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University Park Elementary School5
Posted December 03, 2014
- a parent
UPark has been an excellent school for our family for the past 3 years. We live in the neighborhood and looked at other schools, including private, and are so glad we chose UPark. They are known for their Wellness Program, which has been great. They also have a one-of-a-kind before and after school program. Some of the programs are free, and some of them are paid and include science, math, drama, writing, cooking, etc. UPark is also a Janus Blended Learning site, which means we got technology for the classrooms from the Janus Foundation, but they also give support and training so teachers know how to use it to individualize instruction. The community is very warm and welcoming, and everyone gets to know each other. We are very culturally and socio-economically diverse. A lot of the parents are students or professors from DU and come from all over the world, and the school celebrates the different backgrounds and makes it a learning experience.
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.
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!
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.