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Elizabeth Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 496 students

 
 

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Posted October 16, 2014

I have worked in this district and middle school and yes your reports about bullying are true there is a political agenda of power with administration here. Legacy academy is a fantastic alternative and truly cafe about students keep exposing the issues don't give up good luck


Posted October 15, 2014

We are parents of two former EMS students who opted to move their kids out of the district because of the problems continuing to get worse within the ESD. The Middle School is now on their 5th principal in 5 years. Students have been bullied by both other students and by teachers. My child came home upset one day when one of their teachers told another child who disagreed with their grade to "take the grade, stuff it down your throat, and choke on it." This teacher would tell the class when a student did not show all work on a test and then ask what grade the student should receive. The teacher encouraged the class to chant "give 'em an F". When these examples and others were escalated to the principal, nothing was done. When it was taken to the superintendent, there was silence. When it was taken to the district school board, we were told this was not a board issue. Finally the superintendent met with us but the teacher is still employed. For my other student, the school completely ignored the 504 education plan with one teacher stating she did not need to follow it. WHO is in charge of the best interests of the students who are entrusted to Elizabeth School District?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

My student is fairly new to the school, and upon transfering, was warmly welcomed by the other students. It's a relief to hear that most of the kids are kind and thoughtful to one another, especially during these turbulant years of middle school. The teachers seem to really care what and how my student is learning, and encourage correspondence between parents and teachers. I am concerned that the curriculum is not challenging enough sometimes. Study Hall allows students to organize their time and get homework done, so homework is more sparse than expected. The new Principal this year is experienced in the district, and shows leadership, organization, and presence in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

The 6th grade teachers are supportive and kind. I just think some students don't like the teachers because they're used to the elementary school teachers holding their hands k-5 and don't like having to work on their own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

Some teachers are just awful, there are very few that even close to being good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2008

My sons 2nd year . He seems to be doing well . I dont have any complaints more good than bad to say. I came from Ca and the schools there were just ok even the beach area of southern Ca! I feel this school is better than the school he would have attended in Ca. The only thing I would say is more help for subjects when kids dont understand the material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My daughter is qualified as gifted and talented by the state of Colorado and was in both the advanced math and language arts classes. Every day she would come home and tell me that all they did in language arts is have the teacher read a book out loud to them. They did not learn or practice any writing skills in this class. They also read the same book as the normal classes and learned the same skills. I was told by the teacher personally that the only difference between the classes is that she grades harder. This year my daughters MAP score actually went down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I do believe that this school is probably one of the worst Middle Schools, I have ever come across. The social prejudice is ridiculous as a parent of two, I have never seen them so miderable. The method of punishment is ridiculous, the standards are non existant. Those are hardly the start of the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

I love this school. I was in the advanced la class and it is so nice to have
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2007

I am a student here at EMS and I think that this school was outstanding and the best school ever! All the teachers there are awesome and nice and understanding and all the students there like me, love it and are kind to everyone and it's a very playful and learning school. This is a very safe school and both me and my brother loved it! I learned a lot at this school and all the programs here are awesome and fun!! I would recommend this school for absolutely anyone!!! This school is the best!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2006

Great school, great teachers, excellent office staff, advanced LA and math classes for advanced students, good variety of music programs, art classes varied but not a good program, football program is not too great either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2004

We've been shocked at the difference between EMS and suburban middle school. The handful of black students are subjected to racial harassment. The teachers discourage freedom of speech. Teachers pets are the norm. And standards are low to non-existent. The school board scandal and subsequent lawsuits were just the top of the iceberg. Please research the school and drop in to hear the students in the halls before enrolling - we wish we did.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 62% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%
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 55% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%
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 52% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%
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 Students64%
Female66%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students56%
Female64%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
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 Students58%
Female54%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students69%
Female79%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
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 Students51%
Female59%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Reading

All Students71%
Female81%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Science

All Students49%
Female56%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Writing

All Students56%
Female74%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


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
White 84% 56%
Hispanic 10% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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34427 County Rd 13
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Phone: (303) 646-4520

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