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Niwot Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 477 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 28 ratings

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Posted May 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 12, 2011

Wonderful school recently rated as the #1 elementary in the state by Colorado School Grades!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male94%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Reading

All Students93%
Female89%
Male97%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students74%
Female79%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
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 Students91%
Female95%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Reading

All Students91%
Female97%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Writing

All Students86%
Female98%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Science

All Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 88% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 5% 32%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8778 Morton Rd
Niwot, CO 80503
Phone: (303) 652-2828

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