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Valdez Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 369 students

 

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Posted October 10, 2013

best community of parens and teachers around! cafeteria staff wonderful and on site breakfast program as well as before and afterschool care terrific!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Please don't let the Great Schools rating fool you. I am not sure how they come up with their rating system as we have been at a 1 since we started at the school and our scores have gone up every year. Last year's 3rd grade class had 60% proficient or advanced and those stats were for both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers. That means that we do not have an achievement gap between those 2 populations (which is amazing!). Kids who are learning a 2nd language also often have a dip in standardized test scores before they end up surpassing their peers after about 3rd/ 4th grade. If that is the case here then our kids are doing even better than expected. I don't think GreatSchools takes into account our improved test scores, our amazing parent involvement (including the fact that the PTO provides funding for our art teacher, free or reduced cost enrichment classes for all students, Spanish and English classes, etc). In addition, to they take into account that all of our students in ECE thru 5th grade are mastering English and Spanish? This school is an amazing place that is unfairly rated a 1 by Great Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Valdez Elementary is one of the most progressive, energetic schools in the DPS system. My child is thriving there, and has made enormous progress in learning Spanish. The teachers are inspired and devoted, and families are dedicated to making this exceptional school work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

Compared to other schools don't know, but the culture at the school seem to lack substance. The way the no child left behind is implemented in this school is leaving the English speaking children out in the cold. Bilingual program is the worst I have ever seen. My child was bilingual before now she will not speak two languages, I believe its because of the way it set up at this school. 15 minutes of sitting out in the hall way to have someone read in a 2nd language is not what I imagined their bilingual program to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I have a problem with some of the staff at Valdez I have children and siblings that go to this school. One of my kids that happens to be my little brother has been Bullyed for their weight and teased cause our mother passed as for my little sister she gets made fun of. So when I go and talk to the staff all I get is that they will talk to the kids and call the parents. Things don't change they keep happening. I've have asked for a conference between the other parents and my self they just say we don't do that here but they do it in Jr high and high school to help fix the issue. It's sad that when a parent is asking for help there is none. Whether wait for a TRAGEDY to say there should have been more done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

Wonderful school!! I have three children here and am happier each yr. with the consistent progression of every part of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

the teachers are the best they always let me know how my kids are doing and let me know tips on how to help keep learning at the level at home if they have concerns or questions they always let me know asap they are always on top of my childrens learning i trust them completely with my kids learning and well being!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

It combines Dual-Language (Spanish and English) and Montessori curricula, helping Spanish-speaking students get a head start toward academic excellence, and English-speaking students get an enriching immersion experience in a second language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The youngest children are in Montessori dual Spanish-English program that encourages creativity and self discipline and celebrates the diversity of the neighborhood.


Posted July 5, 2009

My son attended first grade here after transferring from out of state. The caliber of the teachers and prinicpal is fantastic! My son's understanding of spanish has skyrocketed and he has excelled in literacy. At the beginning of the year I will say they were disorganized, but that quickly got fixed. I always felt the teachers were accesible and always took a minute with me to discuss my son's progress. I encourage parents to send their kids to this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

The Principal lacks leadership skills! I do think the PK teachers and paras are excellent, however, I am not in favor of Montessori. I do not like the fact that there is less structure in the PK_K grades because of Montessori. My child gets easily bored with this method.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

My daughter has been at this school for 2 years and is already speaking and understanding Spanish and doind very well in her English skills as well. She has made many new friends and really enjoys learning from her teachers. I am extremely pleased with the high level of quality and care that these teachers put into their work with all our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Our 4 year old has been enrolled in Valdez since last fall. She has made many friends and looks forward to going to school every day. It is so rewarding to see how much she has grown socially and academically in such a short period of time. We will be sending our 3 year old there in the fall as well. I've been very impressed by the enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication of the teachers. Being a bi-lingual, bi-cultural school presents many challenges, but the leadership is good, and with the growing involvement of parents, I believe the experience at Valdez will only get better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

We love Valdez, our daughter now teaches us new Spanish words daily
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

We are so impressed with Valdez! We enrolled our three year old solely because of the dual language program. We now love the Montessori program; the knowledge, caring and dedication of the teachers; the vision, implementation, and communication of the principal and assistant principal; and the nice families and kids. I have worked in DPS as a literacy specialist and have worked with many teachers and principals in the NorthWest area. These teachers and principals are top notch!
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Posted January 10, 2009

My wife and I have been VERY happy with Valdez. We have a 3 year old ECE student and a Kindergartener. This is our second year there and we have been impressed with the care of the teachers, the vision of the administration and the involvement by parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

The dual-language Montessori preschool program at Valdez is fabulous -- dedicated, savvy teachers, a strong curriculum, and a good parent community. This is the second year of the program, and it just gets better and better. The first grade dual-language program is in its first year and will expand each year to higher grades. It should also be very strong as the teachers gain more experience each year. My daughter's skills in reading, writing, and math have grown dramatically this year, and her Spanish skills are also very good. I'm excited to have her stay in this program throughout elementary school and become fully bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

We are quite pleased with the Dual Language Monetessori ECE-K program. OUr son has really flourished under this learning style and it is such a bonus that he is becoming so well versed in Spanish as well. The teachers are very committed as are the principal and assistant principal. We hope the changes and improvements continue as our son progresses. I would have given 5 stars except I am not supportive of the uniform policy. We plan to enroll our younger child in the Fall
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

We have been Thrilled with Valdez. Our daughter is in her second year there- in the dual language Montessori program- and we couldn't be happier with all she has learned. We love it so much, we sent our 3 year old son there for preschool. The teachers and aides are committed and loving- it is a wonderful environment for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

fantastic dual language Montessori program!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
11%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
12%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
2%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female50%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students60%
Female59%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students48%
Female47%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students28%
Femalen/a
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible15%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)18%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant28%

Reading

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Male15%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible8%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant18%

Writing

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Male20%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible12%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant18%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%

Reading

All Students40%
Female53%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)32%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Science

All Students11%
Female11%
Male12%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible8%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities11%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant12%

Writing

All Students27%
Female32%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)16%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant28%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 73% 32%
White 24% 56%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Yes
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Jessica Buckley
Fax number
  • (720) 424-3335

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Yes
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
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2525 West 29 Ave
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: (720) 424-3310

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