School Details

Niwot Elementary School

8778 Morton Rd, Niwot, CO 80503
(303) 652-2828
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 477 students 20 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

90%
76%
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93%
81%
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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.
90%
74%
70%
90%
81%
73%
75%
59%
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
  • St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1j average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
73%
72%
91%
72%
68%
86%
57%
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.
94%
72%
71%
96%
67%
65%
90%
59%
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
  • St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1j average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
68%
65%
93%
74%
70%
87%
54%
49%
89%
62%
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.
86%
66%
66%
93%
72%
69%
83%
49%
47%
90%
65%
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
  • St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1j average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Niwot Elementary School is a public elementary school in Niwot. 477 students attend Niwot Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 6% of the 477 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Niwot Elementary School is 20:1. Rocky Mountain Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% 65%
Asian 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 5% 28%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Multiracial 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    As the parent of an only child who is in Kindergarten I cannot say enough great things about Niwot! From the dedicated teachers passionate Principal supportive parents to the amazing group of kids-we are so lucky to be a part of Niwot. Go Cougars!

  • (11 months ago)

    Niwot Elementary is an outstanding school! I have a current 2nd grader and one student that graduated last year. Our new Principal Ms. Pitz is beyond expectations she has quickly become a part of the community and gained the respect that she deserves from both parents and staff. The staff at NES is wonderful they are caring individuals that truly want your students to achieve. NES is a school of differentiation by implementing this focus the school is able to offer GT programs as well as remedial help for any students that qualify. This is turn allows the classroom size to go down tremendously during the key learning hours. For example a class size may be 25 large but it breaks into 4 groups sometimes 5 and this is with qualified staff. The PTAC is incredibly supportive. Starting with parent volunteers in classrooms everyday. On top the parent help the PTAC fundraises for Para-professionals in every classroom allowing for additional help and diversification. In addition they fund raise for educational programs in science math and the arts. There really is no other elementary school quite like it. The community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. I highly recommend NES!

  • (1 year ago)

    We open-enrolled our daughter to this school a couple days into the new school year as a Kindergartener. My husband & I read the negative reviews after we accepted her enrollment position and worried only one day about cliques poor leadership and disorganization as mentioned. Parent your kids cliques won't be a problem. Leadership and organization haven't been a problem at all and the school is amazing. If parking is a problem get there a little early. This is life. We've seen nothing but growth in our child and the staff is excellent. Sounds like a group of a few parents had their britches in a bunch over an issue that wasn't resolved or addressed to their liking. Seems like everyone else loves it!! There are wealthy families who's kids attend this school but their money isn't thrown around from what I can see. Lots of blue-collar folks send their kids to this school and the balance seems to be an even one all the way through. We love NES and couldn't be happier with our decision to send our daughter to this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Niwot Elementary is a decent school if one is satisfied with a leadership team who caters to the very wealthy the gifted student and the student who struggles; not the middle. Even students barely meeting standards are neglected. Educated parents does not equate with excellent supplemental support for our children; the parents are not experts at the materials being taught in the classroom. Many of the teachers are excellent but some of the paid (meaning money donated by some of the parents) paraprofessionals are without an educational background/degree. The teachers focus on the gifted students and those who are below grade standards; not those in the middle. Although this is a school of differentiation yearly we hear from the principal that it needs to be improved upon. Bullying and cliques are a problem at Niwot and are not addressed by leadership or parents. New principal (from within district) 2013-14 will she be influenced by those with a personal agenda for their child and the means to pay for it? Drop off/pick up is nothing short of chaotic and stems from parents who ignore the rules the PTAC has worked hard on promoting. Telling are the posts as far back as 2007.

  • (1 year ago)

    A great place to learn many aspects of life. There is strong parental support which adds to the strength of the instruction.

  • (2 years ago)

    Niwot Elementary is a deeply troubled school. If you have a child with a disability you should stay away from it. The principal of the school doesn't support kids with disabilities and doesn't recognize the need for change. Very sad situation persists for years and most of the families with disabled kids had to live this school for various reasons. I would not recommend this school to anyone disabled or not. Your child will not get adequate support if he/she needs it.

  • (2 years ago)

    The bad very weak leadership from principal and drop off/pick presents safety issues. The good most of the teachers do a wonderful job parents are extremely helpful and give the school a ton of money.

  • (3 years ago)

    Niwot Elementary is an awesome school. Lots of parent involvement and the teachers really care about the kids. Go Cougars!

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school! Only negative is the pickup/dropoff/parking on the street is really a mess. Wish there was a larger parking area.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great School. Our daughter started in 1st grade and is now in 5th. She has worked hard but has been rewarded and grown. Parent involvment is great and Mr. Keepler is a leader and mentor to the kids and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    Could not be better! Terrific in all respects. Three kids at the school and all are doing well. Kepler is a talented administrator and leader. Very accessible.

  • (3 years ago)

    GREAT school. In spite of a national school system that is broken because the teachers unions won't allow bad teachers to be dumped and good teachers to be rewarded Mr. Keppler had done a great job of hiring a staff with very few bad teachers AND does a great job of coordinating the education in our school. Well done!

  • (3 years ago)

    Niwot Elementary is the best school that any parent could hope for. The principal is amazing and serves as a wonderful role model for the children. The teachers are kind and caring with a brillant sense of understanding how to teach and communicate with the kids. Each day that I visit the school I am impressed with the quality and character of the teachers at Niwot Elementary. I highly recommend this school. Thank you.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think Niwot is an excellent school and don't know what people are talking about with bullying and exodus of good teachers. My kids have been there for 5 years and we have loved every teacher they have had and only know of two that have left in that time. I believe the parent involvement in a huge plus and am a firm believer that kids always do better when their parents are involved in their education.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been at Niwot Elementary for 3 years. Having had kids in private schools and charter schools we couldn't be more happy with Niwot Elementary. Almost all the teachers are fabulous and the parent involvement is fantastic. My son has had no problem with bullying and I really feel like his teachers are working hard to foster an atmosphere of acceptance. There is home work but it is not overwhelming. My son still has plenty of time to play and get his energy out with out being straddled by hours of homework (not what we experienced at the local charter school). I would highly recommend Niwot elementary.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wonderful school and staff all around! Our family has been involved with this school for more than 7 years now. We open enroll and feel very lucky to have that opportunity. The poster making the comment about the principal sending an email to parents to come to this site and then giving the school a 1-star rating for that should have their comments removed. This person has posted twice both with a 1-star rating which is ridiculous. No school in this district deserves a 1-star rating. Not even a 2-star rating. Some maybe a 3-star rating. Niwot - easily deserves a 4 and certainly a 5.

  • (3 years ago)

    If I could give Niwot 10 stars I would. I couldnt think of a more positive envionment for my children to go to school at. The teachers are excellent and make children feel encouraged and safe. It is ranked #1 for a reason. Great School! Shame on you for giving bad comments with no real reason.

  • (3 years ago)

    Best elementary school I have ever seen. Mr Keppler manages the school very well the teachers are enthusiastic the kids have fun and learn a lot as evidenced by their test score. There is a lot of school spirit and many fun events throughout the year for the students and their families which serve to bring everyone together.

  • (3 years ago)

    Thank you Niwot Elementary. We absolutely love this school. Thanks to the super great teachers and wonderful principal. PAWSOME!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family is so luck to be part of Niwot elementry school and my daughter grew so fast in several aspects within only one semester in this school. The school and teachers respect every kid's personality and always try to bring out the bright sides of the kids. We are very proud of Niwot elementary school!

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