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Gateway Elementary School

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Posted May 6, 2013

Every teacher we've had at Gateway has been excellent. Between my two students we've had six different teachers and every one has gone above and beyond to make sure my kids get what they need to excel academically and socially. They have both gotten individualized accommodations which were just what they needed. The teachers and principal are so loving and kind. In addition, my kids love going to art and P.E. They have learned and grown so much. Thank you Gateway for helping make Woodland Park a wonderful place to live.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Every person is entitled to their own opinion of a school, but the poor reviews of Gateway appear to focus on one or two bad experiences. That is unfortunate. Gateway as a whole, definitely deserves more than one star or two stars. We have four children who will be or are going to Gateway. We have been pleased with the rigor, individual attention, and the overall positive experience for all of us over the past four years. We are please with the GT program and the new Math program is amazing! Class sizes for 2nd and 3rd grade are right around 20 in a class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

My daughter has been at Gateway for three years. When we first moved to Woodland Park, my daughter was supposed to be in 2nd grade with an IEP and after struggling for a couple of weeks, I met with the principal and the 2nd grade teacher and we decided to put my daughter back in 1st grade, the way they handled it with the other students was wonderful! My daughter was not ostracized at all! And she has a wonderful year and a very successful 2nd grade year following. My child also needed extra help in reading while in 2nd grade and got it right away. The staff at this school goes above and beyond for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

Its nerve wracking when the teacher tells you she is over whelmed. My son is one of 28 in his kindergarten class! I really think the huge younger classes need extra help, but I guess they don't have the resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

Teachers have huge classes. Impossible to get extra work or help for a struggling or advanced child. No proper implementation of any plans for curriculum or IEPs. Teachers are so busy handling huge classes and problem children that very little actual teaching is happening. The curriculum was of poor quality. When I asked for 1st grade objectives or goals to help my bored child advance I was told the teachers didn't have any!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

I LOVE this school! The principal is connected with every child in the school which is apparent when she greats all of them by name. She always makes time to meet with parents when requested. My daughter completed k - 5th grade there and my son is still there. They both have had amazing teachers. Teller County as a community has a very diverse population in terms of social economics and you can see that in all of the schools. Gateway does a wonderful job of bringing this diverse community of children together. I would highly recommend this school and encourage you to understand that the negative comments on this website may have come from a family that had a specific issue or case with their child that is not the norm!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

I am a retired Teacher, Gateway Elementary is a poor excuse of a School. I tutor some of the children that attend Gateway as well as my niece attended for a VERY short time. We could clearly see right away that she would fall behind with the lack of education at Gateway. We immediately took action and took her out of Gateway. If you want your children to grow up and have little to no education send them to RE-2 Woodland Park district. It is unbelievable to me that the state allows such low standards. Every child in our neighborhood had to attend summer school due to the fact they did not pass the state testing. I personally fault the school for that. I can see how a few may fall behind but every child we know that goes there is seriously behind grade level. Do your research before sending your child/children to waste years at Gateway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

If your child fits in the typical "box" of expected skills, they will probably do okay at this school. But if they need any additional assistance or are struggling in ANY way, the help is almost non existent. The principal has a lot of positive ideas, but does not appear to have any control whatsoever on what the teachers actually do. If your child is struggling, send them to Columbine or CSCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

Unfortunately this is the WORST school I have ever had to deal with. The principal is VERY unfriendly and dismisses parents and teachers often. I watched her micro-manage the office staff and the 2 teachers that I observed her working with. The special education system there is a joke, and falls severely short of the federal requirements. They do not have up to date testing and do not use current therapy methods. The teachers' have huge caseloads as well. Many of the teachers there are "tenured" and do just enough to get paid. I observed several teachers being rude to the students and one older teacher actually grabbed a girl by the arm and jerked her around because she wasn't standing in line properly. I was HORRIFIED! I also noticed many of the teachers standing around gossiping a lot. The activities and lessons that were taught to my children were sub-standard compared to other schools. They don't seem to like parents to volunteer, I felt as though they acted "fake" around me. I recommend enrolling your child in Columbine Elementary or move to Colorado Springs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Gateway has a very caring enviornment, and has a very special Principal, who was a former teacher at the school for many years, and knows the kids and staff like the back of her hand. She recently had a new student arrive, who was having a very hard time adjusting to his new school, and KayLynn spent a great deal of time talking to hime, and listening to his concerns. Because of her effort, the young man now loves the school, and especially the Principal!


Posted February 22, 2008

What I really like about the school is that they can give the students a quality education without giving the 2 hours per day homework. My daughter has a good teacher, the administration is all very helpful, she gets a good education and she has time to be a kid -- equally important!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

The principal is great, but she needs to work more with some teachers, they don't have the same goal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

I am very impressed with Gateway and the way they customize a child's learning based on performance and needs. My son has been in the gifted program for several years (they call it PA for Project Alive.) Once or twice a week he goes to a special class where gifted children are given math, science, and literature challenges. He is asked to give presentations to his class and the entire school on a regular basis. I am amazed at how well they address the particular needs of children, whether special needs or gifted. My son is offered courses at Colorado College every summer; they are courses designed for gifted children to prep them for college. All I can add is that your child will be smiled at and adored by all of the staff at this school. It is just such a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
69%
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 Students75%
Female65%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Writing

All Students54%
Female47%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
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 Students76%
Female69%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students72%
Female69%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students52%
Female50%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%
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 Students59%
Female52%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Science

All Students61%
Female52%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students52%
Female57%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%
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
White 83% 56%
Hispanic 11% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
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 37%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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