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3985 South Vincennes Court
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May 30, 2014
Samuels has seen some change over the last few years and through it all the school, its teachers, and especially its students, have grown stronger. Samuels is a top-performing school whose students show strong academic growth each year. With a culture of diversity, respect, and the commitment to students first, Samuels has attracted some of the most qualified, dedicated and talented administrators; including principals and assistant principals. Administrators have come and gone over the last three years because they were offered promotions within the district. There is a zero tolerance for bullying at Samuels. Misbehavior is dealt with using restorative approaches and appropriate consequences are given according to DPS protocol and students are suspended when necessary. Our current principal approaches disciplinary issues very directly. As a teacher I feel supported and my students have not lost learning time because of another child s behavior. When it cannot be dealt with in the classroom, it IS dealt with in the office. Samuels is a safe, enriching, and loving environment for any child to learn and grow in.

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2014
Samuels has wonderful teachers and paraprofessional teachers. But in the past five years that my children have gone there, the school has had three principals and now both the assistant principals are leaving!! If we can't have consistent leadership at Samuels, what are we telling the kids? That we can't be there for them? That the principals are using the school as a stepping step for another career move? Samuels must be a rough school if the there is a high turn over of leadership. It is already known throughout the neighborhood that the school has a bullying problem that never ceases. Now, I'm hearing that there are no suspensions. How will this never ending bullying problem end if the leaders can't be strong enough to handle disciplinary problems. I'm very disappointed in the adminstration at Samuels.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
We all enjoyed a delightful event last month called the Celebration of Cultures. Families and students decked out in their beautiful, traditional clothing came bearing delicious foods from around the world. Based on a showing of more than 600 people, we know that our diverse community cares about Samuels and their children's education. We are all looking forward to next year's celebration!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
Samuels is one of the best schools with good teaching staff and great activities for kids. The school has great parent community with kind involvement in all the activities at school.Teachers are very friendly with students in understanding and solving their problems and Creating positive energy in kids for their future.I heartfully suggest parents to make Samuels as one of the choices while picking a school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
I absolutely LOVE where this school is headed. As a concerned parent, I looked to choice into schools and ranked all DPS by test scores. Then I looked at what else the school offered in regards to socialization. Cultural awareness, diet, activities, and resourcefulness to name a few. After speaking with the new principal and seeing the scores in growth I decided to give the kindergarten a try. The students are not just learning about cultural awareness, they experience it! The cafeteria uses some of the produce from the garden and my son could not be happier. Still, as a concerned parent, I joined the CSC to help change from within and am astounded by the teacher and parental involvement in the school. I see things changing every day and know what constraints and restrictions are in place. With the current leadership in place, I have no doubt that Samuels will become one of the number one picks for future parents looking to choice into a fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
We've had a terrific experience at Samuels! Our child is challenged academically, the teachers and admin are warm and inviting, and the other parents are really friendly. Even teachers who don't have my child in class have made a point of introducing themselves to us and knowing our names. If you're looking for a strong, vibrant school with a personal feel, this is a great place to be!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
I originally had reservations about Samuels when we were touring Kindergartens last year, but after a visit we realized the school has done amazing things in recent years! My son loves the "specials" such as p.e., music, computers and art and has wonderful instructors. His primary teacher is very open and involved with parents and the overall environment is very warm. He loves going to school each morning and comes home just as enthusiastic. I've no doubt the nurturing staff is a huge part of this. One of our favorite parts of Samuels is the large urban garden. Students and the community are involved with planting and cultivating and there is a weekly garden club after school. Our whole family has gotten to partake in "work" days where we get to play in the dirt and the sunshine, then enjoy potlucks or bbq in the garden with other families and staff. There's also tai chi instruction on weekend mornings in the garden, weather permitting. The best part, in my opinion, is the massive amounts of fresh, organic produce that gets taken directly to the school cafeteria for use in student meals. I can't say enough positive things about Samuels -- we love it here!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
I am a community member and I will be sending my children to school at Samuels as soon as they are school-aged. When I visited the school, I was impressed by the warm environment, the community meetings where students, teachers and school leaders talk about character and the outstanding gains made at Samuels. I learned recently that Samuels has been named a Center of Excellence by the Governor of Colorado and that their ratings on the Colorado School Report Card outranked many other area schools such as Southmoor.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2014
Samuels is a fantastic school. My daughter has been at Samuels for 3 yrs. All of the teachers and staff are dedicated to the students and their education both academically and socially. As a parent and future elementary teacher, I can't imagine a better environment for any student to start their education. Samuels is building strong foundations through academics and exposure to a diverse student body. I feel extremely confident that Samuels is preparing my daughter for her future. I would like to help clear up any misconceptions about what a Title 1 school means. Title 1 ISN'T related to CSAP or TCAP scores. Title 1 is a designation that is related to free/reduced lunch. The misinformation and misconceptions about what Title 1 means has caused many issues throughout DPS. Samuels has a very welcoming atmosphere and an engaged community. Part of the community involvement is through the school garden. The garden provides fresh produce to the cafeteria and a multitude of learning opportunities. I highly recommend Samuels. Instead of taking my word for it take a tour, talk to parents, teachers and students. I know you will like what you see and hear.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
We have been very pleased with our two children attending Samuels. The teachers and staff at this school are excellent. The school culture embraces students owning their actions and being good citizens to each other and the school community. Most importantly, our children continue to love school and continue to grow and learn. I encourage families to consider Samuels - visit, talk to teachers, and talk to parents of current students. There have been tremendous, positive changes implemented in the past 3 years - and more still in the works.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Samuels is a great school. This my childrens third year and even though we are on our second principal in that time frame, I find dedicated teachers, paras, and a wonderful PTA. I love the extras like the carnival, restaurant fundraisers, and school performances. I do wish we had more enrichments offered at school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
I've had three kids attend Samuel's. Two still do and one has since move on to middle school. Overall I am happy with Samuel's. I've had a few frustrating moments but I think that is going to happen no matter what. The teachers for the most part seem capable and excited about teaching. I'm a moderately involved parent and my involvement seems to be appreciated. My middle child excels academically, my youngest is doing great but has some behavioral issues, and my oldest did well but is currently struggling at Hamilton due to his own lack of interest and nothing to do with Samuel's. I'd say this is all par for the course in terms of children being different. I'd recommend sending your children to Samuel's, but also being involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
Samuels has become a Title 1 school since last year's CSAP. I am very dissapointed with this school in regards to ensuring the children receive the best assistance possible for education and socialization. Although a very diversified student population, there are no urban teachers to help these children acclemate to the change in language and culture. They are not concerned with the sanity and progression of my child, which will not attend Samuels next year. My child has been 6 month behind since 1st grade, but according to them he can graduate to the next grade no problem. My son failed the CSAP last year, but he was still moved forward to 4th grade. These are the kinds of situations that are going on at Samuels Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I am a very involved parent at Samuels, and I couldn't ask for more caring and committed teachers and staff. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher had a Master's degree in literacy; her first grade teacher was one of the kindest, calmest women I've ever met; and her second grade teacher has been teaching for more than 20 years. My daughter is currently reading at a fifth grade level and she's seven. The school reflects the diversity of our community, and I love having my child go to school where she is exposed to people from all over the world. The kids I encounter weekly in her clasroom are some of the sweetest kids I've met. What the school could use is more involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
Samuels Elementary is an Excellent school. All of my four children went to Samuels. The staff is very caring. I would recommend Samuels to anyone. There is absolutely no gang activity at Samuels.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
This school is excellent! All 3 of my kids went there and they loved it. The teachers and staff are great. The school is very diverse and that is a plus for me, I loved having my kids in an environment that reflects the different cultures in our world. My kids then went to Hamilton Middle School and then on to TJ. 2 are still at TJ and 1 is attending UCD. Samuels prepared them well for the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
Awful school. My daughter started kindergarten there and absolutely hated it. She went from a happy outgoing child to withdrawn and sad. One day, she was having a rough day and started crying, the teacher yelled at her and put her in the corner and wrote me a note saying "I can't deal with your child crying when I have 25 other kids in the classroom to deal with". I immediately took her out, moved back to Virginia, started her in school there and day one at that school, she was back to her old self, loved school, was so happy, Samuels is a horrible horrible school. Do not send your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
This was the worst school that I have ever seen! Gang activity in an elementary school! Faculty that does nothing about it. It is a disgrace! I had to take my son out during the 1st semester due to violence. Horrible school! Should be shut down!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
The teachers are warm and attentive. The school is diverse which is an incredible atmosphere for children who today, are growing up in a global society! The new playground is amazing. The entire school has a wonderful sense of community.

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no rating October 10, 2008
My son attened this school for 1 year. Staff was always nice and made me feel welcome; however, there was a lot of bully type kids. The 1st graders could be heard cussing in the lunch room. Parent involvement was very little at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
I am new to Denver area and new to Samuals, he school in AZ really pushed her to learn and learn she did. Now being a few months into the school year my child has had little or no homework and seems to be re-learning everything she learned in the AZ school. I have taken it apon myself to teach her after school what I feel the school is lacking. It also appears they focus on bulling (which is good) but I feel that is all they are teaching my kid. I do not see any day to day interaction that I would consider to be teaching my child. Maybe it is just the teacher I hope her ways is not how my daughters future at the school is represented

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
A wonderful neighborhood school

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May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Two of my kids went to Samuels but now only 1 attends. That because she's in last year. I can't say that many great things about Samuels. They have a good share of problem children. There isn't that much parent involvement from what I can see, but I believe most of that comes from 2 working parents. One of my kids is extremely bright and we tried pointing that out to the teachers. While they said they had experience working with gifted children, it didn't seem like my child was ever challenged. The homework and the books he brought home were way below his level. We finally enrolled him in a gifted program at another school.

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May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
I had a child was very advanced and a child who was a bit behind. Samuels did their very best to help with both and kept in touch with me on what was going on. They have a great music program, gym, art, and 2 afterschool programs. Parents are encouraged to be involved with the learning process. The teachers are always willing to discuss any issues and help resolve them. All of the teachers and staff at Samuels are great.

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May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
As a new parent to the school, Samuels appears to be lacking in the availability of extracurricular activities and sports. Music/Art/Gym are offered at various times thoughout the week/month, and my child enjoys the programs. However, she is very active and outgoing, wanting to experience as much variety as she can! We feel that Samuels doesn't live up to that expection. It has been hard to 'FIND' activities - when a program IS found, usually there are fees, difficult hours, and not on campus. It is also hard to get parent involvement. Our current PTA board is doing well this year, but plans for the future are ??. I believe these issues are due mainly to language barriers. Bi-Lingual students make-up a good part of the school culture, however their parents are typically only Spanish speaking. Their added insight w/their culture would greatly enhance everyone's learning experiences!

- submitted by a parent
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Samuels Elementary School
3985 South Vincennes Court, Denver, CO  80237
(720) 424-4450
Last modified Samuels Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Samuels Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top