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Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 370
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3435 West 40th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

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(720) 424-1420
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November 29, 2014
My school is a grate school. when people walk in the school you an feel safe. The teachers are always listening to the children. Its a school which students can really focus on learning. I really recommend parents to bring their kids hear. They prepare them for when they get into high school and collage.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2014
I am a 7th grader in the 2014-2015 school year. I love the sports, teachers, and the Uplift program. Otherwise I hate this school. We have 25 minutes of lunch and recess and we have to be silent at lunch and sit in assigned seats. The students at this school fight, do drugs, and cuss at teachers and students. I feel as if the principal is not involved as she should be. and may i add that we have dress code for gang related things. Never send your kid here. They will have a horrible middle school memory.

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2014
Skinner went downhill this year. They doubled the student body and teachers have turned into bullies. My daughter has obvious social anxiety and some teachers, principal and afterschool Uplift coordinater punish her and refuse to find a way to help her communicate. A science teacher there routinely loses students work. He also humiliates various students for no reason. If you send your child here, advocate for them. Many teachers do nothing about bullying and the principal is worse.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
Skinner Middle School is a school that deserves recognition due to all its dedicated staff and excellent work ethics towards working and providing the best services for students. Skinner also works along student's families and the community to provide services. Also, Skinner has develop systems that provide strong structures for students. Skinner has also construe a strong support team staff (throughout the years) that works together as a well developed foundation to provide mental health support and discipline for all the middle school kids. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to be part of their team as their school psychologist intern for this the school year 2013-2014.

- submitted by a teacher
October 27, 2013
My daughter is a Special Needs student and we couldn't be happier about her attending Skinner. Teachers from all over the school know her by name and say hello to her, and several times teachers have come up to us thanking us for sending her to Skinner! They not only watch and meet her academic needs, but her social as well. This is her first year at Skinner and she already has made several good friends as well as being liked and welcomed by other students. The staff, from custodians and cooks to the principal, love the students and it shows every day. Not only when they greet each kid by name as they enter the school, but by how they push each kid to do their best in a very positive way. My daughter, who for years has had real trouble reading, is now reading on her own every night. She is adamant that her homework gets done "for my teacher," and tries her very hardest to do it right and well. The administration is excellent in communicating with parents, and the PTA is very strong with a lot of community support for this staff and school. Full disclosure: I'm a middle school teacher in another district and in my 20 years of teaching have never seen a better middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I believe that all the teachers at Skinner are invested in my child's growth. This includes both the academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Being at Skinner was a awesome experience. It really showed me the importance of education and responsibly. Itwas the best four years of my life. I will never forget skinner and my experience there.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2013
My school is an example of what a small number of dedicated people can do to make a change. In the past five years Skinner has evolved into a rising star in Denver Public Schools as a traditional middle school. Six years ago, many parents choiced out of this neighborhood school, and now parents are concerned that they won't be able to get in. Skinner's focus on academic achievement and a culture of inclusion are exemplary. Sports are offered year round to help kids become more focused with the hope of fostering self esteem, a sense of achievement, and a competitive drive to succeed. A great option for those looking for the traditional middle school experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Fantastic teachers and staff who go above and beyond to help the kids. Test scores are rising, but it will always be lower than schools that have kids that have more advantages outside of school. Our only major complaint is that there is no recess of any length for the kids. It is tough for 6th-8th graders to be in school for so long without any running around each day outside of a few minutes at lunch.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I am so happy with my daughter's school. She has really excelled on so many levels. Moving her to Skinner was a good choice. She is learning lots, very active, loves the teachers and staff. I love that this is a no nonsense school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
Very caring staff with high student expectations. Students are both challenged and supported. The office has an open door policy and everyone there is professional and very helpful. Teachers go well above and beyond in efforts to provide a quality learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
At the beginning of the year I had my doubts about this school...not anymore! I can tell you this is a GREAT school! The Principal is always at the top of every single thing at school, she is a true leader. The teachers are caring and they really worry about the success of each student. My daughter was used to very heavy loads of homework and she always did her best and she was kinf of hating school, but now, with so many support from her teachers, she is actually ENJOYING school and LEARNING at the same time and THRIVING!. The staff really has brought the best of her and she absolutelly LOVES her school. The after school programs offered are incredible. The students have a lot to choose from. The parent involvement still got a litle work to do but we are trying, for example there is this group called The Grants and they are amazing...caring for the school and the neighborhood. So come take a look, you wont regret it!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Do not send your kid here, the majority of the teachers only care about their paychecks, not children's educations. The principle disrespects students, so do multiple teachers. Me and many other students have been called ignorant for common mistakes. It is not good. They overload you with work and blame you for being behind. All of my stress is because of Skinner Middle School.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2011
Our 6th grader is thriving at Skinner this year. Classes are interesting and challenging, the sports team experience was wonderful and the drama club is a big hit. Our child is finding a great balance of support and independence, at least so far. This is the well-rounded, neighborhood middle school experience we had hoped for and we are so pleased we made this decision. We recommend Skinner without reservation!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
I am currently a 7th Grade student attending the 2010-2011 school year. I think Skinner is a great school. I LOVE going to school each day. All the teachers are very nice and they motivate you to get the work done. I'm in all the honors classes. They have great expectations and expect you to meet them. Our honors classes are overflowing with students. I have fun in every class and I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2010
i dont know just that the girls in skinner want to fight, their parents might not know that but i a teen im suffering it and skinner is not good for some students

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
Skinner offers great arts and sports, community involement, and a well rounded academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
My son attended Skinner for 8th grader during the 07-08 school year and I was really impressed with the high expectations of academic excellence at this school. The principal is very demanding in regard to academics but also has excellent rapport with the students. The students seem to like it that someone there are high expectations as it gives them the message that they are capable. The Skinner Neighborhood Center which is housed at Skinner and offers enrichment programs for the students after school is a real gift to the youth in the neighborhood. My son participated in the pre-collegiate program and got to visit a college campus at least one Saturday every month during the school year. This has really motivated him now that he is in high school. Skinner did an excellent job of preparing my son for the college prep high school that he now attends.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
Skinner Middle School is a great place to work and learn. The school currently has very strong and positive leadership. The school has a low enrollment which helps to create a family atmosphere. The staff really are able to get to know their students. You can walk into any classroom and by looking at the white or black board know exactly what the students will be learning on any given day. Our northwest Denver schools get a bad rap but I believe that if someone spends meaningful time visiting Skinner they will find a school where students are learning and moving toward reaching their full potential. An earlier posting described a school that was quite segregated. Whatever elements existed at the time of that posting are not a part of the current Skinner Middle School.

- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
I am a student at Skinner Middle School..I believe that Skinner is a Great school! i love being at school everyday.. The teachers are so kind,smart, and helpful! Send your child(ren) to Skinner Middle School!

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
Skinner to be honest is a very good school, but the reason I rated it the way I did is, because the new princple is very strict! And well maybe that may be good quality for the parents of many students, for various reasons of course, but if you want your kid to enjoy school. then if I was you I wouldnt send them to Skinner Middle School. Why? because we have no socials, no field trips, practiclly no nothing! Now I as a student also know that grades come first then fun, but really students need a break too! Especially on festivities, not only because of too much work but also because of other reasons. So this school has gone from B to a D through the past year, and all because the princple is way to obsessed with the idea that every minute should be spent 'learning?'

- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2007
I attended Skinner Middle School from 2001-2004 and it was a great experience. The teachers there, though it may not be apparent, work harder then any I've seen in my academic career. While attending I was able to travel to San Diego, California for Sea Camp in the spring. It was great to get out of Colorado and it taught me many life skills. The school totally prepared me for my current school Denver School of Science and Technology, which right now is the best school in DPS for Math and second best in reading/writing only to DSA. Parents, though some may disagree, were always apart of events that went on and were a constant help to the school. It was a great school and i encourage all prospective students to go there

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2006
Skinner is a bi-lingual school, but that only means that it's a nearly completely segregated learning experience. It is also home to a program for the severely emotionally handicapped and physically handicapped. Because the Spanish speaking students and the handicapped are pulled for their individual classes, the electives are a chaotic blend of overstimulated children and grossly underprepared teachers. The few teachers that are good are fabulous; unfortunately there are far too many uninvolved, lacidasical. Additionally, because of the transient nature of the neighborhood, and the fact that many children are being raised by grandparents or non-English speaking parents, Skinner parent involvement is nearly exclusively white and woefully under-represented.

- submitted by a teacher
September 12, 2005
I have one daughter that left Skinner 3.0 GPA and one attending Skinner. My oldest enjoyed and learn at a steady pace. My youngest is already advanced so I will be watching closely and with the confidence that I have in the teachers I will be proud. The people who answer the phone and take care of the office need help but as far as the teachers go....No problems there! May I suggest a communications and conflict class for the office personnel?

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
My daughter was in 6th grade during the 2003-2004 year, during the first couple of months we encountered numerous problems. The teachers and staff appeared to have little control of the students. It became very obvious in a short amount of time that Skinner was a bad choice for middle school. My daughter had decent grades in Elementary and quickly they declined at Skinner. The change in attitude and respect for others became totally unacceptable. Our decision was made to enroll her into a private school where she would be given the opportunity for a positive learning experience and teachers who cared. Skinner has a long way to come to give children a decent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

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Excellent school leadership An environment and structure that supports academic success Honors course options for all grades Double-digit gains in 2011 CSAP Award winning teachers Customized learning plans Peer support in learning families Art • Guitar, Band & Orchestra • Drama • P.E. Three state-of-the-art Computer Labs Spanish (advanced & beginning) Friday Enrichment Electives FREE after-school academic & social clubs Middle School Sports including: Baseball – boys; Basketball – boys and girls; Cross Country – co-ed; Flag Football – co-ed; Soccer – boys and girls; Softball – girls; Tackle Football – co-ed & Volleyball – girls

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Skinner Middle School
3435 West 40th Ave, Denver, CO  80211
(720) 424-1420
Last modified Skinner Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Skinner Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top