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PK-5
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Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 461
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1150 Garfield St
Denver, CO 80206

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(720) 424-3560
(720) 424-3560
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November 30, 2014
I can't say enough about our amazing school. We have an excellent theater, music, art and physical education program. The teachers and staff are phenomenal, as well as the family involvement is beyond amazing. We are so lucky to be a part of this community. We have a school garden and the produce is served in the cafeteria. Other special things about our school is the back pack program, sending food home on Friday's to families in need. The Penny Harvest teaches our kids to be young philanthropists and donate pennies collected to organizations of their choice. We have a wide range of enrichment programs including Math rocks, knitting, cooking classes, fashion classes, hip hop, ballet, gymnastics, soccer, etc. Overall, I feel privileged to send my two kids to this great school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
My 3 children attend(ed) this school. We have nothing but positive things to say. The three of them have different learning styles. Each of their needs have been met. Love all of the staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
Teller Elementary is a wonderful community based school that provides a good education and a diverse student body. Our music department led by Jennifer Bartos is amazing and I love that my children go to a school where the arts are appreciated and celebrated. Ms. Down's, the principal, attends all PTA meetings and makes herself available for parents as well. Anytime there has been a situation at Teller, Ms. Down's has made every effort to be involved and rectify the situation. There has been teacher turnover in recent years, but in my opinion, that has been necessary to create a stronger teacher community and keep Teller moving forward. My son has since graduated from Teller and was fully prepared for the rigorous academics of his chartered middle school. I am confident that my two children who still attend Teller will be amply prepared as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
Teller has had a lot of struggles in the past years but has a devoted and committed community of teachers, parents, and students that keep striving to make the school better and better. It is evident with rising test scores, enrollment and parent satisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
I have been a Teller parent for quite sometime now so I have seen the shift with the newest principal... Before she was head of the school it was like a family home community. The kids were happy, bullying was at it's lowest and my students were excelling in their studies! My oldest even shifted into GT during her 4th grade year! Ever since her take over - there has been MULTIPLE dangerous bullying situations...one that I didn't even know about until the kid in my kids class was kicked out of the school and I had come to find out that she was keeping quiet (my student) about the situation because she was always ignored and told to deal with it because in sixth grade there would be worse. Either get involved at this school and try to change it or DON'T attend Teller unless you want your child to be yelled at, ignored, bullied and given an education that's only been going down for two years and that's state results and self opinion so you decide.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
Teller is a decent school that has been working to improve test scores and modernize itself. There has recently been a lot of teacher turn-over which appears to be positive but since it seems the majority of the teachers are new this year, stability has yet to be proven. The principal seems more interested in backing district decisions then parent partnership/communication and could use additional "people skills".

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
Teller Elementary is a wonderful community school. I choose the word community over neighborhood because we do have families that choice in. That combined with the neighborhood families creates a wonderful environment for my children. We are in our 4th year at Teller, which began with the ECE program, and the experience gets better and better. In addition to the great leadership of Principal Downs, Teller is blessed with amazing teachers, including full time art, drama/music and PE teachers. As well as strong after school programs. If you are interested in Teller, I encourage you to take a tour to see the school and met the teachers/staff, come to a PTA meeting to chat with parents, and attend one of our events. You will not be disappointed..

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
Overall Teller is a good school, although it would be nice if they replaced the secretary (Dee Faust)with someone who has better communication skills.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
There are teachers at this school, who don't know how to teach a child with disabilities. I walked into his special ed class, Everyone was writing sentences but my child. My child was drawing pics. The teacher was at her desk. Our child should be working in 6th grade, not kindergarten again. I may have to pull our child out of Teller, who has teachers who don't know how to teach our child. Since I can't give a zero they will only get 1star.Teachersneed to go back to school and learn how to teach special ed,and the regular ed teachers also.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
My child learned more as a 4 year old in an out of state school than she learned in both 1st and 2nd grade at this school. The sad part is that the rest of the DPS school system is just as sad and trying to choice her in at a better school is near impossible. I spend my time off trying to make up for the lack of education they are providing. The only saving grace this place has is the band, drama and choir teacher, along with the office staff. I only pray my child's teacher next spring is better than this years teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
Great school that focuses more on the entire learning experience than just the academics with a nice variety of arts.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
My son attends Teller Elementary and we couldn't be happier with the school. The ECE & Kindergarten teachers have taught my son beyond my expectations!! I am proud my son attends a school where Drama, Dancing & Music are in the curriculum. Playgrounds are filled with parents and children after school so it is easy to make new friends. Everyone I have met is non competitive making it a great learning environment. The children are all excited to learn and not heavily pressured with the "hovering" parental style. My son is constantly challenged with projects inside and out of the classroom. Everyday he comes home and tells me something new he has learned throughout the day. I am also thankful for the diversity in the school and that my son gets the chance to grow up with children that come from all different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
this school is awesome! I am a 5th grader at this school and I believe that kids get even work. I would say this school has excellent academics and kids that love to learn. Our schools teachers and office staff are really hard workers and focus mainly on the kids.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2011
Our two sons attend this school, one in special ed, and the other in general ed. We have found the staff to be very dedicated and hard working. They care about their students' success. Parental involvement and extracurricular activities are also a large priority at this school. We feel that it is an excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2011
Teller is a great small-feeling inner city school. When you enter the building, you can feel that most everyone wants to be there from the teachers and staff to the kids. The teachers are good-some more enthusiastic than others, but overall really take pride in their jobs. The principal is very outgoing and knows every family by name. They have lots of opportunities for parent involvement and really creative ways to fund raise for the school that try to get families involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
This school used to be terrific. Now, under the leadership of Jennifer Barton, the school has tanked academically and has become the home of flakes and freaks. Follow the test scores and listen to all the excuses - it is horrible. Jennifer Barton couldn't lead a horse to water if it was dying of thirst. We used to love this school and the parents were great. If you love political-correctness, sports programs where the kids are not allowed to compete, an emphasis on sensitivity & groups hugs and passive-aggressive leadership - send your kid to this school. If you want a real environment with rigorous academic standards, focused on individual achievement and - god forbid... WINNING - go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
There are some terrific things about Teller. Every day after school the playground is filled with kids and parents playing until dinner time. The children are great, the parents are very active in the school, it is fairly racially diverse, the general tone is one of respect and kindness, the teachers are hard-working, caring and accessible, and the principal is enthusiastic and positive with the children. Our daughter loves going to Teller. That said, we have some concerns about the school. Our daughter, who has been identified as academically "gifted" (but didn't meet the "highly gifted" criteria) gets virtually no support for this status. The "Advanced Learning Plan" is a form letter that, so far, has had no meaning. She has not received any in-school academic extensions/challenges. So, while she loves going to school at Teller, we're not sure how much she is learning. This may be a DPS-wide issue, instead of Teller-specific issue, but given that Teller is a magnet school for the "highly gifted" we had hoped there would be some energy put into challenging "gifted" children as well. Besides this issue, though, we have been quite happy with Teller.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
Teller elementary is not a good school,if you have a child who has disabilities.Child has not learn anything for 2 yrs.The plan is to get child out of Teller Elementary,to go too another school that knows how to teach children w/disabilities.We don't like Teller Elementary. This is the worst school our child has ever gone too.The teachers need too go back to school to learn how to teach children who have disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
I have two children at Teller and have been very happy with the program, the leadership, the parents and the friends our kids have made there. This review gives a more complete picture of what the school has to offer: http://scooptoo.com/school-scoop/denver-public-schools/school-scoop-teller/93.html

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2010
Teller is a wonderful school and I have watched my children blossum during the last few years. I have been so impressed with the teacher/staff's dedication and ability to focus on every single child. Now that is a HGT magnet, every child benefits from the extensive training that the staff has undergone.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
GreatSchool's numerical rating is a poor measurement of how great this school is. Strong parent body, good leadership, excellent teaching, a diverse student body, and a highly gifted program that's integrated into the classroom are the hallmarks of this school. We're very pleased to be at Teller.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
It's a fabulous neighborhood school that has been turned around by hard work from the parents, teachers, staff & students. We love Teller!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I am the proud grandmother of two grandchildren who attend or attended Teller Elementary School. They have both thrived at Teller, thanks to the dedicated teaching and volunteer staff working there. The kids are interested and involved with school academics and activites and the parent support is superb. A great school in my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 07, 2009
It is a great community school with a focus on the arts and academics. Both of my kids go there and I now teach there, I love it so much!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Teller is awesome! Tons of parent involvement, wonderful teachers and kids and a great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
In recent years, our community has pulled together, and through time and involvement, made Teller an amazing public school and one that we are all proud of. Our school ceberates the diversity that our neighborhood reflects, and offers amazing programs to help students of all levels grow and succeed. Through parent and staff dedication and hard work, we have become the school of choice for our neighborhood, with many other families 'choicing in'.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
The staff works extremely hard to ensure each kid gets the focus and attention they need & deserve.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
The community cares about each other while staying focused on learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Involved, creative parents who think up cool events to support the school. Engaged diverse student community. Very much a neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
We have 2 kids at Teller and couldn't be happier - it is a community of support that is really wonderful and I am certain unusual. Parent invlvement is top notch - the teachers and administration are fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
My daughter is in Kindergarten and Teller is definitely a 'different' school than what we're used to. She went to a really great preschool in Castle Rock, CO and in most schools Kindergarten is either half days or every other day. Well Teller kindergarten is like every other grade. A lot of school work and I think they need a little more play/down time at this age. My daughter came home with a project that I had to look up on the internet b/c not even I knew what it was. It is a good school, but I think we are moving to a school back in Castle Rock for first grade and on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2007
Teller is wonderful. Small, but growing. Diverse without any achievement gap! Strong focus on literacy and getting kids reading early. Great teachers with very low turnover.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
Our Teller experiance rates 5 stars. The Teller community maintains an academic priority and excells in teacher, parent and student participation. It is also incidently, a fun place to hang out for parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
My child has attended Teller since ECE now he is a 4th grader. I have always dropped off my child in school with the thinking that he will have a great day of learning,playing and most of all having the knowing that my child will be safe.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
I personally think Teller elementary is an 'OK' school, but if your child has learning disabilities, the administration procrastinates, loses paperwork, and basically makes you feel that it's your fault. If your child doesn't fit in their 'cookie cutter views', then look out because you're in for one hard time!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Teller is a great Congress Park neighborhood school. Is it a magnet school? No. Is is an Expeditionary learning school? No. Teller is a school like the one you went to as a kid - unpretentious, parent-involved, kid-friendly...frankly normal! One place to think...Teller represents its' community well - economically and with diversity.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
Teller is a good school with a diverse group of kids. The teachers care and the parents back their children all the way. This was my sons first year here in fifth grade and he has been able to excelle the entire year. Teller is indeed a great school for kids!

- submitted by a parent
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Teller Elementary School
1150 Garfield St, Denver, CO  80206
(720) 424-3560
Last modified Teller Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Teller Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top