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Park Hill School

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 4, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%
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 Students72%
Female80%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Reading

All Students77%
Female88%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students68%
Female90%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
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 Students69%
Female73%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Writing

All Students61%
Female73%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities72%
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

Math

All Students69%
Female61%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Science

All Students52%
Female47%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible12%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Writing

All Students80%
Female79%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
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 57% 56%
Black 15% 5%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
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 29%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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
  • Peter Sherman
Fax number
  • (720) 424-4935

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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5050 East 19th Ave
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