School Details

Holly Hills Elementary School

6161 East Cornell Ave, Denver, CO 80222
(720) 747-2500
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 614 students 12 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

49%
82%
72%
43%
80%
73%
25%
58%
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.
61%
79%
70%
53%
80%
73%
41%
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 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
  • 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

58%
81%
72%
53%
77%
68%
39%
63%
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.
60%
80%
71%
54%
75%
65%
48%
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 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
  • 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

52%
76%
65%
56%
79%
70%
33%
61%
49%
47%
66%
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.
51%
76%
66%
58%
77%
69%
42%
58%
47%
52%
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 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
  • 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

Holly Hills Elementary School is a public elementary school in Denver. The principal of Holly Hills Elementary School is Dr. Tera Helmon-Gary, who can be contacted at thelmon-gary@cherrycreekschools.org. 614 children attend Holly Hills Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 74% of the 614 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Holly Hills Elementary School is 12:1. Calvary Apostolic Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 8%
Asian 7% %
Hispanic 55% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 63%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school gave me great hope. Our child's kindergarten teacher was amazing and wonderful and integral to our child's love of learning. Unfortunately first grade and second grade were terrible due to the paltry leadership in the school. Our child suffered bullying from students as well as by faculty and staff. More than one teacher referred to our child in derogatory terms in front of others. When confronted with allegations the principal found it acceptable to scream at us and refused to apologize. On a positive note the school is very strong with ESL and encourages parental involvement in students' lives albeit clumsily. They offer regular social activities at low or no cost which gives for great opportunity to meet others.

  • (1 year ago)

    I personally think that this school has some lower ratings because of test scores from kids who do not speak english well. My children attend the Hollies and love it! My daughter is an exceptional student who has been placed with other children well above their grade level for her reading group. The class sizes are small so the kids can get individual attention and I have not met a teacher staff member or administrator who I did not like.

  • (3 years ago)

    Very happy with the school. Our child has attended The Hollys since Kindergarten. My personal experience has been that it is a very safe and supportive learning environment both diverse and inclusive. The teachers staff and administrators that I have worked with have all been fantastic. A recent independent assesment rated our child in the upper 90th percentiles nationally in both reading and math.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son attended Holly Hills last year for his kindergarten year and I must say we were VERY sorely disappointed. Our son began the year as a very loving and inquisitive child eager to learn and make new friends. By the third month he was bullying using fowl language and had become VERY disrespectful at home. We were not informed of the bullying until right before the very last parent teacher conference of the year in late March. Needless to say we were outraged. The counselor was unresponsive and rude as were the principal and the vice principal. His teacher was a fantastic help as she tried doing her best to help us with this situation. We have since obviously changed schools and we are very slowly beginning to see the real little boy that is our son. I do not recommend this school at all! If you have a choice of schools please please choose a different one!

  • (4 years ago)

    If you are looking for a school with strong community involvement this is not the school for you - probably less than 10 percent of the neighborhood attend. The other 90 percent are bused. If you are looking for a large diverse urban school this is the school for you. This is a Title 1 school with strong reading and writing programs due to the the diverse population and ELA population. As a result of this attention to ELA enrichment science and the arts are lacking.

  • (5 years ago)

    The diversity and the acceptance.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love this school the teachers are all great and the office staff is amazing. The art and science programs are nice and the music programs are great. The only negative is the lack of parent involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    Diverse population. Excellent neighborhood community and school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think the academic programs are excellent as are the art and sports programs. Parents are moderately involved in their children's activities.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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