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Merrill Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 545 students

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2014:
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2011:
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Posted March 19, 2014

The leadership of Merrill is totally insensitive to the individual student and teachers. I always wonder what is "broken" at a school with a high turn over rate of teachers. The DPS administration needs to take a close look at the Principal. I understand she rules with threats and fear. The Principal needs to be re-placed immediately!!!! As a taxpayer I resent a sub-human person interacting with "our" children.


Posted March 15, 2014

The worst school ever teacher and principal at Merrill don't care about your student. They promise so many changes and nothing never happens it just keeps getting worst. I would not recommend this so to my worst enemies it's just simply awful in every aspect specially academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

I love this school! You can be yourself and you don't have to try and fit in because it happens naturally. All of the teachers try really hard to teach you and they help you understand the lessons. The principal and vice principal are always right in top of things and the counselor is amazing. You can go to her anytime of day and talk about how you are feeling. You don't have to worry about bullying because there are so many different ethnic groups there, that you get used to seeing different people. They now serve breakfast in the first period class so everybody gets a chance to eat. During winter (now) they have the heaters going in all of the classrooms. I absolutely love this school and I will continue to go here.


Posted February 5, 2014

This is the worst school ever my child gets bullied and nothing is done. Nothing but racist and disrespectful and immature children and adults are in this school. Graffiti is done in the bathroom, children bully each other and because teachers hate there jobs they take it out on the students. My child doesn't learn anything and because of the environment she cant. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

Teachers really care here. They seek you out if there's something that needs to be addressed. And together, you can work it out. The diverse nature of students enhances the educational experience. Every student is challenged. My son, for example, is taking Geometry as an 8th-grader. It's a fantastic school, and definitely worth considering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

Merrill is a wonderful school that isn't well understood because of its international student body. My children, who are rated gifted and talented, have thrived at Merrill and have continued to grow. Merrill's plans for launching a wireless campus, science and technology lab and a global language program in 2013 is extremely exciting too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

Amazing school. Teachers are fabulous and really care about each child on an individual bases. My child is a person here not a number. The academics are amazing and my child has improved greatly from her elementary school across the field. How lucky we are to be at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

My Son loves middle school at Merrill. I am surprised because I feared the middle school experience in general and worried about choosing the right school. The staff is great and responds to my questions. The school responded to my son skipping a grade in math with no problems. I love the dress code. Drive by other middle or high schools and check out the sagging and bagging and the skimpy outfits and you will see what I am talking about. Bullying problems are dealt with quickly. Love the honors courses and the technology lab.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I dont like this school because they think strictness will make us better but its actually the other way around
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2010

I sent two of my sons here over a 5 year span. Both had awful experiences. The 2nd son moved to a better DPS school after completing 2 years at Merrill. There are some good teachers, but there also older ones who seem to get assigned here as their last stop to retirement. They don't have good attitudes towards the students. The younger teachers have more energy and better attitude. Leadership here has been poor. The school does not do well in dealing with kid-on-kid conflicts. It can be a brutal place. Many parents I know with more than one child have avoided sending their 2nd child back into this environment. Much of the problems come from an environment of rough kids who are not controlled or dealt with properly. Student performance is bimodal. Some who care do very well, the ones who don't aren't motivated and are given up on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

The rating score of Merrill is completely inaccurate. This school has many different programs within the building, many of them rigorous. The test scores are skewed b/c one of these programs consists of students that are new to the country. These students, despite being bright and motivated have not yet grasped the english language- making standardized tests an inaccurate representation of their skill set and of Merrill's achievement. These students take their core classes seperately during the day. The other students have the good fortune of being in class with these children during their specials (art etc..). THis school has an advanced placement program, as well. You recieve an incredible amount of personal attention from the staff in this building, they are always making sure that my child is challenged. There are small class sizes, loads of sports and activities and it shares a beautiful campus with Cory Elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

After a horrible experience at Morey Middle School last year with bullying this school is sheer bliss
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

Merrill is an excellent school for learning about other cultures and languages. It is not a fake cultural school like D.S.A because there are kids there who really are from Burma, Russia, China, Vietnam, Africa, ect. there are kids there from over 30 different countries and they are starting the new comer program for kids who have recently moved here from Iraq and Burma and starting clothes and food donations for them and their families. they will teach all academic levels and have an honors program in which I am in. (I am in 6th grade.) If you compare the scores of the newcomers in their language, their scores are equal or higher than the scores of hamilton and morey. CSAP only allows kids who don't speak english to take it in their language for 1 year so they only get to do CSAP once in their language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

A welcoming and challenging environment. My son attended Cory, an excellent elementary school, and he is up and out of bed early every morning ready to ride his bike to school. Kids are friendly and accepting; teachers are challenging but keep it real -- no meaningless homework and a realistic eye towards CSAP score; principal is poised to move this school. By the way, when CSAP scores for those who don't speak English as a first language are factored out of the total school scores, Merrill CSAP scores mirror those of Hamilton and Morey. Don't pass this up and coming school over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

Merrill Middle School has so many great qualities. The teachers are excellent and the administration is very welcoming and friendly. My children have made some great friends. They teach to all academic levels, and we also love the location. I give it a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

I found Merrill to be a school that teaches to all levels of academic abilities. The T/G program is new and is being refined. I wish that the T/G kids could be in classes of their own and then take electives with other kids. The staff is very approachable and goes an extra mile if parents seek help or advice. Children are given many opportunities for out of the ordinary experiences. Extracurricular activities appear to meet the likes of many children. The diversity in the population is a plus in this day and age. I give a thumbs up to Merrill. Another benefit of Sewall is they are trying to establish a task force on anti-bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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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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 34% 32%
White 23% 57%
Asian 18% 3%
Black 18% 5%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 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 80%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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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