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5050 East 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80220

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March 20, 2015
We have 3 children in attendance at Park Hill and are very pleased with their education. Their teachers have been great and really know each of them. They are appropriately encouraged to continually improve, accentuating their strengths and identifying areas where more work is needed. The community is fantastic with great parent engagement. It is a great neighborhood school!!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2015
My daughter is in Kindergarten at Park Hill. It is our neighborhood school and I feel extremely lucky that this is so! The school does an amazing job of differentiating instruction, while still forming a happy, motivated group of learners. In my daughter's classroom there are SIX reading groups! Some students are already approaching second grade level reading, while some others are just getting where they need to be for their age in school (this is only a small group though). As a former educator myself, I'm amazed at what can be done to close the achievement gap in the (about 20%) kids that started a bit "behind." Her classroom is a manageable size of only 22 students, with a teacher as well as an aid (who happens to be a certified teacher herself). The specials (music, art, gym, and library) are all very engaging, and supports the well rounded education we were hoping for. The after school enrichment program offerings are also amazing, as is the parent involvement both inside and outside the classroom (PTA, etc.) My child wakes up excited each day to go to school, has her passion for learning fulfilled, and is smiling when I pick her up at the end of the day!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
I have been a PHE parent for 4 years and couldn't be more pleased. My children could both read before entering K and we had no problem sending them there. While certain we could have tested into Polaris, we wanted our children to be part of a community, something hard to find in a large city. We chose not to be part of the crowd outsourcing education for the convenience of dropping off our children downtown. The parental involvement is amazing!. I have no opinion on Dr. Potts as I have had little interaction with her, but I have never heard anything bad on the playground. What most of the reviewers on here lack the courage to say is that there are several kids in every classroom that may require a little more attention as their home situation is less than desirable. Yes, there are minorities who attend Park Hill who don't live on Montview. Yes, there are 7 year olds who have trouble reading because they didn't see a book until their 1st day of school. I will gladly spend a little time with my kids so these children can get an education. In summary, if you think you children should be at a 8th grade after 5th grade, then PHE is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This is an ok school in a great neighborhood. The curriculum is heavily focused on prepping kids for the state standardized tests and very little is done to differentiate in the classroom for gifted students. Class sizes are large and there is a wide disparity of learning abilities in each class. Park Hill teaches to the middle. If your child is highly motivated and working above grade level, don't count on this school to adequately meet their needs.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
Park Hill is a great school for families who are looking for an "in the box" option. It is a test-heavy, traditional elementary school. Worksheets are a regular at night. Creativity is squelched by a heavy requirement to follow dictated curriculum. I would agree with the other reviewers in terms of the principal. She's average and isn't particularly good with individual concerns. Not seeing she is a good listener when there is a need. This means it is a good school for some, not good for others - thus the average rating. It is a fantastic neighborhood and a good option for a neighborhood school - parents are certainly involved. Heard another parent comment that the principal cultivates parent relationships who become "groupies" and those parents create an environment that can be good for all kids - the parents work very hard to be inclusive and aware. LOTS of amazing enrichment and after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2013
This is a great school with a wonderful community. Lots of parent involvement leads to a great school and Park Hill has this. My student is in 2nd grade and he enjoys his teacher. She is in tune to his strengths and weaknesses. In his weaker areas she has provided helpful advice and work for us to do at home to accompany his work at school. My child's teachers have been accessible and helpful over the past few years. Park Hill has a great music, PE and Art dept as well as a well stocked library. After school there are lots of kids around playing together and making friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I agree about this school being very average. It's location in this particular neighborhood can't be beat. The hometown feel is very nice. There are some really good teachers here- each grade has one (sometimes two) stand out teachers and if you're smart enough and lucky enough, request your child have them. If you have problems, admin can be less than helpful- the squeeky wheel saying doesn't necessary apply here.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This school has really been turned around in the past couple of years by the principal, Tonda Potts. She has improved the teachers and overall feeling at the school. The parent involvement has grown enormously and improving every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I think this school is average. Considering the neighborhood, the amount of volunteers, education level of the parents and their incomes, it should be exceptional. Our daughter went there through 3rd grade. The teachers are alright but I agree that the leadership is not. We dealt with some bullying type issues and I felt like I got a bunch of lip service. I felt like Dr. Potts did what she had to do to not get into trouble legally but really did not want to be bothered or do any follow up. If you have a kid that needs extra help, you will get it. If you have a middle performing child I think you will be pleased, but if you have a high achieving or bored child, this is not the place. If you are fortunate enough to easily test into a stronger academic school, you will see the difference between average and exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
I've had 2 children that have gone through Park Hill. The teachers overall were very good, a few teachers were exceptional. Concerning my last child that had attended Park Hill, I kept thinking that we should change schools but I kept holding out for things to get better. I felt like the boys were treated poorly at Park Hill. It seemed as though they assumed that the boys would be doing all the negative behaviors and many a girls behavior were overlooked. My other concern was that the administration was too quick to bring in the police. I felt like some of the african-american students were treated as if they were criminals. It seemed as though during the last few years that the environment was not up to the previous years. Both my children had there ups and downs at Park Hill. Some of the negative experiences at Park Hill pushed them into choosing schools that they were interested in and in the end motivated them to find an environment that works better for them. I feel fortunate that DPS allows for choice in finding a school that fits.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
Have to agree with recent posts. Too many concerns about the rigor here. Administration does not do enough to differentiate for higher performing kids. Due to "no child left behind," the higher performing kids get left behind. And don't bother trying to express your concern to the principal here. It won't matter. I so wanted to support my neighborhood school! Sad. The best thing about this school is the wonderful people in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
The principal is riding on the coattails of a fairly high-performing student body. I know 2 parents (both DPS teachers) that had concerns with cirriculum and lack of rigor in the classroom. Both had lengthy conversations with school leadership and unfortunately left the conversation feeling more frustrated than before and completely ignored. She's good with talking the talk but not proactive with parental concerns. You have to engage the higher ups in DPS if you want anything done. When you have parents that live within a few block radius from the school, pulling their children out of Park Hill in 3rd and 4th grade, something isn't right...

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
We've had a wonderful experience at this school in the 3 1/2 years that my son has been a student here. The teachers are first rate across grades, and I attribute some of their excellence to high morale associated with the strong principal here. Dr. Potts is knowledgeable and decisive. My son has some special needs and the school has been much better than I expected at addressing them. Also, I volunteer a lot at the school in addition to being a working mom. I'm sorry to see that a couple of the ratings here reflect bad experiences with the volunteer and fundraising efforts. I know that most of the strong parent community here (including me) are not privileged in the least, and the fundraising work we do reflects a strong commitment to the real financial needs of this wonderfully diverse urban public school.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
I also have two kids at this school. As long as you don't question anything, you won't have any problems. But if your child is struggling for whatever reason, or you have questions about school policies, good luck. My own experience with the principal was dismal; I went to her with what started out as minor concerns, and left with major doubts about her oversight and judgement. Other friends of mine have shared similar experiences - when they've gone to the principal with concerns, she either yelled at them (!!!) or told them she didn't know what to do (the latter in response to a parent who was asking about procedures for a child skipping a grade - hardly a novel issue in elementary school). There's been a lot of hype about this school, but in my experience it just doesn't deliver. It's a good school, but not a great one.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
I'm a parent of 2 children - both have gone through Park Hill Elementary from Kindergarten. One is in middle school and the other is (thank goodness) in 5th grade. The main problem here is the principal. She needs to go. She has NO IDEA what it means to provide students with a well-rounded education. The teachers are good and respond well to parents wanting more out of the curriculum but you get a sense that everything has to go through the principal. If you have the patience and wherewithal to talk to the principal when an issue arrises, it's futile. Basically felt like I was talking to someone who didn't know anything about education. The one thing she is on top of is making sure you call her "Dr." instead of "Mrs."

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
My two children transferred to this school from another district out-of-state. They loved their teachers here and made decent progress, though they both thought their classes were too easy (and I was a little concerned when teacher handouts had spelling and grammar mistakes). Sadly, the parent community at the school is toxic and I was especially appalled by the nastiness and immaturity of those associated with fundraising. I was similarly disappointed with the principal's lack of professionalism. It's important to me to support my children's school, both on a financial and volunteer basis, but these people thoroughly poisoned our experience there. I had high hopes for this school but it's back to the private school system for us.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
I whole heartedly agree with the parent reviewer on Sept 8, 2012. Park Hill is a great school for learning, but has the diversity and neighborhood feel on top of it all. I have been extremely pleased with every teacher my daughter has had, from K-3rd and believe her learning has soared. My kindergartener is just starting out,but I suspect great things as her class has the teacher, a paraprofessional and a college childhood education student. You don't get that in-class room support int he subburban schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
I am a parent of two children both of whom attended Park Hill from K-5 and are now 7th and 9th graders. I am happy to say that they both had a great school experience at Park Hill-- they were well prepared for middle school and easily joined with other kids from higher ranked schools and performed at the same level. My 9th grade daughter is now in high school with many kids who went to places like Bromwell or Ebert and there is no discernible difference in their readiness for high school work. So I am very glad we went to our neighborhood school and the kids learned with a variety of learners and a variety of backgrounds-- a slice of real Denver rather than a school with 99% white, high-achieving students...

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
As a parent and a staff member, I KNOW that Park Hill School is a great place. Children are held to high standards academically and are loved.

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2011
My daughter has been at PH for 3 years and has had an amazing experience. Every one of her teachers has greatly exceeded our expectations and she feels safe and loved by teachers and administration alike. Parents here are highly involved and make this school even better because of it. We are lucky to have such an amazing neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
My children attended Park Hill Elementary for the past four years. I was fairly involved in school activities and the classroom. My opinion and experience is that they have some great teachers there and they have some that I would consider mediocre. Parent involvement and volunteering is what MAKES this school. But in the four years we were there I saw some things within the administration that was concerning and alarming. First off, police are there all the time. This is an elementary school in an affluent neighborhood. I would suspect that there is a disproportionate amount calls to the crime rate of the neighborhood. The school touts its diversity but in the end, the principal has made many decisions that leave out those minority students. I love the school, the teachers, the parents. I REALLY question the administration. Glad we have left.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Our daughter is completing her first year at Park Hill and had a wonderful experience in full-day kindergarten. She tested into Advanced Kindergarten and was accepted at Polaris/Ebert, but we chose to keep her at Park Hill, our first choice school (we are two blocks outside of the boundaries). The teachers are caring and do a great job differentiating for kids whether they are advanced or catching up to grade level. We love the diversity of the student population and feel so lucky to be part of Park Hill!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
I couldn't agree more with the posting on November 13, 2009. Park Hill's academic score of '3' does not do justice to the education provided at this school. My daughter is in Kindergarten with a teacher that is building life long learning skills AND she is doing this in a diverse and real-world class room where kids come from all walks of life. PHE librarian is excellent and is teaching the kids researching skills at a very young age. The music program is excellent. But on top of all that the Principle is savy at bringing additional resources to the school in a severely tight budgetary situation through community partnerships. As a first grader at PHE, you can take Spanish, Mandarin, violin, and acting classes, etc... The PTSA is top notch, earning additional dollars to support para-professionals. Don't voerlook this school based on the score.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
This is our first year at PHE but I can say that the low rating of a 3 does not give a true picture of the school. PHE is a great diverse neighborhood school with strong leadership that focuses on giving students a well-rounded education. Many schools have eliminated or reduced Art, Music and PE, but extra funding from the PTSA has kept these programs intact. The library is simply amazing and has more children's books than most public libraries. The elimination of the middle school was a move in the right direction and we should see children thrive in the new environment. Hopefully a new playground is in the works in the coming year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Park Hill School has strong leadership and an excellent teaching staff. The art, PE, music and library programs provide great enrichment for the students. The parent and business community provide amazing support for Park Hill School.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
Our family has been a part of this school for the past 5 years, and we have 5 years remaining for our youngest child. In the last year, I've seen this school change dramatically for the better and we could not be more pleased. The administration and teaching staff are top notch and have set high expectations for all grades. I'm proud to be part of this school community.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
We considered private and charter schools, but Park Hill is a neighborhood school that feels right. My 3rd grader has been there since K, and is having his best school year ever. He feels challenged and is learning a lot. The new principal has made significant changes, empowering teachers while giving them more direction. Test scores will only go up, as the school is in transition back to being an elementary school (it had been K-8). Most parents pulled their kids out after 5th to attend other middle schools, so out-of-neighborhood kids had to be bused in to fill the upper grades, bringing a different demographic weighted toward lower achievers. Now Park HIll will truly become the star neighborhood elementary school that it once was!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
Park Hill is the best of neighborhood schools. It has a warm, welcoming culture and teams of outstanding teachers at all grade levels. Children feel comfortable here and they thrive. An engaged parent community is making great strides to provide the additional resources we need for our diverse population. I have two children in grades K and 2 and have been very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
My children are challenged and interested in what they are learning. They are making good friends and learning to get along with children of varied ethnicity and background. They have interesting and varied after school activities available to them. The administration and staff are committed to performing their jobs to a high standard of excellence. The school librarian receives the highest awards in the state year after year. All this in a school where I meet my friends and neighbors every day. I can't think of anything else I would look for in an elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
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February 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
There is real excitement about Park Hill School this year. We have a new administration that is already setting high standards and establishing consistency across the school. Park Hill has always had a fabulous sense of community and tremendous parent involvement. The new strong academic leadership and dedicated teachers are poised to take this truly diverse school to new heights. Come check us out ~ great things are happening!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
There is a real sense of upcoming success and renewed purpose with highly qualified new administration coming in. The teachers are excited, and that is already carrying over to the students and families! This is going to be a great year at a great school! PH is a beautiful, historic building with a terrific parent population that isn't afraid to jump in and help! That, coupled with the nice mix of young new excited teachers, and experienced administration makes for a very exciting future in this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Park Hill is a great school, improving year over year. My daughter is in first grade and has loved her experience so far. The full-day kindergarten teacher was amazing. The first and second grade classes are looped, which has really worked well for us. She has older kids to look up to, and the 2nd graders are seen as leaders within the classroom. The principal is very involved, and the teachers have been quite open to listening and problem solving together. They have a great mix of art, music, computer and PE.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
This is a top-notch school that urges parent and community involvement. Students are varied, along with race and income levels.

- submitted by a parent

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Park Hill School
5050 East 19th Ave, Denver, CO  80220
(720) 424-4910
Last modified Park Hill School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Park Hill School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top