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Harris Bilingual Elementary School

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Posted October 30, 2013

Harris Bilingual is a great community of students, parents & teachers. Our child has thrived in the immersion program and enjoys learning in Spanish and English. Harris does an excellent job of balancing full immersion and core studies. We feel increadibly lucky to be a part of this community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

We love the family and community at Harris Bilingual! Our children get to learn a second language while excelling in all their basic subjects as well. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful always, and we have been very pleased. We have had one child already graduate from Harris, and two more there now. We love the opportunity of learning a second language on a daily basis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

I like Harris Elementary because the teachers are highly educated and speak Spanish and English. The front desk secretaries, cafeteria ladies, and custodian, all take part in extra school activities and are wonderful to work with. In five years of attendance my son has not once complained about his teachers. The educational aspect of the school is excellent as my son is progressing through the school it is obvious that the teachers are effective at their trade. Class size is in the mid-twenties and the teachers often have student teachers, volunteers, or teacher aids to assist with the children. Harris has a great Parent/Teacher organization also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Harris Bilingual is an amazing resource for our children! The exposure to culture and immersion in language has been such a positive experience for our daughter. I believe it will be a defining experience for the rest of her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Harris is a fantastic school with caring teachers, involved parents and a unique learning environment. It is amazing to see both of my children learning to read and to think in Spanish. At the same time, their reading and writing in English is progressing on track and they are both doing very well in math. They both enjoy school - their teachers, their friends and the curriculum. We are happy to be a part of Harris Bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Harris Bilingual Elementary offers an incredible program for students to learn English and Spanish through a dual language program model. Based on how the program is created it fosters deeper understanding of subject matters and more opportunities for diverse cultural application. The students who graduate from the program leave Harris bilingual and bi-literate in both English and Spanish. As a former bilingual teacher, there is no other program that I would choose for my children. Now having 3 of my children go through the Harris program I am very pleased with their abilities, not just in being bi-lingual but it has also fostered higher level learning and comprehension in other subject areas as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

We live in Fort Collins, Co, Poudre School District. This district is full of many great schools. You have the school of choice option, which is great, you really cant go wrong. The only school I would choice into was Harris. We got in and were excited to start the bilingual education for our children. Harris has a great approach to teach children in Spanish and English. The teachers, staff, students, PTO and parents come together as a great big family to support the education of our youth in the community. It takes a village, and we are so happy to be in the Harris "village". We are always looking for ways we can support the work being done in our classrooms, the growth of knowledge for each and every student. Your extra support would be graciously received and used to reach our goal! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My son is a first grader at Harris Elementary. It is a wonderful opportunity for him: a truly bilingual immersion school that is also very strong in literacy and mathematics. Like all schools in the Poudre School District, all students have science, social studies, art, music, PE, computer literacy and instruction in use of the library. By the time the children native English speakers finish 5th grade they are fluent in Spanish. He's already learned to understand and speak a lot of Spanish. The school has great teachers and a lot of involvement by the parents. Because all students are admitted by a competitive lottery, all of the parents want their children in the school and are dedicated to the school's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Harris is a great school that teaches our kids to learn in two languages. The life long skill of a second language never leaves the students. The teachers are exceptional and the education is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Harris Bilingual is an incredible school. My third grader has had excellent teachers who go above and beyond to ensure each students specific needs are addressed. Add to that that my child will be bilingual if she keeps up her Spanish in Middle and High School!! The teachers and staff work well with parents to create a community that feels like home. I cannot say enough about how much I love this school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Harris is an excellent school. We have always found the teachers to be exceptional in engaging students in learning. Colorado State University completed research on Harris and found our students to have statistically highers scores on their ACT and SAT scores when they reached high school. As I parent I am thrilled about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

i had the worst experiance ever, they were way to strict on rules you couldn't hurt anyone even if your playing a sport and you accidentally hurt someone TO THE PRINCIPLE!!!!


Posted January 10, 2013

Harris is a bilingual school, but there is very little support for English speakers learning Spanish. I had 2 kids go through K-5 and I saw a varied understanding among their classmates. Some were "fluent" and some "checked out" during Spanish week. The emphasis is on aural understanding and reading, with very little attention paid to speaking, and writing. The grammar of Spanish does not get introduced until 5th grade. So, essentially, my daughters could listen to NPR in Spanish, and read at close to grade level, but they can't write or speak grammatically correctly. That being said, the teachers are, for the most part, amazing. The culture of the school is very inclusive and diverse. I also love that it is a small school and run with a high expectation for behavior and respect. The only other part of being at Harris that was sometimes challenging was the imaginary line between the Spanish speaking parents and the English speaking parents. Parental involvement is HIGH, but it tends to be lop-sided.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)75%
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Reading

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%
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 Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)92%
Proficient in English100%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant96%

Reading

All Students73%
Female85%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)54%
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Writing

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%
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 Students79%
Female67%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Reading

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)50%
Proficient in English100%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Science

All Students60%
Female52%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)50%
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%
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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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
Hispanic 71% 32%
White 26% 56%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
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 52%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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