I could not disagree with the two most recent reviews more. There is a small, but vocal, minority who have been disastisfied with recent decisions that the school has made. As a parent, I can see that the school is making these decisions with the best interest of the students in mind. The angry reviews as of recent, are based around the fact that the school is losing its librarian. With the best of intentions, this small minority of parents has tried to save the librarian's job. When they weren't able to do that due to aggressive budget cuts at the state-level (i.e. not a decision that the staff/admin wanted to make), these parents were upset (understandably so). However, this minority of parents have created a really unsettling and negative environment that they are trying to spread through to others in the community. I wholeheartedly believe the principal when she says that everything she does is with the best of intentions for children. I have never seen a school with such dedication to not only creating the best possible academic and emotional environment for its students, but as well as the staff. The current administration has been working in education for over 20 years with their combined experience and, as a parent, I feel blessed to be able to afford to live in a community with this wonderful of a staff, this encouraging of an environment, and this knowledgeable of an administration.
Horrible experience at Cory! Every day it’s something new. Between my 3 older kids and 2 younger kids, this is our 6th elementary school we’ve attended and is hands down the most unprofessional staff, negative school culture, and money hungry place we have ever attended. The staff are rude to children with zero regard for their wellbeing and it’s an absolute popularity contest with the parents. The administration here favors those with money every time over the actual child. Test scores are king and nothing else seems to matter. Absolute joke of a school.
The school offers a standard fare public school education. Class sizes are typical, instruction is inconsistent across grade levels and within grade levels. Behavior management is handled in a more traditional fashion. The school is located in a middle class neighborhood. Most children do not qualify for free or reduced lunch (28% vs 66% for the district). Despite the drawing from a rather advantaged pool of students and parents the district's overall score for the school is 65%, which is a middle score in the "Meets Expectations" range.
Steele is a great school and we have been very impressed. Our daughter has attended 1st through 4th (her current) grade. Strengths: 1) GREAT Principal in Kevin Greeley - he is responsive, makes helpful changes, and very engaged. 2) By-and-large a really good roster of primary teachers and it gets better every year as turnover occurs. 3) Incredibly engaged parent body that does a good job with fund raising and special events. 4) Fantastic location and classic (and cool) building near Washington Park (the school often uses the park in the fall and spring for things like 'field day.')Weaknesses: 1) A handful of 'specials' teachers could be better. 2) The school is not overly diverse (but this has more to do with it being in demand as a neighborhood school in a generally white and affluent neighborhood).A couple other thoughts: it seems like the two consistent negative comments you read here are: diversity and students with special needs (either highly talented or those with special concerns). I've already spoken to the diversity issue and with regards to HG&T and special needs all I can say is that the school really tries hard to accommodate all kids. Without overstating my position, it seems that one consistent critique of most schools is "this school just doesn't know how to deal with my little Jimmy or Jane because (really) s/he is just misunderstood." In my experience (I teach and work in higher ed) when parents comment in this way about K-12 school (or a college) the problem is (most often) their kid NOT the school. I'm not saying that is the case with all the comments on this board, but I am explicitly stating that this is often the case with people who have a gripe.Steele is not perfect but a truly outstanding '10' school that we have been really happy with. We highly recommend and commend it.
Denver schools - Denver County 1 School District is a unified school district that is located at 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203. The school district serves 91822 students in grades PK-12.There are 191 schools associated with this district.