After Niwot enrolled the 34th student (after October 1st) my daughter requested we remove her from this school. There are too many children in each classroom for any teacher to handle. At one point the teacher left the room crying because the children are so out of control leaving the other children to fend for themselves.
I have three children at this school, my oldest is in 5th. Every year I'm more impressed. I have a gifted/talented kid, a kid with developmental delays and one right in the middle. The staff and leadership have been amazing for all three of my children and their differing needs. It's still a public school, with all of the funding draw-backs that that entails. However, the teachers are exceptional and easily compensate for the older facilities.
Niwot Elementary is an exceptional school. I rate it a straight 10 with top quality teaching and admin staff. The parent and volunteer participation in each class blew me away as it meant that there were as many as 4 adults assisting a class of 25 kids. This allowed the teacher to provide individual attention to each student. The children are taught respect and tolerance and receive a well rounded education with no barriers to learning. While each child will have a different experience, I am thankful my children went to Niwot Elementary.
Niwot Elementary is a wonderful school in which to educate your children. Teachers and administration put your children first and go above and beyond for every student. Instruction is differentiated for students (from the highest performing to the lowest performing) in order to meet every student's needs. Teachers work together and demonstrate a level of teamwork that is rarely seen in the school system. Parents are also actively involved and encouraged to be a part of the school community. I am extremely thankful and appreciative to the wonderful teams at Niwot!
When any student needs to talk to the schools council it's far from confidential!! It's a well-known fact that the confidential source is usually the principal. The principal sends an email to the classroom teacher. The teacher now knows what's going on and they publicly embarrassed the student in front of the classroom. There is no confidentiality there.
It’s hard to create a positive environment when everybody's always putting fingers in different directions as to who was at fault? My child went to the counselor's office after recess when a 4th grade teacher said something extremely inappropriate to my child!!! The next thing you know I received an email from the principal needing to set up meeting for us ASAP. The principal refused to believe anything my child had to say. In the long run I took her out of 4th grade Niwot!!