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Fountain Middle School

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Posted August 28, 2014

This is my daughter's 3rd year at Fountain Middle and I couldn't be happier. She enjoys going to school, and there are plenty of advanced classes to challenge her. She is involved in multiple sports which cost me little to nothing, and there is bus service for kids after practice and after school programs. There is tutoring offered after school every single day. For such a large school they have the kids organized in a way that it is not overwhelming for them and they work with the same group of kids and teachers for their 3 years at Fountain Middle. I do agree that communication with parents on school events is lacking. All in all, great school, we have had a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

I would have to give this a school good rating based on the fact that my son loves going to school everyday. As a parent I don't feel like the school keeps us well informed and at times the staff seems a little unorganized. However my son loves middle school. He takes advantage of the after school activities and seems to enjoy the majority of his teachers. A good school but still has room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

I recently switched out of Fountain Middle for 8th grade to go to Janitell. Fountain Middle doesnt allow the parents to be very involved, and the administration as well as counselors simply dont do their jobs. Some of the teachers are good but some are bad, the school lacks leadership and I do not reccomend going to this school.


Posted April 19, 2010

I just want the students there to have a better place to go and a better education system. Once I left it, everything seemed to have gone downhill. So, hopefully, this may help them more.


Posted September 8, 2008

FMS is a great school. The teachers truly care about the students and do anything they can to help the students with their academics. I have a very open communication with the teachers and I have 2 students there. Not once have I had trouble reaching a teacher with a quetsion or concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

We are very involved parents and we had some problem getting information about our son's progress in 7th grade. Teachers could be a little more in tune with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

Programs are average, after school activities very limited. Administrative staff is not good. There has been a high turn over in administrative staff. Teachers try hard but lack the leadership to make the school better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

I think that the quality if acadmic programs are second to none in this school. The teachers truely care about the students and where they are headed in the future and do all they can to help the student succeed in meeting their goals. The teachers in Fountain Middle School are highly trained and skilled in the areas in which they teach. There is a great music program at Fountain Middle School headed by Laurie Poffenbarger. She is outstanding in her conviction that any child can learn to play an instrument. She is very patient and caring and gives great incentives for helping a child learn. The sports program is also excellent, they offer football, track, baseball, and basket ball. Parental involvement at this age is hard to come by. Parents do show up for parent teacher conferences, as well as perfomances given by their students for band and choir.
—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 62% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

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 55% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%
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 52% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students65%
Female71%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial44%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Writing

All Students60%
Female71%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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 Students46%
Female44%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%

Reading

All Students70%
Female69%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible74%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students55%
Female61%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
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 Students53%
Female58%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial66%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Science

All Students58%
Female61%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracial45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students60%
Female71%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial48%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible57%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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8-10 Above Average

 

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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 56% 56%
Hispanic 24% 32%
Black 11% 5%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 42%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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515 North Sante Fe
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: (719) 382-1580

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