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Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences

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Posted March 13, 2014

Waited to observe the changes others were quick to condemn (I know - change is hard) and I have to say, I am THRILLED. The new principal's interaction with families and kids is outstanding. He hosts coffees once a month and has been part of dessert events to talk with parents and hear their concerns and address questions. My kids and I have already talked with him far more than the former principal - he knows my kids! Yes, he is amping up the academics offered at the mid and lower academic levels, but that shouldn't negatively impact the GT program, only making the talent pool in the entire school stronger. His goal is to get more kids to the advanced level, not just close the achievement gap! Improvement in any area makes Hill an even better school - and we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

This is because the school is excellent in every way. I am a honors level 8th grader at this school and have been here for almost three years. Every year has been a blast with great staff and great teachers! I feel like I am being challenged but also getting great support from all my teachers, even though I hate history my history teacher makes it all worth while. All in all this school is a great place for having fun while learning.


Posted January 26, 2014

The new principal & change in the way the curriculum is taught is fraught with problems and inefficiencies which have either been ignored, addressed at a superficial level or simply given lip service with no plan of action reviewed with or explained to parents. What was once a strong school with a tiered system for learning is now a school bent on teaching to the middle to close the achievement gap. DPS is doing a disservice to the community and students with this "new" way of educating. The general consensus from high achieving students & parents is it will take time, perhaps a few years, for this school to get back on track. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

The school is going through a transition of principals. The new principal is a breath of fresh air and we have seen so many improvements to the culture this year. The school has seen a drop in enrollment and data - a change was needed. I fully support the new principal and know he will return Hill to being a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

I went to Hill a few years ago, and it was wonderful. i was in the Honors Program, and it prepared me for high school perfectly. However, I have heard and observed through the current students at Hill, that there have been a few changes. These changes must have good intentions, but the results are nothing but negative. First of all, they can't leave the lunchroom during lunch. This is strange for me to think about; I spent many of my lunches at Hill in my teachers' classrooms getting help if I didn't completely, 100% understand the lesson from the last class. Knowing that this is an option has helped me tremendously through high school, and I'm not afraid to ask for help now. Secondly, they are required to wear huge, yellow safety vests to the bathroom. Can I just say: who knows the population of Hill that has hand-washing as a regular habit? This is RE-VOLT-ING. Most importantly, the Honors program is changing. Of course having different levels of classes is going to be controversial. But being with kids at your exact pace was such a relief after going through elementary school with everyone mixed together. *Dear Mr. New Principal, please don't change the Honors Program one bit.*


Posted October 5, 2013

Parents should think twice about this school now. The quality of the outgoing principal compared to the incoming principal is painful to watch.


Posted October 3, 2013

Hill Campus is undergoing significant program changes to be in effect Fall 2014. (In all fairness, check with the school for details.) First off, this school has some phenomenal teachers who we are fortunate our kids have been exposed to. It's a safe, clean and pleasantly busy environment. Academically, the school has an Honor's Program which is tiered so kids are grouped with similar achievers. Prior to this year, the different levels could cover material quicker or slower based how the students grasped it. It left time for other learning/projects that could supplement the core. Our first child that attended Hill was exposed to some amazing instruction in writing, math, woodshop, etc. that knocked outsiders' socks off... "She learned THAT in public school?" Apparently, the leveling system opened up students looking at where they were compared to others and it created challenges. So next year, there will be two learning tracks- kids who are higher achievers and kids who will hopefully be high achievers some day. All will go at the same pace now. I wonder if such a significant change of course is the only option to deal with social/academic comparisons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

Hill has been a great school up until this year. Things have been turned upside down, leaving both teachers and students confused and wondering how learning will occur for anyone but the middle of the road students. An incoming principal, whose pride is bigger than the school, is eliminating/ changing the successful honors program into "Achievement Now - for high academic achievers " - is that really what the kids are supposed to be proud to be part of? And everyone else will be part of "Achievement Next - the next generation of high academic achievers ." What is the point? Teachers are in fear of losing their jobs if they do not teach the curriculum exactly the same to all students. This is not the same school it once was. Stay away....far away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

I am a teacher with Hill Campus and I'm entering my 6th year with the faculty, administration and students of this wonderful school! Students have so many excellent opportunities to grow and be challenged here. We have strong and positive discipline standards, and maintain a high standard of academic excellence for all students. I can also say students have FUN at our school! There are so many extracurricular choices (after school), and in-school ways to explore their burgeoning personalities: Student council, sports, arts competitions, brain-bowl, mathletics, National History Day, School Store...! I love the climate at Hill and absolutely recommend this middle school among its peers in DPS.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 6, 2011

First year at Hill and my son overall had a good year. Lot's to get involved in at school. Found some good and dedicated teachers. I believe he was academically challenged this year. There were other challenges but the school handled well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Great school. Fabulous teachers, great administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is the most amazing middle school! Great teachers, great staff, great principal, and great kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

i had my first day today and it was great!!!! all of the teachers are pleasent and i love it!! All the kids are great all in all i love it!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2008

I have had a daughter for two years at Hill and her experience has been extraordinary. The school is well-organized, the teachers are motivated, and it is a nice mix of students. The gifted and talented program is particularly strong and the energy the program is generating is almost palpable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

this is because most of the kids don't give a care and feel like there already loosers why try any more. i'm an honors student in 7th grade, for 6th grade i was in traditional and that is how almost all the kids act. the school isn't very clean and dosen't lister to the kids very well (nocomunication) kids get in trouble way to often and the education is not at all chalenging. wich is another reson this school dose so badly, the kids think they already know half the stuff they are given and think why waste time doing something i already know how to do???
—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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%
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 Students57%
Female66%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)21%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%

Reading

All Students65%
Female74%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracial74%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students55%
Female66%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
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%
Female66%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)20%
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students63%
Female74%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)13%
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students64%
Female75%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
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 Students50%
Female47%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)14%
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Reading

All Students58%
Female57%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Science

All Students41%
Female36%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible12%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Writing

All Students54%
Female57%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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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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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Math growth at this school

Above 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 39% 57%
Hispanic 32% 32%
Black 22% 5%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 56%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Don Roy
Fax number
  • (720) 423-9705

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Visual arts
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

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  • Student council/government
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