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Stellar Elementary School

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

The new principal is a very poor problem solver. My child had some issues and since the beginning of the school we still do not have them resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

If you have a child with learning problems, this school is not for you. My son struggled all year and now at the end of the year, we still do not know what their plan is to get him to read or do better in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

This is our second year at Stellar and we love it. I have a third grader that is working really hard and all his teachers are so willing to help him. I also have a Kindergartner that is just doing amazing. Her kindergarden teacher is just amazing! The new principal is wonderful and really is a joy to talk to. Next year I will try to be more involved in PTO and volunteer more in their classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

I agree with the fact that this school has changed. The lower grades are wonderful and the teachers are supportive, but the upper grades are horrible. There is a spirit of meanness that starts in the 3rd grade with a particular teacher and the spirit continues to the 5th grade. The students are being punished because they can't meet academic standards instead of the teachers helping them to succeed. The principal needs to take a leadership role to address her staff and find solutions to the problems. Because there are problems at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

We have had 3 kids in this school and until this year we couldn't have been happier. There is a spirit of meanness here that is very disturbing. Our son is in the 5th grade and his teacher is just plain mean and angry. I understand that she is young and inexperienced, but it seems like some leadership is needed. All in all, if this is the future of our school, we are very happy that this is our last year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

Very poorly. They do not problem solve they argue medical diagnosis. One there reports show that a child is having difficulties they should work as a team to see how to meet that child's unique special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

This new principal is absolutely amazing! Seems like a lot of positive changes this year. My son's teacher is an awesome communicator and you can clearly see she genuinely cares and is passionate about her career choice. Brain breaks, lots of after school activities and clubs. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due to the front staff. There needs to be an attitude adjustment with a certain person but she seems to be coming around with this new principall here. we love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

This is my daughter's first year at Stellar! I had her Choiced in to the school and I am so happy I did! There has been a few incidents this far, but the new principal seems to be on the ball and quick to respond to any concerns. I love how they put my child's safety first. It really makes it easier to be away from my baby. She is a very gifted girl and I worried she was not being challenged enough, but she seems to be feeling more challenged which I enjoy. Beautiful school with exceptional teachers and the new principal is lovely!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

I absolutely love Stellar!! I had my daughter enrolled in a charter school during kindergarten and wow, what a mistake! I enrolled her at Stellar and she is given the skills for academic achievement and real life thinking! I appreciate the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

I am proud to work along side so many talented dedicated teachers who go above and beyond everyday to do whats best for kids!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 30, 2013

If your child as ADHD this is NOT the school you want to send your child to. They had little to no patience for my son who was struggling immensely throughout the school year. He was eventually put on medication and immediately started having MANY great days. However if he had a day where he was struggling to focus they would call me and send him home. They didn't want to bother with him it seemed. He was also not allowed to go on the class field trip the last week of school because he "might" be difficult. My son is NOT a bad kid and this broke my heart. This was the principle's last year at the school and she brushed the issue aside as it was no longer her problem but someone else s. His teacher was constantly negative with regards to his improvements and only focused on the negative. A complaint was made and I am still waiting for a return phone call weeks later. I think they know they are wrong and won't admit to it. My son deserves better as do all children with a disability that are treated this way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

This is my daughter's first year at Stellar, and so far I feel that the school staff and teachers have done everything necessary to prepare her for first grade. Her teacher and all other staff that are involved with her, have constantly kept me updated with new techniques and her progress. I feel that this school is a good choice for us. They have exceeded my expectations, I hope that it continues to be this way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

my oldest is in 1st grade she had the greatest kindergarden teacher a child could as for and i am very thankfull my kindergardener this year had gotten the same teacher. As for our first grade teacher this year i am very disappointed. my child will constantly tell me she got yelledat. once for blowing her nose to much!!! it depends on the teacher you get. the school its self is very involved with the parents and do a lot of fundraisers and dont seem to challenge or involve the kinders-second grade.I will be looking for a new school next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

I have found that most of the staff at this school is very supportive of their studetns, however many are trying to hard to impress the administration and have forgotten what teaching truly is. I feel that this school has taken my childs confident level backwards and do not highlight the positive aspects of anything she does. It seems no matter what there is always negative things found. Wish I could say it is wonderful, but I have been to many schools in this district and observed many and seem to find this one focussing to much on How They Look On Tests rather than what is best for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

We love this school! The staff go above and beyond to teach the students, and make this an exceptional learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

I love this school! My son has done so well here, his learing has been so wonderful. He loves his teacher. This school is so positive and the Principal, teachers, and staff are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

This school has helped my daughter achieve higher standards. She is doing great in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

The facility opened in 2007 and is beautiful. Everyone on the staff is wonderful and kind. Both the full day and half day kindergarten is great. My daughter has loved all her teachers.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
49%
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 Students81%
Female73%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)56%
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)38%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
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 Students69%
Female81%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students50%
Female57%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
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 Students71%
Female69%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Science

All Students44%
Female42%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Writing

All Students60%
Female60%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

23%
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

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
White 54% 56%
Hispanic 35% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3901 East 124th Ave
Thornton, CO 80241
Phone: (720) 972-2340

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