School Details

Morey Middle School

840 East 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
(720) 424-0700
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 735 students 20 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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.
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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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
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51%
71%
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67%
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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.
63%
43%
52%
69%
49%
66%
65%
45%
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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Morey Middle School is a public middle school in Denver. The principal of Morey Middle School is Dori Claunch, whose e-mail is dori_claunch@dpsk12.org. 735 students go to Morey Middle School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 53% of the 735 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Morey Middle School is 20:1. Colorado Calvert Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 20%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 29% 14%
Hispanic 28% 58%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We have been very pleased with Morey even though there have been some ups and downs with all the transition the past few years. Our daughter is finishing up her 8th grade year in the HGT program. Our son will be there next year in the HGT program in 6th grade. My daughter found her niche and had a good group of friends. Bullying has not been an issue overall. There are lots of great opportunities at Morey given the urban setting. Last year our daughter was involved in the Anthropology Club. They got to work weekly at the Colorado History Museum creating and developing their very own Morey exhibit complete with a ceremony when it was complete. The exploratory arts offer incredible chances to learn new skills. Definitely have your kids enroll in band and/or orchestra even if they have never picked up an instrument. Art is another amazing option. There have definitely been lots of transitions but we are excited and hopeful with Mr. Tonk now serving as principal. He is definitely committed to growing the school in many ways and serving all the students that attend. You could tell the teachers were excited about Mr. Tonk when we attended back to school night this past fall.

  • (5 months ago)

    I have a 6th grader and an 8th grader at Morey. The band program is outstanding. Academically my kids have had lots of opportunity to think creatively. I like the friends they've made here. My son will be going to East next year and I don't think any other school would have prepared him as well. The new principal is terrific. He has vision and is serious about discipline.

  • (5 months ago)

    My son has attended Morey Middle School for three years now and we have been very pleased with the experience. While there have been a number of changes in school leadership over the years that have been challenging the current principal has done an excellent job of getting things back on track. Despite being the biracial son of two dads he has NEVER experienced bullying during his 2 1/2 years at Morey. We've heard reports of it but have never experienced it first hand. If there were issues I know they have been addressed. Morey offers our son a wide variety of exploratory programs that he has very much enjoyed such as band Spanish and woodshop. He has also excelled in all the fundamental courses as well. If you want to send your kid to a school where they will be sheltered from the real world and only be exposed to a narrow demographic and cultural environment send them to a private or charter school. However if you want your kid to be prepared for the real world and understand that there are many cultures and socio-economic that we must learn to co-exist with then please consider Morey. You won't regret it!

  • (5 months ago)

    My son started in 6th grade this year @ Morey and has loved it from the start. His teachers are excellent and very responsive to any concerns I've had. The principal Noah Tonk is the most committed & passionate principal I have ever seen. We are proud to support our neighborhood school.

  • (6 months ago)

    My son started 6th grade at Morey this fall in the HGT program. I was a little nervous because I'd heard some mixed reviews and we were committing to send him to a school that's a 20 minute drive from our house. After visiting Morey though he was insistent that this was the school for him so we agreed. We are so happy with his experience so far. His teachers are kind supportive and fun. He feels more challenged in his academics than he had all through elementary school. He ended up in Orchestra through a scheduling fluke and by the end of the second day had decided he loved it and wanted to be a Bass player. I cannot say enough good things about the music teacher at Morey! The new principal this year is honest direct and dedicated. He is upfront about the challenges that Morey is facing and never tries to sugar coat them - but he also is relentless in problem solving and truly values the input of parents and from what I've seen his staff. Middle school is a tumultuous time in any kids life but I feel like my child is safe academically challenged and being exposed to a diverse range of people. I am so glad we let him go with his gut and choose Morey!

  • (6 months ago)

    My very petit 6th grade son has loved every day he has spent at Morey and has always felt safe going to school. He tells me that not only has he never felt bullied but that he has not seen any bullying or fights at school. He has consistently been given interesting interdisciplinary assignments and loves the after school clubs. The most surprising thing about Morey for us however has been how caring the teachers are - taking an interest in students extracurricular activities similar to the type of interest we were used to in Elementary school even though each teacher has at least 4-5 times the number of students that grade school teachers have. I cannot imagine him having a better middle school experience anywhere.

  • (6 months ago)

    Morey's principal is a great leader and is making great changes within the school. Morey has teachers that are amazing - some of the best in DPS. Morey offers academic rigor to all students with Honors classes and the only HGT Magnet for middle school. If you are looking for a school that develops the Whole Child - Morey is the place. Morey offers students the ability to explore their passions through exploratory arts classes Enrichment classes and intersession programs. Morey has the best after school program in Middle School - Morey's Neighborhood Center. And don't forget the Mighty Mustangs! Morey continues to be a dominant force in Middle School Athletics! Thanks Morey for being great for my child

  • (6 months ago)

    Morey has a collegial invested-in-learning staff. We were one of the first schools to adopt a teacher collaboration schedule and unlike other schools embraced opening our classrooms and learning from one another. Morey's population reflects the diversity of the city giving students an opportunity to learn from peers whose lives at the end of the day are different from their own. I've had many parents tell me Morey prepared their children for the diversity of high school. Besides a quick drop and subsequent rise Morey has consistently been on the top of the charts in test scores. (A parent who says the school is "on watch" from the Dept. of Ed misinterprets DPS's two-year system for color-coding schools). Morey connects with the community and world. We boast school-led student groups volunteering at plethora of non-profits; parent collaborations with influential state leaders; yearly expeditionary learning trips to San Diego NYC Washington DC 303 Boards Kronke Sports and this year Peru. As a former high school teacher I think Morey prepares students for high school better than most parents teachers and students could hope for.

  • (7 months ago)

    I went to Morey Middle school last year and I hated it there was a BIG bullying problem teachers couldn't teach because they had to get the class to be silent and when they were teaching they would be interupted by students. Parents do NOT let your student(s) go to Morey unless you want them to be tramutized for a year and most likely get bad anxiety.

  • (8 months ago)

    ******PLEASE CONSIDER OTHER OPTIONS BEFORE SENDING YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL***** Our 8th grade HGT child is bored & uninspired at Morey. We will not be sending our HGT elementary school child to this school next year. It is a shame that this is the only middle school option for HGT kids in Denver Public Schools. Our child reports that there is constant disruption in classes; teachers seem bored & uninterested in the students homework is rare; English class has assigned only one book this year so far & it was a typical 6th grade summer reading book & the students had to read along to an audio book during class! [Such a joke...these are HGT students.] There is also zero feedback or contact from our child's advisor. High turnover among teachers and administrators as well. The school is "on watch" by the Dept of Ed due to it's consistent failure as an educational institution for the past several years. This school and the HGT program need a complete overhaul. It is currently a huge disappointment for so many of us parents. It is such a shame especially considering the amount of brainpower being wasted there!

  • (9 months ago)

    This place you call Morey isnt a school it's more of a place you go to wast your day. This school is truly going down hill. My 6th grade year at the school was a thriving learning facility. By my 8th grade year the school is failing and hanging by a thread. Most teachers have absolutely no control what's so ever of the chaotic classes. The hgt program is practically a joke to recruit new students. This school punishes good students for things that shouldn't mean anything and don't do anything to defiant students once they break the law.

  • (9 months ago)

    My school is considerably a bad one. If a good kid does something he is in big trouble. If a bad kid does something the teacher is afraid to even stand up to him annoying. The kids can just walk up and turn down the teacher and the teacher would give them what they want. The teachers have no control it feels like the homework seems to just be what the teachers fail to do in class which is a lot. On assignments that need more teaching the do less. With assignments that need less they do more. Waste of time. Bullying is everywhere I've been bullied here often. Chanted gay etc. Do the teachers help at all no. Disappointing to say i regret being here in my third year. Hgt feels no different than other schools just worse at teaching i wish i could say i feel safe.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am in 7th grade and go to Morey. It is a great school and I learn a lot educationally and a lot about other people and how they have different lives at home. Most of the teachers are great others not as much but they are all pretty good. I have learned a lot in the HGT program but not as much in High Strides. I have never seen bullying. Despite what parents say Morey is a great school and does not have bullying. Morey's extracurricular activities are exciting and fun! The sports and mathletics teams are some of the best in the city. Go Mustangs!

  • (1 year ago)

    If I could give this school a 0 rating it would still be too good. The bullying is too much. The teachers are the worst ever. They don't care whether a student does well or not they only want them out of their hair. My son wanted extra help with a project he didn't understand and was told to figure it out himself. The principal at Morey cares even less. The bullying when brought to her attention is belittled as though it is the persons fault who is being bullied. Some of the teachers have little or no control over their classrooms. When I visited Morey to see how my son was doing his classroom was in complete chaos. If there is any other choice of school for your child I suggest you take it. Morey is no place for learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the worst school I have ever seen. All the teachers and staff turn a blind eye to bullying. The bully's get rewarded and congratulated while the kids being bullied get reprimanded. I had to go to school and throw a fit because 1 teacher was taking my son off campus without our permission. They didn't even do anything to that teacher but they made my son feel horrible for telling me. The principal knows that all of this is going on and doesn't seem to care. My son has also gotten beat up 3 times this year and the bully is still in school tormenting kids. Morey is the worst school you could ever send your child to if you want them to succeed. It is worth it to drive them to a different school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hey i go to morey middle school in the 7th grade. I am in the hgt program and until morey i truly could not like any subjects but now i excel at about everything the school has brought me to yet still brings me new things to learn i honestly found the coolest things thanks to the caring and friendly teachers and awwweeeesoommme people you meet. GO MUSTANGS!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter transferred here from another DPS school for her 8th grade year. So far not only has she excelled in her grades and has made a lot of new friends but the teachers have also had a very active role in making sure she is comfortable in her new surroundings. She went from receiving Ds consistently in math at her previous middle school to participating in mathletics and comprehending math. My only regret is that I didn't transfer her to this school sooner. It has really seemed to open educational doors for her.

  • (1 year ago)

    Take a look at CDE's math growth results for Morey 2013. Some bar graph claims Morey achieved 'expected growth'/green in 2013. Now look at the math TCAP scores for Morey 2012 7th graders 35% Not Proficient. Same kids in 2013 8th graders 47% Not Proficient. 47% of the school are socioeconomically disadvantaged. How is the Core Curriculum working for this school? Compare that to a nearby school (Hill Campus) whose socioeconomic disadvantaged population was 55% last year. They're slightly down/ steady or BETTER depending on the grade.

  • (1 year ago)

    I deeply regret sending my daughter to this school. I thought an HGT program would provide her the challenge she needed. So far it has been easier than her elementary school. The teachers and administrators are reluctant to advance students to the level they desire. No wonder 20% of high school dropouts are gifted.

  • (2 years ago)

    My school is morey middle. I was a student there for a year and it was terrible. The teachers are irresponsible most of the kids are bullies and the education is at sometimes low grade. I had an experience where a teacher graded most of my report card wrong and I ended up doing tons of extra work. Morey isnt the worst school you can go to but it definitely is not the best. I wish i would have known all of this before i went there. Thank you for reading this.

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