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525 Turman Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80525

(970) 613-5900
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December 01, 2011
Cottonwood is an above average school in many ways. The principal is very helpful and kind. The test scores for most kids are above average. It is a nice building. There are a few drawbacks as well, though. One is a heavily loaded GT program which, similarly to other schools, has a lot of bright or hard working kids but not a lot of gifted kids. The previous GT coordinator was good. The current one does too much test prep for kids whose parents want that identification and retests on similar tests within short periods of time which has increased the problem with overloading the GT program and making it less likely to meet the needs of kids who aren't traditional high achievers.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
I am wondering why as a parent, I must understand how the school policy works regarding such things as school attire for my daughter, but the teachers do not. It is not uncommon for me to see high heels and very short skirts on the teachers when my daughter cannot where color in her hair or wear a snow hat in the building. Just today I saw one of the younger grade teachers not only wearing a see through shirt, but you could see her stomach through the shirt. Not understanding the double standard here....

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
I am excited to start the new school year! Awesome staff to work with, caring Principal, dynamic families, and overall respect for children! There is no better place to be! Happy 2011-2012 school year everyone!

- submitted by a teacher
August 08, 2011
We love this school and its PRIDE philosophy. Children are challenged based on their abilities, discipline is encouraged and good behavior is rewarded.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
We have had such a positive experience at Cottonwood Plains. We have two children who attend and we could not be more pleased with how their academic needs have been met--both in the Gifted and Talented track and in their regular classes. The teachers have worked very hard to make sure my children are being pushed academically, but still balance having fun and using their creativity. I am especially pleased that they are expected to be responsible for their actions and they explain rules and expectations clearly. I really feel like the teachers enjoy their job and there is a very good parental support system in place.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
I am so impressed by what I see every day. Teachers and parents working side-by-side with the best interest of students in mind. Students trying their best, and if success is not immediate, they persevere and demonstrate an "I can do anything" attitude. I would not want to work at any other school. Cottonwood Plains is truly the place to be!

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2011
I love this school! My children have been coming here for over 8 years and we love it. Old Principal, New Principal, teacher changes, all for the best. The grasss isn't always greener somewhere else although a change sometimes helps your attitude, find out what is important not what you thinks may save your ego. Stick with the school even if you have reservations about the programs, your child's education comes first and they are receiving an excellent one here. Other outside activities should be your last priority and you can go somewhere else if needed.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
You are right! The school is awesome but the parents/kids tend to be the same families over and over again in the same activities. That is fine, but what about diversity? So much for "Everybody Belongs" A certain social "click" seems to dominate the after school activities leaving everybody else feeling like the minority.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
We have been to two other schools in the area and this one tops them all. The principal is a fantastic leader that has the heart of the students and teachers in mind when making decisions. The teachers are fantastic and the facilities are GREAT! We love the Panther PRIDE motto, it fosters GREAT respect for fellow students and family.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
This school is committed not only to education, but challenging students to help others and show pride in all that they do. They have taught my child so much more than just academics and I am thoroughly impressed with the teaching staff and Principal. I would recommend Cottonwood to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2010
We opted to send our children to CWP rather than our neighborhood school due to the fact that it was the nearest school with an all day kindergarten program at the time. 4 years later, what my children gained was so much more! CWP is an amazing school with a truly dedicated staff and a principal that is wholly involved with the school on many different levels. The enrollment of the school has increased despite the fact that Coyote Ridge and Ponderosa opened up over the past few years boasting new state of the art facilities, etc. ..this speaks volumes to how well CWP is run. The community and parents continue to spread the word about what a great learning environment CWP provides for its students. What a great principal it has! It's no wonder why the staff nominated him as principal of the year. We've moved overseas for a few years and miss the school terribly. The level of education my children received there far outweighs what they are getting here. We'll be glad when we return to what feels like a "family" focused school!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
We love the teachers, the principle, the setting and the whole community. Our twins just started Kindergarten and CWP made the transition so easy for all of us. Thanks to all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Cottonwood Plains if a 'family'. The teachers work together and create a wonderful learning 'experience' for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I am very committed to Cottonwood Plains, not only am I a parent, but I am also a member of the PTA and work as the school counselor. I feel the school community focuses on being the best that you can be in all ways. People support and care about each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
It's nice to put my daughter in the school with teachers and parents that care. The last few years have been hard moving around and I'm really glad we were able to settle in at such a wonderful caring school. I thank all the teachers and parents who help out all the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
The staff is awesome and everyone contributes to make this much more than just a school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Cottonwood is a fantastic place to be each and every day. This is my 12th year at CWP as a parent and my 4th as a sub. The staff is hard-working, intelligent, and caring. The PTA goes the extra mile for the students and staff every year. Cottonwood feels like home!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Cottonwood Plains is a home town school with a high quality staff! It provides a welcoming atmosphere and advanced academics!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Our school has a positive behavior plan, rigorous curriculum, and a team of teachers that make students their focus.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Cottonwood has a great sense of community. The teachers' hearts are in their jobs, the parents are involved with full support, the kids believe in themselves, each other, their teachers, and their school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
We have a wonderful and caring principal and staff who are dedicated to meeting the needs of all students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 15, 2009
CWP has great students, teachers, and a great prinicple. Overall CWO is part of a great community and my children have all enjoyed their time here and learned a great deal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 14, 2009
The staff is great, the parents are involved, and the principal is fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Cottonwood is generally a good enough school. Our biggest issue has been that the TAG (Talented and Gifted) program is really a status symbol rather than a program designed to meet the needs of gifted kids. Cottonwood grossly overidentifies kids as gifted. It seems like 1/4 of the students at this school are labeled 'gifted' which makes for a program that doesn't meet the needs of kids who are really needing differentiated education.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 01, 2008
Cottonwood Plains has provided an outstanding education to my children from K-5 with helpful and well educated staff, new, clean and up to date facilities and a variety of extra-curricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
Overall I am quite pleased with the quality of education at CWP. We've been at Cottonwood through 3 different principals over 9 years (last in 2nd). Although there have been changes with the different leadership styles, the quality of education has remained consistently good. There're a wide variety of kids from differing socioeconomic backgrounds represented. This makes it challenging for the staff as not all of the kids are on the same page. So far every teacher has been good to excellent. The parental involvement is very high and volunteering is encouraged. There are a decent number of extra curricular activities for the kids--about what I would expect at this level. There is talented and gifted program available to challenge the high performing students. When my kids moved on the middle school, they were significantly underchallenged because of the challenging TAG program at CWP. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
The new principal is certainly an improvement over the prior one. The culture at the school has improved. The curricula is adequate for an average child, but nothing special. High achieving students get some enrichment in a pull-out program, but most teachers are unable to differentiate in the classroom enough for a child who needs significant acceleration and not just some minimal added enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
There has indeed been a turnover in staff including the principal. However, let me assure you that it has bounced back! Cottonwood is better than ever! The new principal is fabulous and is not only involved with each student but their parents as well. He has brought a wonderful working environment back to our school and it shows on each students face! I encourage anyone that is looking for a wonderful learning environment to move into the Cottonwood Plains area so you can feel the 'new' atmosphere as well!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Had both of our children at the school from k to 5th and k to 3rd. Most of the teachers were unable or unwilling to take the lead roll in the future of the children. Now have them in poudre schools. Big change fro the better.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
The principal is not a good leader & does not relate well to parents. The teacher quality varies. Unfortunately, some of the better teachers have left recently.

- submitted by a parent
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Cottonwood Plains Elementary School
525 Turman Dr, Fort Collins, CO  80525
(970) 613-5900
Last modified Cottonwood Plains Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cottonwood Plains Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top