Unmatched academics! If you are lucky enough to get drawn in the lottery (7th grade, as other grades are almost always full) you are blessed enough to have gotten into the best program in the area. Their remedial rate is 2% (state average is almost 40%) and their ACT scores are the best in the state year after year (average 27). Do they teach to the test? NO, they just have a rigorous program and expectations are high. The teachers, administration, parents and kids are on the same page and that is really the key to success. It's not for everyone, as the academic standards are high and your child either needs to be motivated or positively influenced by his/her peers being motivated. The homework expectations are high, but manageable, especially since they give a 7th hour study period daily to keep up. As far as the growth rate, their scores are really high, so you aren't going to see as high of a TCAP growth when they already have kids either proficient or above proficient. Their scores are amazing, even though they never do test prep or change their curriculum to do well on the test, as most schools in the area do.
D'Evelyn is a fantastic school for our daughter. The staff are wonderful and truly care about the education of their students. Yes, they do expect a lot from students. Our daughter works hard in her work, but has also taken advantage of the many activities the school has to offer. We are also very pleased with the administration team as well this year. Mr. Edwards has done a lot to make D'Evelyn a more welcoming environment and a safer place for students. As our daughter ends her 10th grade year, we are looking forward to two more years and she is excited to have Mr. McKellips for Physics, we hear he is also an outstanding teacher. It is a lottery school and we still feel lucky to have gotten called.
Love this school. Teachers are very caring and involved with kids, solid administration, and outstand curriculum. Rich extracurricular activities across both sports and the arts are available, and it's not unusual to see the star athlete singing with the choir. Ample opportunity for parent involvement across a number of committees.
My daughter has attended D'Evelyn since 7th grade and is now a senior. Yes, the school has been tough, but I have found most of the teachers to be outstanding, kind and caring. Parents are very involved. Guidance office has been very helpful to my daughter. I am sure her grades would have been much better at another school, but she is learning so much here. I feel very fortunate to be a D'Evelyn parent.
How sad that someone wouldn't even look at a school because of a handful of internet postings. If you are looking for a rigorous liberal arts and college prep program at a public school price, then D'Evelyn is it. Expectations are set high for everyone, but the school provides a great support network for kids who need extra help. Behavioral standards are set high too - yes, some bullying / teasing occurs at the middle school level. But show me a middle school anywhere in this country where that doesn't occur. In our case, it was dealt with satisfactorily. Overall the high behavioral standards and clear rule structure creates a safe and engaging learning environment. Work load is heavy, but who doesn't have to manage a heavy work load to get ahead in life. It's great preparation for college and life beyond. D'Evelyn is a great choice school, particularly for kids who are college bound and/or really motivated learners.
Staff tolerates bullys. Twice in two weeks my son was harrasssed in P.E. class and the teachers response was dull. They thtow students under the bus to protect their awards. If your child is driven and has no life then send them here otherwise run & run fast.
im going here next year 4 7th grade! cant wait! its gonna b really epic
I need to meet the families of the other two reviews posted in February 2013. We are in the same boat as we definitely don't lean right. My child is getting a great education at this school, and has been very happy. He's embraced his teachers, and has learned to manage his homework well in 7th hour, so the long nights are only occasional. The curriculum is top notch. But there is a strong right wing, conservative culture, and its the only thing I don't like about the school. I find it a bit disturbing that there are bible study groups as electives - it would be less disturbing if non-Christian groups were also represented but the school is small so limited population to pull from. The small size is a huge bonus compared to all the other public school options in the area. I do agree that all the negatives do lend to some great dinner time conversation, and have actually led to considerable learning experiences. I hope to raise children who can look at all sides of an issue prior to making a decision, and regularly being exposed to alternative points of view goes a long way towards that end.
Oh boy! My family and I are moving to the Denver area and I have been doing extensive research on the schools. After reading the previous reviews (especially the one dated Dec 14, 2011by a parent) I will NOT be looking at homes in this school zone. I am not only offended, but disgusted by this parents' post. My child is finishing up 8th grade and is an honor student who has already started taking college courses. He has already received letters from colleges regarding enrollment. One of those colleges being Stanford. I would not even dream of sending my son to this school. If the mentality of the teachers are in anyway similar to that of the parent writing the post, then shame on you! If they are not, then you may want to figure out a way to remove the post. I would be embarrassed if I were the Principal.
Of course this school is not for everyone, no school is. That is why we have choice schools in Colorado. I am not sure if it is the best school in the state, but it is definitely one of the best choices in Jefferson County. The school definitely leans right, and makes no bones about it. If you do not lean right, and we do not, then the school provides teaching moments and discussion points over dinner. To me this provides an opportunity to discuss why I believe what I believe, and why others might believe differently. I think it is good to have these type of discussions. Expectations for students are high, across the board. Both for academics and behavior. While the home work load may be high my child who does play sports, is involved in other outside activities seems to be able to handle it efficiently using 7th hour time and "found time" so that time at home dedicated to home work seems fairly reasonable. But I will agree that students need to be motivated, and driven
I believe this is the best high school in Colorado; I give it 4 stars because it is not for everyone and not perfect. It is for average and above average students who need high standards and a rigorous curriculum to reach their full potential. Students with high self-motivation or creative intelligence will be stifled. Below average students can get a superb education, but they will put in a lot more work for a lower GPA than at their neighborhood school. The whole family needs to value substantive knowledge over grades or you'll go nuts. And if you are not a Bible literalist and a redmeat conservative, you'll have to have a thick skin and an ability to ignore a lot of silliness. E.g. the teacher who tells every class that you can not be a Christian if you believe in evolution. Or the Geography Dept that bought used textbooks already out of date when purchased for ideological (not budgetary) reasons. (I know this because I inquired.) The teachers just handwrote "the former" in front of the references to The Soviet Union. They finally got new online textbooks, but the fact that they were allowed to purchase this outdated tome and use it 15 years was ridiculous.
My children attended D Evelyn. I thought D'Evelyn would provide a private school education at a public school price. I was wrong. My children are above average intelligence tough not academically gifted and they struggled to get C s at D Evelyn. Student growth is a better indicator of a schools ability to educate then is School ranking. Your student s GPA, class rank and Act scores will matter more to Colleges then D Evelyn s ranking. Expect 4-6hrs of homework nightly. This is the secrete to D Evelyn s success, along with the 25% + drop out rate. Extending the school day and eliminating lower performing students, raises school ranking. D Evelyn does not help struggling students. We found it necessary to hire tutors, then later, to transfer our children to other schools. Childhood is about laughter, living and growing as a person, not just scholastic prestige. Expect tears, struggle and strife at D Evelyn if your child is not gifted, highly disciplined and self motivated. As D Evelyn says it is not for everyone. The school provides a good conservative moral environment. The families are great. Many of the teachers are remarkable though some are ineffective and uncaring.
I am really interested this school. But I dont know how to get my children in this school
Please ignore the elitist and condescending prior review. Pick your school based upon honest and authentic feedback. You can still be somebody and work at Walmart and a $40,000 per year Ivy League college education won't make you better than anyone else. If that's the typical parent mentality at D'Evelyn, I'd be wary of a school perpetuating that.
ok this is the problem too many low scoring kids going to this school! If you just barely passed your csap scores in middle school then yes you will have a very hard time at this school! People that want to go to UNC or another average college might want to pick another high school, you can find many friends at Alameda! This school is for the dedicated kids that want to get scholarships to ivy league school! Too many parents are wanting their children to have fun in high school and find a bunch f friends that you will end up leaving anyways when you go to college! Get you kids involved in school and expect high scores from them to prepare them for the real world and not working at WAL-MART. Of course the students and staff pick fav's they do not want to be around stupid people, who does? Pick this school if you are looking to get scouted from a top college and be somebody!
I have to agree with someone who rated on here. The staff here t=do tend to pick favorites. Mostly the "cool" kids like the jocks and cheerleaders. Also the dress code isn't very appropriate, with lots of older girls wearing miniskirts and high heels. However good education and prepares well for college.
I'm afraid I must agree with the young person who posted a negative review--my youngest graduated from D'Evelyn where she learned wonderful study skills but was so burned out that she only went one semester to college. Fast forward years later and two granddaughters attended D'Evelyn. One was so badly bullied with no response from the administration that she left. The other granddaughter diligently did well over 3 hours of homework every night and then was put down by teachers who informed her that she really should look for a different school! I would love to see D'Evlyn return to it's earlier years of caring about their students as young people instead of just their scores!
D'Evelyn is not as good as everyone makes it to be. I have been at develyn since 7th grade and am currently a junior. I struggle with depression, and anxiety. At D'Evelyn they only want test scores. I don't feel like I belong even though I have a ton of friends. If I get a bad test score I am immediately put down by the teachers and the students. Everyone thinks D'Evelyn is great when really we have no social lives and the nerds at D'Evelyn say they like it because they already know everything in the books. The kids who didn't go to Dennison Elementary are the ones that have the biggest trouble. Like me. DON'T GO TO D'EVELYN
My student graduated from D'Evelyn several years ago. Yes, it was hard work. Yes, there was a lot of homework. Most of the teachers are wonderful, a few not so much. And every school has politics. But the result is a well rounded, VERY well educated student. ID'Evelyn is not for everyone. If your student is not willing to put in the effort, don't go to D'Evelyn. They expect a lot from their students. And they (students, parents, administrators) don't tolerate bad behavior, so the teachers don't have to put teaching aside to babysit. If I ask my student now, was it worth it, I would hear, absolutely yes! She has a great work ethic. She has been tutoring students older than she is all through college. She can write intelligently, problem solve, and is not afraid to challenge a professor, who lacks in teaching skills, in a diplomatic manner. You can go to another school, work less and get good grades. And in the end, the colleges probably don't care what high school you went to and how hard you worked. But it does make a difference to the student. By the way, Jefferson County-great school, less expensive to operate-why aren't there more schools like D'Evelyn?
I was a 13 year parent at D'Evelyn, with 4 kids in attendance. 2 graduated from there and 2 from Wheatridge. 3 had learning disabilities. All were very glad they attended D'Evelyn. The one who is 25 regrets not buckeling down more to have graduated from there. The 23 got her start in ethics and politics there. The 20 is on dean"s list and the 18 had crummy grades but great ACT's, no 4th year of math and admitted to 4 year state school. At D'Evelyn she felt like the dumb one. In the real world she feels very smart. All have worked and had scholarships to help pay for College. IT IS WORTH IT! No inflated grades. 2 hours of homework every night. 30 math problems every day. The diversity club died from lack of interest. If you want one, find a sponsoring teacher and have one again. Don't whine. Is it a perfect school? No. Is it the best school. Yes. Sometimes teachers or administrators are new. Help them to get up to speed. It is your school, parent driven, not district driven. You have much more power. Read the document on the web site. Go to the accountability meetings and be a candidate for the steering committee. Your influence does make a difference.
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