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Riffenburgh Elementary School

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Posted June 9, 2014

Riffenburgh is such a great community IB school. We went to another IB school in Fort Collins that is supposed to be best in town as school of choice. We moved close to Riffenburgh so decided to change schools. Best decision ever. The family involvement at this school is amazing. The principal knows all the kids names and really does take parents thoughts and suggestions to heart. Class sizes here are amazing, much smaller than the other one we went. So far all the teachers we have experienced have been top notch and really cater to each kid s individuals strengths and weakness. There are lots of great groups and clubs at this school too. Kids can really experience many things such as guitar, art and crafts, acting, sports etc. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

I put so much time into researching and selecting a school and in the end I chose Riffenburgh because the principal is so engaged and the teachers are all experienced and genuinely care. They will also become a full IB school in 2013-2014. I like that the school is smaller than most and that they really strike a perfect balance between having structure and discipline in the classrooms along with being supportive of creativity and independent thinking. My child has come home many times and talked about how nice the older kids are to her. They cultivate a culture of caring and respect at this school and have a strong positive rewards behavior program in place. Academics are important here but they also really value physical (and emotional) wellness and work hard to make that an important part of their culture as well. If you want your child to be a well rounded human being, Riffenburgh is a great choice. My child LOVES going to school everyday because as she puts it "Riffy Rocks!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

My son has gone to Riffenburgh from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. He had some struggles early on but he was given the support he needed. He now excels at reading, writing and math and has a great deal of respect for his teachers and principal. He will genuinely miss going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2011

AWESOME school I attended this school and it was amazing!! I think that since it is I.b. that it helps alot with the education.


Posted May 20, 2010

My son attended Riffenburgh this year as a kindergartner. He has grown so much over the past year. This school has opened up his mind to so many questions about the world around him. He's developed strong friendships and is truly loving school. We would highly recommend Riffenburgh!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

My son, however has had a great experience at the school. He has a lot of friends, seems to have broadened his interests and hobbies, and just overall seems to enjoy school. I'm not sure what the difference can be attributed to, but I think that it's a good school overall if they can get the bullying situations under control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

This school has high rankings and definitely deserves them. This is an amazing school! The principal and all the staff are wonderful and truly care about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

I was surprised to read some of the past reviews for Riffenburgh which complain about bullying. It very well may have been a problem 5 years ago when those reviews were written, but bullying is not a problem whatsoever now. My two children have been at this school for three years now and we have been thrilled. The community is caring, parents are active and volunteering, teachers are proactive, and the principal is attentive and approachable. My children are thriving in this school and I just can't say enough great things about it. We are so thankful to live in this neighborhood with such a fabulous school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Riffenburgh is a wonderful, caring, high performing neighborhood school. It is small enough for the principal to know the name of every student. The teachers and administrator are very responsive to parent input. Its PTO is extremely active, with parents logging thousands of hours of volunteer time each year. A very special place for students and their families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Great neighborhood school with a motivated staff, involved families and attentive principal. Love the new emphasis on sustainable learning, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Riffenburgh is a great school with the best teachers. One teacher was a top 3 finalist for the 2009 Rotary Teacher of the year award. The school has won the John Irwin School of Excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2005

Riffenburgh is a great school ... wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

Last year I was a bit worried about bullying in the school, but with dudiligence, they seemed to take care of it. Of course the pricipal was replaced too - which may have something to do with it. I like that fact that the teachers push the students to excel beyond what they are required to know for their grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2004

I have mixed feelings about this school. My 3 stepsons have been enrolled in this school since the oldest was in kindergarten. (He is now nearly finished there). Some of the teachers are wonderful; while others have shown me that they quickly pick favorite kids over others; and when there is an issue with discipline (specifically, lack thereof) calls to the principal are rarely, if ever, returned. I had an issue with my son being 'dared', 'bullied' and physical altercations being glossed over by the staff. Granted, they score highly on CSAP tests but that should never be the ONLY qualifying factor used by parents when picking out a school. Educationally they are a sound school, but discipline and follow up of parent concerns is sorely lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

My family moved to the area 4 years ago and I started my 4 children at this school. BIG mistake. Bullying is prevelant and accepted. I had to remove 3 of my children from the school and move them to O'dea to protect them from threats, attacks and a staff that did not know how to administer discipline to the instigators of the bullying. Parents were not cooperative in helping solve the problems and soon, my family would be gossiped about and rediculed because, as a parent, I saw issues the school was not dealing with and fought to have them dealt with. I now have only one child there and this year will be the test if the new principal has managed to help these issues. My youngest is entering 4th grade and I will be watching... closely. Think twice about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

I love this school because it is a true neighborhood school. Only one bus serves a small number of children. The racial and economic diversity mirrors that of the district as a whole. Yet, the school regularly performs above the district average on the state tests.
—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.

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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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

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

All Students72%
Female68%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students75%
Female83%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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 Students92%
Female100%
Male87%
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 lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Reading

All Students92%
Female100%
Male87%
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 lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Writing

All Students75%
Female86%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
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

Math

All Students67%
Female60%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Reading

All Students71%
Female65%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Science

All Students47%
Female40%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Writing

All Students69%
Female65%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
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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How schools in the state rate:

23%
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

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 72% 56%
Hispanic 19% 32%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 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 32%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 488-7935

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