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Merrill Middle School

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Posted March 14, 2006

Up and coming Denver public school. Most options for music, art, sports, clubs and afterschool activities in area. International feeling with Newcomer program and students from 30 countries. Friendly atmosphere, open to parent participation. Academics vary according to needs and abilities of students.
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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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
30%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%
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%
Female50%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asian50%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)46%
Proficient in English69%
Immigrant39%
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students55%
Female49%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asian25%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English74%
Immigrant17%
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Writing

All Students43%
Female37%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asian25%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Proficient in English59%
Immigrant17%
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%
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 Students34%
Female28%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)17%
Asian17%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)14%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrant6%
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Reading

All Students40%
Female40%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asian17%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)16%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrant6%
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%

Writing

All Students42%
Female40%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)21%
Asian17%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)16%
Proficient in English66%
Immigrant6%
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
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 Students33%
Female29%
Male36%
Black (not Hispanic)8%
Asian43%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities37%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)22%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrant23%
Neither migrant nor immigrant36%

Reading

All Students35%
Female38%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)16%
Asian18%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English56%
Immigrant10%
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Science

All Students27%
Female24%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)11%
Asian15%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities30%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English41%
Immigrant10%
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%

Writing

All Students29%
Female37%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)19%
Asian18%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Free lunch eligible17%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)12%
Proficient in English48%
Immigrant18%
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%
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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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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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 37% 32%
White 24% 56%
Black 17% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
Farsi, Arabic and Somali, Karen, Burmese, Swedish, Greek, Bulgarian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • EPIC Tier 1 selected by New Leaders New Schools (2009)
  • EPIC Tier 2 selected by New Leaders New Schools (2008)
  • Beacon Status selected by Denver Public Schools (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi, Arabic and Somali, Karen, Burmese, Swedish, Greek, Bulgarian
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 7:25
School end time
  • 2:25
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ann Greenfield
Fax number
  • (720) 424-0625

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi, Arabic and Somali, Karen, Burmese, Swedish, Greek, Bulgarian
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • dodge ball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • dodge ball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Student council/government
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