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Ken Caryl Middle School

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Posted June 14, 2014

I am a graduate of Ken Caryl, and I was not impressed. The staff isn't responsible or respectful. The principal didn't care what students thought, all he worked on was torturing us at lunch with his gosh-awful "singing voice" and humiliating kids with the Happy Birthday song which had sent me into tears. I was in the GT program, which could have been better. I have a 504 because I have dysgraphia. The GT counselor was somewhat lazy, my parents and I thought we had a 504 officially typed up like the counselor said she would do, until the end of the year, when she said "Oh, we still need to do that." What really bugs me is that the principal essentially uses empty threats. He always makes ridiculous claims and then never enforces them. At the end of 7th grade, he told me he was going to arrest me, but never did, leaving me traumatized for over a week, to the point where I had to go to a mental hospital. I would not recommend this school. Unless your child is a straight A+ student with amazing tolerance, don't waste your time here. Also, they were really cheezy. They ruined the yearbooks (Which were $40, by the way) with the "#hashtag" stuff. Overall, it was a very depressing 2 years.


Posted August 13, 2013

This school is doing a wonderful job at preparing kids for high school. The teachers are good and the principal is fantastic. Mr. Sandos is out with the kids in the halls and outside greeting parents at drop off and pick up everyday! Teachers are engaged and supporting kids along the way. I was worried about my daughter going to middle school more for social issues than academic, but within a month I could see I had nothing to worry about. THANKS KCMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

This school is terrible, there are one or two teachers that are phenomenal, but otherwise they are judgemental of the students, and provide no extra achedemic help. The principle makes the school like a prison, and us rude and stuck up. The conselors provide no help to a student getting bullied, and ignore any pleads for help. The homework load is huge and the sports and gym program are very poor. I CAN'T WAIT TILL I AM FREED FROM THIS HELLHOLE!!!!the school lunches are very disappointing, my best friend once got a sandwich with mold on it, and carrots with pillbugs on it. There are so many health code violations, and the AC and heating goes out leaving this place unbearable.


Posted January 14, 2012

I can see how the person that made the comments about if your child is not succeeding in this school how it would not do good for them as I can see the teachers, councilors, and principles are always out with the kids walking around making sure that everyone is happy. Its tough to be in two places at once and I agree that they should at least return a phone call because that is irresponsible. However, if your child is in GT it is amazing and mine is. He is happier now then I have ever seen him in school. Their GT program places emphasis on who they are and allows them to be the leaders that they are. Its amazing how much of a change going from a terrible school in TX to an incredibly amazing school with tons of great teachers and students who are not allowed to bully kids who are intellectual. The technology program far exceeds expectations and the kids are way above grade level. There test scores are not what I expect coming from what I see my child learning. He is algebra 1 and in 7th grade and doing an amazing job. The GT teacher is there for him and other students when they need help. I am proud to bring my child here. Thanks to all of you for making him so happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Once I pulled my son out of this school, everything turned around. He went from barely passing 8th grade to Honor Role once out of this school. If your child is not having any issues, then you are probably ok, however if he/she is having issues, do not count on the guidance counselors to help out or get your child back on track. Emails, phone messages, voice mails were all ignored and never returned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

This school is the best one i have ever been to. the principal is a lot of fun and Mrs. Coyne is the greatest teacher ever. The only problem is waking up so early to get there. I heard that this school may close next year all suport is apreaciated greatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2009

Ken Caryl is the best middle school i could have possibly gone to. The teachers are creative and hands on and the administration is amazing! The teachers at Ken Caryl couldnt have prepaired me better for high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2008

This school is asolutely amazing! My daughter is in love with going there! Although, she does have some problems with waking up so early to walk there. Overall, principal Pat Sandos is great for the kids, and the teachers are always friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

I love this school sooo much. the princapal and the vice princapal are soo funn and cool and the teachers are really nice. they hav good lunches here. and at our school we treat everyone like famliy, the other kids there are really nice. so really i just never want to leave this school, but sadly i hav to move on some time. =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2008

Ecellent school. They help you with every thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

I love the improvements they have made on this school over the break! Not only did we get new bathrooms, and terrific lockers, we got an amazing principal! Mr. Sandos is hundreds of times better than the previous principal! He is extremely involved with the students. I feel like I am learning so much in my 8th grade year compared to last year in 7th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2007

Mr. Sandos is an excellent principal for this school! we are happy to have him!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

i have always had exellent feedback from my childs teachers all you have to do is ask and also my child has had problems in school and the guidance counselors did everything possible to help her the academics could be more of a challenge and with the new phys ed teacher the sports should be now adequate to say the least with all due respect i have had nothing but a positive experience in the 7th grade year at ken caryl and recomend the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

I feel this school is very below par. I had many problems with the guidance counselors when my son was having problems. Not responsive at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2005

KCMS does have an aveage academic program. The most disappointing thing is the lack of teacher feedback. As a parent I have requested several times for some honest feedback about my childs progress. The result has always been that the teacher just agrees with what ever I say. I want a professional opinion about how my child is doing and afte 1 year and 1/2 I have yet to get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

This school has a lot of problems between teachers and students. They don't teach the students how to deal with problems. The sports are not adequate. There is not much parent envolvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2005

I have recently pulled my child out of this school. I have had nothing but problems the year and half he has been attending. We encountered many issues that the staff and principal did nothing to help resolve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2004

I was counting down the days until my child was out of Ken Caryl. It was a long 2 years. The teachers for the most part are not impressive at all. The principal has no spine. The staff there is very judgemental of the kids there. It is sad. I will not be sending my next 2 kids there, even if I have to transport them myself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2004

I have been extremely disappointed with Ken Caryl Middle school. The school did not meet my minimun expectations. I was disappointed with the principal as well as the teachers. I am a firm believer that a schools personality and performance start at the top and this is where I believe the problem resides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

I believe this school is very good but there are a few drawbacks to it. For one thing I believe this schools teachers and staff judge the children by there friend and attude. If you are a bad kid they always blame everything one you and your friends and pick one you. However the good kids can get away with anything and it was not fair! If I had a child I would not send my chld to this school. For the most part the the teachers teach the correct skills you need to know, but the bad part is not a lot of teachers are willing to try to help you if you need extra help. When I went to this school I needed a tutor to help me understsand everything. This is what I think of this school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian77%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Reading

All Students81%
Female88%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Writing

All Students73%
Female82%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible45%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%
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 Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Science

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students64%
Female71%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%
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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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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Math growth at this school

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
White 76% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 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 23%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Library
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6509 West Ken Caryl Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Phone: (303) 982-4710

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