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Highlands Ranch, CO
Students enrolled: 585

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8898 South Maplewood Dr
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

(303) 387-6600
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August 27, 2014
Our son went to this school for a year and started his 6th grade year this August 12. Our child had Autism and on an IEP. When this school decided to take him on Outdoor Education trip we were VERY hesitant. Our child has many sensory issues and has not eaten a hot lunch a day in his life. We were informed to send meals along with him and he would be fed those meals. We were told if he needed to call his parents at anytime during the trip he could! We send our son along thinking all would then go well... NOT the case when he was STARVED and NOT fed the meals we sent with him. He also tried to call us on a teacher cell phone because he was SCARED and STARVING and dropped call. NOT one teacher cared to find him a working phone. Not one teacher noticed he had been stimming so badly his face was bleeding when he arrived home. We have taken proper action to make sure this policy will be changed for outdoor ed and this will hopefully NEVER happen to another child. Our son has lost all trust in the school and will not return!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
As a new school year quickly approaches, our children are excited to get back to Sand Creek. We have a fantastic school full of energy that's contageous! I have read some of the other reviews and while I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, some of the negative reviews pertain to struggles that all schools and children face, yet Sand Creek addresses those well with a collaborative effort from parents and families. Problems can only be addressed when parents and schools work together to establish/maintain a fostering environment for students. Hats off to Sand Creek for a job well done!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Our daughter attended this school, and although the teachers and school were great, her classmates were not. They were very clic-y already even though they were only in the 3rd grade, they wouldn't be friends with her because we were not in a particular neighborhood. They were not very accepting and very judgmental.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
I have a Kindergardener and a 3rd grader here, and I'm very pleased not only with the school itself, but also with its great staff and the education they're receiving. Sure, some teachers are better than others - but so far we haven't had a 'bad' one. The principle is wonderful, and the assistant principle is even better. Very communicative and responsive, and quick to try to help. The website is very useful and all in all, I think they' re really doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2012
I feel that parent volunteerism is more organized due to online sign up schedules. This has lead to increased participation over past years. I give this school a 5 star rating.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2012
Incredible school in a great neighborhood. the school is always super clean and in great condition. the teachers and staff are great and you can tell they really care. I am VERY happy that my 2 kids are going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
Over crowded classrooms, under funded school doing the best they can with more cuts coming. Frustrating experience!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
I have a kindergartener at SCE and she loves going to school every day. The teachers are invested in the students, classes are diverse, and the staff truly cares. The school is integrated into the community and the school grounds are great. Open space, multiple playgrounds, and clean. SCE takes care of the overachieving students as well as ones that need extra help. Can t wait for our future years.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
I can't say enough about Sand Creek Elementary. I have a 2nd and 3rd grader and have been very pleased with the strong leadership provided by the Principal and Vice Principal. They are approachable and listen/act on parent input. The teachers are phenomenal. They have motivated my children, taught to their learning style, and challenged them by providing ability grouping in the classroom. They have also routinely assessed them for high learning potential and admitted them into challenge groups when appropriate. I greatly appreciate the open door policy of this school environment. I feel welcome to stop by anytime and volunteers are always utilized and appreciated in the classroom. My children love going school. There has not been a day that they have lacked excitement to go learn. They rave about Music, Art, Gym, and Technology. They enjoy the after school opportunities such as chess club and theatre. SCE really strives to meet the needs of each individual child and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the SCE community.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
SCE is a fantastic school that brings energy and excitement to education. In this day and age it is very difficult to keep up with budget restrictions and changes to our school district. Amazingly, SCE's staff and community not only adjusts but still continues to raise the bar with high yet attainable goals. There is a true sense of community, and the organizations like the PTO and SAC work together to foster an excellent parent/community/staff relationship. We also have innovative administration and staff - our students admire them so much. Our family is proud to be part of Sand Creek!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
I love our neighborhood school. Even with the budget cuts going on in our district Sand Creek still offers more than just excellent academics. Our children attend Physical Education, Health, Music, Art and technology. They are also still at recess everyday. There is a lot more than academics when it comes to raising a child, Sand Creek enriches the whole child. The staff works hard everyday so that the kids are learning while enjoying school. They meet academic needs for both low level learners and gifted students and all the hundereds of kids in between.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
I love this school. I think we have great leadership and wonderful teachers. I think the atmosphere is good for learning and each child is trully treasured. They have adopted school wide curriculum for Math, writing and reading which makes the transition between teachers much easier on students.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
The best that a secular, public school can possibly be- and this is meant to be in a positive way. The students love and respect Chris Smith, who is a world class principal and is certainly is probably why this school has the highest retention rate among its staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2007
I have been very happy with the school in general. The parent group called 'PIE' is not very welcoming to newcomers. The same people seem to be in charge each year and they don't do much to encourage changes. I know a lot of Moms who said they would more active if it wasn't that way.

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August 28, 2007
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June 04, 2007
I have three children in this school. This is a wonderful school. The teachers are the best I have come to know. This has been the best school my children have had the privelage to attend. The teachers and staff are outgoing and each interaction I have with them has been wonderful. Two of my children have ADHD and the teachers have been wonderful and patient with them. I would recommend this school to anyone who has children in the K through 6 grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
The principal has some great ideas and seems wonderful. I have two children there though and both of their teachers leave a lot to be desired. The school seems pretty good as a whole.

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May 24, 2006
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January 25, 2006
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January 10, 2006
I have to take the time to bring to the attention of the school what a wonderful teacher Mrs.Riggin is. She is my son's 4th grade teacher. My son has ADHD and he has been extrememly blessed to have her as his teacher. Pat has a son of her own in which she has raised with this disability and it prooves through her teaching that she must also be a wonderful mom. She goes above and beyond for my son James and I have to say I would not have my son attend any other school. The principal Chris is also so personable and caring that he takes the time to notice each child and parent as they grace the floors of the little community school. Every experience I have had with Sand Creek has been a memorable and enjoyable one. Being a single mom that is very important to me!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2004
We moved from the UK to Denver over five years ago. Many things are different in the schooling system than I was used to but I always find the staff very friendly, attentive, dedicated and productive. The facilites are extremely modern and of a good quality. All three of my children have attended Sand Creek and are definately happy, healthy, cared for and encouraged under the faculty's tutilage.

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Sand Creek Elementary School
8898 South Maplewood Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO  80126
(303) 387-6600
Last modified Sand Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sand Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top