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K-5
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Thornton, CO
Students enrolled: 482

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13801 Garfield Place
Thornton, CO 80602

(720) 972-8780
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November 17, 2013
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Prairie Hills Elementary school. The teachers are wonderful. They truly care about the students and how they learn. I LOVE the special education team. They are remarkable and always give 100% of themselves. Finally, the principal is great and has the ability to help families whether she does it herself or has assistance completing issues within the school environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
I am beyond pleased with our experience at PHE. My daughter tells me every day she LOVES school! I know its due to a great staff. The principal, Mrs. Hastings is approachable, and passionate about education, the front office staff is very friendly and helpful, and my daughter's teacher has made school fun and exciting.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son has been enrolled in Prairie Hills for a full year. So far, the experience has been going well. His teachers, for his first year and current year, have been responsive to all my questions. When my son initially began his term, he transferred in from another school. The transition was difficult for him, but his teacher stayed on top of his progress and kept me informed. Suffice it to say, he really likes the school, classmates and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Great School!!!! Cant say enough about the teachers and the staff. Great learning environment. High test scores. And lots of fun for the kiddos!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
We have 2 children that attend Prairie Hills. We have been so pleased with every new teacher we have each year. It is so wonderful to see our children's scholastic growth each year. The PE/Art and Music teachers are amazing, they somehow know every child's name and make each one feel welcome and special. Our front admin staff are equally amazing, they too know all of the kids and make an effort to know the parents as well. We are lucky to be a part of this really great neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
We are so lucky to have such a great school in our neighborhood! The teachers and staff are so friendly, welcoming, creative and energetic!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My daughter has been going to PHE for a few years now. We have been extremely please with the teachers and their dedication to our student. Our daughter needed help in math but excelled in reading. The specific focus and attention in her weak areas seem to be addressed at every corner. I have faith the my child is getting the hands on education that she needs in a caring and warm environment. Kudos to PHE for continuing to move past their own learning curves! We have a PTO that raises funds to keep our technology up to date. Every room has at least 1-2 IPADs fully funded by PTO fundraising efforts. Our kids have it rough. ;)

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Prairie Hills Elementary is a true neighborhood school! WE LOVE IT!!! The teachers are friendly and knowledgeable! They are always up on whatever the school district is innovating!!! It doesn't matter what you need, you get an immediate response from your child's teacher! The front office staff is exceptional! I have never been to another school where every child's name is known by the staff!. My kids are both GT and are pushed every day to reach their potential. The afterschool programs are awesome and help the kids expand their knowledge of everything from Japanese to singing! Our school feels like one big community and most people know each other well enough to smile and nod! I have felt welcome and excited to participate in every event! My kids love to participate in the fundraiser because they get to be part of a "carnival" in the gym just for selling 1 item! This is huge! If every student just buys one thing we can raise what the school needs to continue to support things like Ameritowne, Raptor (security system), 5th grade graduation, technology, and many more things! Our school rocks because of the TOTAL involvement of families, teachers/staff and students! Super school!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
School is in upper class suburbia so you think you could expect better. Tons of bullying that hardly gets addressed, very cliquish and this includes the teachers. Test scores and activities look nice on reviews and standards but this school lacks a principal with leadership. Nice lady but i think shes borderline senile. Can never remember anything/body and you have to stay on her if you want something done. Front staff is decent. You can feel hints of racism in the vibe of the school. Definitely involved as far as doing after school programs I will never deny that. They come up with tons of things for the students and the parents to do when it comes to social activities with in. However, this goes back into the whole clique thing. Don't expect to feel welcomed. We seem to be on the welcome side of things so to hear the way some of these people talk including the teachers is flat out embarrassing. No unity as far as the kids. Seperatism is truly ok here. I feel sorry for families of kids who have special needs like ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome or autism etc. Parents who read this, trust me they don't care about anything but their stats. Glad my daughter leaves next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
All of my children have gone to Prairie Hills, and they are thriving. The teachers and staff are caring, helpful and committed. My children love their school! Prairie Hills is a special place and I couldn't be more thrilled that my children attend school there!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
Prairie Hills is a wonderful school with a very caring and compassionate staff! I have had 2 children complete their entire elementary education there. My children still love to visit their former teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
My special needs daughter attended this school from 1st through 5th grade. They were awesome! We had challenging behaviors and they were always able to rise to the occasion. She's in middle school this year and still wishes she were back at her 'real' school. I was at the school regularly and saw the teachers, admin and paras regularly. My daughter would not be doing as well as she is without the caring staff at Prairie Hills.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
We LOVE Prairie Hills! What a great community of teachers, staff and parents working together to give our kids the best education we could ask for! Prairie Hills has great teachers who all love what they do...and Mrs. Hastings does a fantastic job keeping everything running smoothly!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
Amazing is all I can say!!!! I love this school I would give it a 10 Above Excellent. The teachers are wonderful with the kids and the staff is super friendly and the principle is outstanding. Parents I would try your best to get your kiddos into such a great school you and your kiddos will love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
I am a proud parent of three Prairie Hills Elementary students!! I love that my kids walk thru the doors everyday and they feel safe and secure. The principal, teachers and all the staff are there because they truly love children and want to see them succeed! I choiced my children into this school and I am thankful every day I made this decision!!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
This school has amazing teachers who take time to tailor the daily curriculum so that every child has an equal opportunity to a great education. Hard work and dedication is obvious at PHE!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
We adore this school! All of teachers go above and beyond what is expected of them, even amongst budget cuts galore! They are proud of what they do and want every student to excel. When one of my children was really struggling with reading his teacher tutored him all summer to make sure he was where he needed to be! I am very active in the school and proud to be part of this very family friendly community!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
Prairie Hills started out as a good school. Kindergarten and first grade were our best years. In first grade my daughter was reading at an end of year 4th grade level. The same was true all the way through 3rd grade. She never was pushed further. The teachers we had were all very nice and I liked them and so did my daughter. Though I have heard horror stories about some of the other teachers. We were just lucky. Now as for the administration at the school, they are what makes this school absolutely horrible. We had some very disturbing issues with the social worker at the school and the principal handled it very poorly. She cannot have a mtg or do anything of substance without the help of the asst principal. She never remembered who we were, even though we had SEVERAL mtgs with her each yr. Even after the huge issue we had, the very next wk she did not know who we were & what our issue was. The principal and other 'key' people are what makes this school so bad. Also there are many issues with bullying at this school that the principal completely overlooks. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL! I know of at least 5 families who are leaving this year because the school is that bad.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
I have had a wonderful experience with the school. My daughters teacher was great, involved, caring and extremely liked by the class. The principle was always helpful and even if she wasn't the type for all smiles she definitely warmed up once you met with her. The gym teacher is also amazing, very involved and creative. Overall the school deserves a better rating. My child moved from another elementary to here this year and boy was it a breath of fresh air.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Gret school for education, social well being and overall growth for your child. I see mangement staff in this school somewhat "traditional" which some might not like however they make decisions based on parents that are involved and provide input as well as overall score assesment reviews. Great commuintiy involvement and very senior/ tenured staff make this a great school! Not likley to be a good choice for prents who are not invioled with their kids education. Education is a s a two way street that we as parents must be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
Do not put your child in this school. Our child attended Prairie Hills since day one and is now an 8th grader. I've had to hire a math and English tutor to fill in the gaps from his elementary education due to their poor curriculum especially in math. They never taught my son cursive writing and told me I'd have to hire a tutor to teach him since it wasn't a requirement or life skill that he needed. He has spent countless hours and I've spent so much money on tutoring just to get him up to speed where he needs to be. It's a shameful reflection on the school district and they seriously need to re-evaluate their elementary curriculum and who they hire for teachers. Our two younger children will not be attending Prairie Hills.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
Our family has been a part of Prairie Hills since it opened. Most of the teachers are wonderful. I have not been impressed with the principal my kids have all felt that they could not approach her. Our children have done well in all areas except the math program. None of the teachers have been properly trained in the Everyday Mathmatics program district wide they are all attempting to learn this system along side the students. I wish the district would discontinue the Everyday Mathmatics program, and use standard math so we parents could actually help our children with homework.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
The only great thing about this school is they worked with my child to improve his reading skills now he's above grade level. We are extremely disappointed by their math program. Your child will be taught 2-4 different ways to calculate math problems thus confusing the child and frusterating the parent. Standard math methods are not emphasized and the school/teachers WILL NOT support the child-parent decision to learn the ONE method that the child understands. The school is beautiful and the teachers have the resources they need but this school's eduation is only average (maybe below). All of the teachers we had are great, the neighborhood is safe and beautiful but overall the curiculum needs serious improvement. The principal is very controling over PTA funds, and is not open to ideas. She should be fired. The PTA only raises money through sales. Be ready to bug family, co-workers to buy stuff.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
My children have attended prairie hills since it opened. I am very pleased. The teachers are the best! kathy, the principal is very easy to talk to, which is very important. Plus, the kids really look up to her. My only complaint is the teacher-student ratio. 30 Children in each class is way too many!

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Prairie Hills Elementary School
13801 Garfield Place, Thornton, CO  80602
(720) 972-8780
Last modified Prairie Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Prairie Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top