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Thornton Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 434 students

 

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Posted September 19, 2014

This is a great school. The reason we chose this school was because it was a candidate school for the Primary Years Program through the International Baccalaureate accreditation. My daughter is in the 2nd grade and has tested above grade level in some of the major subjects and both her teachers (1st and 2nd) have done what they could to promote a positive learning environment for her. They have even used some of their own resources to help meet her needs. The administration staff is exceptional and goes above and beyond to enhance the learning environment for the student population. They also strongly encourage and promote parent involvement through the school. This is important since research has shown that children learn more from home through parent involvement and positive time spent with their children than through the education system. The staff is very friendly and makes an effort to know each and every student and their learning styles. I have worked within the educational system for four years and can safely say this school has a very strong base. They do their best in spite of state and federal dictates that don't take specific student populations into consideration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

I have been very happy with this school for my granddaughter, as I now have custody of her.. The staff I have encountered are courteous and are kind to the students. The teachers I have encountered are helpful and working to the best of their ability to make the students excel to the best of their individual capabilities also. My granddaughter has been in this school since Kindergarten and she is well above average in her scholastic learning curve.. This year she will be in the 3rd grade. She has liked all her teachers she has had and they have been nothing but exemplary in my opinion. The only thing I have a problem with is that this school is implementing common core and I am so against that program. I have noticed and have to admit is that some excellent teachers are quitting the field due to Common Core and will impact our children's ability to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

This school is a big disappointment.There are only a few teachers I feel are great teachers but for the most part the teachersand teacher aids are bullies as are quite a few of the students. I realize this school is not in the best of neighborhoods but thats no excuse for teachers and students to be talking with foul mouths. The office staff acts like they either don't want to be bothered or at times are too good to deal with us parents. I don't recommend this school to anyone and am thankful my children will not be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

My daughter is attending this school and she has been bullied....I take this matter very seriously and spoken to teachers as well as the principal and no one did anything to help this matter!!!! This school is horrible when it comes down to bullying!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please someone help this school!!!! They need it badly!!!


Posted January 30, 2012

Its so sad to read that the staff at Thornton elementary ignores bullying! It is such a serious matter and it needs to be fixed! And there should be consequences for the kids that bully! It could be any of our kids. Help this school! My daughter went to this school several years ago and I transferred her to another elementary school. The teachers, principal etc all respect the kids and the parents! Thornton lacks that and treats there students and parents wrong! Please do not send your kids to this school! Look into the school before placing your child there for 5 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

My son has been in this school since K and he has done very well. The passion and care that the teacers have for the students is awesome. They treat the students like they treat their own kids. I'm very glad that my son has attended this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2007

I'm not happy that this school has had low test scores for the past few years but they are really trying to turn it around. Being new to the district I found this school to be better in helping my daughter and parent/teacher communications. The school seems to really want to do right by the kids and is starting to make a comeback. In my opinion, what better school to send my daughter to for a great education then a school with something to prove? I don't think you should go out of your way to send your kids somewhere else. My daughter has excelled here despite the low test scores.
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Posted November 21, 2005

I'm not impressed at all with this school. They have had poor reports for the past three years and I found out why. I feel that they are way behind in all studies. Somebody needs to be an advocate for these children. Enroll your children some where else.
—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.

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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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
9%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
9%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
12%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
20%
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 Students45%
Female42%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)53%
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%

Reading

All Students37%
Female44%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities39%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)30%
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Writing

All Students13%
Female12%
Male15%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities15%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)21%
Proficient in English11%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant13%
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 Students58%
Female67%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)58%
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students40%
Female52%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)42%
Proficient in English31%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Writing

All Students16%
Female23%
Male11%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities17%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English11%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant17%
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 Students43%
Female37%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)40%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Reading

All Students33%
Female30%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Proficient in English28%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%

Science

All Students14%
Female10%
Male16%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)15%
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch6%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities15%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English13%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant14%

Writing

All Students21%
Female17%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)20%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch13%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English19%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant21%
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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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

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
Hispanic 66% 32%
White 25% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 87%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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900 Eppinger Blvd
Thornton, CO 80229
Phone: (720) 972-5660

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