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Denver, CO
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1230 South Grant Street
Denver, CO 80210

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(720) 424-5600
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July 15, 2014
This is an amazing school! The community is so supportive of the work the students and teachers are doing to make the neighborhood a great place to live. Many kids at the school live blocks away from the school. It is easy to find children to play with in the neighborhood and they are all choosing their neighborhood school. I have 2 children at the school. One is above grade level in all subject areas and the other is exactly where she needs to be. This is because of the dedication of the teachers and the clear expectations they give to parents to help them support their children at home.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I feel ready, now that the school year is almost over, to say that choosing McKinley-Thatcher was a great choice! This is our neighborhood school. My daughter loves her teachers/staff/classmates and she has been learning so much from them and impressing us everyday. The school staff and parenting community are making genuine efforts to enable the students to learn, achieve and grow. The results have proven positive.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Having moved into the city from Cherry Creek Schools in the suburbs I was afraid that my daughter wouldn't find the same sense of community. McKinley-Thatcher Elementary is her favorite school "EVER" and I could not be more impressed with the principal and community involvement. It takes a village and the parents and staff of McKinley-Thatcher get that.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
To the parent that doesn't think a jump of 26% to 68% is much to brag about. I am sure those numbers would matter alot to you if they were falling and not rising. I am curious what your participation in this school is beyond elitist worries. Do you belong to the PTA or CSC? Do you volunteer in the classroom? Progress doesn't take place without parent's participation. That jump in numbers is the result of alot of work by alot of dedicated parents. Those grades are my kids grades and I am proud of the teachers, principle, and other students striving to improve. Why don't you continue the tradition and help grow the school instead of dogging it and leaving it to others to do the hard work.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
Test scores have jumped the past year, but being 26% up to 68% is hardly anything to brag about. 5 grade does seem better than the rest of the school. The teacher/principal turnover rate has me concerned. They seem to be headed in the right direction. More kids from outside the neighborhood? With all the new apartments and rent controlled housing being put up, I'm concerned with the future growth.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary is a great small school. We are very happy we decided to enroll our daughter into a public school close to home. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We are so thrilled with this school! Everybody at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary school clearly cares deeply about every child attending there. My little kindergartner has already learned so much in the couple of months she has been attending and most importantly, she loves this school too!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We have three kids at McKinley Thatcher and we couldn't be happier. We live a few blocks away and it's fun to bring the kid's to and from school daily. They are learning so much and are actually excited to get to school for breakfast. The entire staff from the principal, teachers, front office staff, etc are very welcoming, engaging and driven to teach the kids. The facilities are well maintained and the facility manager is extremely friendly. The PTA group is also very involved and growing. We also love the small-town feel as the entire staff know all of the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
McKinley Thatcher Elementary School is an excellent neighborhood school that has a wonderful community presence and support! The staff is welcoming and caring. The teachers are knowledgeable and I love the extended day program. There are great enrichment opportunities and a lot of school activities throughout the year. It is easy to get involved and really get to be a part of your neighborhood school! My son loves to bike to and from school, and it is a great feeling to be able to do that with him. It is also so nice that we see friends from school walking around the neighborhood and at the park. I am proud to call McKinley Thatcher our neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
McKinley Thatcher is a good neighborhood school on its way to being a great one due to growing parent involvement. Strong PTA leadership and increased membership are key this improvement. We love the small size of the school and commitment and visibility of the principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
We have a kindergartener and a 1st grader at the school, and we LOVE IT! The principal is incredible. She is often in the classroom, knows all of the kids, and all of the parents. The teachers are terrific and go above and beyond. They are active, caring, and engaged, and both of my kids are excelling and thriving academically. I can't imagine anywhere else I would want my kids to spend their day. They are excited about school everyday. It is a small school with a great community. I would give it more than five stars if I could!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
McKinley-Thatcher is a wonderful school with a strong commitment to community and learning. The teachers and leadership are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Our daughter attends McKinley-Thatcher and she loves it! We are very happy to have such a great neighborhood school with caring attentive teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
I love this school, the teachers are wonderful and the staff their are very nice! Couldn't ask for a better school for my 7 year old daughter!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
My child loves being at McKinley-Thatcher. Our family adored the ECE teacher, Angela Foster. She really understood the mind of 4-year-old and challenged them without pressuring them. Every Friday my child would cry because they didn't want to wait two days to go back to school. The principal is new and I think she's still trying to find her foothold, but she does seem open to addressing parents' concerns and taking action. There is a core group of parents that are highly involved, but new faces are always welcomed. It's very easy to involved your child's education here. I'm really impressed from CSC meetings at how passionate both the parents and school staff about pursuing the best possible education for children. Not just in the scope of test scores, but also in physical education, music, environmental programs, etc. The school is also one of the cleanest I've ever seen. The only reason why I'm not giving this school five stars is because I wish there more multi-disciplined after-school programs with greater involvement and attention paid to them.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
We've been at this school for 8 years and have been very pleased with the teachers/staff and the small school environment. My 5th grader says she can't tell me who her favorite teacher is because she has so many. PTA sponsors a variety of after-school activities, including chess, computers, science, Shakespeare, and art, as well as family events that make it easy for parents to get involved. The school also has a focus on environmental education through the SPREE program.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
Great school, excellent teachers. This school has a very good and positive environment, caring staff and excellent education. I definitely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
My daughter was hurt by a teacher at this school. She was grabbed by the arm and pulled. Not for safety reasons either. It was horrible. I witnessed it and she never went back to the school. The principal didn't care and wouldn't even meet with me until days later. The kids at the school all have a negative nickname for this teacher as she is known for being grouchy and mean. After the meeting that went no where with the principal (she defended the teacher and thought we were lying- we asked her point blank) we never set foot in the school again. We transferred to another school where we had a wonderful experience with caring, sweet, nurturing teachers. Thank goodness my daughter realized that not all teachers physically harm children and act angry most of the time. I do not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
This school was rated in the top 10 in the Denver Public School system. Every time I walk into the school I feel as though I am in a small town and not the middle of a large city. The staff get to know you and your child as individuals and not just a number. The environmental education and the art programs are high importance to the SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) school. If you are thinking of sending your child here drop by I know the staff will welcome you with open arms. My daughter love Ms. Angie the ECE teacher so much she even wants to go to school on Saturday and Sunday. Heather Jacobson, ECE Parent

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
We chose McKinley-Thatcher because of its small size, friendly atmosphere, and environmental studies. The teachers are experts in their fields, and they really get to know and care about their students. I would say that both of our children have gained confidence as a direct result of their school experiences at McKinley-Thatcher. There is a very active P.T.A. at the school which works closely with school staff. A sampling of these shared activities includes a chili cook off/silent auction, a winter holiday craft activity fair and sale, a family turkey trot, and the South Platte River Environmental Education Field Trips. If you are looking for a small school with high educational standards and a supportive environment, then McKinley-Thatcher is for you! DPS statistics show that if your child attends and stays at McKinley-Thatcher, then he/she will show academic progress. Kris Woods, parent

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
I love this school. I drive 15 min. just so I know she is getting a good education.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
The teachers and parent community are great at McKinley-Thatcher. It's a small school that really makes you feel at home.

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McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School
1230 South Grant Street, Denver, CO  80210
(720) 424-5600
Last modified McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top