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O'connell Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 548 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

I attend O'Connell Middle School. This school isn't all that good or bad its right in the middle. I don't recommend sending your child here. First, the student here do not respect the teachers in class. They talk back to the teachers, they use inappropriate language in class. Second, many students do not complete/do their work. Many students don't care about the work we do in class and would rather talk or play on their phones.Lastly, bullying is a huge problem in this school. A lot of people start fights in this school. Some boys pick on other people and bug them. However, there is a good side to this school. The teachers are very caring, they try very hard to teach us what is right and they never give up on you. Unfortunately, that is all i can say about the positive side. Again, i don't recommend sending your child here but it is your choice weather or not you want to send you child here .


Posted May 16, 2013

This is one of the worst schools in all of Jefferson County. I say this as someone who has worked education in west Denver for the past four years. Bullying is outrageous, teachers choose to ignore countless discipline issues, and the principal takes the cake for self-absorption and negligence. This school almost shut down three years ago due to related issues like these, but a decision was made to put a Boys & Girls Club inside the facility, which is hands down one of the only redeeming factors of this troubled middle school. Don't send your kid here,
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2013

I know the principal is trying, but seriously? They shouldn't be focusing on giving hour long after school detentions to students for being tardy. Instead, focus on the bullying, drugs, or so called gangs some students are trying to form. There are some great teachers who deserve recognition. The principal just needs to redirect their focus and look for the problem elsewhere. It does not lie within those who have been trying but make mistakes every once in a while, but those who don't care about their education and have no respect for the staff or school whatsoever.


Posted February 20, 2012

Bullying is out of control, I know of three students this year that were forced to leave because of safety issues. One was attacked and the staff was warned of the pending attack and failed to respond. The new principal is trying very hard to put a stop to all of it but it seems as if he is the only one. My child has been bullied in class while teachers were watched and did nothing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2011

I did not feel that my daughter was safe at this school. There were problems with the students pushing each other infront of cars and throwing rocks at each other after school. There was a great deal of theft that happend in the classrooms. I liked the teachers and felt that they were making an effort, but not enough was done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

There is a very diverse population there, and a super strong focus on moving struggling students forward to success and happiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

I love this school it helped me learn a lot and it was a wonderful place to be in for my middle school years. great school anyone will be lucky to be here. Awesome!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2005

My daughter has done very well at this school. The teachers are fair and the academics are strong. They have a new teacher this yeat so I don't know any thing about her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

O'connell middle school is not a bad school. It is very efficient and the teachers there are very respectful. The dress code is kind of nonsence. I agree that it should just have uniforms theres no use of pulling out the book of 'dress codes' when they can just wear uniforms overall O'connell middle school is a wonderful learning enviorment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2004

Most of my son's teachers at O'Connell would send progress reports via email, and the school's website was a great help in checking his assignments. I also liked being able to access his grades, attendance, etc online. His teachers seemed very interested in his success.
—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 55% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%
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 Students31%
Female35%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English33%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%

Reading

All Students43%
Female52%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Writing

All Students31%
Female42%
Male20%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)14%
Proficient in English34%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%
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 Students26%
Female22%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English21%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant25%

Reading

All Students45%
Female50%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible64%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English49%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%

Science

All Students27%
Female24%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)34%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligible43%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities29%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English28%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant27%

Writing

All Students29%
Female34%
Male24%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible43%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English30%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant29%
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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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 72% 32%
White 17% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 84%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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