School Details

Thomas MacLaren State Charter School

303 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 313-4488
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-12 240 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

80%
55%
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92%
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71%
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62%
57%

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.
65%
52%
63%
92%
75%
71%
81%
64%
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 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 2014
  • State Charter School Institute average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
44%
55%
95%
71%
69%
92%
62%
61%

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.
67%
52%
53%
88%
71%
67%
75%
65%
59%

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 2014
  • State Charter School Institute average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
47%
51%
95%
68%
67%
77%
48%
49%
91%
56%
54%

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.
80%
45%
52%
98%
66%
66%
96%
57%
56%

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 2014
  • State Charter School Institute average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
40%
40%
100%
73%
66%
100%
62%
54%

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.
75%
34%
38%
88%
68%
66%
100%
54%
53%

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 2014
  • State Charter School Institute average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
31%
33%
100%
75%
69%
94%
54%
49%

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 2014
  • State Charter School Institute average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thomas MacLaren State Charter School is a charter high school in Colorado Springs. The principal of Thomas MacLaren State Charter School is Mary Faith Hall, whose e-mail is mfhall@maclarenschool.org. 240 students go to Thomas MacLaren State Charter School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 28% of the 240 students here get reduced lunch prices. Colorado Springs Christian is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 70% 47%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 17% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 28% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Thomas MacLaren School has raised the bar for excellence in education. As a student at TMS for three years our daughter has learned how to think deeply and critically about subject matter and communicate her thoughts effectively through written and oral means. The staff is truly passionate about their academic fields which inevitably rubs off on the students. Results are not grade or even test focused but rather the depth of knowledge and sense of wonder the student has gained in a content area. We could not be more pleased with this school.

  • (5 months ago)

    We are lucky to have our children in a school that is socially academically and mentally nurturing. The best part is our children feel that passion and devotion everyday as well. It is clear to us that sending our children to MacLaren is one of the best decisions we have made to benefit their futures.

  • (5 months ago)

    The school challenges my children to think outside the box. They read the classic literature that has become absent in most curriculums today. They are doing algebra in 8th grade and moving into the higher maths the first year of high school. The school is known for its exceptional music program although I do think there is value in more than just strings and classic music. But it's a great jumping off point into other genres giving the students a firm grasp of music theory and an appreciation for where music comes from and how it has changed through time. The staff is caring and student focused seeing each child as whole.

  • (5 months ago)

    One way the school culture bridges the grades and disciplines is by faculty members who create assemblies that are talked about across the board. They also have grade-integrated groups that compete in indoor and outdoor field day events giving younger students the ability to get to know older students in a positive environment.

  • (6 months ago)

    TMS is a stiffling sparse environment that doesn't do NEARLY all the things it promises to deliver. Odd difficult to get answers to basic questions and poorly delivered education. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration is masterful at selectively reporting the school s successes while conveniently omitting any mention of its failures. The same organization that awarded MacLaren s sparsely populated high school an A gave the middle school a B- for overall performance and a C for student academic growth. Check out the website if you don t believe me. Now the middle school did receive an A for academic proficiency but the implications are still concerning. What it means is this MacLaren s middle school students are enrolling with high proficiency levels but their performance is actually declining. In other words the majority of students are not making a year s progress in a year.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been such a blessing for my two kids Learning had been brought to life by teachers who are excited about the curriculum and who spread that enthusiasm to out kids! The skills that each child receives in orchestra are unmatched by any school in the city.

  • (1 year ago)

    TMS is an outstanding school with a well rounded curriculum. My kids have thrived here. There is the right balance of pushing the kids to excel and helping them when they struggle.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school is fabulous!! The curriculum is challenging and fun! The teachers are very knowledgable and seem to really enjoy the students they teach. Each class has an advisor and any concerns are addressed immediately. Classroom sizes are small and each student known well by classmates and teachers. I would recommend Thomas MacLaren to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school takes the politics out of education by focusing on best practices in education. My wife and I were sick of schools focusing on test scores and political motivated curriculum. We found Thomas MacLaren to be a school that focuses on a child's education! I have never seen a more motivated caring staff anyplace I have been. They have met and exceeded our expectations and our child is thriving.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellence from the top down. Could not be more pleased with the leadership administration teachers and curriculum. Best decision we ever made to send our child here.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is amazing! Love the culture academic challenge and emphasis on character. Thomas MacLaren has been the best education we could possibly ask for for our child.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thomas MacLaren actually does what it says it is going to do. It lives according its mission. The teachers are alive to the world and help my child become ever more awake reflective and learned about the world in which she lives. It is not just for the gifted but for all.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers at MacLaren are very hands on and communicate several times a week with us which is so great! I love the smaller class size

  • (1 year ago)

    This school teaches future adults how to think for themselves with the available data and also shows them how to look for and understand the information they don't yet have. It is outside the "proverbial" box and learning becomes an exercise of wonder with the world and its people.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thomas MacLaren has changed my daughter's life for the better She is happy to go to school everyday. She loves her teachers. The teachers instill the love of learning. There is a level of respect between students & teachers unlike I've ever seen before. This school has stepped away from the culture of the day & reclaimed integrity & decency.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thomas MacLaren School is the best. I wish I could give it more stars. Here are just a few reasons 1. The staff works hard to make time to coach kids individually. 2. Class size is around 18. 3. Curriculum is rigorous but school expects all kids to rise to the challenge. 4.Teachers don't assume they know more about your kid than you do. 5. My kids have made significant progress in subjects they had previously always struggled with. I couldn't believe when my daughter who has always hated math came home and talked excitedly about infinity.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is giving our daughter confidence in math and science and great friends as well. There are no "cliques" or bullying or other undesirable behaviors we saw with my older children's middle schools. The academics are terrific.

  • (1 year ago)

    At Thomas MacLaren students are actively engaged in their learning and embrace the expectation that their lives will be enriched by becoming a life long learner. My perspective is based on having had 3 children graduate from their neighborhood high school which was also an excellent experience. I've worked at a large suburban public high school and the standard of excellence at MacLaren along with a faculty whose mission it is to help each student reach for their potential is beyond compare. MacLaren is not only a community of learners but one where the individual is celebrated and encouraged to be accountable for his/her character in the journey to adulthood.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thomas Maclaren has been such a great school for our daughter. She is engaged in the learning process and excited about going to school. She is challenged and encouraged in each class. Each teacher is committed to each child's success. We know that upon our daughters graduation she will be ready for the demands of higher education.

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