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Blue Heron Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 514 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted October 14, 2014

This School is ok, but the whole bullying issue has made it very hard to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2014

I placed my child at this school believing it was the "best" elementary school in this area. It wasn't our home school, but I chose this school with high hopes for an outstanding education. The cliques really do exist-I would say epidemic level. If you aren't a stay at home mom like the vast majority, you were perceived as an "uninvolved" parent. Totally false. I felt more involved because I was focused on my child's education and less interested in the "social hour" encountered on a daily basis. It wasn't just the parents who perpetuated this entitled environment, the teachers were just as guilty. It's not ALL the parents, but those who did not behave this way were few and far between. Mr. Summers was a "puppet" for many of the affluent families because he didn't want to risk losing their financial support. What will the parents do now that he has moved on to Columbine? We have moved back to our home school which is ranked HIGHER than BH, is more diverse, has an AMAZING principal, and our child is getting an outstanding education. Our child is learning REAL LIFE LESSONS and money or the color of your skin is not the focus. Ecstatic and thankful to be in a GREAT school now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

No school is perfect, however I encourage families to allow their children thrive in a school that supports diversity, respect, professionalism, free thinking and creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Teachers are amazing! One parent that has made the school decline in 3 years! That PTA mom rules this school. You can't send clorox wipes in because one mom complained. They have taken all the parties away. They say it's a distraction but test scores are falling so maybe they should open their eyes and realize all the kids from the neighborhood are leaving that school. It's the front office and teachers that kept me there that long! No more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

The teachers are wonderful and the entire staff works very hard to ensure the children receive a quality education. My problem is with the Blue Heron/Grant Ranch mothers'. They are ridiculous. They will literally turn their back on you if you are not in their clique--juvenile is the only word to describe their behavior. Unfortunately these mom's have a lot of power in the school , as well as instilling that attitude in their own children .It makes for an uncomfortable situation socially for kids and parents. If you and your child are laid back, it won't be a problem, but if you really want to be an involved parent or if you have a sensitive child, it can be rough. If the latter is the case, opt for Grant Ranch Elementary, the parents are much nicer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

Blue Heron has a great preschool with wonderful staff who really care about the kids! The teachers emphasize good manners and expect the kids to learn how to do things for themselves: zipping coats, cleaning messes, etc. There is a focus on literacy and the teachers require that the kids pay attention. Bad behavior is not tolerated. The kids have fun and especially love center time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Awesome teachers who really care about the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

The school creates and supports a strong teacher, student, parent relationship.


Posted April 29, 2010

It is a wonderful school with supportive staff and parent community. It is a great place for our children to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I love working with the amazing kiddos and parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The staff is so dedicated to helping ALL children and we have wonderful, supportive parents!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2010

The staff all love our children!! We are a close knit school, and the staff are all wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

What a great school! I put 3 kids through Blue Heron, and they all LOVED it! I would most definitely recommend Blue Heron to anyone looking for a great school in Littleton. I always found the staff to be helpful, friendly, and willing to spend extra time with me or my kids. Great job Blue Heron!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Progressive school where students love to learn & the teachers are dedicated professionals that love their job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

My nephew and niece attend(ed) Blue Herron since the school opened. My sister-in-law is also a teacher there. I see how involved she and the other staff are and how concerned they are for the children.


Posted March 18, 2010

I completely agree with the comments about the cliques, negativity and attitudes toward the families who don't live in Grant Ranch and do not have a lot of money. One of my children will graduate from 6th grade this year and I have another in 3rd. I loved Mr. Melina as principal, not to impressed with the current principal. He does seem to favor the wealthier families who Moms can stay home and be invloved in everything. Not so much for the parents that have to work. My kids have had good and bad teachers. I have nothing great to say about this school but nothing horrible. However, my opinions weigh further to the negative side. I am seriously considering moving my 3rd grader the a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My child has been attending Blue Heron for the last 2 years. I agree with another parent's comments regarding cliques--the parents are not very friendly unless you're in their group and these negative attitudes carry on to their children and the children only play and interact with children of their parents friends. 80% of the parents are not friendly and act like they are better than everyone--except their friends--of course. I have been impressed with the teachers thus far but not the principal. He seems to only care about the 'chosen ones' --the parents who run the school. I do love the school--the education my child is receiving but there are a lot of negatives. I was reluctent to move into Grant Ranch and although I have met a number of friendly people, most are uppity and are very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

this school is run like a tight ship. It is a happy, safe, and productive place.


Posted December 21, 2006

My children have been going to this school for several years. I am impressed by the school for its academic aspect, but am unimpressed by the school showing any improvement with diversity, or for the children that may lack some part of the social aspect, due to financial status. I don't know if this is caused by the surrounding area having less financial difficulties, or because certian morals have been left out of curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

The culture and atmosphere of this beautiful school is disappointing. There is a lot of cliques and negative attitudes of the students and the parents. Hopefully the new principle will be able to balance the strong negative influence of a few with the positive influence of the teachers and parents who want to create a nurturing, postive, healthy learning environment.
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

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 65% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Writing

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
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 Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
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 lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students76%
Female91%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students54%
Female70%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
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 English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students78%
Female90%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Science

All Students59%
Female47%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students69%
Female80%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
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 Students77%
Female85%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
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 lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Reading

All Students88%
Female95%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Writing

All Students70%
Female83%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
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 lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
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%
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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 66% 56%
Hispanic 19% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Two or more races 2% 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 13%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5987 West Dorado Dr
Littleton, CO 80123
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