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Black Rock Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 27, 2014

My child attends Black Rock and we couldn't be more thrilled with this school. It is in the top 90% of schools in the state and the test scores continue to sky rocket every year. The teachers are extremely invested in the well being of every child, and they take the time to teach each child according to their learning style. They are very welcoming to parents, and the principal is extremely approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

This school is great if you live in the community and like the convience of a school in your neighborhood. The education it provide is less than average. The principal is not friendly and rarely gets to know the parents or students. The school does not challenge the kids that need to be challenge or work with the kids that struggle. If your child falls in the middle, then this school will work for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2014

We'll be leaving Black Rock at the end of the school year. Many of the teachers are excellent but there was a lot of turnover this year and many new teachers are struggling. One of the most laughable things about the school is the amount of homework they pile on yet the teacher websites are all out of date. Heaven forbid you not know what homework is due as teachers only update their pages infrequently. Classes are overcrowded and paras are almost always Black Rock parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

This school has potential but needs to address some major concerns first. The classes are very overcrowded and teachers openly admit they have too much on their plate. Teachers are having to test students every couple of weeks which does not leave a lot of time for teaching. The teachers are amazing and do what they can. Unfortunately the high class sizes overpower any teacher. Bullying is also a major concern at this school. The principal is not interested in hearing that this is a problem. This school is worried about their GT status and test scores and not interested in looking at all aspects of a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

The school is very over crowded, there were 31 in my sons class which didn't give him the attention he needed to challenge him. He was tested for gifted in math and reading but due to the teacher having to manage classroom size she admittedly couldn't spend one on one with him. If they get the size under control it will be a lot better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

This is truly a great school! Our children love the teachers, and are getting a high quality education. The location is truly amazing too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

Black Rock is an OK school. I have 2 children who have been there since it opened. It is what I would consider to be an average school. Not spectacular and not awful. Yes, they have some great teachers and the technology is amazing, but I feel that the direction from the administration is not all that great and the staff is limited by the attitude and direction the administration take. It is called a gifted and talented focus school, but I don't feel that they are really meeting the needs of the gifted and talented students all that well. There are individual teachers who have done a great job with my kids, who are advanced academically, but the school programming for these kids is weak and so it all depends on the teacher you get. I also think that this school does not handle bullying very well. Several parents have talked to me about issues they have had. It is more about what is causing the bully to act that way and being compassionate to them then protecting the child who is being bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

Having just left a local charter school, we have been very pleased with Black Rock and are thrilled we moved our son for his 3rd grade year. He is thriving and enjoying his school experience much more than he did before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

This is the 2nd year that my child has gone there. The teachers are mostly very good but there are the exceptions. I am particularly concerned about the overcrowding and the impact on resources that has inevitably resulted. We are looking at other options since we don't see the district doing taking much initiative to fix things and the teachers can't do much on their own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

My son was in first grade last year, Black Rock's first year. We're very impressed with this school. Teachers are engaging and highly qualified; principal is communicative, and the extra activities the school offers are great. (Academic activities anyway -- I'm not sure about sports-related extracurricular activities because we haven't sought those out. However, speaking of sports, my son loved PE. The teacher is fantastic and she plans really cool activities for the kids.) The thing I'm most excited about is the technology in the school. Their computer labs and the instructional technology in the classrooms are first-rate -- and I'm an Information Technology professional. This year, my second son is starting kindergarten, and we're extremely pleased to have our children in this this excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

It's brand new school. The community support is so great and staffs are putting so much effort to build up new school.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students94%
Female97%
Male92%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant94%

Reading

All Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Writing

All Students84%
Female93%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%
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 Students91%
Female94%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Writing

All Students78%
Female87%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%
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 Students88%
Female84%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students80%
Female81%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
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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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

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 89% 56%
Hispanic 6% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 5%
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 4%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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