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Walt Clark Middle School

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Posted July 28, 2014

I'm a Mother who's son is ready to leave Immanuel Lutheran School and switch to public middle school. We are looking at Irwin vs Walt Clark. Any thoughts?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Terrible. I've had 3 students in this school over the past 4 years. Teachers are overwhelmed and teach primarily by handout, grades are frequently entered incorrectly, or not at all (leading to confusion about missing/ungraded work), and morale is awful. Additionally there is a general culture of intimidation, including frequent police presence, and threats to search students' personal property. I would not recommend this school to any parent who has a choice. My daughter is a straight A student who loved school until she went to Walt Clark; now she hates it. Meanwhile the administration seems completely indifferent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2012

Like most parents I was unsure how our daughter would make the transition from elementary school to middle school, the staff has made her transition a walk in the park. Thank you. I would recommend the school to anyone. My only complaint is the school website and trying to get information regarding the school calendar etc... without calling. Needs improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

I'd like to share how much I've been so impressed by the level of professionalism and compassion that I've witnessed and experienced, my child feels known, respected and very well cared for by all of the adults on staff at Walt Clark. People at Walt Clark go above and beyond what is expected. Walt Clark is a wonderful school! I would highly recommend this gem to any parent looking for a great school. The principal Martha Gustafson made us feel welcome from the very first moment we meet her, and she continues to pay close attention to our child and our family. Just walk through the doors and you will instantly feel the warmth, caring and high standards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I couldn't be more thrilled with Walt Clark! Both of my kids went to the school and althought they have completely different needs both of my students thrived socially and academically at Walt Clark. The teachers where inspirational and caring and the prinipal was very involved with both of our kids. Thank you for a job well done Walt Clark! I highly recommend this school to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

I don't even know where to begin...I expected a difficult transition between elementary and middle school, but nothing could prepare me for the hardships my child and I would face at Walt Clark. From the beginning of the 2012 school year, my child was harrassed and bullied by the same sfudent relentlessly. After numerous meetings with the school counselor, there were no repercussions for the bully, and so the misery went on for my child. Because of this, I reported the incidences to the principle and 3 weeks later she has not returned my calls. This is not my only complaint however, there is no communication between school and home at Walt Clark. They expect e-mails and a parent website (which requirs obtaining-which took half the school year to get from them-and using a 20 character user name) to be sufficient. Neither of these are effective due to the fact that they are not checked daily by teachers (even every other day would be nice)! If my child has a missing assignment, there is no way for me to find out what the assignment entails, etc because e-mails are answered long after the item is due. My child has gone from a B average to failung in 1 year at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

I had a great expermence here. I miss it and I think it much better school then what the review says.


Posted April 21, 2011

Walt Clark is a fantastic school! The teachers and staff are dedicated to helping students succeed. I know many families that have children that attend there and they are very happy. When my child is old enough to send to middle school I will be driving across town to send them to Walt Clark. As for bullying on the other reviews I heard they are now a No Place for Hate school. Maybe that will help.


Posted April 6, 2011

The worst school our family has ever had the misery of dealing with. Example? We had to deal with an English teacher who finally updated the missing assignments in MAY, after assuring us all was well for 3 months. Our child was passed through every single grade with all 'F's (Let the high school deal with it?) They take the "No child left behind" to the extreme. If your child attends here, you may as well let them ditch for 3 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

My child is in her second year at the horrible school. Everyday my child complains about being harassed and being alone. Nothing gets done to the point where it changes anything. It's hard when your child asks everyday if she can stay home and tells me that her telling the teacher and principle doesn't help. I have called and had meetings with teachers, the counselor and the principle and it doesn't change anything. I would never recommend this school in fact I strongly advise against it. Since there is about five months left at school I cannot switch her but there is no way she will attend this school for eighth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We moved our children to a different school because of the drugs, bullying, and harassment our children we subjected to. The new school is positive, inclusive, no cliques, and the administration is outstanding. We wish we hadn't wasted the previous years at WC and left sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I'm moving my child to a different school so obviously I wouldn't recommend WCMS. The principal and student environment are not good. The principal ignored voice messages I left. When I finally was able to get a meeting set up with her she wasn't there for our scheduled time. Then she lied about why, not a real good example for the kids. The kids are clicquish and many are downright mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

Teachers are committed. New Principle for 09-10 has heart of gold. I have observed an attitude of caring on PTSO staff. The administration goal is to increase connection between the school and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

Walt CLark Middle school has done an excelent job educating 2 of my 3 students. The staff there truely cares for the students. I am truely sorry to see the administration change Scott Wallace did a great job with this school in the short time he was there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

I dislike this school, and many of the 8th grade teachers do not teach the students properly. There are also many drugs and children being very rude. In fact I had my child switch schools. I would not tell someone to have their child go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

this school is not a good school for kids to get them ready for high school. tehre is a lot of drugs involver in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

it is exilent i highly recomendend from a 6th grader like me i love the teachers
—Submitted by a student


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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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

All Students65%
Female56%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students75%
Female82%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible74%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students54%
Female58%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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 Students53%
Female54%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Writing

All Students59%
Female70%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%
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 Students53%
Female57%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students73%
Female80%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students59%
Female59%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students57%
Female68%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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 82% 56%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 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 33%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Loveland, CO 80537
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