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Montclair Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 474 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2012

Our son recently finished his first year at Montclair (in first grade) and we are very pleased with this school. The teachers are enthusiastic, caring, and seem to really enjoy their work. Also, there are many opportunities for parent involvement. Activities such as International Night and the Fun Fair help create a sense of community. Our child greatly enjoyed the special learning opportunities available at Montclair- clusters and brown bag lunches. This allowed him to learn more in-depth about topics such as the Olympics. In addition, the diversity (racial and economic) at this school is wonderful. We also appreciate the fact they are an Innovation school which means they have more independence and decision-making capacity than regular public schools. Our child had a bumpy year in kindergarten (at a different school) and a good year at Montclair- we contribute this to Montclair's supportive, caring environment and its focus on the positive. As with most other public schools, critiques can be made (more funding! smaller class sizes!) but overall this is a terrific school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2012

I attended Montclair Elementary School from 1954 to 1958. Had it not been for the excellent teachers I may never have discovered both my academic and athletic abilities. Also, I remember the extracurricular activities which were available and so very valuable at that formative age. I still live in the Montclair neighborhood and pass by the school quite often reminding me of those wonderful days of so long ago.


Posted June 25, 2010

I had an exciting experience with this school. They advanced my two kids into higher levels. They were patient and cooperative. They involve the parents always for the sake of their kids. Overall this school is one of its kind and it is advancing further looking at CSAP results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

My granddaughter attends kindergarten - her teacher GiGi Hummel is an excellent teacher. my granddaughter has had 6 teachers before Ms Hummel and thinks she is the best yet.great to hear that for parents and this grandmother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Our daughter is in first grade, and this is her second year at Montclair. The teachers are fantastic. Loving and attentive people who are also solid professionals. My daughter has loved all her teachers, and loves her friends and the sense of community. She feels this is 'my school' in every sense of the word. 'Specials,' 'clusters,' and the great DU student teachers.... we love Montclair!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

Two of my children currently attend Montclair. They are both very different people and the school serves their needs. My son has special needs they have met each and every one of them with kindness. I love the Clusters. Read to Achieve, which both my children have been identified as needing, is a daily reading program that help them read. I am a teacher and a parent and I have high standards. I volunteer at the school and see behind the scenes. It's a wonderful staff and community at Montclair. And, the children are truly learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

they have done such a turn around from where they were a few years ago. Both my children (now grown,) my husband, his mother and grandmother graduated from this fine school. It deserves all it can get.


Posted May 15, 2008

My daughter is completing her first year at Montclair. I recently asked her how she felt about the school, and she happily shouted, 'Everything!' I chose this school over a private school because I felt the population more accurately reflected the real world and because I was aligned educational philosophically - that learning should be fun. It has paid off My child has grown so much this year and we all look forward to returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

I have had two children attend this school for nearly three years. I have been so impressed with the level of commitment to quality. The principal is amazing and she is dedicated to hiring only the best teachers. She knows my children well and is truly invested in each child's progress and success. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

Montclair Elementary School, Wow.... I have two children attending Montclair. At first I was extremely skeptical, after meeting the teaching staff and some of the parents I am truly impressed ... They really understand about working with children on their strengths to diminish their weaknesses. For that I am truly thankful... Montclair keep doing what you do and being passionate about children truly learning and you will always do well overall...Roni a loving and always concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

My son began kindergarten at Montclair Elementary, and is now a 2nd grader there. Throughout these three years, we've been delighted by the quality of his teachers and the responsiveness of the principal to our questions and ideas. Montclair's adaptation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model allows kids to develop core skills though the study of subjects about which they're most passionate. (For my guy, It's way more fun to learn reading and writing when toothy Megalodon is the topic!) We chose Montclair, our neighborhood school, over a highly respected program that serves gifted & talented students exclusively. It was a scary decision at the time, but WOW -- our son is thriving, both academically and personally. There's a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Montclair that's palpable the moment you enter the school. My son truly regards the place as his second home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

We choiced into to Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment this school year. We are very pleased with our children's first grade teacher. She is very progressive and thoughtful in her approach as well as very caring. Our principal, Shannon Hagerman has vision and boundless enthusiasm. She knows all students (and parents) by name and even jumps in to teach/cover classes whenever she is needed. Second and fourth quarters, students participate in clusters. Our dedicated teachers facilitate special courses and all students are welcome to participate. Not only do our students learn about an enrichment area, they form a greater sense of community by the multi-grade-level groupings. There is a strong committment on the part of all staff to the students and their progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

Montclair Elementary is an excellent school! All efforts for improvement have paid off considerably. We transferred our child from another DPS school based on the glowing reviews we've heard. We were so impressed by the kudos and growing reputation, that we decided upon a tour. Aside from the brilliant leadership, vision,administration and staff, we were sold after spending time in individual classrooms. I would say the most remarkable aspect of Montclair was the respect in which all peoples, all ages, from student to teacher, honored each other. Coupling respect with enthusiasm was something to behold. These students are actually excited about learning and actually excited about their school. What more can we say? We've made a most excellent choice in choosing Montclair Elementary over any other DPS offering. It's a great fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

I love my daughter's school! The newly revamped Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment offers a rich, nurturing, multicultural environment with wonderful teachers and an awesome principal. The school emphasizes music, art and other enrichment areas. The Early High Strides program enables highly motivated students to explore areas of interest in enrichment-based projects. The students' collective sense of community and respect is a happy reflection of the values reiterated daily by teachers and staff. Parental involvement is welcomed and is growing. I was a little nervous about our decision to leave a DPS school rated 'excellent' (per the CSAP scores) to attend our neighborhood school of Montclair. But now I am so glad we did because my daughter can't wait to go to school in the morning, loves her teachers, and is incredibly enthusiatic about learning everything she can!
—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 72% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%
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 72% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
54%
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 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%
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%
Female57%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students42%
Female46%
Male38%
Black (not Hispanic)23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%
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 Students60%
Female54%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)38%
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students50%
Female48%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Writing

All Students45%
Female48%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
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 Students65%
Female65%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Science

All Students49%
Female50%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Writing

All Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%
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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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
White 35% 57%
Black 31% 5%
Hispanic 26% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 63%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Shannon Hagerman
Fax number
  • (720) 424-5405

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

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