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Mitchell Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 625 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Friday, September 26, 2014

Mitchell elementary school administration headed by the principal on the whole lack compassion, patience, reasonable discernment and sound judgment when dealing with dynamic and complicated parenting issues that expanded beyond parents' home to school, law enforcement, and other related organizations and programs. They show suspicious bias against a certain party and take on things personally. Their cold and bluntly rude and compassionless demeanors makes their education model like training young students into rule machines. Yikes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2014

We have found Mitchell to be an excellent school. The Principal has a background in Social Justice and her leadership style is collaborative and accountable. Mitchell has a very active and inclusive PTA and the school is very unique in the variety of events including Math and Science night, Science and Social Studies Night, the Mitchell Miler, MultiCultural Night, SHINE Talent Show, and the Day of Giving Back. The teachers are great and have been very engaged with the unique learning needs of our kids. The school is very community focused and we have seen the Mayor of Golden at multiple school events each year. Enrichment activities ranging from running club to the garden club as well as the parent driven in-classroom environmental education program (ELF) really make the school top notch. We did our homework before enrolling our kids and confirmed that Mitchell is the BEST elementary school around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

We moved to Golden middle of the school year and my daughter had to jump from preschool to kindergarten. In three short months I have seen her love of learning blossom. She barely read and wrote before Mitchell. She now reads everything, won't stop writing and is always up for math problems. Mrs. Middleton is really supportive and gave her all the help she needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

The school principal insulted me and directly diminished my credibility because I am not white. The principal accused me of aggression and called the police when I came to pick up my sons from school. My children are in this school because my x-husband refuses to change schools. The school tries so hard to put my sons special education classes because they happen to speak Arabic at home. the principal refuses to speak to me regarding my sons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I loved this school! I went here for seven years and it totally prepared me for was coming next! I loved all the principals and they were great!


Posted September 12, 2013

Don't think you are going to receive anything other than average instruction here. Parent support is excellent but academic leadership is lacking. Communication between parents and teachers is abysmal. Don't expect quality education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Very bad experience - I advise you research the teachers' credentials, the school's policies, the true academic numbers for the school and make sure you are present at the school as much as possible and *KNOW* the classroom instruction, the classroom rules, and the teacher's knowledge and involvement on what is happening in their classroom. We were at Mitchell for one year, the 2011-2012 school year and will *happily and thankfully* paying the $8000/year tuition to send our child back to the private school she came from for the 2012-2013 school year. Academically is school leaves a lot to be desired - many other issues are at this school as well - just be present at random times at the school and know what is going on with your child and their classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

I am impressed with how fast my daughter has caught on to reading. Her teacher is very nice. I do get frustrated at times because I feel as though the class is all over the place. The instructions are not very clear and a lot of times we find out class events at the last minute. Also, the secretaries are always crabby, even to the parents! This is our 1st year here, so I am hoping next year will be a bit better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Great school! I have been looking for a school for my daughter and have observed in several classrooms and grade levels multiple times. The teachers are well prepared, direct, and have high expectations for their students. There are many para-educators who work with students individually and in small groups on math and literacy skills as well as the Lexia program. The school creates a culture of inclusion for all students reagardless of ability, gender, or race. **PS. to the posting about lice: Lice is not an academic problem and can come from neighborhood kids as well as children at school**
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

Teachers do not care too much if kids are respectful or disrespectful Pushing, cutting in line, learning to be rude and disrespectful towards other students is what kids learn in this school. Well behaved kids have a hard time in this school because there is no control to reward good behavior and teach good behavior to those kids that unfortunately are aggressors from the day 1. I'm in the process of looking for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Mitchell Elementary is a great school! I have had three children attend there and am pleased with the teachers, facilities, and curriculum.The best part of Mitchell is its principal, Mr. Summeril, who assures that all students have a good experience at Mitchell. Although it varies from teacher to teacher, the homework and academic pressure to perform seem to be balanced. Not overwhelming amounts of homework but good effort to keep students challenged and moving upward in their academic achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

My children have attended Mitchell since 2003 and we are very pleased. Faculty and staff are easy to work with and pleasant, and all are committed to our children's success. Mitchell was recently recognized by the National PTA as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence. The school provides numerous after school activities for enrichment, in addition to event/activites such as ELF, Family Math and Science Night, and Reflections to name a few. My children are in the Gifted and Talented program and I choose to continue to sent my children to Mitchell because it has everything we need and want to help them become successful in academics and life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

I have had my children enrolled at Mitchell Elementary for over 16 years and things have improved greatly in the last few years. The principal is very open to communication not only with parents but with students also. Inclusion for special needs kids is not approached as a hassle and all kids are appreciated at this school. The teachers continue to improve every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

I transferred both my 1st and 2nd graders last year from a private school and they loved it! The teachers track student's progress very closely, and when my 1st grader fell behind in reading, she was immediately given the help she needed with a reading specialist and was back on track by the end of the year. My 2nd grader is ahead in most areas and her teacher worked hard to keep her challenged and focused all year. The teachers love the principal here. He was new to the school about 3 years ago and has changed and impoved the school in many ways. I checked the school out for kindergarten many years ago and was not impressed, but the new principal has done wonders. Parent involvement is fantastic and the PTA very involved. Three cheers for a new and improved Mitchell Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

There is a conspicuously low amount of homework assigned. The stress at this school seems to be the overall experience. Nothing is outstanding. . . academics, sports, extracurricular activities. Teachers and Principal are very nice, but is that enough? Parent involvement is very low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

The principal doen't seem to be very concerned about the academic progress of the students as long as they keep moving the kids along through the grades there seems to be no concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

I have been very pleased with Mithell and how they treat their students. The principle extremely fair with the students and treats each one as an individual.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

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 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%
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 62% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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

All Students85%
Female80%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Reading

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Writing

All Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%
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 Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Writing

All Students62%
Female78%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Science

All Students80%
Female84%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Writing

All Students73%
Female89%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant94%

Writing

All Students80%
Female84%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
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%
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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 85% 56%
Hispanic 8% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 15%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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