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7961 South Sangre De Cristo Rd
Littleton, CO 80127

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November 25, 2014
Love my school. We have been there since Kindergarten. My kids have always had good teachers and often had great teachers. The parent involvement and extracurricular activities are great. The trend is great also, with many thing improving in the way of collaboration and transparency. The projects and opportunities my kids have had are top notch, esp. in 4th and 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We've been a Shaffer family for years. I am always amazed at what an involved group of parents there are. There's a lottery to be able to chaperone on field trips, so many parents are willing to help. The teachers are, for the most part, great. There have been a few bad apples over the years, but they are addressed appropriately. Another thing we like about the school is that it pulls from several nearby neighborhoods, which lends to diversity. It's not all one type of family that attends, there are lots of different family situations. We considered puling our kids and sending them through the gifted program, but after talking with many parents and the principal, we decided to stay put. The teachers are so willing to challenge your kiddos within the classroom. Learning to work with all different types of people is what the 'real world' is like, anyway.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
I moved my child to a different school down the street. In kindergarten(a private k we paid for) my daughter was the role model student. She was very smart, well-behaved, and would help wherever you needed her to. At this school my daughter all of a sudden started having behavior issues. Literally out of the blue. She tested for the gifted and talented program and tested out of the regular school work. She was WAY ahead of where she needed to be. She was suppose to be put on an advanced learning plan and the teacher did nothing. My daughter lost most of what she had as far as academics and behavior. I'm so sad I let her finish the entire school year at this school instead of moving her. The principle was atrocious to work with she is not there for the children what-so-ever. My daughter is at a new school just a few miles away and the difference is mind blowing. To be fair my daughter only completed 1st grade at this school so my review is based only on 1 year. I have seen more than one family from last year at our new school. I can only imagine why.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
The school is clean and although I do not feel my child is being bullied or physically abused, the curriculum or lack there of is atrocious! This is our first year in any Jefferson County school and we are extrememely disappointed. My son is in the 2nd grade and doing work he did in Kindergarten in our last school. The teacher is nice and tries, but she is a victim of the school district as we are. I looked into moving him to another district, but he didn't want to because staying at Shaffer has allowed him to do before school programs like Karate and Foriegn Language. But, those are offered by outside companies that come in and teach, not the school. I have had to adpopt a home school curriculum at hope to pick up the slack from the school. I look at Shaffer as nothing more than public daycare. Atleast he gets to socialize, that's about all he is getting out this school along with the extracurriculars. If you have exprememly low expectations for your child's education, send them here. We will probably be leaving after this year...sadly!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
Our kids had attended shaffer for two years when we decided to withdraw them and choose a safer learning environment. Friends of ours withdrew their children after just one month. Overcrowded and very low expectations for academic achievement and social behavior. Administration and faculty we experienced need much improvement in leadership and social skills. We agree with slander among faculty of student's personal information being an issue here. We also agree with bullying comments; both among students and unfortunately, some faculty directed towards the students daily. The administration seems to have lost control over the years from what we have gathered.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Accusing teachers of bullying students is crazy? Your comment is crazy. Why would anyone choose to express their grief about a school they place their trust in for the care of their own child and fabricate? Please, spend your time investigating how to change the hostile environment rather then defend a broken system. There are specific teachers in this school that spread malicious rumors about children's parents and about the children to other parents and their children creating almost a war environment. Despicable.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
My son has been attending Shaffer for 4 years. He has had an exceptional teacher every year and we are very pleased with the instruction he is getting. The community of kids and parents are over-whelmingly supportive and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
Shaffer Elementary is an excellent school to consider if you are new to Littleton, Colorado or new to the Jefferson County School District. We found the school s curriculum challenging for all different ranges of learning. The staff at Shaffer is dedicated to the students and community. Shaffer s teachers are constantly working on improving their skills to be able to educate the students with state of the art technology. Shaffer also offers extracurricular activities such as a language, science, and music programs. There is also a running club, junior great books reading group, math group, writing group and choir. Shaffer also helped establish a sister school in Kenya, Africa. Some of the teachers go to Kenya and assists teaching at the sister school over summer break. The community supports Shaffer through volunteering hours, supporting PTA efforts, Watch Dog Dad program, and fund raising events. Shaffer has given our daughter the skills necessary to move forward on her progress towards higher levels of learning. All families experiences are different just like our perceptions. I encourage anyone interested in Shaffer Elementary to visit the school. We send our daughter

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
My child has been at this school for 4 years now and has never experienced bullying nor has he witnessed any. I don't understand the previous reviewer's comments on bullying. Also, I think that accusing teachers of being involved in the bullying is crazy. This is a great school!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
My daughter attended Shaffer for just 3 months before we decided to move her to a different school. Although she liked her teacher and the kids, the work was not challenging. When I communicated this to the teacher, absolutely nothing was done. In fact, when I told the teacher the books she was sending home for reading were too easy, she actually told me to have her read it backwards......unbelievable! When we decided to leave the school nobody even asked why. You would think that when a bright, well behaved child leaves a school that the teacher and/or principal would want to know why. I believe they simply don't care.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
We have never experienced the horrific level of bullying as in this school. We have watched as bright and friendly children, year after year, withdraw and transfer due directly to bullying. Some of the faculty is no exception, and in fact instigate the bullying. There is little accountability for the students, let alone the instructors for poor choices. This school is dangerous. Do yourself a favor, before you place your child in a dangerous situation, research the number of children checking "out", before you check yours in. Talk to parents waiting; dropping off or picking up their children to and from school during the week. You would be really surprised what honesty and insight you receive. Sigh..

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
I have nothing but good things to say about this school. My children love it and they have been very supportive with the special education program. My children have not been bullied. Their reading and math curriculum is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
My daughter just started this year at Shaffer Elem. as a 5th grader and loves it!! We moved from a very small town, her 4th grade class only had 10 kids. I am very happy with the school as well. Thanks to all for being so helpful!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
My daughter has attended Shaffer since K and is now in 5th. It has been a good school for her and she has done well. They do teach "to the tests", but that is a CO thing rather than a Shaffer thing. Her teachers have all been good, and parent involvement is very high. That being said, parent involvement is expected with projects and homework. Also have band for 4th and 5th. Lots of extra curricular if you like. I have been happy she has gone to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
We have been really disappointed with Shaffer. Kids that cause problems are not dealt with appropriately, and as a consequence their peers suffer. There is a consistent problem with bullying, and the administration is decidedly lax about dealing with any issues that come up. From an educational standpoint, our child has not only not been challenged, but every effort has been made to lump all kids in to the same skill-level, resulting in frustration and disappointment by all of us. Although the scores were historically high, they have decreased dramatically over the past few years, and we believe that kids are being taught to the test. We are looking to pull our child from this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Very, very disappointed in the administration at Shaffer. My second grader was physically assaulted numerous times last year by the same student. The "zero tolerance" policy is just talk. This student bully picked on many other kids in the class and was never appropriately disciplined. The principal minimized incidents, in my opinion, so they wouldn't have to be dealt with, and couldn't be bothered to discuss or even acknowledge the consistent issues our student had with the bully. I am very unhappy with Shaffer and consider this a probationary year. If things don't improve, we will move schools. Shaffer also seems to have lost numerous students from the previous school year. Academically, I am underwhelmed. Agree that they teach to the CSAP scores, which have dropped significantly over the past few years. It doesn't seem like the teachers are empowered. I do not believe the principal is equipped, engaged or experienced enough to handle the responsibility of her role.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Disappointing. Teacher's should be required to supervise, on a rotation schedule, the lunchroom and recess periods. The "Aides" hired for these jobs are brutal, abusive, and negligent. We choose to remove our children from the (practically) 15 minute lunch and later recess, in favor of a more civil and peaceful experienced break. The school primarily teaches to test. Not a very enriched learning environment that it could and should be to prepare the young for the competitive world out there. Bullying on the playground is frequent. Very little focus on science and social studies. Reading program is weak. Students in the higher end of the class are cognitively starved as a result of school crowding and large gap of learning curve per classrooms. Agreed, the math and writing programs here are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
This is not a nice school. From the minute you walk in the door, you'll see what I mean. Their scores may be good, because they teach to the CSAPs, but that's about it. If you have an "average" child, this may be your school. Anything above or below, look elsewhere, for the sake of your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Strongly recommend avoiding this school. Achievement is rarely acknowledged. Standardized tests scores, student classroom daily and cumulated results are inconsistent with report card scoring. Very little class time is used for teaching. Disney movies or TV is substituted at least an hour, weekly (sometimes daily), in every grade we've experienced so far. Half of core subject areas scheduled last hour of days where frequent parties/early dismissal replace learning. Math program is excellent. All other core subject areas extremely and dangerously lacking; almost nonexistent. Little to no consequence for frequent bullying is consistent. Faculty chooses to walk away, while daily bullying continues. Lunch experience is harsh and rushed. Children are told to sit quietly, eat quickly, yelled at, and in assigned seats. Overcrowded due to bussed in additional population from distant neighborhoods. Principal leadership lacking. Parent involvement and financial/physical participation is acceptable, however, donations rarely allocated directly towards core subject area funding.

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2011
I now have two children going to Shaffer. The school has a great collection of teachers, and a very strong support group of parents in the community. There are many parents who are heavily involved with the school, volunteering often. I agree with some other postings about how rushed the lunch period is, though they have made some changes to the staff who oversee lunches, so that there is no longer someone constantly telling the kids to hurry up and eat. Overall, this is a great school, and a great community.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
We did a lot of research and chose our neighborhood based upon the school ratings. We really appreciate the loving care our children have gotten since we moved here. The school feels safe, the teachers are wonderful. The con is that I think they let too many kids in from outside the district. The means more classes per grade, needing to use the outbuildings, shorter lunches (which is a HUGE issue with me -- I hate the idea of my kids gulping down lunch and not even finishing it) and less one-on-one. I also wish the school would be more green (recycling better and serving organic healthy lunches)

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
Having come from a substandard school system in another state, where I had to resort to home schooling, I cannot say how happy we are with Shaffer Elementary. The principal, Mrs. Sterrett, knows each of my children and has even commented to me about her interaction with them and their teachers. She has also given me valuable counsel for their integration into middle school. I feel that the school is safe, provides a positive learning environment and each wonderful teacher has been attentive to the individual needs of each of my children. I had my doubts when we first entered the school, but was soon given reassurance by the performance of the teachers. My presence and involvement is known and appreciated by all the staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
I am a teacher at Shaffer Elementary. I have worked in several other schools in the metro area and I feel Shaffer has the best caring school culture, parent involvement, devoted and talented teachers, teamwork, leadership and administration. All of these factors contribute to high student achievement and character development among students, in my opinion. I think Shaffer is a fulfilling and rewarding place to work.

- submitted by a teacher
February 16, 2009
It is a good school with great results where it counts. Caring teachers, staff and principal. Undermining the principal's authority because you dislike her personality or management style seems hurtful to the school & our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2009
Shaffer is a great school! The teachers are great! My daughter started shaffer in 1st grade and is now in 3rd. The only thing is the principle. Does she even know the parent volunteers and how much they do? At my daughters old school the principle had come up to me on several occasions and thanked me for volunteering at the school. Ms. Sterit does not even seem to care or realize how much the parents at Shaffer do.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
I have experienced Shaffer through four different children. I MUST compliment the teachers and staff. We have had great experiences here; minus the interaction with the principal. I find her inappropriate, and very overbearing to a point that I feel it is just a power struggle with her. She is more concerned about her amount of authority than the well being of the school staff and the children. I understand the school is rated with excellence awards and high test scores but I do not believe it has to be under her jurisdiction to continue this. We have lost many amazing and remarkable teachers due to her and I think it needs to be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2009
Shaffer has great teachers, staff and amazing parents. I feel the administration lacks in it's ability to be supportive and appreciative of it's teachers, while at the same time being hot and cold to the parents depending on the issues up for discussion.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
Shaffer has been a tremendous experience for my children. I credit that to the teachers, PTA, and parent involvement. The assistant principal, Mr. Christy, has been a fantastic addition this year, he is thought highly of in our household.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
I have 2 children that have attended since Kindergarten and they are now in 2nd & 4th grade. We have been fairly happy with the school for the past several years. The office staff is awsome and always remembers who you are when you call or come in. There are a couple of teachers that have left Shaffer due to pressure from Mrs. Sterret, one I know left unhappy and she was an awsome teacher, not sure what that was about? Also I have some concerns about the continual turn over of teachers these past couple of years and the continual adding of so many classes per grade. Why do we need 6 Kindergarten classes? In addition I don't like having my older daughter in the temps as it has isolated her from the rest of the school! The special teachers are great and for the most part we are happy!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
We have two children in Shaffer Elementary and have loved the experiences we have had. The focus on education as well as growing well balanced, responsible children has been impressive. We have enjoyed the teachers and the office ladies. While the principal doesn't have the best reputation, her job is complex and she manages to run the school well. PTA does a great job making Shaffer a welcoming community.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
My daughter has gone to this school for 2.5 years and is very happy. I have been fairly impressed with the teachers. She has loved them all. Some reviewers state the principal (Mrs Stearett) is not to their liking for one reason or another. The facts are this is one of Jeffco's top 3 elem. schools. It was not this way before she joined this school. She is not afraid of the teachers. Underperforming teachers seem to understand this and move on. She is not the touchy feely kind of principal. If you want that, you may find yourself at an underperforming school. I personally want whats best for my children educationally. This principal is working the best way she knows for the kids, not the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
Caring teachers, skilled principal leadership, and a fabulous PTA make this a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2008
My children have enjoyed school this year. It is apparent the teachers and staff care very much about the children. Overall, this is a great school even if the principal is all about herself. There are times she is flamboyant and other times she is unapproachable and scary. I wonder what the teachers think of her leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
Shaffer is a wonderful school. My son attended Kindergarten through second grade. He had great teachers and learned a lot in a fun environment. The Art/Music/P.E. programs are excellent! The teachers and staff really care for each child. We recently moved away and we miss the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
My child is about to start 1st grade and attended Shaffer for Kindergarten. We thought the K program was wonderful and were amazed at how much our child learned. Our child also loved going to school and we hope that attitude continues this year. But I will say, if your child is going to miss much school because of vacation or sickness, they will contact you about the absences. They are very concerned with their rating and don't want you taking your child out of school. I have been very happy with this school and feel fortunate that I get such quality from a public school

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
We just moved from Bear Creek elementary, we did some homework before selecting a new home (and the school district it fell into). So far we have not been disappointed, starting with the office staff and their helpfulness at move of our 2nd grade daughter over Spring Break. Grenay and the rest of the team were fantastic and they are always so welcoming. We were told at Bear Creek that our daughter would be ahead of the Shaffer kids, for math and reading she was in the top 2 or 3 kids in her class at Bear Creek, she's now above average (but not top 2 or 3) for her new class at Shaffer, but is a much happier child. So far Shaffer seems to be giving my daughter a good education while still allowing her to enjoy being a child, a very important but difficult mix to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
Kindergarten was exceptional. 1st grade has been disturbing. The 'specials' teachers are wonderful, especially Mrs. Chaves(PE). The Principal is the worst I've seen in 20 years in education. I'm disappointed in my neighborhood school. The test scores are great but students are not in a caring environment. The principal needs to focus on the school and not her own aspirations!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Great School! Teachers are wonderful and so is the Principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
School is great, clean, modern. My daughter had a wonderful teacher. Very bad experience with the principal however. My impresson was of an arrogant person who felt she should not be bothered by mere parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
We have both positive and not so positive experience with this school. We enjoy the various activities provided by the PTA such as the Monster Mash Bash and International Night and several teachers have been ideal. On the other hand, we regret that they do not participate in any Science Fairs and don't have any kind of school carnival (Spring or Fall). I felt like my 6th grader was ill-equiped to deal with middle school due to an easy but 'popular' teacher. The parent involment is pretty good. The kindergarten program we found to be exceptional. We also liked the way they divide the kids for 'specials' like art, music, and P.E. Overall, we have had a very positive experience there.

- submitted by a parent
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Shaffer Elementary School
7961 South Sangre De Cristo Rd, Littleton, CO  80127
(303) 982-3901
Last modified Shaffer Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shaffer Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top