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Dutch Creek Elementary School

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Posted February 7, 2012

Dutch Creek takes great pride in caring for our children, the math and reading programs are A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

The new programs being offered for both Math and Reading have really made a difference in challenging my daughter at school. Her teacher has been great! We love the loop program that Mrs. Oliver has been able to participate in. This year she also offered a short Summer program at the library. It was a wonderful way to keep the kids in a learning mode. It is so nice to actually have a working relationship with our teacher! Mrs. Pennell is the greatest! I have noticed a marked change in the students, staff and parents since she came on board! I would recommend this school to anyone who was moving into the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

My daughter started at Dutch Creek in Spring 2011. She was moved here from her home school when they could no longer provide a quality education for her. My daughter was put into the LLC (Literacy Learning Center) at Dutch Creek. This program is WONDERFUL! The teachers are GREAT! My daughter is dyslexic and had made more progress in the 2 months she has been there than she did in over a year at her other school. Don't let the great schools rating for this school make you think less of Dutch Creek! This school is on top of it! Mrs. Pennell is a excellent principal. Her and all the teachers expect the very most out of every child in this school. Test scores have improved tremendously over the past few years thanks to Mrs. Pennell and all of the teachers. This principal and the the teachers work together! They are dedicated in making sure your child gets a proper education. Our home school is rated an 8, which Dutch Creek is currently rated a 6. I would take Dutch Creek over our home school any day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

This school is very on top of their educational skills & this year they are teaching a new math program that I guess is being instituted all over Jeffco Schools. Mrs Pennel truly cares about 'all the kids' and takes what parents tell her & does something with it. No parent's suggestion is ever ignored! The staff at Dutch Creek is exceptional, & the Specials Programs are Top Notch & The Teachers who teach them are extremely creative & keep kids excited about Music, Art, and Physical Education. I am also impressed with the lunches that are provided at the school. Very healthy & well balanced meals with many choices for the kids. My kids would rather eat hot lunch than bringing lunch to school! Also the Speech & Language Program at Dutch Creek & the staff they have is extremely top notch & dedicated to every student in the program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

Dutch Creek has fantastic potential and now has a dedicated principal to lead our team of parents and teachers to success! We are all very excited to have Mrs. Pennel as our principal. She comes from Cherry Creek Schools and has loads of teaching administrative and teaching experience. Watch out World! Here comes Dutch Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

Dutch Creek is a great neighborhood school in a good community. A nice variety of extracurricular programs are offered by PTA and other groups, and the 'specials' programs (art, music, P.E.) are excellent. Dutch Creek has some terrific teachers, especially Kindergarten teacher Karen Herr. The principal has a clear love for children, and parent volunteers are very active in the school. They have held 'community events' the past couple years that were a ton of fun and involved the whole neighborhood. The playground equipment could be updated, but overall a good, safe school with many caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

Dutch Creek is a great neighborhood school. The staff cares about the education of the kids. The kindergarten program is fantastic. The quality of the other classrooms is highly teacher dependent. The music, art and pe programs are high quality. I have no complaints about them. There are a large number of parents involved in PTA and voluteering in the classroom. As long as you are involved in your child's education, Dutch Creek is a great school where kids learn and are still able to be kids. No excessive homework and strict focus on testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2005

My kids are open enrolled in Dutch Creek and it's definitely worth the drive! This small school has a real community feeling. The teachers and staff call the children by name in the hallways and take a real interest in their well being as well as their individual educational needs. This staff takes the time to match the students personalities and learning styles to the teachers as they transition year to year - ensuring success for each child and class. With both gifted and special needs children I know that all of my children are getting what they need. DC also offers an assortment of after school programs, ranging from Destination Imagination to a special reading tutor program. As both a public school skeptic, and a parent with a child who has been let down by several schools, I can say that I'm happy and secure with Dutch Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2005

Dutch Creek is a wonderful school. It's small size is a definite plus. The principal knows practically every student by name. The teachers are experienced and employ a quality academic program. Two of my kids have gone through this school and are now in the honors and AP programs at the middle school and high school level. This school offers art, music and PE programs. Afterschool programs include choir, Destination Imagination, Student Leadership, and more. Heavy parent involvement allows Dutch Creek to have many extra curricular activities. For example, Dutch Creek is one of the few schools in the area that organizes a Science Fair each year. The school also has several community events such as silent auctions, spaghetti dinners and dances that the whole neighborhood is invited to. Dutch Creek is THE place in the Columbine Articulation area to have your kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

Dutch Creek is a great school. The principal is really involved and invested in the school's interests. The secretaries are really helpful and supportive of the families at the school. We have had some really wonderful experiences with the teachers at Dutch Creek. The kindergarten teacher, Karen Herr, is really talented. Our first grade teacher, Ms. Morey, has contributed to enormous growth personally and scholastically in our first grader this year. The whole third grade staff is exceptional. We had Mrs. Tyner and loved her kind, encouraging nature.
—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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students75%
Female81%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students87%
Female95%
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 lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students47%
Female57%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English45%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Reading

All Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Writing

All Students42%
Female53%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)42%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%
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%
Female75%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Science

All Students61%
Female67%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students68%
Female83%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
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 Students76%
Female84%
Male67%
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 lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Writing

All Students74%
Female81%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 78% 56%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 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 41%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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