School Details

Foster Elementary School

5300 Saulsbury Court, Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 982-1680
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 490 students 16 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

53%
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56%
51%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
56%
76%
70%
70%
80%
73%
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61%
51%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jefferson County School District No. R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
77%
72%
57%
76%
68%
38%
58%
53%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
54%
75%
71%
56%
73%
65%
46%
63%
56%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jefferson County School District No. R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
70%
65%
63%
78%
70%
35%
59%
49%
30%
63%
57%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
47%
71%
66%
57%
78%
69%
38%
58%
47%
40%
66%
60%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jefferson County School District No. R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
70%
62%
62%
83%
73%
53%
67%
58%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
29%
71%
63%
41%
82%
71%
24%
71%
62%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jefferson County School District No. R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Foster Elementary School is a public elementary school in Arvada. 490 students attend Foster Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 67% of the 490 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Foster Elementary School is 16:1. Shrine Of St Anne School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 65% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 74%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
Multiracial 0.8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Very pleased with the academics and enrichment at Foster! Great differentiation in the classes. Sharp leadership.

  • (3 years ago)

    We used to live in Arvada unfortunately we had to move to Aurora. We had our daughter in this school Foster and the teachers are great. My daughter was learning. Here in Aurora we can't seem to find anything that compares to such a great school. It's really quite disappointing she can not attend this school now. Great school!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The dedication of the staff at Foster is amazing; If I have ever seen teachers and principals give 110% for their students it has been here. My kids did not participate in the immersion program and yet they still had focused challenging teachers. The school has so many great after school and extracurricular programs so my kids could keep as busy as they wanted to be. The teachers also made sure to identify gifts and strengths in my children and to challenge them individually. The kids came home happy and inspired often. And when there were disciplinary issues that involved or affected my kids I felt the staff dealt quickly effectively and respectfully with all parties. Yes the school is in a lower income area. But I am so grateful that there was a safe and stimulating place for my children to attend while we were at a financially difficult time in our lives. Thank you Foster! Keep up the great work!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Foster teaches so much more than CSAP academics. The dual immersion language program is giving my children an edge in their education and future careers. The conflict resolution and Peace Jam is helping them get along in an increasingly difficult world. They regularly come home happy and excited to talk about what they have been doing. The staff is warm and helpful. We're so lucky to have found this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has its heart in the right place and offers a good dual immersion program which tends to favor the Spanish speakers slightly more than the English speakers. Lower CSAP scores can be attributed to the large enrollment of native Spanish speakers so don't be perturbed by that. There is a strong support system in place at this school with helpful and friendly assistants and some dedicated teachers although it appears that some are just trying to get the kids on to the next year. The kids seem to like it there but there seems to be a breakdown in discipline at time with them leaning toward a more 'lets talk about it' than a consequential approach. It's an okay school for that neighborhood where the income levels are slightly lower and with more funding it could be good.

  • (6 years ago)

    Both of my children are in the Spanish Immersion program and they are doing so well...not only with their spanish but in all other areas as well. The principle and the teachers/staff are all amazing. I would recommend this school to ANYONE with children!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in his second year at Foster (he started in the dual immersion program in kindergarten). I have been SO pleased with this school so far - the teachers have been fantastic the principal and other leaders are innovative and are really on the ball. I like that they have taken a challenge - a primarily Spanish speaking population - and turned it into an opportunity learn two languages and foster tolerance and appreciation of other cultures. There are so many opportunities for parent involvement in my time there some examples of this have included student/parent cooking classes; after school art programs that welcome parent involvment; ESL classes for Spanish speaking parents and Spanish classes for English speaking parents. Like another reviewer said looking at the CSAP scores won't tell you a thing about how fantastic this school is - you've got to check it out!

  • (6 years ago)

    Both of our children have shown fast improvement. We are very pleased with their teachers and the staff. Thank you very much Foster.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been extremely pleased with the dual immersion Spanish program at Foster. My son was an early reader and is advanced for his grade level. The school has worked very closely with us and gone the extra mile to make sure his needs are met. They allow him to do literacy work in Spanish and they have made special accommodations for him to be in a math class at a higher grade level. The teachers and administration are always willing to listen and I feel like they will do anything they can to meet the needs of each individual child. Foster is a hidden jewel. You'll never choose it based on CSAP scores. There is a huge population of native Spanish speakers who are still learning English and performance on CSAPs in English is not a fair assessment. I would encourage every parent to visit Foster; it is fantastic!

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