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Leawood Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 475 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

Leawood is a solid school. My kids both choose to stay at Leawood after touring three other area schools (all bigger, two newer, and all seemingly more affluent). I will say that Leawood is not as stringent or militant about academics and test scores as some of the other schools in the area however this is precisely why I like Leawood. Stressing children out in elementary school regarding testing or hours upon hours of homework ultimately does not allow them to thrive. Leawood is nurturing and presents a balance between appropriate social interactions, academics, extracurricular activities and cultural awareness. When I have had difficulty, I have found most of the teaching staff and the principal extremely responsive and willing to work with me to support my children. This is a school where smiles and hugs are still okay, and accountability is delivered with kindness. Of course there's always room for improvement (oh how I despise Everyday Math) and I do wish the front exterior would be renovated however we have been extremely pleased and happy at Leawood. Go Lions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2013

Not too many years ago Leawood distinguished itself with its sense of community and parental involvement. This held true through several principals. Newer principal. Newer environment - one that doesn't encourage parental involvement, restrains two-way communication and not only doesn't solicit parental participation in policy- and decision-making, but goes out of the way to inhibit participation. So sad. Leawood can't compete academically and now the environment that encouraged adaptability, community and accountability seems gone. (And there are some great teachers there but can't imagine they are flourishing now esp. if they knew what it was like to teach there in years past.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

Our son went to kindergarten at Leawood. It was a terrible experience for all of us. After the first week of school he said he hated school- this from a child who loved preschool. Unfortunately, it only went downhill from there. His teacher had a rigid way of teaching and running her classroom and did not leave room for individual differences. She was not a warm person and rarely had positive things to say about our child. Creativity, free-thinking, and a love of learning were not cultivated here. It felt like our child was just a number at this school, not an individual human being. It was a very stressful experience and we pulled our child out at the end of the year. Luckily, his new school is fantastic. His teacher is a warm, caring person and he is flourishing there. He actually enjoys school now and is excited to talk about his day. His new school does a great job recognizing and rewarding positive behavior and attributes. This did not happen at Leawood. After a terrible year, it is wonderful to see him excited about school and learning. On a positive note, the school did try to build a sense of community and they encouraged parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

We have been amazed with Leawood Elementary. The preschool program has been phenomenal, exceeding our expectations and the leadership and staff have gone above and beyond to connect with the parents and kids. The parent participation is incredible and the warm, caring school environment is just what we were looking for. Our friends in neighboring schools, even schools rated a 10 are jealous of the experiences we have had and are hoping there will be room for choice enrollment into Leawood. We can't believe our luck in finding this gem of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Our son attended the preschool program. We had 2 main problems with the program. First, they wanted to teach him beginning letter sounds after they reported that he could read at midway through the first grade, basically a waste of his time but we let it slide as we figured it was preschool and we enrolled him for social purposes. Second, the first field trip was Christmas related and as our family does not celebrate that holiday, we found this completely insensitive to our 4 year old. Ultimately, we pulled him out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

Mrs Rombach & Mrs Crosley, along with the specials team, have taken such a great interest and love for our daughter. Their caring and passion for laying the foundation for our daughter's education is an incredible feat that is accomplished every day. They truly love what they do, and it shines through to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I love the pre-school and the 'tools of the mind curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

This will be our 2nd year at Leawood and our kids love it! We have moved quite a bit and have been in several elementary schools. from the East Coast to the West. And I can say Leawood is the best school mty kids have ever attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

Both of my daughters have attended Leawood Elementary and have been very happy. The teachers are all wonderful, the principal is world class and the curriculum is top notch. The school atmosphere is very nurturing and the sense of community seems to bring families together. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a great place for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

My son went to our home school Govenor's Ranch and it was aweful...He turned distant and was very unhappy...We moved him to Leawood and he came back to us emotionally...At Leawood, he is so happy and all the teachers there love all of our children...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

We are new to Leawood, and have found it to be an outstanding school for our children!The teachers and principal are wonderful, the parents are very involved, and the school is quite innovative with the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

Wonderful teachers that strive to engage your child and keep them excited about learning. Also a terrific principal that works with the teachers and parents for the best ways to teach your child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

We are new to Leawood, and I have nothing but praise about the third grade class. For Social Studies, they have a program called 'town'. This is where the kids can learn about city gov. hands on. What a wonderful way of learning! Hope that the years ahead will be this good. Lecy Crelly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2004

This is a great school with a wonderful faculty and staff. Parental involvement is very high and the PTSA sponsors a significant number of enrichment activities including science fair, book club, spring carnival, holiday craft workshop, community service support and many more.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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

All Students87%
Female84%
Male91%
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 lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Reading

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Writing

All Students74%
Female78%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
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

Math

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Reading

All Students80%
Female79%
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 lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Writing

All Students65%
Female71%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%
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 Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
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 lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Science

All Students61%
Female68%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students64%
Female81%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
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

Math

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
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 English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Writing

All Students74%
Female85%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
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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52%
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24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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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 73% 57%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:55 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ari Goldberg
Fax number
  • (303) 982-7861
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  • Intramurals

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  • Leawood elementary school has one of the strongest ptsa groups in the district. parents are involved as classroom volunteers, community-school committee members and as a major fund-raising arm of the school. the 2007 auction night raised over $20,000 which the ptsa earmarked for technology purchases. as a result, every classroom has a document camera, a projector and there are several smartboards throughout the school. leawood’s ptsa is not just about fundraising: they also plan and sponsor the school carnival and most recently, a 50’s night.
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6155 West Leawood Dr
Littleton, CO 80123
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