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Westminster, CO
Students enrolled: 593

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13095 Pecos St
Westminster, CO 80030

(720) 972-5740
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May 04, 2015
I agree with the reviews on the teaching staff, they are great. Now for the ugly truth. The class sizes are horrible. They are stuffed in like sardines and if a child needs a little one on one , its not going to happen .The lunches ARE too short, and further down the line these kids will most likely have GI problems. Now for assessment test. They have MULTI assessment test all year. If you don' t live in the walking distance and can't make it because they do not have the busses for assessment days they count your child absent for the entire day. Another way to keep a lower income child ..is no car...from taking the test and penalizing them for it..They also now that that will give them a higher than average overall test scores. Causing the the state and Federal government to pat them on the back. It's an unjust district to penalized the not so fortunate child that doesn't live near and has to bus and they don't. SHAME on the district.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2014
Safety is a concern. Parking lot and traffic is horrible. Administration is biased and treats families unfairly. Many behavior issues in classes that are not being addressed and effecting my child's education and safe surroundings.

- submitted by a community member

February 21, 2014
I rate this school 2/5 because I learn a lot, which is good but there are many flaws at my school. SOME (not all) teachers do not respect kids. Their punishments are inapropriate like embarrassing the students or yelling at them. I understand that kids do need a punishment for their wrong actions, but these punishments lower self esteem, which in a way can be bullying. Another reason is the lunch time. The lunch time given at this school is 10 minutes - does ARE know that the state law says the minimum time for lunch period is 20 minutes?! The staff here are nice and the principal, and most teachers. But these issues are not suitable for kids 5-11.

- submitted by a community member

February 10, 2014
This has been a great school for our son, who has attended K-3 thus far. The teachers are fabulous (*especially* Mrs. Robbins and Mrs. Schoolmeester!) and really try to connect with their students and provide a nurturing learning environment for them. The principal, Mr. Gerzon, is wonderful -- very hands-on, approachable, and caring. The school also seems to be fiscally responsible and transparent with keeping parents informed of where budget money is allocated/spent. My small(ish) complaints about the school would be: limited gifted/talented program to keep my son challenged, long drop-off lines (especially for K-2 students), number of students per class has been in the "larger" range (28+ per class). But, all in all, a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
Arapahoe Ridge Elementary This school is located within a quiet respectable community that's not near any busy streets. It's tucked neatly away. The teachers have been great & respond quickly to our needs if any issues arise. I like the fact that they get the parents involved to help you respect what the children are learning. I am happy that if there is an issue in the community or surrounding cities that they inform the parents quickly by email or calls about Lockouts & when they are lifted. It makes me feel like my child is truly safe!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2012
This is an amazing public school. The teachers are incredibly committed and the principal is very involved. We have had an excellent experience.

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February 10, 2012
We have two students at Arapahoe Ridge and have been at the school for 3 years now. We are extremely pleased with the Principal and the Teachers. They are all very dedicated to the students and are always looking to enrich the learning environment at the school. Even with the huge budget cuts this year, the staff has done an excellent job of utilizing the resources wisely and effectively. We are so happy to be apart of our local, neighborhood school where our children are thriving and learning.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2012
ARE staff works as a team towards the school vision of creating a community of learning. Outstanding Adams 12 school. I take exception to the negative reviews with very specific one-off issues thery are focusing on. Come see for yourself, go wolves!

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2012
I have been involved with ARE for the past two years and couldn't feel better about our choice to send our children to this school. The teachers are passionate about teaching, the well-being of the children and are committed to making the elementary years a wonderful experience for the children. Every year we see more and more budget cuts and the administration and PSO Board at ARE are always coming up with creative ways to increase learning opportunities, help the struggling students, add technology and resources. Every decision is made in the best interest of the students. Thinking about sending your kids to ARE. Come for a visit, meet the teachers, talk with the principal, call some parents.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2012
I have been absolutely delighted with our experience at Arapahoe Ridge. The teachers have been excellent and completely adaptable with the material to keep my daughter challenged. I feel like they do a wonderful job of not only tailoring the material to her needs and level but on the days I volunteer, I can see it being tailored to the needs of those students who need additional help. The principal is involved, attentive and available whenever I have needed him. We receive constant and timely communication. I love the early release day on Wednesdays and the opportunity it provides to do outside activities without interfering with her schoolwork. I am so grateful that we have such a high-quality and positive school for our children to attend and would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2011
Excellent school, I have had kids for the past 12 years straight. We have had some absolutely magnificent and innovative teachers.

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January 25, 2011
Wish I could give this school 5 stars. Was going to give 3 stars but that is average and to many staff are more concerned with policy and procedure then the kids. And the principle will get upset if you tell the truth about the pathetic staff. They do have some great staff as well. But the principle would rather protect weak staff then try and make them improve. Arapahoe's inappropriate practices include but are not limited to Inappropriate meal time. Only 20 min for lunch? Is the school aware that employers are legally required to give employees 30 min? Are our kids second class citizens? Inappropriate end time prior to 2PM on Wednesdays. Kids should be taught to avoid sun exposure between 10AM and 2PM. They should not be put at risk of being put outside prior to 2PM. The school district should be on the financial hook for any skin cancer kids through the system develop in there life if this Inappropriate er very Inappropriate make that very very Inappropriate practice is continued!

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2009
From a teaching perspective, I have nothing but great things to say about ARE. The faculty and staff go out of the way to ensure that my child is safe and is being challenge. My daughter tests above her grade level and the teaching staff continues to challenge her daily. I would give the school an excelent but I have issues in regards to the lunch room policies, how they try and maintain control, and the approach they take (control) of the kids before school starts.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2009
We left after Kinder due to total overcrowding and lack of any kind of differenciation for various learning levels. Our child was bored and very sad at school and the teacher and administration were not helpful. Way too many kids in very cramped classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 02, 2009
I am very confident in the success of of the school's children, due to the high diligence and support provided by every one of the professional staff o board. All of the children feel individually special and respected. I truely believe that this school deserves a rating of '5'. This a elementary school that is difficult to compete with!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2009
The only reason I'm giving this school 2 stars is because of my sons teacher. She's awesome and always has a smile on her face. But there's just something about this school I can't pinpoint. It gives me the chills everytime I have to drop my son off. I also don't like the fact that they make the kids sit on the cold ground to keep them under control. There's nothing wrong w/telling the kids to stand in line and keep your hands to yourself. I'm hoping I can get my son into a different school for the next school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 29, 2007
Amazing school. Supportive teachers. Great Scores. Dedicated to getting it right!

- submitted by a parent

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Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School
13095 Pecos St, Westminster, CO  80030
(720) 972-5740
Last modified Arapahoe Ridge 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.
Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top