Conrad Ball's academic standards are very low. They seem to be a safe enough school, but the teachers my studen has had, have very low expectations. There is virtually no homework, projects, test, ect. Student grades are inflated and more than 30% got all A's for the first quarter and this is a consistant trend. The school celebrates A's, B's and C's as high excellence.
In my opinion, Conrad Ball is not a very good school. They rank the lowest in CSAP scores yet grades are greatly inflated and about 15-20% of the school population is 'given' 4.0 GPA. At year-end, at least 70% of the student receive awards for some type of excellence-- diminishing the value of true achievement.
The quality of academic programs at CBMS varies greatly dependent on the teachers a child is assigned to. Some teachers are excellent, others are by far sub-par yet their dull performances seem to be tolerated. CBMS has struggled in the past in providing a consistent choir program, having a new choir instructor every year. This seems to have been resolved. CBMS drama department lags behind other schools graded on number of performances per year compared to other middle schools. Sports for prime athletes are well supported. CBMS intramural athletes receive far less attention or instruction. Extracurricular opportunities do abound at CBMS. The GT instructor is very involved and devoted to her many students.
Conrad Ball is a school that is responsive to its students and welcoming to its parents. The school works hard to communicate with families and achieve individual student goals. The staff is friendly and professional. Conrad Ball Middle School has won awards for its progressive ideals in education and visiting this school will affirm the positive recognition the school has achieved.
My child has struggled with school since kindergarden. I had been told by former teachers that she was mildly retarded and/or dixlexic. At Conrad Ball, the 6th grade counselor, Tom Kowolski, and school psychologist, Patricia Gibbs, recognized that she might have the Non-Hyperactive form of ADHD. A trained pediatrician subsequently diagnosed her with severe Non-Hyperactive ADHD. She is now on medication - and even made the Honor Roll! During this time her teachers have been - and continue to be - amazing! Andra Ramsey has even been spending time tutoring my daughter during lunch periods. My daughter has now been thoroughly tested; she is not at all retarded or dislexic. She just needed the insight of excellent, concerned educators, such as those at Conrad Ball Middle School. Thank you, Conrad Ball! You certainly made a difference in my child's life!
I have been exteamly happy having my child attend such an exemplary school. I am not sure what it is, but every time I enter the school I am greated with warmth and with information. This school really does deserve to be a school to watch not just watch now but for a long long time!
This school is truly a great school, staff are always on the look-out as to how they can better childrens education. In the recent CSAP scores, once again Conrad Ball showed their dedication to keeping this school at a 100 percent! Teachers are always welcoming new ideas and step foward to try something new that isn't promised to work but will be given a try to help students falling through the cracks. I really enjoy that my children can be involved in extra-curricular activities, I say this because my child is a Latino and because of this he doesn't always feel comfortabe. However, there are many activities available for my child to feel satisfied. My child is involved in the League of United Latin American Citizens club also called Cultural Awareness club, he enjoys being within the community making a difference and making a good impact.
I have a son with special needs that attends Conrad Ball Middle School, from the very beginning all the Teachers and Staff have been wonderful, and very receptive to all my suggestions in regards to my son's education. I cannot say enough good things about what a great Middle School Con Ball has been, under the leadership of Principal Diane Lauer, and Dean of Students Linda Spreitzer, they have taken CBMS to new heights, which led the school to win the prestigious award of being the best Middle School in Colorado.
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