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Littleton, CO
Students enrolled: 514

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5987 West Dorado Dr
Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 982-2770
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March 04, 2015
We have had a wonderful experience at this school. Our two children are thriving here and love school. They both attended the wonderful preschool program and my oldest has loved her elementary classes. The teachers and staff are fabulous and care so much about the kids. This school pulls from several different neighborhoods. I find the parent community friendly and supportive. There are many opportunities to get involved and build connections through volunteering in the classroom, PTA involvement or events and the school advisory committee.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2015
This school has a very welcoming environment. As soon as you enter the building, the office staff and principal greet visitors and offer to help. We are new to the school but feel so embraced. There are many volunteers who provide support in classrooms. The teachers are incredibly talented, engage students in learning which is fun, and embed brain breaks throughout the day. The music, art, and p.e. program is outstanding and there are a variety of before or after school extra-curricular programs. The school's PTA is active and so supportive of the school. It's a great place to be. My children love their school, teachers, paras, and principal. They know that they care and work hard to support their learning. I am so thankful that my children have the opportunity to learn in such a wonderful place. THANK YOU!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2014
This School is ok, but the whole bullying issue has made it very hard to stay.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
no rating May 12, 2010
Awesome teachers who really care about the children

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
The school creates and supports a strong teacher, student, parent relationship.

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
no rating April 29, 2010
I love working with the amazing kiddos and parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The staff is so dedicated to helping ALL children and we have wonderful, supportive parents!!

- submitted by a teacher
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
no rating 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
no rating April 21, 2010
Progressive school where students love to learn & the teachers are dedicated professionals that love their job

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
no rating 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
August 25, 2008
this school is run like a tight ship. It is a happy, safe, and productive place.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2008
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
April 23, 2006
This school is excellent for a public school education. Children come first. Teachers take special interest in individual children. Physical fitness is very important as well as making a child feel special.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
Rudy Melena, as principal of Blue Heron, has been with the school since before it was even built. From the very beginning, he assembled a great team of teachers and has been exceptional in working with the parents and the community. Blue Heron has added new and interesting extracurricular activities each year. With the diversity of free and low cost programs available at the school, Blue Heron students have the opportunity to join in a wide variety of programs while staying in the safe environment of the school. Parents are more involved with the school and programs at Blue Heron than at any other school I have been involved with. I think Blue Heron is one of the finest elementary schools in the state.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
We were very impressed at the two visits we had when we chose the school. However we have not seen all that we were promised about differenciated learning an meetint students needs at the top of the class. Extracurricular activites have been great. We have not seen the level of parent involvement that was talked about.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
This is our first year at Blue Heron but, I have been so impressed with the commitment of the staff especially the principal. Understanding that impressions and the rating of the year is based on the one teacher that we have experienced it has been outstanding. If the rest of the teachers are this fabulous, I couldn't ask for more. There is heavy parent involvement but, it seems to be the same parents that are involved. The extra festivals and activities have been first rate.

- submitted by a parent

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Blue Heron Elementary School
5987 West Dorado Dr, Littleton, CO  80123
(303) 982-2770
Last modified Blue Heron Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blue Heron Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top