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Pennington Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 266 students

 

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Posted April 1, 2014

this school is horrible!!! my son has gone there for two years in the preschool program and is almost finished with kindergarten, he has been bullied and sad everyday he comes home, he tells me the teachers do nothing and call him a tattle tail!! seriously!!! but when I come to lunch with him all the sudden they do something about it???they are all fake and put on a front! not to mention the whole school is full of bullies and just plane mean kids you can tell there parents ignore them and could care less......... switching schools in September, hopefully prospect is a better option??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

My daughter has gone to this school for 5 years. She has had 3 really great teachers and one just ok one. The first principal Mr. Cormier was really terrific and a hard act to follow. The recent one, Mrs. Craig, was a little bumpy at first but seems to be doing well now, and is very enthusiastic and accessible to all students and parents. My daughter has been testing advanced in both reading and math, and this is a warm and friendly small community school. It is mainly low-income families, but the school itself is not "ghetto." They have art, gym, and music. My main criticism is they aren't very focused on science or have school plays. They are very reading and math driven. She has had quite a lot of special ed kids on IEPs in her classes (around 6 students per class of 15-20 kids), so I think any low scores reflect this. They do promote parent involvement. There is an awesome parent run after school program called step up which is like yearbook, but video and photography focused. My daughter loves her school, even though she's had the normal social issues kids go through (girl drama, a bully, etc...) I would not recommend the YMCA aftercare however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Terrible school! Both my children attended here since kindergarten. I pulled my older daughter out in 5th grade and put her in private school. The teacher was rude and would get frustrated if she needed extra help in math(that was 4 yrs ago and the teacher quit soon after). I'm in the process of removing my other daughter as we speak. She is not getting a good education. She NEVER has homework, which I feel prepares them for middle/high school and teaches them time management skills. There have been a FEW good teachers over the years. Every 2 years or so they get a new principal, one worse then the next. This school goes further down the drain every year! My husband calls it ghetto.....it is. Great kindergarten teacher( Ms.Liming) though! Remove your child after kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

This school is a community school..which means no bus transports their kids to and from. Pennington has excellent after school programs as well as low cost child care. They have the 'Feed the Future' program to help those in need, and they also have a 'community' mindset that brings all the families together! I love this school! I would highly suggest bringing your kids here...at Pennington they ARE family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

This is not a good school at all. The principal Mr. Cormier hired a few unqualified teacher. I already transfered my older kid to a better school instead of this neighborhood school. My other kid will go to better school this summer too. Don't send your kids to Pennington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2009

This is a great school, the principal is awesome he is alway there to help in anything we need. The school has change a lot with the new pricipal he has been there for 2 years. Thats Mr. Cormier. I will recomend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I think so far this school is great. This is my child's first year and he's teacher is Awsome!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

I think Pennington is a warm and inviting school. The new building is nice and gives students a lot more room to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 21, 2005

My two girls went to the preschool and loved it, it is great program. The school is a great size and everyone there is extremely friendly, I would not hessitate at all to send my kids to this school.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
31%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
17%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
36%
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 62% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
37%
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 Students42%
Female39%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students39%
Female28%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English38%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Writing

All Students14%
Female17%
Male11%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English15%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant14%
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 Students43%
Female45%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%

Writing

All Students15%
Female18%
Male11%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)16%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities19%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English14%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant15%
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 Students13%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible6%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities10%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English16%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant13%

Reading

All Students21%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible17%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities19%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English26%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant21%

Science

All Students8%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible11%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities5%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English11%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant8%

Writing

All Students8%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible6%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities5%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English11%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant8%
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 Students38%
Female33%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English39%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Reading

All Students52%
Female48%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Writing

All Students31%
Female38%
Male24%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English33%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%
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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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 47% 32%
White 46% 57%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: (303) 982-2083

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