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11500 Cherry Dr
Thornton, CO 80233

(720) 972-5300
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October 08, 2015
We are very lucky to have our children attend Cherry Drive. The building is very welcoming. You can tell all staff cares about the children that attend this school. The teachers are very good at what they do and are there to support their students. The teachers and staff work very hard to deliver the most engaging and rigorous lessons. We love the I Pads. Our kids have flourished with them and use them to enhance their learning. I feel that my kids are well prepared to go the the next level. As far as our experience our kids have been well cared for, pushed to perform their best, and they have become invested in their own learning by setting their own goals for their learning targets. As far as communication, some parents need to join the digital age and use the website, listen to the auto calls that are frequently calling to alert parents and families about the happenings at the school as well as the frequent emails and notes sent home through IC. The principal is at many events, the staff is well invested in their students, and you can tell that they really care about their students and community. I would reccommend anyone in AD12 to attend this school. We are very sad that it is our last year there.

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Grateful to: Teacher
October 08, 2015
We are so grateful for all the staff at Cheery Drive who have given their best and their love to our children. They are great role models and have been a great support dustmen to our children. They have pushed them, given them confidence and helped them solve typical problems that most kids encounter in a positive and productive manner. We feel very blessed to have these teacher be a part of our children's lives.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
October 08, 2015
We have been very lucky that this school is packed with fabulous teachers who are creative, set high expectations for students and themselves, and are caring and willing to support the students

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
October 08, 2015
Students are expected to perform at their best. They are expected to publish high quality work and try to meet goals that they themselves set.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
October 08, 2015
The school community is very diverse so to meet the needs of all stakeholders they have to instill compassion and understanding in their students.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
October 08, 2015
They use the PBS model to enforce rules, expect the best out of their students and all members of the school.

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August 24, 2015
The school and teachers tell our kids to - tell your parents to check the website. All over are reminders that Cherry Drive is a digital school. However, when you go to Cherry Drive's website, every class has last year's information on their pages! Nothing is up to date and it is week 2 of 2015-16 school year! Teachers never email or communicate and they do not keep these websites current. If they want the parents to do their part, they need to lead by example! All other elementary schools in the district are up to date and they like to talk to their parents! No wonder families and Cherry Drive teachers are fleeing this school. Just keeps getting worse. Technology and communication is not a priority so far this year (again.)

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March 22, 2015
This year this school has dropped all parent communication and insists on using only the website to communicate. It is a horrible policy and has caused many parents to lose trust in teachers and the Principal. The 'digital school' concept is seen as zero communication with the community. Parents all joke with each other when a question comes up to 'check the website' since we all know we can't ask an actual person.

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October 22, 2014
My children have attended Cherry Drive for the past 13 years. I have enjoyed each and every teacher there. Each year has brought about change and with that new and fresh ideas are born. I am saddened to read some of the comments posted on this site and wish that people would be more appreciative of the hard work that goes on in our school. Communication has never been better. I can't understand anyone having problems with that. I receive numerous emails, check the website, read signs posted in the building, read the IPADS that are hanging on the bulletin boards!!! (What other school has IPADs hanging on their bulletin boards?) I am so glad we don't get the amount of papers we used to get, I would simply empty their folders in the trash after pulling out my child's work that I wanted to save. Throughout the years I have always been disgusted at the nonsense that happens at recess. My children didn't like recess because of the amount of drama that would go on. I was intrigued by the Playworks idea so I observed the process and the kids seemed happy! Kids learning games and rules from staff and volunteers! Awesome! I have NEVER felt an ICY ATTITUDE from anyone! NEVER!

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October 21, 2014
The icy attitude and underwheming experience at Cherry Drive leaves a lot to be wanted. Communication is lacking and unless it is one of many fundraisers no paper communication exists, it leaves a lot to be desired. Being involved as a parent is getting harder and harder. If you ask questions a firm answer is given and that's the end of the story, your concerns mean nothing. Organized recess and quiet lunches confuse the kids and discipline mimics the military. Our kiddos come home so confused by what is going on, like having to walk in circles as punishment. This school has no appreciation for its community. The 1:1 iPad experience may look awesome, but the reality is much different.

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July 03, 2014
Cherry Drive has been a really good school to all of my children. I really like the 1 on 1 iPad use available to the students. Great extra resource tool to expand on their learning. Each teacher that my kiddos have had have been wonderful. Would like to see a better playground, but the school says they are working hard to be getting it upgraded. Overall, we have been very happy with Cherry Drive.

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April 17, 2014
My daughter is now a 5th grade student and has been lucky enough to have been at Cherry Drive since Kindergarten.Over the years I have seen Cherry Drive go from a good school to an excellent school! The principal and staff here are always willing to try new things and stay ahead of the fast changing world of education.Student's needs are always put first and the teachers genuinely care about each student as individuals.Several teachers have attended my daughter's events outside of school.Mrs. Hepp is always willing to talk to me about my concerns and is constantly walking around the building making sure students and teachers are okay!The office staff is so helpful and friendly!I feel so welcome every time I walk through the door.There are many different clubs after school that cater to student's needs and interests.The teachers, staff and Mrs. Hepp work so hard to make sure that each child's needs are meet. The Specials teachers go above and beyond to make their short time with students the best it can be. I was so happy when the school became a 1:1 iPad school. That shows that staff here knows what students need to be successful!! I will miss Cherry Drive so incredibly much!!!

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April 15, 2014
Mrs.Hepp is one of the best principal that Cherry Drive has ever had.. She always puts the community first and I adore what she has done with our school. Technology at Cherry Drive rocks!

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April 11, 2014
Where is the principal? She is rarely available to chat and when she is, it's a very brushed off chat. She really could care less about your opinion and is off in her own world. Teachers are rude and use their volunteers. Staff has no pride in their school, I never see them at school functions. Kids get left behind and just pushed through the system. Talent isn't capitalized upon. The office staff barely acknowledges visitors. My daughter just draws on printer paper stapled together for art and the art teacher is ALWAYS hanging around the office manager for no reason. Staff have open inappropriate conversations in front of students and parent helpers. Everything is outdated except for the iPad program, which is pushed and pushed, leaving behind other necessities. Website is outdated and fundamentally lacking. We would really like to see major changes done to our boundry school and not have to worry about getting choiced in somewhere else.

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December 15, 2013
My son hated this school and I dont blame him. The principal doesnt handle kids well AT ALL. Morale seems low and teachers seem like theyve always got a cloud over their head.

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October 11, 2013
There are good teachers here, but overall this school could use a lot of improvement. One of my children has special needs and the principal and special education team were in over their head with him and did not call upon district resources when it was sorely needed. BASE is awful. They have impossible expectations and will discipline a child for normal kid behavior. If you need before and after school care, you would be wise to avoid this school.

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September 30, 2013
My kids have attended this school for 4 of the last 5 years. I am dissatisfied with a few things, but I do see improvements. I love that we are now a 1:1 iPad school. The Principal managed to do this at a very minimal cost to the families. I am very pleased with this. I do get frustrated with the lack of parents who are willing to volunteer to help with events and such. It always seems to be the same people who volunteer and those who don't still complain about not having enough events scheduled. The office staff is nice, but sometimes I feel they are left out of the loop. I love Mrs. Loeffler. She is a great teacher!!!!

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April 26, 2013
My children have been at this school for 2 years now. There are a few select teachers who are in it for the right reasons but for the most part this is a terrible school. My children are way ahead of where the rest of the class is and so they are punished by being taught separately. There is very poor communication. My sister has picked my children up without questions and without being ID (what if she wasn't who she says she is?). And BASE.. forget it. The director talks down to the children and makes them feel like less of themselves. She should NOT work with children. And don't even try to get the district office on board for mediation. Completely worthless school and district! We will not be here next year!

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January 18, 2010
I am new to the area. I feel that there is a true effort for top notch kids & grades at this school. My child has Mrs. Dent & wow is she wonderful! Truly cares!

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Cherry Drive Elementary School
11500 Cherry Dr, Thornton, CO  80233
(720) 972-5300
Last modified Cherry Drive Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cherry Drive Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top