We are almost through our first year at UPark and I cannot say what a wonderful experience this has been for our son. He is absolutely thriving in this environment both academically and emotionally. All of his teachers are amazing educators and have instilled a love of learning in our son. We could not be happier with our choice of school and feel incredibly lucky to have such an incredible resource in our community.
We love this school!!!! All of the positive reviews are in line with what we are experiencing. However, we cannot give this school a full 5 star rating due to the extremely large class size (25 kids in a K class!!!!) The teachers are VERY good but sometimes I worry if our child will receive enough instruction time to reach full potential. Our child is ahead of the curve in some areas and I don't yet have a handle on whether they will have the time to do more advanced instruction or if our child will stay at par with the rest of the class in those areas---meaning we will be supplementing the more advanced training at home. So far so good, and our child loves school. The teachers seem to have a good program in place to instruct all of those little people and overall the school performs very well. It is just something we are keeping a close eye on as we progress through the year.
My school is into gardens, healthy food, parent involvement and making kids smile. Can't say enough about UPark.....we love it!
Truly great school. Unlike most highly rated schools, UPark has a higher percentage of minority students, as well as students receiving free and reduced lunch. As many have noted, the diversity is what makes this school so special. I am confident that my son is receiving a well rounded education both academically and emotionally. Very happy with our choice to attend!
UPark is a wonderful school. I love the teachers, the wellness program, the parent involvement, and my daughter is so happy there! I know she is receiving a top-notch education.
University Park Elementary incorporates a diverse population -- by ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status -- into a strong, cohesive school. One of our coolest celebrations is Multicultural Night, a giant potluck where we eat enchiladas, couscous, and Texas BBQ. The academic success at the school defies all our differences, and the kids are happy and smart and caring. As parents, we couldn't be more pleased with the education our children are receiving.
We could not be happier with our choice to have our daughter attend UPark. The administration, teaching and overall school community is top notch from every perspective. Parents are highly involved and collaborative with the administration and teachers. The healthy choices and diverse community are not just lip service, they are truly embraced and celebrated. The school lives it's values inside and out. Love it!
Jewel of Denver, 1 of a kind: top among "Healthiest"rated in state. Wellness program, AM running. Highly involved parent community. Longevity of staff, and dedicated teachers with stable population. Arts infused. Diverse in languages, international families. Cutting edge thinking skills curriculum based on brain research and growing technology. Newest public school learning landscape.
The staff at this school is truly vested in the students. What a caring community! I would want my child to attend here -- and that hasn't been true everywhere I've taught!
Teachers at UPark are committed to helping the whole child grow into a thoughtful 21st century citizen. Submitted by a teacher
University Park is a DPS success story. It has earned praise for its rigorous curriculum, diverse programming and nationally recognized commitment to health, safety and wellness. The faculty includes numerous locally and nationally recognized educators, leaders of their respective disciplines. The school and neighborhood community play a tremendous role in supporting individual classrooms and extending opportunities for all students inside and outside the school, including special events, guest speakers and excursions to cultural centers throughout the Denver Metro Area. Various fundraisers held throughout the year provide thousands of dollars to support essential people and programs. Safety is paramount. Children embrace the school's touchstone, which encourages them to demonstrate respect, responsibility, and a joyful curiosity of the world around them. Teachers are firm but fair and counsel students to become problem solvers when conflicts arise. There exists a tremendous sense of belonging. People greet one another with a smile and welcome individuals to be a part of the UPark team.
I couldn't be prouder to be a part of the University Park community and staff. Dana Williams is an amazing, caring, knowledgeable leader and it radiates throughout the building.
I love this school. I learn so much in every subject. Each teacher teaches me so much every day. I love to write and every year I have been here I have learned something spectacular. Each teacher is so marvelous. They teach every subject with passion. Every staff member and teacher have made me fill with glee. The school is so friendly. I moved to this school from a private school with my twin brother. He LOVES gym. I do to. My favorite subject is well every single one!!! The teachers make boring subjects into something great. On my very first day of Upark I made several new friends so did my brother. The principal is SO nice!!!!!! She takes every idea into her heart. If you are thinking about going to this school GO!!! There is a very challenging challenge program and several after school activities. I am in fifth grade and am extremely gloomy that I will be leaving Upark. Yet I hope the other kids will be moving up into the next fabulous years. Upark makes very kid feel special.cthis school is extremely unique, I LOVE IT!!!!
Our family loves the Wellness Program at UPark, We weren't there when it was started, but it is really nice to come to a school where healthy food and exercise is the focus. They have fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks, healthy food at celebrations, teachers don't use candy to reward kids, and birthdays are non-food celebrations. The run program before school in the morning is cool and my kids love it. I think it is once or twice a year for many weeks and the kids can earn tokens that they love. This school is definitely different from other schools and really a special place.
We moved to the U Park neighborhood 2 years ago and we are so happy with the community and the school. We have had excellent teachers and we have met wonderful families. Parent involvement is widespread and heartfelt.
My daughter has moved on to middle school now, an UPark gave her a great foundation.
As a family who choiced in to UPark 4 years ago, our decision is consistently reinforced and confirmed by our son's success as a student, and the wonderful community at this school.
UPark is unique in that it serves to educate for the health of the whole child. It advocates character formation, healthy choices, civility, connection to community, in addition to cultivating academic skills.
I love the community feeling with so many wonderful kids, staff, and parents.
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