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Fort Collins, CO
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3002 East Trilby Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80528

(970) 488-5405
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May 12, 2015
Enroll in all honors classes. High school is much harder, and honors classes prepare you in a way the regular courses don't. Even if you're not particularly motivated, you should definitely take honors, or else the high school transition will screw you over. High school is much harder. Prepare yourself now, while your GPA doesn't matter as much.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2015
I agree with two of the parents who have posted before me. Kinard is not a good place for students who want to be college ready and use their brains for something other than memorization. Testing, retesting, and testing again is what is emphasized. As an example-- in the month of February (a short one by most measures) my child had 10 tests in science, 5 tests in math, 12 tests in English, and 2 tests in spanish. Rarely a day goes by that she doesn't have a test in something. These numbers do not even include any "retesting" that may occur if a student doesn't score highly enough (thankfully she didn't have any retests in February!). How are they learning anything with that much time dedicated to tests??? This doesn't even include the time spent on the state standardized tests!!! Will not be back here next year!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2015
We were excited when we got a spot a Kinard. Now that the reality has set in, we realize it's a lot of hype. The kids at Kinard come from all over the area, but mostly the neighborhoods nearby. Lots of cliques to deal with and the pecking order is well-established. If your kiddo isn't self-motivated to do homework this school isn't for them. There is no credit given for homework diligence, only quizzes(formatives) and tests (summatives) will be counted. Your kiddo needs only to be a rinse and repeat learner to get top scores. They grade on a 1-4 scale so understand that before going in. There is no forgivenness in that scale at all, unless they like you. Our daughter, who is a diligent learner, has been within .1-.05 of an A and not gotten one in multiple cases. That's hard for kids who are high achievers as it basically breaks them down and makes then feel like the extra work doesn't pay off. Don't despair though, if you want your kiddo in honors classes, just complain and bug the teachers. They will eventually give in. Be prepared to have entitled kids with hovering parents too.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
Kinard is a good school. It is one of the better middle schools in the district and it teaches Core Knowledge curriculum. Overall my child loves the school. It provides different levels for different learners but as a parent you have to be on top of what is going on with your child just like at any school. They have high expectations for each and every student and they achieve high test scores every year. The teachers are nice and most of them are well qualified in the fields they are teaching. Having said that, I think that the leadership at Kinard needs to focus more on the kids and less on the test scores. Standardized testing is not a good indication of depth of learning. The "we are the best" attitude can be nauseating at times especially when you see how they get there. There is a lot of homework regardless of what the principal says. I don't think they really understand the amount of work and busy work that goes home each week. Some of it is worthwhile learning while other stuff is more suited for the recycle bin. Have your child do a day visit to make sure it is the right choice for them as the back to school night is just marketing fluff.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2014
Kinard is a difficult school to rate. In some ways it is a great school. The facilities are great, the principal is awesome, and they allow for a number of extracurricular activities. However, my concerns about Kinard include the following: 1. They are very much focused on memorization and repeat testing. By the 5th week of school my child has had 4+ tests in each class. If students do not score a 3 (equivalent to a B) or above they have to retake the test. For students who do better by "thinking" instead of memorization-- Kinard isn't good for them. 2. Some of the teachers use a "public shaming" method of correction. If a student forgets their homework (which they have EVERY night) the teacher often embarrasses them in front of the entire class. 3. Some teachers will tell you explicitly that they do not award 4's (A's) to students. A student must be "truly exceptional" to receive a 4. However, what is defined as exceptional is questionable at best (usually it involves repeating in writing EXACTLY what the teacher told them). 5. The school does not foster creativity or flexibility.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2014
I graduated from Kinard last month after attending for three years, and I feel that I have nothing but good things to say about it. I had a rough time in the revolving elementary schools and always felt like an outsider. In Kinard that is no longer a problem. The atmosphere for students is very friendly, and I started making new friends from my first day. The teachers are amazing, friendly, and helpful, making class enjoyable while you still learn so much. I must particularly compliment English teacher Mr. Steven Ray Parker, from whom I learned so much. At Kinard, I recommend enrollment in Honors courses regardless of your current confidence. They are not particularly harder than regular classes, and in fact they are much more rewarding, and go more in-depth into the subjects being studied. The Honors classes can lift up a struggling student and help the most intellectually gifted student through its engaging atmosphere. Overall, I give Kinard 5 stars. My experience was amazing, and I will look back on my three years there with fondness.

- submitted by a community member

June 16, 2013
I attend Eaton Middle School and I would do anything to transfer to Kinard!!!!!!! I'm still trying to convince my parents to let me!!! I would recommend this middle school :)

- submitted by a community member

April 07, 2013
This school is rated the best academically preforming school in thedistric out of middle schools

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August 30, 2012
Its the best school ever! It beats all the other middle schools in this area. Preston, Webber, Blevins, and Boltz don't march this amazing school! It also is able to make people happy and laugh. I will never have a middle school like this one.

- submitted by a community member

June 19, 2012
Kinard is an amazing school! As a student who recently just finished 6th grade, I can say that I really enjoyed all my classes and teachers! It is not true that teachers do not go out of their way to help kids because all of them are so helpful! If you ever have a problem, they are willing to encourage as will as help you! The discipline at this school is not extremely enforced but it's still there. The teachers will still enforce rules. Don't judge Kinard just because everyone thinks we are so gifted and wealthy! We are like all average students and even though some students there are wealthier than me, I don't find it affecting me or my learning. Send your kid to Kinard and I promise you will find it a success!

- submitted by a community member

November 29, 2011
I have very mixed feelings about Kinard. The kids and the teachers are all nice, the test scores are great, there are a lot of extracurriculars available, parents are involved... There is a lot to like. On the other hand, having had children attend other local middle schools, I am left with the impression that the high test scores at Kinard are largely a product of drill and not depth or creativity. The focus on memorization, sentence diagramming, etc. hits very much on my child's weakest areas. In some ways that is good -- forcing focus on something that would otherwise be weaker. In some ways it is not -- not developing real strengths in abstract reasoning. My older children who attend the high school Kinard feeds into have noticed much of the same: the kids who came there from Kinard are some of the weaker students in the pre-AP classes in terms of depth of thought and synthesizing material not just repeating rote learned information. There are some good teachers at Kinard, though, who hopefully will have more to offer than drill as my child progresses through middle school.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2011
As a student at this school, I have one thing to say, excellent. You can't walk down the hallways without noticing how nice and helpful the teachers are, no matter how difficult or big the problem is. The principal is great, always knowing how to talk to and control the kids. When it comes to testing, its hard not to like the scores. So basically to sum it up, if you want to find a great school, look no further

- submitted by a community member

July 05, 2011
What an amazing school everybody is so kind and helpful. Its welcoming and the students academic performance is outstanding.

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April 14, 2010
It is a great school, the teachers are so helpful and do so much for their students, the whole staff is wonderful. They have so many wonderful programs to help the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 16, 2009
We have found the administration at Kinard to be difficult to work with. Very little follow-through when approached about a concern or problem. Teachers don't let the kids fail - not always a good thing. My son is behind in academics and despite repeated conferences, meetings, 'interventions,' etc., nothing has changed. Not impressed.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2009
Although our daughter loved her teachers, the academic expectations were low. At her elementary, the expectations were high and she learned time management with homework. At Kinard she took all the advanced classes- got straight A's- and still rarely had any homweork. High school is a challenge since the skills learned in elementary weren't used for three years. In a recent conversation with other Kinard parents, my opinion was shared by everyone. When our other children go into 6th grade, we will seriously look into Preston instead.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2009
Ausome school. Everyone juges us because we are so wealthy,so what?that's a good thing,and it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2009
Having just graduated from Kinard. I thought it was a great school. The band program is excellent, the teachers are for the most part very compassionate, and there is always someone you can go to if you have problems. The school also teaches at a high level, and I really recommend doing all honors classes if you are a motivated kid because they help you to excel and if you score above average, in the normal classes you'll be bored out of your mind. It's true that the disipline is kind of lax, but I never really found it a problem; I mean, nothing ever got out of hand. It really depends on the teacher. I'm kind of sick of everybody judging Kinard because it's so whitebread. Yeah, most of the kids there had more money than me. It didn't affect my learning at all.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 01, 2009
As a parent of a dyslexic/ADHD student who floundered through elementary school (I used to say the idea of jr high game me hives), I was not sure Kinard was a good choice for us. The first parent meeting was terrifying with an enormous number of uber-competitive parents (how will my gifted child be challenged, etc. - they were so smug and self-righteous.) Yet, when I talked with staff and teachers, they really wanted my son - they wanted kids who were challenging. We ultimately did choose Kinard and I am so glad we did. My son is now at or above grade level in all subjects. The teachers would not give up on him. In addition, the high standards sort of rubbed off. Yes, there are still a lot of annoyingly 'per fect' people, but we managed to find some great parents too. Glad we chose Kinard.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2009
Kinard is a great school. Just because it has a bunch of wealthier families does not mean it is any worse of a school. Kinard has a great facility and the staff are great.

- submitted by a student

May 05, 2009
while this school offers great opurtunities, it is offten viewed stuck up and many of the students are way over protected and sheltered.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 17, 2009
Kinard is a fair school. I do agree with the other parent that it is best for self-motivated students. The classroom discipline is poor in terms of expectations and consequences which is not always the teacher's fault. The head principal used to be a counseor, so he is a too lenient and tolerant on behavior and overly passive in academic performance. (Teachers are not allowed to 'fail' students; they are given numerous chances to make up the work. This is unfair to those students who really earned their grades.) Core curriculum is not stressed. High staff turnover in the special ed. department.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 17, 2009
This school is the best one I have yet to attend. (I'm class of 2012.) They have a wonderful faculty and a grand selection of extra-curricular activities. However, this school is best for self-motivated students. The discipline is poor, but drugs or gang-related activities are not tolerated at all. The school building is fairly new, I believe three years as of 2009?

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 08, 2008
Great school if your kid is a self learner! Most of the teachers do not go out of there way to help a kid learn if he/she is having trouble. They have a great staff of teachers, but they will not go out of there way to help a struggling kid! I can't speak for all of them, but for sure most of the 7th grade teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 29, 2008
Excellent Jr. High, soon to be Middle School. Postive enviroment for the student, staff and teachers. Committed to providing a safe learning enviroment. My only disapointment comes from the fact that the councilers are all part-time which, is a budget issue.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2007
this school is good. the sports excell and the challange is just where it needs to be. The disipline is horrible, they only blive the first thing they heard.

- submitted by a student

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Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
3002 East Trilby Rd, Fort Collins, CO  80528
(970) 488-5405
Last modified Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top