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Central Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 377 students

Central opened in 1878 and has been educating children for over 135 years!

 

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Posted November 12, 2013

This is an amazing school with such community. Our children are led by principles of integrity, action and leadership. Our teachers pursue only the highest standards for all students and help each achieve their goals. Our principal and leader plays a huge role in educational life. Not only does he commit his days but he is at every PTO meeting and every school function as an active participant and volunteer. Our community school program or continuing education classes are awesome. We do Shakespeare in the park, bird watching, running, baseball, community work, made homeless bags this year, dancing, and clubs like MESA, front door garden and lots more. We love Central!!!!! this year we raised 20,000 and donated 25% to flood relief. Action at work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

Involved and informed parents, a hands on principal, and top notch teachers make Central a results based school that is focused on producing students who are prepared for the challenges of our progressive and constantly evolving world community. Its International Baccalaureate program promotes and teaches inquiry based, community focused learning for all students. Kids learn to be well rounded, tolerant and thoughtful citizens who have high expectations of themselves and others. Students learn a rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for the advanced learning needs of the 21st century. Visit Central, talk to parents who send their kids there and teachers who work there. You will discover how special a place it is where kids discover, grow and learn about themselves, others and gain the academic and social skills they will need to successfully navigate our global society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

I love attending our neighborhood school by walking or riding bikes (both of which are promoted by the school's Walk and Roll program!). We are also fortunate the school is a recently accredited International Baccalaureate school (Primary Years Programme). The diversity, inquiry based learning, Spanish, and an emphasis on helping others, are all key to our children become well rounded citizens of the world. Technology is present but not a substitute to traditional learning. PE, Art, and Music are all recognized, and the school was also just designated a Green Star Eco school (they compost!). With an active PTO and a versatile before & after school program (along with classes offered through a community school program), this school has it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

Central is what a public elementary should be. The teachers and staff are invested in not only the children but the community and surrounding neighborhood, where many of them live. It is like a community gathering every morning and afternoon, where you can say hello to your neighbors and meet new ones. The curriculum is very challenging but balanced, the introduction of the IB program has been fantastic. The school offers many after school activities, from Star Wars Camp, Lego Builders, UNO Club and even Yoga. The Principal is results oriented and holds all students accountable for their actions, he can be found outside greeting students and parents by name most mornings. The school has fostered a great volunteer program of parents and grand parents. The school creates and fosters lifetime learners. This school has come along way and will continue to improve because it has the right teachers and administrators to make it happen. The low rating will improve, and is highly influenced by the fact that Central is a diverse school and has had distinct challenges other schools in the district have not been faced with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Nice setting, neighborhood school in heavily treed in Old Town Longmont. Exceptional pre-school program (tuition) headed by Kathy Moritz. I was underwhelmed by Kindergarten, where my child and those of others only ever gauges their days by what 'color' they were on some behavior rating chart. My son was bored stif at this school, and rarely challenged academically. Guess that's why they're solidly 'average'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It serves a diverse, multicultural student body and manages with an older, simple brick building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Our son has had a terrific experience at Central and has loved each teacher the most at the end of each year. We have looked at lots of schools, but have found the community and 'feel' of Central to be unmatched in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

We feel so fortunate that all 3 of our daughters get to attend to Central Elementary. It is an awesome experience all around. I can't say enough about the excellence of the teachers, principal and the high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

Central is currently in it's 130th year of teaching area students. The school strives to keep the home town feel along with advancing knowledge in todays world. With a teaching staff that is involved with every student, the learning environment remains open to the new while keeping my children safe. My girls look forward to school each morning and are sad when it is summer break. We are blessed to have such a great school in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

My daughter attended Central for her 1st grade year and is currently enrolled in another school. She constantly asks that I put her back in Central. and I couldn't agree more. I have requested an open enrollment for her and want her to attend 09-10 school year. Teachers, staff and students are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Central elementary has really come on strong in the last few years - just the right balance of outstanding academics and other activities with superb principal and teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

I sent my children to this school and just loved the community, the teachers and the administrative staff. My kids got a lot from this school. The teachers went out of their way to help my children succeed with their education.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 72% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
41%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
50%
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 Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students72%
Female85%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Writing

All Students43%
Female65%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
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 Students71%
Female67%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)47%
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students72%
Female71%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)59%
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Writing

All Students54%
Female64%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)18%
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
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 Students41%
Female29%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Science

All Students35%
Female29%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Writing

All Students37%
Female33%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%
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 49% 56%
Hispanic 45% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 54%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jim Hecocks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (303) 772-8566

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • MESA
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Running Club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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