I am a parent of two kids at the school. I have been very impressed with the kind community of parents and the great teachers. We have a great new principal. I would like to say that Dennis Thompson our previous principal was fabulous. I would completely disagree with the previous comment that he was not engaged. He was extremely active and always answered any concern that a parent had. I wanted this clarified. I chose the school because of him and have been very happy and sad to see him go. But, love the new principal Dana Williams she is fabulous.
I continue to be amazed at this school! We have an amazing new principal. We have a GT teacher to address the needs of higher achievers, as well as the academic performance of all students. We have a really active parent community to work on the new gardens, address the safety of drop-offs, provide tips for healthy habits in eating and exercise, and volunteer many, many hours of help in the classroom. As a parent I am so pleased with the teachers ability to get the students excited about learning and truly love it. We have the best potluck in town because we invite all of our families (from many countries) to share their customs and wonderful food. It has been a wonderful place for our boys over the last 7 years.
My son attended University Park Elementary last year. I found that the academics at the school and programs available were great. However, I was extremely disappointed with the principal. When I went to him as a concerned parent looking for changes in safety and supervision policies involving the younger kids in the school I felt totally ignored and brushed off. As a result I took my child out the school.
I'm a parent at University Park and have 2 children there. We have been at the school for 5 years in total and love the school. The staff and teachers are exceptional. We have been pleased with the academic challenges, the safe and welcoming enviroment and the school administration. We have an excellent principal and staff who really care about our kids. U-Park is a leader in assuring kids receive ample time for movement and PE as well has having healthy food offerings at school. We really appreciate the work of the Wellness Team at U-Park and appreciate all the school does for kids. We are also really excited about the run program for kids this past fall and the gardens we will be planting in the spring.
It's simply a great school in a great neighborhood. My wife and I have had our 2 boys at UPark for 4 years now and still believe it is the best choice for them. The teachers have all provided a good challenge for the kids and we have been happy with their efforts. The teachers are all well trained in differentiated instruction which allows them to meet the needs of everyone in their classroom (including HGT/GT, even though it is not a magnet program). The parent community is strong and works hard to provide some of the extras. The Enrichment Program provides a wide variety of opportunities and just gets better each year. The cultural diversity (due to our proximity to DU) is great and reflects our world today. UPark is adding a 3/4 preshool program next year and the momentum is good for the primary grades. Check it out!
University Park is one of Denver's top neighborhood schools -- meeting all of my children's social, emotional, academic and physical needs! UPark students participate in a full range of specials -- art/music and physical education -- and the community has successfully kept class sizes low. Academically, I am very pleased (my gifted students needs have been met -- and additional challenge and enrichment has always been available to them). Because of our proximity to the University of Denver (and the unique partnership our school has developed with them) our community is diverse -- often representing over 20 different countries from around the world. All of this -- and we can walk to school -- and have impromptu playdates with classmates. If you are searching for a strong community with a great neighborhood school then University Park is for you!!
U-park is a great school. My son gets what he put into his work. I am very pleased with the staff and the Principal.
I was told a great deal about University Park Elementary by a friend. The office staff and the principal were kind and courteous. Upon returning to visit the classrooms however, we were surprised to simply be shown to the 'specials' class that the children were engaged in and did not have the opportunity to speak at all with the first grade teachers. This was quite a disappointment to us and we chose another school for our son. If teachers cannot take a few minutes of their 'specials' time to speak with potential parents, maybe they will not be willing to take extra minutes with children who require assistance.
U Park is a great school. My son loves it very much and has attended for 4 years. Next year will be he will be in 5th grade. The teachers are great and help the students learn well. My son received high honor roll twice this last year. The school has several after school activities that parents and students can participate and get involved in. EX(Destination Imagination, Chess Club, Foriegn Language Club, Band, and others) The students and parents get what they put into it. Thanks.
This is my childrens first year at Univ. Park and I have found that the school work (in comparison to other elementry schools we have experienced) is more challenging and at a higher level of actual assignments,(larger) than that we have known. I like that the expectations and challenges are progressed. It gives them reason to keep moving towards a greater knowledge and excellance in the work witch will roll over into their actual living experiences. On the other end of the spectrum, I have never experienced and have seen and heard such need for immediate, urgent education and resorces in school bullying and safety. I have witnessed on a daily basis, hitting , teasing,name calling, intimidations, sexual references from children 1st to 5th grade. I have heard a friend of my sons talk about running away secreatly and have passed it on yet he continues to speek of actual event.
We have been University Park Elementary School for 6 years (between our two kids, so far) and it has been an amazing academic and social experience for our children. The teachers truly love what they do, as eveidenced by how they run the classroom. My kids are challenged academically and have high self esteem. This school truly supports the successes of all children. I am always touched when I see 5th graders helping the younger kids. I see that kind of display daily. This school is a safe, nurturing, warm place to be. It is a place where kids really get to be kids without compromising strong academics. Kids leave this school extremely prepared for middle school and with a love for learning. We couldn't ask for more.
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