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Shaw Heights Middle School

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Posted May 2, 2013

Parents, beware of this school! While there are a few good teachers, the horrible ones make the school untolerable. My child tells me of teachers who yell at the kids, and use bad language when speaking to the kids. Some of these people have NO business being around children. The staff treat the kids as if they are in prison and are very uick to talk down to the kids and treat them disrespectfully. There is even a teacher who told the class he hates kids! It is sad that adams 50 has great elementary schools and a great high school, but somewhere in the middle, all passion, care, and concern for education and other human beings is completely lost. Boo! Close this school, hire new staff, get rid of standards base, and start over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

This is a wonderful school my son Alex has gone there since 6th grade and is graduating this year everyone is so nice to him the teachers care and he is exceeding standards i'm so proud
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

is it possible to give a zero? tried talking to the teachers and get know where. my son is starting the 7th grade and I am already looking at others schools. I will not keep him here another year! the staff nor the student care about education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

Its hard when you talk to the principal and assures you its a good school but then has yet to return a call with my concerns. There is fights almost daily, the teachers nor the staff seem to care! The new Standard base is a joke! I took my son out halfway through 6th grade and moved him, he was almost a year behind the other kids at the new school! So glad I switched him...and the staff said they weren't surprised when I pulled him Really????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Awful school always fights, teachers don't care and seem to look the other way and don't even care if you pass or fail.


Posted September 19, 2011

Zero stars was not an option. Horrible leadership,standardbased teaching,and personal conflicts, this school is doomed. This school is old outdated,and smells moldy. Its a shame when teachers complain about the principals/staff. Every child that goes there is labled as a gang member,drug user,and not even given a chance to prove otherwise. It was my understanding that all children deserve a chance at having an education, if u want your child to have a chance at success,you probably should not send them here. Horrible experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Don't send your kids to this school!!! They just started "Standards-Based" curriculum, which is doomed to be yet another failed education initiative! When I went to conferences, they told me they really could not tell me what my son's progress was because there were no real requirements in the curriculum. For instance, his math teacher could not tell me if he was doing grade-level math! Then, when report cards came out, he didn't get grades! Instead, there was a list of learning objectives he should have shown proficiency in. This would have been ok, except that out of 24 objectives in one class, he was shown as proficient in only ONE! Yet, the teacher said he was doing GREAT! This was in December; in March the progress report was identical but the teacher STILL SAID HE WAS DOING GREAT!!! What a fiasco!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2010

The school is filled with smart people.There are teachers that help all the time. Even though every school has its problems, this ones is a the fights. I have seen at least 15. But over all its a great school everyone, well almost everyone is nice to new people if you keep your cool.It is the best in Adams 50.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2006

The teachers at this school are very dedicated. The Girl's soccer team had a great season. The principal is an effective administrator and has the kids best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

I was apalled to hear of the new 'dress code' you've decided to implement at shaw heights middle school. The last i heard this was still america. I think you need to find another way to 'keep the peace', besides telling middle school students that thier constitutional rights have no meaning to you! how about teaching them that unless they have native american heritage thier families were once immigrants too. America is a melting pot and always has been. Personally I feel if those people who come over illegally were not able to send thier kids to school in the u.S. It would solve the imigration problem, but that's only my opinion. However, I am proud of the fact that I have a right to express those opinions, as do your students. Elizabeth Browne (a concerned American parent)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

I was concerned about sending my son here initially. The place looked pretty rough, as did the kids. But he's half-way through 7th grade now and enjoying it. The teachers are nice and work hard to help him along, esp. the Special Ed. teacher. Everything here is low-key and no-frills. Not a pretty school, nor pretty classrooms. The kids are OK, quite a mix of different cultures and backgrounds. We haven't had any trouble with them. I've never seen the principal. They have an on-site cop there. The counselors are wonderful, warm and caring. The office staff is low-key and helpful. I don't think this school has high expectations for their students; it's more of a place where they just understand that some kids aren't Honor Roll material and they do their best to work with them. Not a bad school, but I don't think most people would like it.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 62% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
29%
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 55% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
38%
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 52% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
30%
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 Students40%
Female35%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)21%
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant40%

Reading

All Students46%
Female49%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%

Writing

All Students34%
Female36%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Proficient in English30%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant34%
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 Students28%
Female30%
Male26%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible33%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Proficient in English29%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant27%

Reading

All Students41%
Female49%
Male36%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)20%
Proficient in English45%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Writing

All Students39%
Female55%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant40%
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 Students21%
Female21%
Male21%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Free lunch eligible17%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English22%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant21%

Reading

All Students42%
Female49%
Male36%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible62%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Science

All Students34%
Female32%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)42%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English34%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant34%

Writing

All Students37%
Female45%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible43%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English35%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%
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

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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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Hispanic 61% 32%
White 29% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 79%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Westminster, CO 80030
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