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8778 Morton Rd
Niwot, CO 80503

(303) 652-2828
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December 17, 2014
If you want an example of how Colorado public schools are failing children then look no further than Niwot Elementary. By 4th grade these students are an entire year behind other parts of the country. In spite of my child specifically asking for assistance with a bully who had not only verbally assaulted her, but physically assaulted her a parent had to intervene. Teachers are cruel and humiliate children with intent to damage their self-esteem. We have 3 elementary school aged children and all 3 have been removed from Niwot. Do not send your child here unless you do not value education or community.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
As the parent of an only child who is in Kindergarten, I cannot say enough great things about Niwot! From the dedicated teachers, passionate Principal, supportive parents to the amazing group of kids-we are so lucky to be a part of Niwot. Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Niwot Elementary is an outstanding school! I have a current 2nd grader and one student that graduated last year. Our new Principal Ms. Pitz is beyond expectations, she has quickly become a part of the community and gained the respect that she deserves from both parents and staff. The staff at NES is wonderful, they are caring individuals that truly want your students to achieve. NES is a school of differentiation, by implementing this focus the school is able to offer GT programs as well as remedial help for any students that qualify. This is turn allows the classroom size to go down tremendously during the key learning hours. For example a class size may be 25 large but it breaks into 4 groups sometimes 5 and this is with qualified staff. The PTAC is incredibly supportive. Starting with parent volunteers in classrooms everyday. On top the parent help the PTAC fundraises for Para-professionals in every classroom, allowing for additional help and diversification. In addition they fund raise for educational programs in science, math and the arts. There really is no other elementary school quite like it. The community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. I highly recommend NES!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
We open-enrolled our daughter to this school a couple days into the new school year as a Kindergartener. My husband & I read the negative reviews after we accepted her enrollment position and worried only one day about cliques, poor leadership and disorganization as mentioned. Parent your kids, cliques won't be a problem. Leadership and organization haven't been a problem at all and the school is amazing. If parking is a problem, get there a little early. This is life. We've seen nothing but growth in our child and the staff is excellent. Sounds like a group of a few parents had their britches in a bunch over an issue that wasn't resolved or addressed to their liking. Seems like everyone else loves it!! There are wealthy families who's kids attend this school but their money isn't thrown around from what I can see. Lots of blue-collar folks send their kids to this school and the balance seems to be an even one all the way through. We love NES and couldn't be happier with our decision to send our daughter to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Niwot Elementary is a decent school if one is satisfied with a leadership team who caters to the very wealthy, the gifted student and the student who struggles; not the middle. Even students barely meeting standards are neglected. Educated parents does not equate with excellent supplemental support for our children; the parents are not experts at the materials being taught in the classroom. Many of the teachers are excellent, but some of the paid (meaning money donated by some of the parents) paraprofessionals are without an educational background/degree. The teachers focus on the gifted students and those who are below grade standards; not those in the middle. Although this is a school of differentiation, yearly, we hear from the principal that it needs to be improved upon. Bullying and cliques are a problem at Niwot and are not addressed by leadership or parents. New principal (from within district) 2013-14, will she be influenced by those with a personal agenda for their child and the means to pay for it? Drop off/pick up is nothing short of chaotic and stems from parents who ignore the rules the PTAC has worked hard on promoting. Telling are the posts as far back as 2007.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
A great place to learn many aspects of life. There is strong parental support which adds to the strength of the instruction.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
Niwot Elementary is a deeply troubled school. If you have a child with a disability you should stay away from it. The principal of the school doesn't support kids with disabilities and doesn't recognize the need for change. Very sad situation persists for years and most of the families with disabled kids had to live this school for various reasons. I would not recommend this school to anyone disabled or not. Your child will not get adequate support if he/she needs it.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
The bad: very weak leadership from principal and drop off/pick presents safety issues. The good: most of the teachers do a wonderful job, parents are extremely helpful and give the school a ton of money.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
Niwot Elementary is an awesome school. Lots of parent involvement and the teachers really care about the kids. Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
Great school! Only negative is the pickup/dropoff/parking on the street is really a mess. Wish there was a larger parking area.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
Great School. Our daughter started in 1st grade and is now in 5th. She has worked hard but has been rewarded and grown. Parent involvment is great and Mr. Keepler is a leader and mentor to the kids and staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
GREAT school. In spite of a national school system that is broken because the teachers unions won't allow bad teachers to be dumped and good teachers to be rewarded, Mr. Keppler had done a great job of hiring a staff with very few bad teachers AND does a great job of coordinating the education in our school. Well done!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
I think Niwot is an excellent school and don't know what people are talking about with bullying and exodus of good teachers. My kids have been there for 5 years and we have loved every teacher they have had and only know of two that have left in that time. I believe the parent involvement in a huge plus and am a firm believer that kids always do better when their parents are involved in their education.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Could not be better! Terrific in all respects. Three kids at the school and all are doing well. Kepler is a talented administrator and leader. Very accessible.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
If I could give Niwot 10 stars I would. I couldnt think of a more positive envionment for my children to go to school at. The teachers are excellent and make children feel encouraged and safe. It is ranked #1 for a reason. Great School! Shame on you for giving bad comments with no real reason.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
We have been at Niwot Elementary for 3 years. Having had kids in private schools and charter schools we couldn't be more happy with Niwot Elementary. Almost all the teachers are fabulous and the parent involvement is fantastic. My son has had no problem with bullying and I really feel like his teachers are working hard to foster an atmosphere of acceptance. There is home work but it is not overwhelming. My son still has plenty of time to play and get his energy out with out being straddled by hours of homework (not what we experienced at the local charter school). I would highly recommend Niwot elementary.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Wonderful school and staff all around! Our family has been involved with this school for more than 7 years now. We open enroll and feel very lucky to have that opportunity. The poster making the comment about the principal sending an email to parents to come to this site and then giving the school a 1-star rating for that should have their comments removed. This person has posted twice, both with a 1-star rating which is ridiculous. No school in this district deserves a 1-star rating. Not even a 2-star rating. Some, maybe a 3-star rating. Niwot - easily deserves a 4, and certainly a 5.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Niwot Elementary is the best school that any parent could hope for. The principal is amazing and serves as a wonderful role model for the children. The teachers are kind and caring with a brillant sense of understanding how to teach and communicate with the kids. Each day that I visit the school I am impressed with the quality and character of the teachers at Niwot Elementary. I highly recommend this school. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Niwot Elementary is the TOP rated elementary school in Colorado according to coloradoschoolgrades.com OVERALL PERFORMANCE A+ 1 of 1467 elementary and middle schools ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY Grades for academic proficiency A A A A A ACADEMIC GROWTH Grades for academic growth A A B A N/A

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Wonderful school recently rated as the #1 elementary in the state by Colorado School Grades!!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
I'm sorry, but your comment is misleading. Please reread Mr. Keppler's email. Mr. Keppler did not ask anyone to make a POSITIVE comment. He simply asked people to make A comment. I am glad he sent the information because I have never heard of this site. Niwot Elementary has been a wonderful experience all around for my family and deserves better than the negativity some people want to spread around. We are not one of the "wealthy" families, we cannot afford "tutoring", and do our best to help in fundraisers. But, the strides I've seen my children make under some very helpful teachers has been great. I spend a lot of time in the school volunteering and observing what goes on. I see teachers and staff go out of their way to make it work in an underfunded district. No school is perfect and there will always be outliers for who it just doesn't work. But don't put all the blame on a school - parents have responsibilities too. Shame on those of you who purposeful give the school 1 star just because it's Niwot.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Niwot Elementary is a phenomenol school! All four of my children have attended this school- we have been there for ten years! It still continues to amaze me that it is able to recruit some of the best, most dedicated teacher's even through our budget cut's and high student/ teacher ratio's. I feel thankful that my children's education started here- it set the tone for a lifelong love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
All three of my children have attended Niwot Elementary and we can't say enough great things about the school. We love the strong sense of community, the teachers, principal and overall education they have received. Even with the budget cuts they have managed to maintain this level of excellence. Thank you Niwot Elementary!!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Our son's teacher has gone out of her way to find appropriate challenge for him. We feel that is a safe and nurturing place, with a very supportive parent community.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
My children transferred to Niwot Elementary after the Christmas break. Immediately, my kindergartener's teacher noticed that she was behind and helped us get her extra help to catch up. On the other hand, my 5th grader was able to get the advanced classes he needed to keep him interested in school. Having two children with such different educational needs and having those needs met at the same school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
We are very fortunate to be enrolled at Niwot Elementary (we are out of district and I drive him 35 minutes to school each day). My son s teachers are hardworking professionals who are making a substantial difference in his academic life. He meets daily with a Reading Specialist and his progress has been amazing. Separately, I am happy to contribute to school fundraisers. The money has enhanced his classroom and therefore my son's learning experience. I volunteer in the classroom because I believe it lends to the learning experience and am neither wealthy nor affluent. Special thanks to my son s teachers and to Mr. Keppler.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Niwot Elementary School is fantastic in all areas thanks to great leadership; academically, cultural & arts, socially. My two kids are very happy and well adjusted along with being challenged and productive. What more could a parent ask for!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Our experience at Niwot Elementary has been fantastic. They have top quality teachers that care and go the extra mile. Niwot Elementary continues to win awards every year and is now rated #1 in Colorado. Not surprising!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Our family is so luck to be part of Niwot elementry school, and my daughter grew so fast in several aspects within only one semester in this school. The school and teachers respect every kid's personality and always try to bring out the bright sides of the kids. We are very proud of Niwot elementary school!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Best elementary school I have ever seen. Mr Keppler manages the school very well, the teachers are enthusiastic, the kids have fun and learn a lot as evidenced by their test score. There is a lot of school spirit and many fun events throughout the year for the students and their families which serve to bring everyone together.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Thank you Niwot Elementary. We absolutely love this school. Thanks to the super great teachers and wonderful principal. PAWSOME!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Both of my son's attend niwot elementary in their Autism program. I have seen major turn round of my boy's in the year and half they have been there. The teachers and staff are caring and always available when needed. I highly recommend this school for your special needs child. The Principle is a great guy who always has an ear to lend when you have a concern about your child and does his best to resolve any and all issues within a timely manner, I am always kept up to date regarding my kids progress and or if they have a concern about my kids they will contact me in regards. I could not ask for more for my kids from this school then what they are already doing to educate and help my boy's to grow....

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
We have two children who go here. Both have very different temperaments and needs, and I think Niwot has really nurtured both of them in a very positive way. One child is in the gifted and talented program and it has really brought out the best in him, but also the regular classroom teachers have been so positive and encouraging. Our other child is not as strong of a reader, but she has also gotten lots of encouragement and has made huge strides... again, all of this in very caring and supportive environments. As far as "specials" I have also been very pleased by the music program, and honestly, the kids have learned a lot more about music than I do (and I thought I knew a bit).... I think it's really neat to see that a school so strong in academics hasn't forgotten music and the arts, which I feel is so important for our children's overall development.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
From the moment you walk in you know it's a school your kids will love. Niwot has an amazing Principal, staff and parent invlovment. On an average day there 40 parent or student volunteers in the school. The PTAC supports the school in any way it can and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Completely overrated! Don't let the local reputation fool you! Look at the trend of the last few posts. The leadership is abysmal. The community is not happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
Majorly disruptive kids and "mean girl" cliques are prevalent and not enough is done to mitigate those issues. Too much emphasis on test scores.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
Excellence in Education! Niwot Elementary School has a focus on "differentiation", so children are learning at their own pace among students with the same capabilities. Because of this focus, the entire class is rarely all in the room at the same time during instruction, which helps offset the high numbers. The school environment is warm and welcoming. The teachers and staff are dedicated to exceeding standards of education and are progressive learners themselves. The parent body is active in volunteering in the school and hosts many fun and creative learning experiences inside and outside the classrooms. Overall, this school fosters the "whole-child" development by maintaining high standards in education, a solid community foundation for social development while encouraging healthy emotional growth.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2008
Niwot Elementary, a John Irwin winner in 2006 and 2005, received the award for the third time-it is one of the top performing schools in Colorado (top 8%).

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
Niwot Elementary is a fantastic small school in this district. The teachers seem very dedicated and I hope they remain as the district is currently facing financial difficulties. Hopefully the school board will uphold their promises to seek additional funding. I would like to see this school attain IB standing in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
Dedicated staff, supportive parents and clear focus on academic and social/emotional growth for students make this one of the best elementary schools in the state of Colorado!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
High test scores, wealthy affluent very involved parents, a decent community school especially for the younger kids and lots of smart competitive kids are the good things about Niwot Elementary. The negative things include bullying as a fact of life and most misbehaviors are ignored. Very poor leadership from the administrator and unfortunately there has been an exodus of the higher quality teachers from the school in the last few years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2007
Niwot Elementary has high test scores. Not surprising since most of the parents are intelligent and affluent. However Niwot Elementary is a deeply troubled school. A sad situation for what used to be an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
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Niwot Elementary School
8778 Morton Rd, Niwot, CO  80503
(303) 652-2828
Last modified Niwot Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Niwot Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top