School Details

Carson Elementary School

5420 East 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80220
(720) 424-9090
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 406 students 14 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

95%
59%
72%
96%
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73%
79%
40%
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.
88%
51%
70%
89%
56%
73%
74%
36%
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 2011
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
58%
72%
91%
52%
68%
85%
42%
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.
89%
53%
71%
84%
44%
65%
82%
38%
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 2011
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
52%
65%
87%
55%
70%
76%
31%
49%
80%
45%
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.
80%
51%
66%
82%
49%
69%
75%
25%
47%
75%
45%
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 2011
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Carson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Denver. The principal of Carson Elementary School is Gwen Henderson-Gethers, whose e-mail is gwen_hendersongethers@dpsk12.org. 406 children attend Carson Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 15% of the 406 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Carson Elementary School is 14:1. Hillel Academy 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
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 14%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 14% 58%
Multiracial 10% 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 15% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Carson is a DPS gem! We have been very happy with the school. The teachers our children have had have been fantastic the parents are highly involved and the community is very welcoming. The character education program is reinforced daily and we are happy that our children are exposed to such a unique component of the curriculum. The enrichment offerings are numerous and solid. The school offers a great education and we feel fortunate to live within its boundaries.

  • (5 months ago)

    Very disappointing school. This school has high teacher turnover we have lost two teachers during the school year. I am a full-time working parent and communication is terrible no lead time to make any plans for child care school parties picking up school supplies etc. if I had to do it over again I would never have enrolled my child at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Carson is an excellent character education school with first-rate teachers. There are two classes per grade (traditional) with two teachers per grade one focused on literacy and one focused on math / science. The parent community is very active with a PTA that raises funds to provide extra resources such as field trips and new technology in classrooms. The PTA does not actively try to improve curriculum however which is needed. The school has a fabulous music program and choir in addition to other enrichments offered. Like most DPS elementary schools Carson uses the deficient Everyday Math curriculum and most parents need to supplement math at home. That said Carson has good TCAP math scores until they drop off in grade 5 (maybe due to Everyday Math not teaching standard math operations.) The biggest weaknesses of the school are the HGT program (which seems inequitable counter to Carson character traits) and the unwillingness of administration to look at other math programs that innovative schools use in Denver. Overall Carson is a good choice with potential for greatness with a bit more courage from leadership.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son started Carson in 3rd grade and it has been a terrific experience. The staff is wonderful his teachers have his best interests at heart. The parental involvement is outstanding and I am so happy that I chose Carson for my son. I was worried because of all the bad you hear about Denver Public Schools but this school is amazing and I would not change a thing. The character education that they have at Carson falls right in line with how I raise my son and the small class sizes mean that each child does not get overlooked. I would recommend Carson to any parent looking for a great learning environment for their child!

  • (2 years ago)

    Carson is a terrific school. The teachers and school leadership are exceptional. The academic level is advanced. I feel fortunate to have my child attending the school. Very impressed. I would also like to highlight the kindergarten program it's excellent.

  • (2 years ago)

    Carson is an excellent school!!! We have been thrilled with the teachers principle and parents at Carson. We wouldn't go anywhere else.

  • (3 years ago)

    Carson is fantastic! I observed the school before sending my kids there and recommend you do the same before making a choice. The positive atmosphere inspires my children to want to learn. I couldn't imagine sending my kids anywhere else.

  • (3 years ago)

    The other reviews of this school clearly reflect a "group think" perspective and not the reality of the performance of this school. The families at this school are great but the teachers and administration at this school are very much sub par. Of the 1st through 5th grade teachers (i.e. 9 teachers) only 2 have a passion for teaching. The rest are typical public school under achievers. If your kids aren't in the HG program the academic expectations of students are extremely low. Classroom discipline is a joke. Problem children are sent to the neighboring classroom for "time outs" so they can disrupt two classrooms instead of effective discipline being metered by the principal and the parents. In fact I have never known of parents being notified of their problem child(ren) even after two years of constant classroom misbehavior. My kids are shell-shocked by the clowns in their classrooms. The principal is nice and "available" but has done nothing to raise the performance of teachers or students. The teachers she has hired are big-time status quo under-performers. Even with the HG program Carson scores 20 points below Steck which is a mile away with similar demographics.

  • (5 years ago)

    Carson is a great school for my grandaughter. It has small classes so the teachers can devote more time to each student. It has a counsellor who works to help the children develop social skills and learn to get along together. This is really important in these days of bullying and hazing.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great new principal fabulous teachers and involved proactive parents!

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school. New principal with great leadership qualities. Teachers are amazing and strong parent involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    The kids make the difference!

  • (5 years ago)

    We have great teachers and great parent involvement with those two things. The kids will always win!

  • (5 years ago)

    Carson is a great school with wonderful people. Very open-minded. Caring community. Friendly parents and staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has fantastic teachers who are truly devoted to children.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. Parents are very involved. The principal is awesome you can tell she truly cares about each student as an individual and their education. The scores speak for themselves. 2 of my children are going here. The Teachers are exceptional both new and old (seasoned) and although there has been some turnover I have been extremely pleased with the outcome. As a physician I have high expectations for my children I researched many schools both public and private and could not have hoped for a better school. Carson is an excellent mixture of professionalism and combined with a nuturing atmosphere that has allowed my children to have integrity responsibility respect and courage to try new things. there is no other place I would want my children to go.

  • (7 years ago)

    As an educator myself I think that Carson is a strong school. My son attends Carson as a parent I find the staff to be knowledgeable dedicated and delightful to work with in regard to my child's education. I am thrilled with Carson!

  • (7 years ago)

    Although my child had a ok kindergarten year at Carson I have decided to attend a different school for 1st grade. Carson has lost alot of good teachers and I think its has something to do with the schools leadership very sad!!

  • (7 years ago)

    We have been completely unsatisfied with the overall experience and education our child has received at this school. If not for the cost of alternative education options we would have pulled our child from this school long ago. Poor leadership poor supervision and an incompetent administrative staff We are just thankful that our child is finished with Carson and came out in one piece. We could go on and on with other issues we have had with this school but are limited to 150 words. All we can say is try and do your job and quit just going through the motions. This school has been a disgrace.

  • (8 years ago)

    Carson Elementary is an up and coming DPS. The principal is a wonderful leader and focuses on each student as an individual. There is a strong focus on both character and academics.

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