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Mead Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 507 students

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted November 8, 2012

Hi Families, I am excited to be named the new principal of Mead Elementary as of the 2012-2013 school year. I am making every effort to ensure that children at Mead are treated with respect and kindness. We are off to a great start this year and I am excited about many changes that have already taken place. Our parent community, staff, and students are excited about these positive changes as well. At Mead Elementary we value ACHIEVEMENT, CHARACTER, and COMMUNITY!

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Posted October 10, 2013

Mead Elementary is wonderful. I am glad that we are coming to this school right during the change in principals. She is 110% dedicated to this school and its families. She seeks out what has been effective in the Middle School, and uses those strategies to improve our school. I have had an incident on the bus with my son and it was addressed quickly, effectively, and professionally. I do have some experience with some of the current 4th and 5th graders, and I'm interested in finding out what types of anti-bullying training and programs there are in this school and school district. So far, the teachers have been amazing! I've only had one that seemed stand of fish, but every other teacher (we've worked with 6 so far), has been flexible, open and highly effective for our children! The parent group is very strong this year too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

This school was good before but has really started to shine with our new principal. The movement breaks introduced this year seem to really help the students settle down and focus. This principal is a true advocate for the kids and their families and it shows through the dedication of the staff and parent group. A major focus on technology is starting to pay off as well. Come for the staff and principal - stay for the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Our older son had tons of issues at Mead Elementary it affected his self esteem & attitude toward school, we thought it just wasn't the right fit for him. We pulled him out but left our younger son in since he LOVED Ms. Pam's preschool. After Preschool Kindergarten wasn't bad, but 1st grade this year has been a living hell. He started to struggle with reading, then he began to totally shut down, found out that he was having a hard time in class due to the reading issue and the teacher was punishing him by pulling his desk away from the class facing the wall, he's totally ostracized. The situation has gotten so out of hand that now my son comes home with referrals for things like standing next to the wrong kid in line (no joke). We have been trying to get a meeting with the principle & teacher but they have canceled 3 times. Now at the end of his 1st grade year our son is not the happy little boy he was at the beginning of the year, we made a huge mistake keeping him in after what our older son went through here. If you go with this school make sure to listen to your child, don't disregard anything as he/she just doesn't like school, pay close attention to changes in personality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

Love the community in Mead, parents all look out for each other's kids. The NEW principal is great, changes constantly being made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

Great school, very involved teachers. there is a brand new principal this year who is great with communicating with parents and keeping all involved. My child loves her teachers and has many great friends here.


Posted May 11, 2011

Country setting school with rampant BULLYING. The principal is one of the worst managers and ineffective at addressing bullying & school violence (hitting, choking & kicking)! My neighbors child has come home with a broken orbital as a kindergartner. A friends child came home with a concussion from a bully. I have WITNESSED violent students but the principal has NO knowledge & 'can't' discuss. There are a few great teachers at this school but its an overwhelmingly stressful environment for students & teachers because of the LACK of discipline of out of control kids that CUSS, hit & are constent interruptions in school. My kids were lower grade elementary. Limited supervison at recess & many injury incidents. SPECIAL priviledges for BAD children like everyday snack with a friend in the principals office. St. Vrain School District HQ's backs the Mead Principal. She doesn't REPORT incidents of violence to HQ's. Academics are poor at this school. Math is almost NON existent. Writing & reading are pushed. Math, Art & computers are the weakest depts. Music & PE are great with good teachers. I would NOT recommend this school. It is a 2 for academics out of 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

Not a great school. My son only sees his teacher for guided reading 2 days a week. His teacher imposes rules without compassion and is very interested in her agenda. The principal is very reactive, instead of proactive in dealing with parents. Overall, I am sorry I moved my son here, he does not receive individual attention and is just a number.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I agree with the below posting. My daughter (1st grader) was threatened by a young boy on the bus. He threatened to stab her. I went to the principal and she did not do anything. She promised to call me back and she never did. Nothing seemed to be done. Both my wife and I work in schools and were very disappointed in the response from the principals. Some teachers are really good and others do what they need to get by and nothing more. With that being said the standards for the kids are high and they are challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Sorry to say, but my family has to disagree with the previous parent reviews. We had very horrible experiences with the principal and one of the kindergarten teachers. Since this review area only allows for limited text, I can t give more detail. For parents who are entering their children into Mead elementary I suggest you do your research on your children s teacher and be prepared to get no help from the principal. There are better schools in the area (Longmont, Firestone), you have options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Mead Elementary School is a terrific school. As the previous parent mentioned the school has a caring, engaged, no-nonsense Principal who is dedicated to improving the school. For the most part, the teachers are very good and really seem to care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

What I like about the school is, The Teachers and The Excellent Principal. The Principal is dedicated 100%. She is very friendly and caring. She is excellent with students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

Mead elementary is a good school. The art, music, PE and computer time are age appropriate and impressive. The music teacher had musicals for different grades and the art teacher literally filled the hallways for an annual art show. The principle knows the names of all 400+ students and who their parents are. She cares about our kids. Although it was inconvenient she locked the doors to limit traffic through the school and ensure the safety of our kids. The school has good community support both financially and physically. The parent teacher committee is effective but not particularly welcoming to new volunteers. The ability of this organization to branch out and utilize a larger percentage of the parent community would benefit the school even more. The teachers are good but interaction with them is limited to a couple parent teacher conferences per year unless you are a frequent volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

The music & PE teachers are refreshing & talented. Several individual teachers are very loving & gifted in teaching. The Principal has lost a lot of our respect this year- too political & loses the children as her main focus. The math program is terrible. It is meant to be a 'supplemental program' - we use it as the primary math program. The school district's Board of Education is a joke. All in all: With a major change of leadership from top of the district (Board) to the bottom (Principal) - Mead Elementary would be a 10. As it stands: solid 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

This is a great school with great community support. Your child would be very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

Mead is awesome! The teachers are all nice and really put effort into whatever they're doing. Since the school is small, it is friendly and it's easier to stop conflict. This school is the best!
—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 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
56%
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 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%
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 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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

All Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students44%
Female45%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
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 Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students79%
Female89%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Writing

All Students49%
Female65%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
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 Students73%
Female79%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Reading

All Students74%
Female89%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Science

All Students64%
Female71%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Writing

All Students57%
Female71%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%
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

Below Average


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% 57%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:35 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed

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  • Standards-based
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520 Welker Ave
Mead, CO 80542
Phone: (970) 535-4488

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