I can't regard the teacher/staff community highly enough. They give so much energy, creative thoughts and LOVE to the kids, while providing structure and safety all at the same time. It is different from an IB program where many of the parents are university related and kids are smart from the beginning. Different type of devotedness, connectedness, friendliness, welcoming and non-judgemental atmosphere exists. The teachers have done wonderful jobs getting grants to provide services their children (i.e. eye exams, teeth checkups, providing coats for those in need, all for free) and do an amazing job with what they do. Their dual-language program is something not to be missed. What a wonderful resource in building their language skills for Spanish. Many teachers are truly bilingual too, and just by being in the building, you get cross-cultural experience, it's pretty cool. You would want to understand and support the school and staff though, not demand and take all you can get from them just for your child. If you are expecting full attention for "your" child, special treatment, then this is probably not the place for you. I am proud to be part of this school:)
Irish Elementary is a fantastic school with fantastic teachers and staff who truly care about their students and community who are doing an amazing job educating a population facing hard economic times with budget cuts looming at every corner. They have earned my respect, trust, and thanks for what they have provided my children, and what I see them do every day.
Many people mistakenly believe that because of our high free and reduced lunch population that we do not challenge our students. I believe that we challenge and differentiate for our students as well as or better than any other school. Very few things can be more challenging for an English-speaking student then to spend half their time learning content in Spanish. Irish has a dual language program and it is very successful. I found it interesting as I looked through parent reviews at other schools, that even in schools rated 9 and 10 based on test scores there were parents complaining that their children weren t challenged. People have complaints everywhere. If you like diversity, value learning 2 languages, and want a school that treats all people with respect then Irish is a wonderful choice. I LOVE teaching here and am sending my own child to Irish next year.
Because the teachers are so dedicated to helping these kids succeed. Jeannie Craft is awseome!
Oh, great school if you like constant turnover of staff/teachers and students. Way too many parents who couldn't care less about their child's progress and nothing for advanced students was available. My son went there in kindergarten and I couldn't wait to get him out of there!!
I love this school! They have a dual-language bilingual program that I am happily choosing for my child. Kindergarten teachers do home visits because they want to know their students and value family imput. It is racially and economically diverse... It is the school with the highest percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch. Some students come reading in kindergarten while others haven't ever had the chance to open a book and the teachers are doing a fabulous job ensuring at least a year's growth is demonstrated in literacy and mathematics. My kiddo loves it. I'm impressed with the administration and teachers! Full-day kindergarten is free. BASE Camp is great. Quiet neighborhood. Lots of community support. Check it out! I'm so happy with it I want others to know!
This school has met the needs of my child, socially and academically. Excellent teachers and administration. Many opportunities for extra-curricular activities.
Small program and new bilingual should add to the diversity that is currenlty lacking from an economic point of view.
I absolutley love this school!! This was the first school i whent to in colorado. I was there kindergarden through second. It wasnt enough i wish i was a able to stay longer!! That school i think had really good teachers there and they did make us eat fruit even though my sister absolutley hated it! She still does.
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