« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Public charter
Parker, CO
Students enrolled: 600
Before care: No

Contact this school

1161 North Pine Dr
Parker, CO 80138

School website
(303) 840-7070
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Core Knowledge Charter School address.

April 24, 2014
I am very happy with the choice we have made for our children to attend Parker Core Knowledge. The teachers and staff are amazing and I am always in awe of how much they learn each year. Parents are encouraged to get involved and I enjoy being at the school to help where I can.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
We really enjoy being part of the Parker Core Knowledge community. Our teachers, staff and administrators are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
PCK does an exceptional job of teaching each student individually at the level that is most appropriate for that child. This allows a student to flex up or flex down and feel like they are achieving their academic goals. The teachers and administrators are also exceptional!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2014
My school focuses always has the child's academic development as a primary focus. But, I continue to be pleased with how it also demands excellent character out of every student. The staff is amazingly connected to each students personal development. Lastly, the fine arts (art and music) are nothing short of astonishing.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
Amazing! The staff at Parker Core Knowledge is excellent and the education my children are receiving there is above and beyond!

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2014
LOVE this school!! Not only are my children academically challenged, but they are also taught to have strong moral character as well. Every month, the school does Spirit Days, which focuses on a different character attribute to work on. The great thing about this school, though, is that it doesn't just focus on it for that day. It is felt throughout the entire school, every day. Mrs. Aplin and Mrs. Harth have created and amazing environment that my children excel in. You could not choose a better school for your child to attend.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2014
We CHOSE to enroll all three of our children at Parker Core Knowledge Charter School because of their stellar academic reputation. The advanced curriculum and rigorous grading scale appealed to us as parents. Our children received a solid educational foundation which prepared them for high school and college. Highly dedicated and qualified staff made our journey from kindergarten through 8th grade a truly positive experience. At PCK we became "family" and have nothing but great memories to share.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2013
I have did all the research, toured 4 schools in Parker, met with staff and observed classroom activity all before choosing Parker Core Knowledge. Now, after having a child at the school, I am still thrilled with our decision. My child loves going to school and tells me daily how much fun school is; I see the growth and am in awe of how much she is learning. I cannot convey how much I love this school! Kind, caring teachers, an advanced/tough curriculum but taught in a "fun" and exciting way. My daughter is leaps and bounds ahead of all the kids in the neighborhood attending other schools. Sooooo impressed!

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2013
I have no idea why I keep getting updates to read new reviews. Not impressed. Admissions were snooty as heck when they found out that my children were currently going to a Private school and admissions said they "don't track who goes to Regis". Please! If your students are doing well enough to be accepted at Regis...you would most certainly be tracking this information. Get over yourselves please!!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2013
While I can fully understand the frustration of those who have issues with the wait list, as a parent of a PCK student I couldn't be happier with our experience. In our experience, the level of education has been worth the "wait." Everyone has been very welcoming, kind and encouraging. Our daughter has been challenged to push her boundaries and has had support and encouragement from teachers, administration, parent volunteers, and the cracker jack bunch or resource teachers at the school.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2012
We have friends that their children started from the time this school opened in a shopping center. Their children are well-rounded and responsible. Our friend even asked if we have looked into the school. After her comments, we added our child to the waitlist when she was under a year old. An addition was added to the school in 2011, which added the room to add pre-K, as well as, classes in each grade. Unfortunately, this was a big detriment to our position on the wait list. At the very beginning of pre-K, the school stated that there would be no preference to move up into kindergarten. Therefore, we decided to wait until kindergarten. Then, mid-year rules miraculously changed without letting those on the wait list give their public input and now, a portion of the pre-K moves up on a lottery. So even though we signed up on this so called wait-list, we are behind the expansion that brought in upper grades with siblings and behind the pre-k lottery. We have a very bright child, and in the beginning the staff said we would make it in. It is a very disappointing process.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2012
We switched our preschooler from another school based on the reputation of PCK. However, after the first month of school, we are planning on switching our child back to the previous school for several reasons. They seem very "militant" in their approach to the kids and learning. They are not very creative in the activities offered for the kids as the same puzzles, white paper & crayons, etc are there every morning and very few projects have come home. Our child seems very somber and never as excited as at the previous preschool. If your child is excited about learning and creative in the way he/she looks at the world, then look elsewhere for preschool.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2012
My daughter went for one year. Principal allowed the bully girls to do their thing- while they went to "friendship" classes. The principal and her teachers are voting members of the board - extremely inappropriate, and it shows.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2012
I can't speak highly enough about our 16 year tenure at this school . We have five children, four of whom have attended this school K-8. Our last child is currently in the 7th grade. The quality of education is exceptional. All of my children have done well there and have started high school at least a year ahead in their studies. The math program is excellent and all of my children can sit and write good essays without help. They also have scored above the county average on all of the standardized tests. The work ethic and character development is also exceptional. The leadership of the school is very consistent and stable and shows in the quality of teachers hired. I absolutely love uniforms. It simplifies all of our lives. All of my children have maintained close friendships with at least two of their friends from Core Knowledge since graduation. I feel very fortunate to have been told about this school 17 years ago and wouldn't change a thing about the education my children have received. It has exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2011
I feel the need to write this review to save other parents frustration but most of all the kids who will end up in this "lot to be desired" environment for learning. I have a child who loved school until we started at PCK. We will be pulling him out at the end of the year. Also, there are often assignments sent home with numerous teacher errors, etc...the communication is unlike anything I have ever experienced. This school may have great CSAP scores (teaching to the test) but the environment and professionalism of the teachers is very lacking. I would advise parents to observe, observe before placing your child here. PLEASE take this review seriously. If I had I seen more reviews like this we would have not wasted our time with this "so called" GREAT charter school. They clearly have their priorities only on testing and fundraising.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2011
In my opinion, this is one of the best schools in Douglas County. As with any school, it is important that parents do their research and make sure it is a good fit for their kids. We do not have kids there this year. My children's needs changed which were better met with another approach. If your child thrives in structure, needs a solid foundation in rote learning, benefits from a predictable sequential education approach, and a discipline code-this school may be for you! If your child is a project based or kinetic learner, you may want to look further. There is no school that is designed to meet every learning style. If it was, it would only be able to meet every need partially.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2011
Education level= 4/5 Experience level= 2.5/5 Teachers= 3.8/5 Rules= 2/5 What I don't like is now middle schoolers only get about 5-10 min of recess!

- submitted by a community member

August 30, 2011
We cannot say enough about this school. We love the teachers, the administrators and all of the staff. Everyone at this school is dedicated to the success of each student and it shows. No, this school is not for everyone, especially parents who do not want to be involved. However, if you are looking for a school that will push your student (and you) to be the best (and be accountable), this is the school for you and your family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 14, 2010
This school challenges my child to be the best she can be.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2008
Im a 7th grader right now, and i have to say i have learned so much! I know they took away our dances, and thats lame. But all the teachers are great! there is not one i have disliked!

- submitted by a student

October 24, 2008
This school seemed pretty elite when I first put my child s name on waiting list for enrollment, which I thought was good. Then we were 'accepted' and I changed my mind. This is not a school for educating. It is a school for pushing, and pressuring. My child is bright, so this bad review does not come out of spite. He did well there. But the environment was not good. And most of the parents are neurotic! Douglas County public schools are terrific and fun! We are happy with our change.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2008
I was a student at Core all the way through eigth grade. Back then it was a great school- the teachers and staff really cared. But it seems as if the school is beginning to deteriate. All of the great teachers have left or they are leaving next year. They've taken away all of the fun things that us students look forward to. There really isn't anything special about this school at all. Its just average.

- submitted by a student

April 19, 2006
I was a student at this school from sixth grade to eighth grade. There were great teachers that cared for you on a personal level, as well as a kind office staff. I loved my time there and feel that it was good in high school prep.. I would highly recomend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2005
Strong school but geared to the high performing student. Not exactly for the student that struggles. Very CSAP focused. Small school has a community feel and teachers really seem to care.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2005
I can not say enough good things about PCKCS. The staff is great, the class size is small and the kids are there to learn. A lack of discipline is not tolerated and the children are taught core virtues such as respect, honesty, self disciple, etc.., as well as a rigorus academic curriculum. Parents are required to complete volunteer hours which keeps families involved and informed. We feel very fortunate that our children attend PCKCS!

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school's profile?

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

1 / 10

Rolling deadline


Find out what parents are saying about Core Knowledge Charter School


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: December 16, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Core Knowledge Charter School
1161 North Pine Dr, Parker, CO  80138
(303) 840-7070
Last modified Core Knowledge Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Core Knowledge Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top