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!!
There are several good schools in the area including; Rocky Mountain Christian Academy, Flagstaff Charter School, Boulder Country Day School and Dawson School. If you value education or your child's self-esteem do not send them to this school. Aside from the massive classroom sizes (33 students at last count) the children here have no work ethic, and the teachers are disorganized and cruel. It is an example of failing education in America and with Colorado already being at the bottom of the pile there isn't much worse an example available.
All grades are really behind comparing with other neighborhood schools (such as Flagstaffs, Eagle Crest, and blue mountains). Most school staff are not open mind including the new music teacher. They only pay attention to the kids whose parents/grandparents can come over for volunteer often. I transferred all my children to another school, and now we all appreciate how welcome we feel each day. My kids always tell me now: I LOVE school!