School Details

Skinner Middle School

3435 West 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
(720) 424-1420
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 370 students 16 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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.
52%
51%
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71%
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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 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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
46%
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57%
52%
68%
57%
49%
61%

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.
33%
38%
53%
45%
49%
67%
37%
43%
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 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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

31%
39%
52%
49%
47%
67%
32%
34%
52%
38%
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56%

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.
25%
36%
51%
50%
51%
67%
22%
30%
49%
32%
37%
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 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
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Skinner Middle School is a public middle school in Denver. The principal of Skinner Middle School is Michelle Koyama, whose e-mail is michelle_koyama@dpsk12.org. 370 students go to Skinner Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and White, non-Hispanic. 86% of the 370 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Skinner Middle School is 16:1. St Catherine Of Siena Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 58%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 15% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 14%
Multiracial 1% 3%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I am a 7th grader in the 2014-2015 school year. I love the sports teachers and the Uplift program. Otherwise I hate this school. We have 25 minutes of lunch and recess and we have to be silent at lunch and sit in assigned seats. The students at this school fight do drugs and cuss at teachers and students. I feel as if the principal is not involved as she should be. and may i add that we have dress code for gang related things. Never send your kid here. They will have a horrible middle school memory.

  • (10 months ago)

    Skinner went downhill this year. They doubled the student body and teachers have turned into bullies. My daughter has obvious social anxiety and some teachers principal and afterschool Uplift coordinater punish her and refuse to find a way to help her communicate. A science teacher there routinely loses students work. He also humiliates various students for no reason. If you send your child here advocate for them. Many teachers do nothing about bullying and the principal is worse.

  • (1 year ago)

    Skinner Middle School is a school that deserves recognition due to all its dedicated staff and excellent work ethics towards working and providing the best services for students. Skinner also works along student's families and the community to provide services. Also Skinner has develop systems that provide strong structures for students. Skinner has also construe a strong support team staff (throughout the years) that works together as a well developed foundation to provide mental health support and discipline for all the middle school kids. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to be part of their team as their school psychologist intern for this the school year 2013-2014.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a Special Needs student and we couldn't be happier about her attending Skinner. Teachers from all over the school know her by name and say hello to her and several times teachers have come up to us thanking us for sending her to Skinner! They not only watch and meet her academic needs but her social as well. This is her first year at Skinner and she already has made several good friends as well as being liked and welcomed by other students. The staff from custodians and cooks to the principal love the students and it shows every day. Not only when they greet each kid by name as they enter the school but by how they push each kid to do their best in a very positive way. My daughter who for years has had real trouble reading is now reading on her own every night. She is adamant that her homework gets done "for my teacher " and tries her very hardest to do it right and well. The administration is excellent in communicating with parents and the PTA is very strong with a lot of community support for this staff and school. Full disclosure I'm a middle school teacher in another district and in my 20 years of teaching have never seen a better middle school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I believe that all the teachers at Skinner are invested in my child's growth. This includes both the academically and socially.

  • (1 year ago)

    Being at Skinner was a awesome experience. It really showed me the importance of education and responsibly. Itwas the best four years of my life. I will never forget skinner and my experience there.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is an example of what a small number of dedicated people can do to make a change. In the past five years Skinner has evolved into a rising star in Denver Public Schools as a traditional middle school. Six years ago many parents choiced out of this neighborhood school and now parents are concerned that they won't be able to get in. Skinner's focus on academic achievement and a culture of inclusion are exemplary. Sports are offered year round to help kids become more focused with the hope of fostering self esteem a sense of achievement and a competitive drive to succeed. A great option for those looking for the traditional middle school experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fantastic teachers and staff who go above and beyond to help the kids. Test scores are rising but it will always be lower than schools that have kids that have more advantages outside of school. Our only major complaint is that there is no recess of any length for the kids. It is tough for 6th-8th graders to be in school for so long without any running around each day outside of a few minutes at lunch.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so happy with my daughter's school. She has really excelled on so many levels. Moving her to Skinner was a good choice. She is learning lots very active loves the teachers and staff. I love that this is a no nonsense school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very caring staff with high student expectations. Students are both challenged and supported. The office has an open door policy and everyone there is professional and very helpful. Teachers go well above and beyond in efforts to provide a quality learning environment.

  • (1 year ago)

    At the beginning of the year I had my doubts about this school...not anymore! I can tell you this is a GREAT school! The Principal is always at the top of every single thing at school she is a true leader. The teachers are caring and they really worry about the success of each student. My daughter was used to very heavy loads of homework and she always did her best and she was kinf of hating school but now with so many support from her teachers she is actually ENJOYING school and LEARNING at the same time and THRIVING!. The staff really has brought the best of her and she absolutelly LOVES her school. The after school programs offered are incredible. The students have a lot to choose from. The parent involvement still got a litle work to do but we are trying for example there is this group called The Grants and they are amazing...caring for the school and the neighborhood. So come take a look you wont regret it!

  • (2 years ago)

    Do not send your kid here the majority of the teachers only care about their paychecks not children's educations. The principle disrespects students so do multiple teachers. Me and many other students have been called ignorant for common mistakes. It is not good. They overload you with work and blame you for being behind. All of my stress is because of Skinner Middle School.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our 6th grader is thriving at Skinner this year. Classes are interesting and challenging the sports team experience was wonderful and the drama club is a big hit. Our child is finding a great balance of support and independence at least so far. This is the well-rounded neighborhood middle school experience we had hoped for and we are so pleased we made this decision. We recommend Skinner without reservation!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently a 7th Grade student attending the 2010-2011 school year. I think Skinner is a great school. I LOVE going to school each day. All the teachers are very nice and they motivate you to get the work done. I'm in all the honors classes. They have great expectations and expect you to meet them. Our honors classes are overflowing with students. I have fun in every class and I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    i dont know just that the girls in skinner want to fight their parents might not know that but i a teen im suffering it and skinner is not good for some students

  • (5 years ago)

    Skinner offers great arts and sports community involement and a well rounded academic experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended Skinner for 8th grader during the 07-08 school year and I was really impressed with the high expectations of academic excellence at this school. The principal is very demanding in regard to academics but also has excellent rapport with the students. The students seem to like it that someone there are high expectations as it gives them the message that they are capable. The Skinner Neighborhood Center which is housed at Skinner and offers enrichment programs for the students after school is a real gift to the youth in the neighborhood. My son participated in the pre-collegiate program and got to visit a college campus at least one Saturday every month during the school year. This has really motivated him now that he is in high school. Skinner did an excellent job of preparing my son for the college prep high school that he now attends.

  • (6 years ago)

    Skinner Middle School is a great place to work and learn. The school currently has very strong and positive leadership. The school has a low enrollment which helps to create a family atmosphere. The staff really are able to get to know their students. You can walk into any classroom and by looking at the white or black board know exactly what the students will be learning on any given day. Our northwest Denver schools get a bad rap but I believe that if someone spends meaningful time visiting Skinner they will find a school where students are learning and moving toward reaching their full potential. An earlier posting described a school that was quite segregated. Whatever elements existed at the time of that posting are not a part of the current Skinner Middle School.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at Skinner Middle School..I believe that Skinner is a Great school! i love being at school everyday.. The teachers are so kind smart and helpful! Send your child(ren) to Skinner Middle School!

  • (8 years ago)

    Skinner to be honest is a very good school but the reason I rated it the way I did is because the new princple is very strict! And well maybe that may be good quality for the parents of many students for various reasons of course but if you want your kid to enjoy school. then if I was you I wouldnt send them to Skinner Middle School. Why? because we have no socials no field trips practiclly no nothing! Now I as a student also know that grades come first then fun but really students need a break too! Especially on festivities not only because of too much work but also because of other reasons. So this school has gone from B to a D through the past year and all because the princple is way to obsessed with the idea that every minute should be spent 'learning?'

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