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Westminster, CO
Students enrolled: 516

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5851 West 115th Ave
Westminster, CO 80020

(303) 982-3105
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September 07, 2015
The principal doesn't treat kids or adults fairly/the same. I volunteer a lot in the building and she is not professional at all. She has favorites (on the staff) and makes that very clear. She seems to have a chip on her shoulder and likes to have power. My kids love it here and that's what counts the most. The majority of the teachers really do care for the kids and have a love for their job. Sadly, some do not and that does effect their teaching in the classroom. Some of my kids have been there K-6 and some of them are still there. If you're lucky you will get teachers like Hoff, Welch, Kohlenstein, DeCola, and Effertz. These are some My kids have had and they go above and beyond their jobs. Overall, the school is good because of their teacher-that's who keeps it going for Our students

- submitted by a community member

January 17, 2015
We absolutely love this school and the wonderful community around it. We open enrolled from out of district over 6 years ago and are so please with our decision. Both of our children have excelled at the school. The principal, teachers and entire staff are the most caring and dedicated people. The PTA is very active and offers a lot of great activities & opportunities for the students. We particularly like the Healthy Hawks and Fuel Up to Play 60 program that promote a healthy school environment. The music, art and PE teachers are outstanding and continually offer enrichment opportunities before and after school.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2014
My son started school here in kindergarten. It was a wonderful school until three years ago when the school switched principals. The newer principal is demeaning and uncaring towards the kids. She also does not listen to the parents at all. She treats every kid like they are bad from the start and keeps a hawks eye out looking for trouble. She is in the Jeffco school district so it is next to impossible to remove someone like this. If you would like your kid treated like a criminal and like a military type run school then Ryan is for you. If not beware of this school! We pulled my child out and have been much happier and we are now seeing what it's like to have a kind, caring, warm principal.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2014
This is a review from a student that just graduated 5th grade here. I spent from Kindergarden to 5th grade and I loved every bit of it. The community is great, now that i'm in middle school, tons of kids don't care about school at all here and do nothing. Ryan is different. I never saw that. The teachers are fantastic, all of them. The only reason i'm not giving them 5 stars is that there were hardly any clubs at all. But other than that, a perfect school for anyone.

- submitted by a community member

September 19, 2014
I'm very concerned for my child's safety. My child told me that she left the school premises without the teachers noticing. That made me realize there's no fence around the entire playground. If the kids are playing on the north facing playground they can easily leave. That made me so upset. I checked many other schools before deciding on Ryan and I was busy checking test scores and making sure I liked the teachers. It never occurred to me to check the safety of the playground. All of the other schools had a fence that wrapped around to make sure no kids got away. Kids are young and they're going to test their boundaries. My child should have never been able to leave today. It makes me sick to my stomach.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2012
I really like most of the teachers at this school. But I don't feel they are allowed to challenge my children. While volunteering, in the school, I was told by another parent that the teachers were not allowed to assign harder work or certain homework because the principal doesn't believe in homework. My children get excellent grades, and really do need more of a challenge as do alot of the kids in this school. We finally got a great teacher in my sons third grade, but I've noticed over and over again thather lessons are considered "too much" or "too hard". So this school really doesn't have your childs best interest they just want to dumb down the lessons so the kids feel better about getting good grades.

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January 23, 2012
The teacher's we have had have been wonderful. My daughter loves learning and loves going to her specials classes as well. I appreciate the extra things Ryan does such as the READ dogs, Heatlhy Hawks High Fives for healthy food choices, Wonderful PTA enrichment classes, Passport Journey, Patricia Pollaco's visit to the school, teacher coaching and education and more. I volunteer at the school regularly and I like what I see. My only complaint is that I wish the principal was a little friendlier to parents. I don't necessarily feel acknowledged when I am there to help out, etc. On the other hand I think she takes good care of her teachers and I appreciate the organized ship she runs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 02, 2010
The community is supportive of each other. Last week we held a benefit concert for a student with cancer and the community donated nearly $4,000 to help the family. Parents are involved with their children and work to make the school great.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 28, 2010
I have had many good experiences with the principal - She knows all of the students and she cares about them.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2010
The principal is rude and doesn't take responsibility for her actions.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2009
Ryan is a great school. The current administration is wonderful. The PTA is very involved and brings wonderful programs to the school. My only complaint is lack of continuity among teachers in each grade level. Unfortunately a child's experience can differ dramatically depending on which teacher they are assigned. If they truly worked as a team at the grade level, such stark discrepancies wouldn't exist. Like another parent recommended, become your child's advocate and get to know the more experienced teachers quickly. It will be worth your time.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2009
My daughter loves this school! She really loves classes with the the specials teachers do. Art, Music, and P.E. teachers go above and beyond teaching a wide range of activities.

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February 15, 2009
Our family Loves Ryan Elementary. The teachers which we have had the pleasure of meeting are very involved and caring. My son adores his Kindergarten teacher. The communication from his teachers, the principal, the PTA, and from the school programs in general, is excellent. The supportive Community surrounding Ryan Elementary is also wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2009
This school takes poor care of my childrens acedemic needs and needs to get their program straight. This school is horrible!

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2009
We live in the neighborhood and chose this neighborhood based on the the reviews given here and outside research. We have not been disappointed with the school. Our son's current teacher is not the best at parent/teacher communication but he is excelling and enjoys the class so it is not a big issue. There is a lot of community involvement which is great to share with other families.

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August 11, 2008
The principal's ability to keep open communication with parents is very poor.

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January 11, 2008
I love the 'community' of this school. Excellent principal and teachers. Lots of involved parents.

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May 15, 2006
the academic quality is great, very good teachers, not impressed with the music art or sports programs. alot of activities for parents to be involved in.

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December 05, 2005
Ryan Elementary is a good school overall. It is really important, however, to ask other parents about which teachers are better than others. It is especially important to get other parent's opinions if you are new to the school. You need to be your child's advocate when being placed in a classroom. The specials teachers (art, music, gym) are good at teaching, but are not the most supportive/positive teachers out there. Ryan just changed principals this year (2005), and she seems to have a good handle on her job already. Academically, Ryan is doing well and is continually improving.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2004
It has been a great school for my 9 year old fourth grade daughter that is in the gifted program. It has a wonderful gifted and talented program.There P.E, music, and art classes have made my daughter enjoy school more and more.The princapal Wanda Hamilton really keeps the school going.

- submitted by a parent
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Ryan Elementary School
5851 West 115th Ave, Westminster, CO  80020
(303) 982-3105
Last modified Ryan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ryan Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top