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Lafayette Elementary School

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Posted February 23, 2014

Our kids love Lafayette Elementary. The principal is amazing, staff and teachers are very competent. This school has amazing music and art teachers. Diversity is great and important to prepare your kids for the real world. Great environment for your kids to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

My kids disliked this school so much we ended up pulling them out halfway through the year to homeschool them. Lots of bullying towards both my third & first graders that was not properly handled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

You have to attend the school to realize what a great school it is. Great PTA, very dynamic team. Great and competent staff and teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

This is the best elementary your child could possibly go to! The diversity is amazing and everyone is nice to one another. There are astonishingly no cliques that my daughter has said, she tells me everyone will sit with anyone at the lunchroom, "the sports boys sit with the special kids, the smarter ones sit with anyone and there is no funny looks if you choose the wrong table." Just the perfect learning environment. It also encourages kids to be the best they can be with the TAG program. (Talented And Gifted) It shows the kids that they are actually special in their own way and makes them aspire to become better. Take your kid to this school if you want them to be happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

Love, love, love LES...great teachers and administration. I have sent 4 children through and have yet to be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

My daughter is in 5th grade now and I have been extremely happy with her experience at LES. My daughter has had lots of opportunities for advanced classes - especially in language arts and math - and I've always been very impressed with how they constantly make sure that students are in the right classroom for these subjects. There are TONS of after school programs and the teachers are fantastic. The energy within the school is really positive and caring, and I will truly miss it next year when we move on to middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

My daughter has thrived and grown for five years through the special programs and teachers in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

We are enthusiastic explorers and learners with a gifted staff and highly motivated parents! We encourage leadership and strong character in all aspects of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

This is a great school with amazing teachers, administration and parent involvement. I feel like they really ensure the kids are where they need to be and provide services for kids who need more help, more challenges. The after school options are terrific. The PTA does a lot to support the school. I couldn't be more thrilled with my choice. It's a great learning environment and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

They helped our foster daughter shine. After all she'd gone through, we couldn't have dreamed of a more supportive and fun environment for her to flourish. Thank you Lafayette Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

-continued- This school also has a wonderful integration program for children with special needs. There are para educators abound and they are a true asset to the classroom beyond being an aid to their assigned student(s). The extra curricular activities are abundant and so many of the students are excited to be involved in them. There are your traditional groups of newspaper, chess and choir, to Discovery Imagination, Lego Club, Amigos Y Juegos, Garden to Table and Fitness Club to only name a few! I cannot express how thankful I am for this school. Lafayette has taken my children and looked at them as individuals, and from there created a learning plan to fit their needs. This is really how 'No Child Left Behind' should be handled. Because if you base learning off of each individuals' needs, indeed, NO child will be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It's a community of evolving professionals dedicated to the art of teaching and learning. The relatively new principal has brought in high caliber seasoned and enthusiastic teachers, the Gifted and Talented program is being fine-tuned... parents' input is valued... lots of ties to the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

This is a gem of a school. My husband and I were considering a nearby private school for our children but are so glad that we visited this school at the urging of our neighbor. Our children have tremendous teachers which strong qualifications. Classrooms are lively, yet well managed. The enrichment programs are extensive. The staff does a great job team teaching and communicating with parents. The visual and performing arts are wonderful. That Talented and Gifted program is strong, balanced, and quite extensive. The principal is a fantastic manager. We are quite pleased with the school and understand that is has a long waiting list now (phew, glad we got in under the wire!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

We've been surprised and pleased by the quality of education. For the past five years the school has been on a rapid trajectory upward in test scores, services offered, and community involvement. Lafayette is unique in that it has a very strong 'Character Matters' program, rigorous anti-bullying programs, frequent school assemblies to build community. It does a fabulous job of integrating special needs students into the classroom and as a result has one of the top special needs programs in the Boulder Valley School District. Some of the other highlights at Lafayette include a very strong visual arts program (multiple awards), a strong basic literacy/reading program 'Everyday Readers', award winning Destination Imagination teams, a unique collaboration with the University of Colorado to offer a pre-engineering program after school. It has
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

My daughter started going to this school Fall of 2006. The is a school that is nurtured by the community/parents and now looks at every individual student to meet his/her needs academically. The principal, teachers and staff are committed and stay on top of the learning curve in order to give students the best education they can. The values and standards that are set for staff and students are high and I would not want my children to attend any other school. After attending 4 other public elemtary schools I can honestly say this is the best school for my children and this is where they will stay until middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

We love this school because of the teachers and staff who want to make a difference in our children's education. They are up to date on the latest teaching techniques. The staff welcomes parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2005

Lafayette Elementary is a neighborhood school that is in the process of reinventing itself in order to survive in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). With the growth in popularity of Charter Schools in the Lafayette area, combined with the fact that BVSD has an 'open enrollment' policy Lafayette Elementary is now exclusively a Core Knowledge school. In previous years the Core Knowledge program was available but was not the only option available. While I believe that moving to this curriculum will benefit the school and its students in the long term, what it has meant for my child is that Core Knowledge is no longer a 'higher tier' curriculum. His classroom now has students who are not yet ready the challenge of the program and overall the education quality of my son's education is lower than it was before. I am hopeful that this situation will right itself eventually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

It is a decent school. There are many different types of kids and I feel it has the potential to be one of the great Elementary Schools in the Denver area. It is a good school academically with average teachers but a good learning environment. There is a decent amount of extracurricular activities and the parent involvement is supurb.
—Submitted by a student


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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

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

All Students83%
Female77%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students66%
Female75%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students85%
Female84%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Reading

All Students76%
Female72%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students60%
Female63%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Science

All Students64%
Female72%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students69%
Female83%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%
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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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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 17% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 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 19%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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101 North Bermont Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: (720) 561-8900

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