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K-2
Public
Parker, CO
Students enrolled: 415
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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8502 East Pinery Parkway
Parker, CO 80134

(303) 387-8675
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Map of Mountain View Elementary School address.

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August 29, 2014
Feeling very grateful we moved to DCSD and Mountain View Elementary! We recently moved to CO from AZ and we are SO pleased with MVE! The energy in this school is full of joy and happiness! The leadership is authentic and passionate and truly care about my child's future. I told Principal Francis I feel like I won the lottery by finding this gem! Our family is blessed and we couldn't be happier about our present and excited about our future! Thank you for working so hard MVE!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
I can't begin to give enough praise to this school. We attended a nearby school for kindergarten and were less than satisfied. I had an uneasy feeling every time he was dropped off. I stopped by Mountain View for a tour, in hopes of seeking out other options. Our family has been beyond impressed ever since. We open enrolled and signed our son up the same day. It's a difference of night and day from last year. The positivity exudes from the principal, all staff which the children pick up on. I dropped my son off several days into the school year, and the staff in parent drop off addressed him by name. It's the small touches, and strong efforts of communication which make such impressive relationships. The school is very organized, implement creative learning techniques. Our teacher is dedicated, innovative, has passion for teaching. Last year, we were made to feel that our child was a challenge, hard to deal with. It's amazing what encouragement, and a fostering environment can do. My son finally enjoys school, it isn't a daily battle sending him. Thank you Mountain View for giving us the positive change our family desperately needed!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
Mountain View Elementary is an amazing school. The teachers and principal are the best I've ever met. I would recommend this school for children of all abilities. I know that when my kids are at school they are really loved and cared for. I'm so happy to have my kids attend this fantastic, public neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
What a nice change to visit a school that has a friendly staff and an outstanding principal! My child has not started school at MVE yet but will be in the Fall. Drew Francis is a great person who genuinely cares about all of the students at his school. As I'm finding this is a real rarity in Parker. The day we toured the school the kids literally formed a line to hug Mr. Francis. That speaks volumes to me! MVE has a brand new computer lab, a castle themed library, which my child loved during the tour. It's nice to have such a fantastic neighborhood school. Thank you Mountain View.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
Mountain View is a wonderful school, with an amazing principal and wonderful, dedicated teachers. The school is warm and welcoming, the parents are involved and supportive. It truly is a school that I love sending my kids to everyday. They are encouraged, challenged, and given amazing tools to succeed. I honestly don't have enough positive adjectives to describe how pleased I am, and my only negative thing is that we only have 2 years left there before my youngest child will move on.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
The principal and teachers are amazing, dedicated professionals at this school. Communication is impressive, involved, personal and encouraged. Funding from the gov, and policies implemented by a current BOE that go against the majority interests of teachers and parents here challenge this entire county at the moment. These are common issues for the most part and the community is working to improve the current BOE for Douglas County. At this school, and the schools that it feeds, the fundraising by the PTO, the dedication of the staff and the extraordinary involvement of the parent community keep this school community tight knit and successful. It is a community wonderful here, and the schools are great! The kids excel and feel safe and challenged. The specials and extracurricular activities are awesome, and the technology availability is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
BASE (Before and After School Care) is wonderful! Preschool and Kindergarten staff are amazing! Lunch ladies are very friendly! Special Ed team is pathetic! Adequate school for normal kids. Horrible school for above-average or below average students. Principal gives a good 'song and dance', but that's it.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
I open enrolled my 2 girls to Mountain View Elementary for the last 2 years and that was the best decision I could have made! Mr. Francis and his staff are really incredible. There is an energy in the school that is amazing! ALL of the staff are friendly and really show how much they love the students and their jobs. Our family went through some pretty major changes in the last year. And, because of the consistent love and support to my children from the staff, the transition for the girls was less stressful. I highly recommend parents to enroll their child(ren) to this exceptional school. Mr. Francis and his staff provide a safe, challenging, loving and motivating environment for which parents would be extremely pleased.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
Mtn. View is an excellent school. Mr. Francis is amazing. The staff and teachers go above and beyond for the kids. We have been so lucky to have this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
As a family just moving from overseas to the U.S., we were not sure how our kids would adjust to their new school environment, new classmates or teachers. Our daughters ages 3 and 7, were immediately welcomed by the kids, the staff and the principle. Mr. Francis s energy level, passion and enthusiasm is amazing. The kindness and respect among the kids and teachers are wonderful. A key point for us when deciding on the school was encouraging the desire to learn. We started at Mt. View Elementary in a summer reading program and my daughter was so encouraged by her teacher Mrs. Rondou, that her desire for reading took off. We were fortunate to have Mrs. Rondou as her 2nd grade teacher as well and now our daughter's reading has improved a great deal. The staff s passion for teaching shows as both my kids have improved bounds in both English, math and reading. Our oldest child enjoys all her subjects, which tells me that all her teachers are well positioned. In addition, we appreciate the values they encourage - teamwork to achieve goals, problem solving, creativity, and personal development. The only complaint my youngest daughter has is that the school days are not longer!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
"Words cannot express how Grateful we are to have Mountain View and Mr. Francis as our home school for our 1st Grader! 1st grade. was a critical year for her to figure out how to unleash "the best her" with f, guidance, coaching & refinement. The unconditional acceptance of her big spirited personality & perfectly orchestrated direction of how to appropriately channel it to bring out the best, kindest HER .was MONUMENTAL in her growth this year. She loves school and since walking into Mrs. Kuhn's classroom she has made a conscious decision to want to try hard socially, academically and personally. Thank you Mrs. Kuhn and Mr. Francis for consistently empowering our girl. I am eternally grateful for the support & unwavering commitment to find her the perfect home for 1st grade. Truly, Mountain View has the best teachers and it is so evident that the staff really love what they do."

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
We have loved Mountain View and Mr. Francis the Principal has kept the school striving to be the Best ever. He is so involved with every aspect of the school and staff. He truly cares about all the students and is always working on ways to make it a better learning, fun environment for the kids. Staff is wonderful

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
We have two children at Mountain View and we have been extremely happy with the school and the teachers! Principal Francis is very committed to the kids and we've had a looping teacher with Stacey Wright and she has been fantastic. It's a fun , focused learning environment for the kids. Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hempenstall was also great! We have been very impressed with everything about the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
As a past principal and educator- my husband and I were very selective about what school to send our son to this year for Kindergarten. We moved from Tampa to Pradera (Parker) a year and a half ago therefore, we had a lot of time before our son began his amazing journey of education! And, we wanted only the BEST! So we went from school to school to see what Parker had to offer. We toured all of the neighborhood schools as well as the elite & most talked about private schools . It was a big job and I had lots of questions for the principals! YES~ we were particular! It was our child s first year of school we wanted the BEST, the most comprehensive, as well as the school that offered a family style environment~ my son would be with this education community many hours of the day and we sought after the most excellent! Well we found all of these things & more in a school called MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY! For the next 3 years we are confident our son will excel, feel loved, and grow! We recognize it takes the parents and school to partner together to cultivate a child s love of learning and Mountain View offers just that!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
My family moved to Parker last year & open enrolled at children at a school where our friend taught. I then toured our 'home' school, Mt. View & knew from the moment I walked through the doors that THIS school is where our family BELONGED! The office staff welcomed us like family & Mr. Francis was so friendly! When I first met the building engineer, I thought he was an amazing teacher, he interacted so positively with the students!...Only to find out later he was the custodian! Mt. View may not be a brand new building filled with nice furniture, but it IS filled with an amazing group of teachers & support staff who are committed to a standard of excellence that few schools can compete with. I have never regretted our decision to not go to our friend's school. The staff at Mt. View has welcomed us with open arms & provides enriching & positive environment for my children. The families in the Mt. View community are friendly & supportive of the school & the students. My children adjusted so well to our 'voluntary' move that I have never doubted that we made the right decision. THANK YOU to Mr. Francis & all the staff at Mt. View for making a difficult decision seem so easy!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
We have had the pleasure of sending our 3 children to MVE. The entire staff, under the direction of Mr. Francis has done an amazing job of educating and caring for the kids. The school offers a BASE (before and after school program) that is flexible and the staff there also does a great job of working with the diverse personalities of the kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
I have had the great opportunity to work for the new principal Mr. Francis. He is an amazing leader both with his staff and all of his students. He is patient, kind, and caring with all of the students. His promotes and facilitates greatness with his staff, families, and students. The community at Mountain View will continue to foster great learning for students!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2011
The new principal is wonderful. He knows every child's name in the entire school! He is incredibly energetic and very much a forward-thinking leader within the district. Mr. Francis has made some very positive changes for the school. He leads by example! Great job!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
Mountain View Elementary is a wonderful school. The principal, Mr. Drew Francis is an out of the box thinker. He is innovative and very involved on all levels. In spite of the decreased budgets and overall challenges in our public schools today, he is turning this school into a role model for today's mainstream school system. He listens and acts swiftly to improve on all levels. We need more principals like this in our community schools!!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
This is my second year at Moutain View. My son attended second grade last year and this year my daughter is in Kindergarten. We have had a great experience at Mountain View. Both the Kindergarten teacher, and our second grade teacher were amazing. My children are challenged and are learning through hands on activities. The new principle encourages parent envolvement and is very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
This is my daughter's 2nd year at MVE. The new principal is AMAZING!!! He has really forced all the teachers to up their teaching. He brought back the gifted and talented program. In addition, he has added new programs to help the "middle of the pack" kids. With money raised by the parents and community, he put smart boards in all the classrooms and bought science kits for the entire school. Despite deep budget cuts he really is doing everything he can to make this a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
This is my son's 3rd year at MVE & it gets better each year. Yes there have been budget cuts since Colorado did not get the fed/state funding it needed, but the school has retained the best teachers, a very active PTO & great events for kids. A new Principal this year is a huge + & so far seems like a great leader who communicates with families often. They have increased reading & writing demands which I believe will only improve the already excellent scores. I like that the school is offering healthy foods for lunch now and have added health education. They rotate PE, Technology & music. My son's teacher now teaches science and social studies in class every day. Only negative is more kids are transferring to MVE this year, so ratios are increasing. I would like the district to hire more teachers/helpers for this issue.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
We have not been overly impressed with this school and with the many budget cuts, it is getting worse. The science teacher is excellent, but is taught as a special maybe once a week which is not enough. Students only go to PE a couple times a week as well. Health has been dropped along with the Gifted and Talented program. If your child is high acheiving in a certain area, it will be totally up to the teacher to provide a more challenging atmosphere and high acheiving students may fall through the cracks. Many teachers simply do not have the time to do this. Class size is also increasing and could mean up to 31 or more per teacher which is way too many! Parents are not very happy about all the cuts and are left feeling helpless. We are looking for other options for our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
If you are looking to the Pinery for schools forget it! Yes, my son attended in the eighties when MVE was excellent, but now my daughter attends and it is the worse. I blame this on the current principal who is inept and could really care less, and quite ready for retiremant, after a free ride on the taxpayors. Kindergarten was excellent but first grade is dismal. No math, no spelling, no nothing, just reading and specials, and alot of disorganization. Dummying down to students, in the new no students left behind program. Safety on playground is lacking, in fact it is a very hazardous area as children run rampent with weekly accidents. I want to move, and we have applied for a Charter Academy where children will learn something!! Sorry, but this only warrants one star thanks to Mrs. Hempenstall, an exception to MV rule, she should move on!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
I can't speak more highly of the 'specials' program, particularly PE, Art and Music, all of which are led by dedicated educators, who each present exciting events for the students, staff and community to participate in every year. The regular teaching staff is excellent and many are among the best I've ever worked with in my professional experience. Dozens of parents are dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours of time to the school to support ongoing programs and special events. The children are eager learners. The newly sodded field is a plus but the playground is disappointing. Sadly, the GT program has been cut, which is a major loss to the school. At present, the school is on a year-round, 4-track calendar, which offers both advantages and disadvantages. The on-site before & after school program is a major plus and will expand in autumn 2009 to accommodate Northeast students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 28, 2009
My daughter was in Kindergarten this year and in addition took 1st grade math via the Douglas County online school. When asking the principal how she can acomodate my daughter for next year (taking 2nd grade math in the first grade) she told me essentially that it wouldn't be possible because of the 'specials'. Very frustrating. They get rid of the gifted and talented help and then do not make other arrangements for higher achieving students. How sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Our son has attended Mtn. View for 2 years and has done very well. As a weekly volunteer, I am able to see the staff and how organized this school is. They run like clockwork and handle issues very professionally. We have had 2 great years with 2 really good teachers. The principal is actively involved every single day making sure students arrive/leave the school safely.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Love everything about this school. Miss. Hempenstall is a excellent Kindy teacher that has taught my 3 children above and beyond. A+ school and a very caring staff!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
We have been at this school for the last 4 years and have loved every year! Both my children have excelled in all areas. Their leadership is positive, promt and continue to improve the school. I have always had immediate addressing of any concerns I have had!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
This school has been a dismal disappointment for my daughter and family. Particularly it lacks a strong, positive principal. The leadership regularly fails to return calls and emails or address safety and education concerns. The teachers were pleasant, but they did not seem encouraged to address children as individuals with different skills but rather as a group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2008
We have had three children at this school and have been very pleased. Children are challenged and encouraged to meet the school's high expectations. Diversity and acceptance, compassion for others and community citizenship result in well rounded individuals. Staff and teachers are excellent. We recommend Mountain View to all families.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2008
My child has had a tough time at this school, we are looking for a better establishment. Our concerns have been met with luke warm platitudes, calls/emails unanswered. For a year there has been little or no educational development, my child has wasted her time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2008
My daughter has absolutely loved this fine school for the last few years. Parent involvement is impressive and effective. Teachers and the Principal address issues in a timely manner. We are sad to be leaving this wonderful school because of a transfer out of state.

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January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2007
Great school. Great academic programs. Music is a big part of the school as is art and health. Teachers are fantastic - and great parent involvement. Very friendly atmosphere.

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March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
Good academic program, good availablity of activities and the parent involvement is acceptable. We did not have a great teacher though, I would not recommend.

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January 30, 2006
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December 08, 2005
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Mountain View Elementary School
8502 East Pinery Parkway, Parker, CO  80134
(303) 387-8675
Last modified Mountain View Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-2
Mountain View Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top