice Principal are outstanding. There could always be more parent participation but that is not for lack of trying on the schools part. Get involved and make difference in your child's life.
Hamilton is a phenomenal middle school! My 7th grader recently came to me and said, "Mom, I'm so happy!" That's almost unheard of for a middle schooler! Danny feels cared about at Hamilton. The kids treat each other with respect. They feel connected to the adults in the building. And he is getting a great education! My older son also got so much out of his time at Hamilton. He learned to manage his time so well that he is now able to juggle IB classes at GW, swim team and being a very committed thespian! Thanks, Hamilton!
My daughter is a 6th grader at Hamilton and loves it. She enjoys her classes and the teachers have been great. The principal is fantastic, really cares about the kids and it shows in the performance of the school. I'm happy that I have a happy middle-schooler - a rare thing!
I am a proud parent of an 8th grader right now at Hamilton. My daughter loves her time so far. In 7th grade I really saw her come into her own. She had five amazing IPM teachers. Whenever she came home from school she always was full of stories of the engaging activities in Mr. Bailey's classroom and the humor and kindness of Ms. Cole. She was speaking French to me at dinner after just two weeks from Ms. Barber's instruction, solving difficult and high-school level problems from Ms. Kyker and really getting some hands-on lab based science instruction. I will say that I especially thought that Ms. Cole was amazing for my daughter. She really encouraged them to think for themselves. My daughter actually really enjoyed history, a subject I always hated! She also is really enjoying her 8th grade history teacher too, Mr. Wilhelm. Love the teachers here!
They say things start at the top. Well, Hamilton's principal, Reina Gutierrez, is a most amazing person and principal. She is level headed, strict yet compassionate. Her dedication is easily apparent even to students who must know she cares! She runs a tight ship but she also knows most of the students by name if not by face.
the school has grown an assisted my child in developing into a great person, I know he will take what he has learned there and apply it in his own life
The student body of Hamilton Middle School is divided both racially and demographically . Administration does nothing to create a sense of community among different groups other than the glorification of sports. There are some wonderful teachers and some weak ones, but the overall tone of the school comes from the top down, creating a punitive, distrusting environment. The IB program gets the attention, while the general student body is treated as second-class by the administration, which is mirrored in the attitudes of the students. Homework is often given for homework's sake and all too often consists of worksheets. Class size is large and the teachers convey the feeling of being over-worked.
I'm a parent of a student at Hamilton Middle School in 7th grade and the teachers for 7th grade are wonderful. The teacher that stands out the most is the Language Arts teacher, Mr. Bailey. Whenever I asked him who his favorite teacher was he always said that it was Mr. Bailey. I also thought the other teachers were good too. Mrs. Barber, the spanish and french teacher was very good, by the first month my son could tell me complete sentences in spanish. Ms. Kyker is the math teacher and she is a very exciting teacher and explains everything very well. Also Ms. Cole is a very teacher and she explains everything in great detail. The teachers there are some of the reasons that I loved Hamilton. Go Huskies!
This school is devoted to its IB program and puts few resources towards other students. I agree with other parents' assessments of the racial and academic priorities of this school. My son is a bright, under-motivated child who was new this year to CO and had been home schooled the previous two years. They did no testing, the principal admitted they just put him where they had room, and he suffered greatly for it. His language arts teacher was unable to form a complete sentence, literally, she often used no verb at all. The communication was poor to non-existent. I tried for 3 months to get a return call from the principal. This school is overrated because the IB kids are the focus and have great experiences. Parents of other children should beware. Their child will not receive an education and their efforts to help their child will be frustrated.
I went to Hamilton Middle School as a child and now my son attends. Sad to say, the school has changed dramatically. My son hands me a short form he's received from a teacher close to every day (son didn't have a pencil was the last one I received) and my son seems lost when we go over his homework. Both clear indicators that the teachers are very nonevasive and unorganized. From what I've witnessed, the majority of the student who are in the IB programs are caucasion, and I feel that they want to keep it that way. My review of this school is that the kids in the 'regular' classes do not get the academic support they rightfully deserve. The homework is enfrequent and below standard. There is no effort of the staff for student 'excellence', except if your caucasion and in the IB program.
Hamilton Middle School is an outstanding Middle School. The teachers are involved and inviting to both parents and students. There is a plethora of both academic and athletic extra curricular activities and all students are encouraged to participate and do their best. Parents, too, are encouraged to help in all arenas of the school and participation is good but always could be better. The parent referring to the disorganized cross country team below should have volunteered to help the program and then they could have enjoyed all of the teams 1st place successes with the team. As for the parent referring to the 'rude' and 'to busy all the time' principal, I wholeheartily disagree. I have found the HMS principal extremely polite and engaging, and...busy -- coordinating the education of our kids, overseeing the teachers, para and secretarial staff, and integrating parents into this system that works very well!
This school is misleading the principal is rude snd to busy all the time the assistant principal is worse. My son was in the special ed class and all they did was watch movies!! mean everyday! His teacher was always out sick. The paras are old with hearing aides so the kids get away with everything! his exceptional classroom has the worst supervision and lack of structure. No wonder they shut down so many Denver public schools! It's a shame they will let anyone one off the street work for them!
Hamilton is the best school in the world! all of the teachers are amazing especially the music teacher, Mr. Nitta. You can come to the school in 6th grade and not know how to play an instrument at all, and learn how to play in a few weeks! He is amazing!
They quality of academic programs is fair, the cross country team is very very disorganized. there are many extracurricular activities. the level of parent involvement could be improved
i think that they need to improve the quality of advising to students with study skills issues.
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