School Details

Dry Creek Elementary School

7686 East Hinsdale Ave, Englewood, CO 80112
(720) 554-3300
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 423 students 21 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

88%
79%
71%
90%
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72%
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57%
51%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 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.
87%
79%
70%
87%
80%
73%
80%
62%
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 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 CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2011
  • Cherry Creek School District No. 5 In The County Of Arapah average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
79%
72%
94%
75%
67%
88%
59%
52%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 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.
93%
80%
71%
89%
75%
65%
89%
66%
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 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 CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2011
  • Cherry Creek School District No. 5 In The County Of Arapah average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
76%
66%
87%
77%
69%
73%
58%
47%
90%
71%
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 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 CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
93%
75%
65%
94%
80%
71%
87%
63%
55%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 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.
  • This school in 2011
  • Cherry Creek School District No. 5 In The County Of Arapah average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dry Creek Elementary School is a public elementary school in Centennial. The principal of Dry Creek Elementary School is Diana Roybal. 423 students go to Dry Creek Elementary School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 13% of the 423 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dry Creek Elementary School is 21:1. Walnut Hills Community Elementary 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

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 8%
Multiracial 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 69% 57%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 12%
Hispanic 11% 18%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had the best experience with Dry Creek. I have seen such a great improvement academically in my child. His love for learning has gone through the roof! I am so happy I brought him to Dry Creek. This is a GREAT place with awesome teachers and the best principal EVER. What a wonderful environment for learning and development. -My child is in the first grade at Dry Creek and the Fox Creek teachers are the BEST! They do a tremendous job -the level of faith respect and appreciation I have for them and what they do is indescribable.

  • (1 year ago)

    We recentely moved here from a small rural town in Kansas. We have been very impressed with the school teachers and all we have met. Everyone very helpfull and extremely friendly!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been very pleased with our experience at Dry Creek. The teachers are hyper aware of our child's strengths and weaknesses. We had a minor bully situation and all of the teachers including the aftercare program were on it immediately. We love Principal Sigmund and appreciate him greeting us every day in the parking lot. We are lucky to selected this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Huh interesting review below with the "suffers from overcrowding." In fact there are three classes going on in each space when you get beyond kindergarten. For those of us who understand the Dry Creek model and are part of the Dry Creek family this isn't an issue. In fact it is part of why this school is so successful. If you are concerned about this as a parent you should come for a tour. The organization of children into "Creeks" is a real strength and I've found the classes to be quiet and orderly even in the lower grades.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school suffers from overcrowding. They have two classes going on at the same time in the same room. Then they turn around and question why kids can't focus. What a joke.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wow! Six years with a child at Dry Creek is coming to an end and it's overall been a wonderful experience for our child and for us as parents. They offer many extra choices for kids' activities they seem consistent with their teaching philosophy from year to year they seem to work well with the kids at all levels so everyone has equal opportunities for success. Every kid is different every teacher is different and they really seem to make it the best learning experience possible. This is a big span of a kid's life/learning development and they seem to take that into consideration at each level. They keep the kids interested as much as possible and accountable. Our child has always wanted to go to school and to meet teacher expectations. We have been pleased with the learning experience of our child and we would recommend this school as a wonderful safe happy place to have a child in public school. Thank you Dry Creek Elementary.

  • (2 years ago)

    I wish I could give this school a higher rating than 5. My daughter was previously in the Aurora district which you could tell they lacked the education. My daughter came to this school last year in November and they tested her levels which she was a little behind in some areas but this school cared to catch her up to where she should be. She loved her teacher and he was wonderful. She is back for third grade and she is just so excited to be back.

  • (3 years ago)

    Amazing school! My kids have been at Dry Creek since pre-school. The teachers are amazing! The building is very safe secure and clean. We love being a part of the Dry Creek Community!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been very happy with this school for my daughter. All of the teachers have been wonderful for her academic growth. They understand children and meet their needs!

  • (4 years ago)

    5280 Magazine lists Dry Creek as a top public school in Colorado! This is a result of superb academic preparation and a caring environment. My daughter was blessed to have attended Dry Creek for 4th and 5th grade. She went on to middle school and is in all the advance classes and is doing great due to her education at Dry Creek!

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with the post of December 30 2010. With one exception the teachers are top notch. However not a lot of welcoming parents. If you are in with the PTCO good for you if not they certainly wont extend themselves. It boasts of Spanish any exposure is good but a native speaker should be teaching. Sadly after one year of excellent media teaching and guidance from a passionate person with a teaching degree; we will again go back to" here is your SRA card hope you learned something kid." Searching for another school home.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dry Creek was our 1st of 2 top-rated schools in the Cherry Creek School District and we left CCSD and went private for many legitimate reasons. Our feelings were not simply hurt nor were our children s feelings. And our children did not have any special needs. The problem with such a forum as this is it does not allow for complete reviews with tangible evidence being able to be supplied. My husband and I both have EXCELLENT graduate-level educations and very successful careers and neither CCSD nor DC lived up to our standards or the standards that every child deserves in education. To sum our experiences with them up CCSD and DC did not give our children the learning foundation they needed to be life-long learners and successful citizens in the myriad of situations they could face in life. BEWARE of DC and the Cherry Creek mystique. If CCSD is the best school district in Colorado and DC is one of the top-rated elementary schools in CCSD I fear for Colorado s future.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had kids in Dry Creek for the past 6 years and it has been an awesome school for both. They have resources to help those who need extra support not just volunteers but actual reading specialists and educated teachers assistants. Parent volunteerism is high also. The goal of the school is to prepare ALL of the kids to take college prep classes in middle/high school. My son in middle school is now in advanced classes likely due to his strong foundation in elementary school. The teachers are top notch they truly care about the kids. We drive across town to attend Dry Creek through School of Choice though now we are trying to move to the area. The principal is very professional and very approachable.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my first year at the school. I would rate Dry Creek as a A++. My son is thriving and tells me how much he loves to go to school. The school is warm and inviting and the teachers work as a team. We are lucky to be here!

  • (5 years ago)

    We drive from out of district to go to this school and are very happy. The team approach and open classrooms have a great learning opportunity. Even with the open classroom the children are focus and on task. It is a welcoming environment. The school is masterfully lead by the principal who is seeking continual improvement and consistently providing high quality education for the teachers and the students. Children are rewarded for positive behavior. Children are given several way to excel. It is worth taking a tour to learn more.

  • (5 years ago)

    I drive 8 miles each way to send my son to this school. He loves it here. The teachers are extrememly knowledgable and caring. They have GT available and Spanish is a rotation for all kids in all grades. It has a warm family environment that reminds me of going to school when I was a kid. We really love it there!

  • (5 years ago)

    After having one child enrolled in a different CC school and not being happy with it we applied to Dry Creek. It's now a few years later and we have 2 children attending Dry Creek and we could not be happier! This school offers a private school education in the public school system. My children are challenged and pushed to be the best they can be. The teachers are outstanding and experienced and take such an interest in the kids. The parent involvement is amazing the media center rivals no other and the principal is a constant presence. Having taught in another state myself in a school where the principal was a paper pusher always behind closed doors Mrs. Roybal is a welcome change. We are blessed to have our kids attend Dry Creek.

  • (5 years ago)

    After researching CC schools we landed at Dry Creek for a tour one day and have not left since. The kids show up every day excited to learn and ready to be challenged. There is a real sense of community that is palpable as you walk down the hallway. The teachers care about each and every child. It is great for GT learners but there is a great emphasis placed on creating a whole child not just a smart one - we love our school!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Dry Creek is the best place to be. I couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else in the world. The staff is extremely cohesive and has the desire to help every child be the 'best they can be'. My own 2 children attended Dry Creek and both of them were extremely prepared for middle and high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dry Creek Elementary School is an excellent school! Students are challenged to learn and grow above grade level expectations. Staff is happy and friendly and willing to take the extra step to makes students successful! Dry Creek is a great place to be!

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