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Hamilton Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 860 students

Our school is best known for its top-performing status in DPS.

 
 
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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 14 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted December 15, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2007

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2007

i think that they need to improve the quality of advising to students with study skills issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

A nice school.Teachers are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

Most students at Hamilton Middle school are overachievers. Almost everyone is in one of the many offered extracurricular activities such as AVID, soccer, basket ball, volleyball, Art club etc. there is a decent level of parental involvement. If the students are out of line they are always 'delt' with very calmly, but still in an effective manner. The teachers are all very kind and caring along with all of the staff. The band teacher is one of the best in the Denver Public School district and the students are in a warm and caring environment.
—Submitted by a student


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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 62% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%
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 55% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%
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 52% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
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 Students61%
Female67%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible57%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students73%
Female84%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)36%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students62%
Female73%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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 Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Writing

All Students66%
Female71%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)21%
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
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 Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students68%
Female73%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Science

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students63%
Female69%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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8-10 Above Average

 

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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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
White 42% 56%
Hispanic 32% 32%
Black 17% 5%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
Ukranian, Polish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukranian, Polish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:55 pm
School Leader's name
  • Nick Dawkins
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (720) 423-9445

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukranian, Polish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Optimist Club of Denver
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Mathletics
  • National Honor Society
  • Semantics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • We have a new principal! Nick Dawkins is happy to meet with you and talk to you about his shared vision for Hamilton. Please call the school to schedule a meeting with him, or email him with your questions.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Thomas Jefferson High School
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8600 East Dartmouth Ave
Denver, CO 80231
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