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Dunn Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 402 students

 
 

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Posted August 4, 2014

Lots of ethnic diversity, considering FoCo is 93% Caucasian. The Principal is attentive, responsive, and cares very much for the students. We've only had experience with one teacher so far, and we've had a good results. Tons of parental involvement, which is a great thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2010

To say Dunn has very little ethnic and socioeconomic diversity is clearly a misrepresentation by an a parent who is angry about the closing of Moore. Dunn has students from close to forty different countries and while there are some very affluent students, there is greater socioeconomic diversity than in most of the elementary schools in Fort Collins. Dunn is certainly not without its flaws, but overall, it is an outstanding environment for children to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

Dunn is a great school for children who fit in, but doesn't cultivate an environment that celebrates difference (diversity, yes, but not difference).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

Of course Moore scores well on all standardized tests. Of course their rating is 'excellent.' The boundary lines within the Poudre School District make sure only the richest and whitest attend Dunn Elementary. I find it disheartening that this school can have 76% caucasian students while schools just 8 blocks north of it have upwards of 76% HISPANIC students. This school may fare well in education, but there is very little ethnic or socio-economic diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

I think Dunn is a wonderful school but the reviewer addressing the issue of over involvement is absolutely correct. As parents we need to do what we can to help our schools find the right balance between creating an inclusive environment (for parents) and supportive environment (for children and teachers)while giving professional educators the freedom they need to teach. Every class at Dunn is different and this individual shares his/her experience. I observe incredible kindess at Dunn but I've also observed tremendous pettiness from this very element of the community mentioned below. Readers should note the reviewer has given great compliments to this school and I concur. Every school has positive/ negative attributes and parents should weigh both when considering any school. Perhaps the reviewer should have noted the school's need to reach out to the working parent as well as they are a growing contingent of every community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Anyone who has had experiences with public schools in other communities will know immediately that Dunn (and the Poudre school district in general), is truly excellent. The school's environment is one of caring and consideration, the IB curriculum is a wonderful layer of enrichment. While there could be a lot more science, and the 'specials' tend to be mediocre, your child will receive a very good education that serves them well in the next phase of schooling. It is unfortunate that another reviewer here seemed to feel that the parents were 'overeducated' and 'cliquish.' Personally, I love the fact that my children are surrounded by adults who are well educated and have time to contribute to the school. It really is a village educating the children at Dunn, and I've never seen that village be anything but inclusive and welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Our child has been at Dunn for three years and overall we found that teacher quality varies. There are exceptional teachers and average teachers. The school places an inordinate emphasis on reading and less of a focus in mathmatics and science (mediocre at best). The languages programs are really wonderful and we had a very positive experience. There is a strong emphasis on the environment and discussions around becoming more responsible global citizens, but little emphasis on responsibilities to one another, or to those less fortunate in the community. The school has an inordinate number of stay at home, overeducated moms who are over-involved in every activity, competitive, and often cliquish and petty. This environment rubs off on the kids as well which can result in children feeling left out and isolated (resulted in repeated interventions in 3rd grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

We applied our son to K-class at Dunn as our school of choice. After a month of waiting, he got in and been there until third grade. We had never been disappointed with our decision. Dunn provided an excellent environment of learning. More importantly, it gave my son a global perspective and a sense of respect to others. The principal and all of their staffs gave us more than what we firstly anticipated. With their exceptional educational standards and caring attitudes, the students acquired not only high aptitude in educational aspect, but also as a good citizen to the world. With these characteristics equipped from Dunn, I believe that my son can floursih everywhere. If we could choose to a school for our son again, it's not going to be changed to any other except this school in our heart, Dunn IB School, Fort Collins. From parents of a Dunn alumni in Thailand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

Before we moved here in 1999, I found out that Dunn was an IB School and put our daughter on the waiting list for school of choice. She went to Dunn for 1st through 6th grades. What an amazing school! It isn't just because it offers the IB program. Every single teacher is exceptional. Jan Borman, the principal, is the reason the school is so outstanding. She worked really hard to see that Dunn became an IB school. In addition, she gets some of the best teachers in the area because they really want to work for her and also be part of the IB program, which takes a lot of additional training and work for these dedicated teachers. The students are from all over the world and the classes are small. My son, while in college, also volunteered with the first grade classes and had a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

This school is amazing. The school constantly strives to go above and beyond for the students and consistently does. Dunn really understands and teaches the children from a global perspective that they really understand and enjoy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Dunn is an exceptional school in most every way. It is an IB school and the students really feel proud of the accomplishments they make as well as the schools. Dunn offers art, music and language class as a regular part of their school courses and really encourage students to broaden their minds and think outside of the box. The teachers are wonderful and well educated.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Reading

All Students87%
Female83%
Male92%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students71%
Female70%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
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 Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
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 lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
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 lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%
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 Students81%
Female84%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students64%
Female67%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students75%
Female81%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 70% 56%
Hispanic 12% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 33%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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501 South Washington
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 488-4825

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