Volume 2 Issue 1

Colorado School Grades 2013: Rankings of Every School

Colorado School Grades 2013: Rankings of Every School

 

by ColoradoSchoolGrades.com

    Colorado School Grades, an online tool created by a diverse coalition of 18 community organizations, released its 2013 rankings of every public school in the state. The rankings, which are available online at http://www.ColoradoSchoolGrades.com, are intended to help parents, students, educators, and community members better understand how their local Colorado schools are performing. This information is meant to empower parents.

   Nearly 2,000 Colorado public schools are ranked annually, translating data from the Colorado Department of Education with a formula developed with the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. By giving every school an easy-to-understand letter-grade ranking, the Colorado School Grades coalition offers the simplest and clearest representation of how schools truly are performing—both good and bad.

   “The first step to improving our public schools is to truly understand how they are performing,” said Bob Deibel, president and CEO of OfficeScapes and co-chair of Colorado Succeeds. “The Colorado School Grades tool gives parents objective results as to how their local schools are performing, so they can make educated decisions on how to best create positive changes.”

   Colorado School Grades represents an alternative to other school rating systems that are difficult to navigate or offer watered-down information. For example, the Colorado Department of Education indicates that more than 70 percent of public schools are “top performers,” making it difficult for parents to understand how their school actually measures up.

   Colorado School Grades rates schools on a more rigorous curve, so the community can understand which schools are truly performing at the highest level.

   The top-rated elementary schools in Colorado are Bear Creek, Aurora Quest K-8, Cherry Hills Village, Polaris at Ebert, Cottonwood Creek, Willow Creek, Horizons K-8, Challenge School, Bradford Intermediate, and Hulstrom Options K-8. All ten schools are located in the Denver Metro Area.

   The top-rated middle schools in Colorado are the Challenge School, Stargate Challenge School, Slavens K-8, Montessori Peaks Charter Academy, Altona, Core Knowledge Charter School, Aspen Community Charter School, McAuliffe International School, DSST: Stapleton, and Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools. Seven of the 10 schools are located in the Denver Metro Area.

   The top-rated high schools in Colorado represent regions across the state, with only three of the 10 located in the Denver Metro Area. They are DSST: Stapleton, The Vanguard School, Liberty Common Charter School, Denver School of the Arts, Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools, Air Academy, D’Evelyn, Kiowa, Crested Butte Community School, and Thomas MacLaren State Charter School.

   The Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs developed the Colorado School Grades formula, which is used to calculate school grades. It uses the same variables and weights as the Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance Framework, which includes data such as a school’s academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and, for high schools, college/career readiness.

            The resulting data goes through a grading curve that ranks schools from top to bottom. The top 10 percent of schools receive an A grade (A+, A or A-), the next 25 percent receive a B rating, the next 50 percent receive a C rating, the next 10 percent receive a D rating, and the bottom five percent receive an F rating.

 

Jeffco School Grades:

How Is Your School Doing?

 (The schools are grouped under the grades they received for this Web display of the list that appeared in the hard copy of The Jeffco Observer.)

 

A+

BRADFORD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

DENNISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

D’EVELYN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Academics)            

MONTESSORI PEAKS CHARTER ACADEMY

PARMALEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

COAL CREEK CANYON K-8 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

A

DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL

DEVINNY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ELK CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL

LINCOLN CHARTER ACADEMY  (ELEMENTARY)

MANNING OPTIONS SCHOOL

MAPLE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MEIKLEJOHN ELEMENTARY

MONTESSORI PEAKS CHARTER ACADEMY

PROSPECT VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RALSTON VALLEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

UTE MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WARDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEST WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WILMOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

A-

EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL

FAIRMOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MARSHDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RED ROCKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ROCKY MNTN. ACAD. OF EVERGREEN

SHELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

B+

BERGEN VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

COAL CREEK CANYON K8 ELEM. SCHOOL

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF COLORADO

COLUMBINE HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

COMPASS MONTESSORI GOLDEN CHARTER

DUTCH CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EXCEL ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

HACKBERRY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

JEFFERSON CHARTER ACADEMY SENIOR HIGH

KYFFIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           

LUKAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MORTENSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RALSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VANDERHOOF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WESTRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

BEAR CREEK K8 SCHOOL  (MIDDLE)

BLUE HERON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CHATFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

CONIFER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

CORONADO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

D’EVELYN JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Performance)

DRAKE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

EDGEWATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FALCON BLUFFS MIDDLE SCHOOL

GOVERNOR’S RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

GREEN GABLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

GREEN MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL

KENDALLVUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LEAWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MANDALAY MIDDLE SCHOOL

MOUNT CARBON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NORMANDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OBERON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

PECK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

POWDERHORN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY OF EVERGREEN (MIDDLE)

ROONEY RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SEMPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL          

SHAFFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SHERIDAN GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SIERRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SOUTH LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STANDLEY LAKE HIGH SCHOOL

STEIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STOBER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STONY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SUMMIT RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

WEST JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

WOODROW WILSON CHARTER HIGH

WOODROW WILSON CHARTER MIDDLE

 

B-

 DAKOTA RIDGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

FREE HORIZON MONTESSORI (MIDDLE)

HUTCHINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

JEFFERSON ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

WAYNE CARLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

C+

ADAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF COLO. (MIDDLE)

COLOROW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EIBER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EXCEL ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL  (ELEMENTARY)

GREEN MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

KENDRICK LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MOUNTAIN PHOENIX COMMUNITY SCHOOL  (MIDDLE)

POMONA HIGH SCHOOL

THOMSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEBER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEST JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

C

ALLENDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARVADA K8   (ELEMENTARY)

ARVADA WEST HIGH SCHOOL

BEAR CREEK K8 SCHOOL  (ELEMENTARY)

BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

BELMAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CARMODY MIDDLE SCHOOL

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL

COMPASS MONTESSORI  WHEAT RIDGE CHARTER SCHOOL

DUNSTAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

FITZMORRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FOSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           

FREE HORIZON MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL  (ELEM.)

FREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

GLENNON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL

JEFFERSON CHARTER ACADEMY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SECONDARY  (HIGH SCHOOL)

JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SECONDARY  (MIDDLE)         

KEN CARYL MIDDLE SCHOOL

KULLERSTRAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

LASLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LINCOLN CHARTER ACADEMY  (MIDDLE)

LITTLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MARTENSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MOORE MIDDLE SCHOOL

NORTH ARVADA MIDDLE SCHOOL

PARR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PATTERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PEIFFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL          

SECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SLATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           

STOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TWO ROADS CHARTER SCHOOL  (HIGH SCHOOL)

VAN ARSDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL          

WELCHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           

WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WHEAT RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

WILMORE DAVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WITT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ZERGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL          

 

C-

ARVADA HIGH SCHOOL

ARVADA K8  (MIDDLE)

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF COLORADO  (ELEMENTARY)

CREIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

DEANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EVERITT MIDDLE SCHOOL

FOOTHILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL          

LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LUMBERG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MOLHOLM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PLEASANT VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STEVENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VIVIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

D

WHEAT RIDGE 58 (MIDDLE)

COMPASS MONTESSORI GOLDEN CHARTER (MIDDLE)

MOUNTAIN PHOENIX COMMUNITY SCHOOL

SWANSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

D-

COMPASS MONTESSORI  GOLDEN CHARTER (ELEMENTARY)

PENNINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

F

ALAMEDA INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

O’CONNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

WHEAT RIDGE 5-8 (ELEMENTARY)