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Sunset Middle School

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Posted April 4, 2014

We recently moved to Longmont, leaving Adam's 12. I came in one afternoon to pick up my daughter and felt the principal was dressed completely inappropriately in a white tank top and short jean skirt. She did have a sweater tied over her shoulders, which really drew more attention to how tight her shirt was. My daughter later told me the AP was talking to the police officer about a student by name in the office near the lobby while using profanity! She named the student and even told me what he'd done. Additionally, at PTC, my daughter told her teacher she wasn't comfortable sitting next to a particular young male. The teacher stated she would move him, but there wasn't much else she could do. . She later mentioned to me that "administration doesn't really support discipline". She will be attending Altona next year, which causes a strain in transportation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

My son loves the string orchestra at this school. We were previously in a private religious school. The Music and arts were sadly deficient at the private school, as was the sports. This school takes the arts seriously. Recent studies say the arts increase intelligence for life. The acedemics are great and the principal is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

SMS is a great school. As a Niwot community parent, many chose to go to Altona since it is new. Sunset is where my husband went to middle school so we never even looked at another school. We are so happy with the administration, teachers and staff. Our three daughters are very different and have all found a great home at Sunset. The music program is wonderful, but so are the programs for those that are not musically inclined. We have one daughter that was in all advanced courses and two that were half and half regular and advanced. All of the teachers are amazing and work with the inidvidual student. We cannot be happier with our choice to stay with our district school and my husband's alma mater.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

SMS is a very very unorganized school. They do not keep their students in order and the teachers are only there for the paycheck. I never liked SMS even when i first started to go there i knew it wouldn't be a good school because all of my friends hated it. The teachers didn't care about the students, they looked for misbehaving students every where they went. The homework was to much for me to handle. I didn't like this school at all.


Posted December 13, 2011

Moving our daughter to Sunset Middle School from the local charter school was the best thing we could have done for her. Whereas before she was completely stressed out, totally inundated with homework and miserable we now have our happy, learning, well adjusted daughter back. The classes are challenging without being overwhelming. She feels like the teachers understand her - not that she is just a test score so that the school looks good. The music program is fabulous. It wasn't that the Charter school was too hard academically it was that they treated the kids like little robots that were to be put in system. Sunset sees the individual and works to meet the challenges of each child. Principal Macy is the leader every school should have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

I went to this school for 6th Grade and My Mother and all 3 of her sisters went here. The teachers are outstanding and the programs are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2008

ilove the way they have programs ilove the teachers every thing is so educational i just love this scool so much
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

Staff is very helpful. Great communication with Teachers. Good programs. We are happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

Attending Sunset has been a great experience for our child. The music program is outstanding. Teachers and principal make it a point to know the kids.
—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 62% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

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

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

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 52% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

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 Students61%
Female68%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students62%
Female70%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)16%
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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 Students52%
Female48%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students62%
Female65%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students54%
Female54%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
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 Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students71%
Female78%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Science

All Students65%
Female72%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students67%
Female74%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 59% 56%
Hispanic 36% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

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  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1300 South Sunset
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 776-3963

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