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About This School

Harris Bilingual Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fort Collins. 319 students go to Harris Bilingual Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 53% of the 319 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Harris Bilingual Elementary School is 16:1. Laurel Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 71% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 77%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 4%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 2%
Asian 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris Bilingual is a great community of students parents & teachers. Our child has thrived in the immersion program and enjoys learning in Spanish and English. Harris does an excellent job of balancing full immersion and core studies. We feel increadibly lucky to be a part of this community!

  • (9 months ago)

    We love the family and community at Harris Bilingual! Our children get to learn a second language while excelling in all their basic subjects as well. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful always and we have been very pleased. We have had one child already graduate from Harris and two more there now. We love the opportunity of learning a second language on a daily basis!

  • (9 months ago)

    I like Harris Elementary because the teachers are highly educated and speak Spanish and English. The front desk secretaries cafeteria ladies and custodian all take part in extra school activities and are wonderful to work with. In five years of attendance my son has not once complained about his teachers. The educational aspect of the school is excellent as my son is progressing through the school it is obvious that the teachers are effective at their trade. Class size is in the mid-twenties and the teachers often have student teachers volunteers or teacher aids to assist with the children. Harris has a great Parent/Teacher organization also.

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris is a fantastic school with caring teachers involved parents and a unique learning environment. It is amazing to see both of my children learning to read and to think in Spanish. At the same time their reading and writing in English is progressing on track and they are both doing very well in math. They both enjoy school - their teachers their friends and the curriculum. We are happy to be a part of Harris Bilingual.

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris Bilingual is an amazing resource for our children! The exposure to culture and immersion in language has been such a positive experience for our daughter. I believe it will be a defining experience for the rest of her life.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is a first grader at Harris Elementary. It is a wonderful opportunity for him a truly bilingual immersion school that is also very strong in literacy and mathematics. Like all schools in the Poudre School District all students have science social studies art music PE computer literacy and instruction in use of the library. By the time the children native English speakers finish 5th grade they are fluent in Spanish. He's already learned to understand and speak a lot of Spanish. The school has great teachers and a lot of involvement by the parents. Because all students are admitted by a competitive lottery all of the parents want their children in the school and are dedicated to the school's success.

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris Bilingual Elementary offers an incredible program for students to learn English and Spanish through a dual language program model. Based on how the program is created it fosters deeper understanding of subject matters and more opportunities for diverse cultural application. The students who graduate from the program leave Harris bilingual and bi-literate in both English and Spanish. As a former bilingual teacher there is no other program that I would choose for my children. Now having 3 of my children go through the Harris program I am very pleased with their abilities not just in being bi-lingual but it has also fostered higher level learning and comprehension in other subject areas as well.

  • (9 months ago)

    We live in Fort Collins Co Poudre School District. This district is full of many great schools. You have the school of choice option which is great you really cant go wrong. The only school I would choice into was Harris. We got in and were excited to start the bilingual education for our children. Harris has a great approach to teach children in Spanish and English. The teachers staff students PTO and parents come together as a great big family to support the education of our youth in the community. It takes a village and we are so happy to be in the Harris "village". We are always looking for ways we can support the work being done in our classrooms the growth of knowledge for each and every student. Your extra support would be graciously received and used to reach our goal! Thank you!

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris is a great school that teaches our kids to learn in two languages. The life long skill of a second language never leaves the students. The teachers are exceptional and the education is excellent.

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris Bilingual is an incredible school. My third grader has had excellent teachers who go above and beyond to ensure each students specific needs are addressed. Add to that that my child will be bilingual if she keeps up her Spanish in Middle and High School!! The teachers and staff work well with parents to create a community that feels like home. I cannot say enough about how much I love this school for my daughter.

  • (9 months ago)

    Harris is an excellent school. We have always found the teachers to be exceptional in engaging students in learning. Colorado State University completed research on Harris and found our students to have statistically highers scores on their ACT and SAT scores when they reached high school. As I parent I am thrilled about this.

  • (11 months ago)

    i had the worst experiance ever they were way to strict on rules you couldn't hurt anyone even if your playing a sport and you accidentally hurt someone TO THE PRINCIPLE!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Harris is a bilingual school but there is very little support for English speakers learning Spanish. I had 2 kids go through K-5 and I saw a varied understanding among their classmates. Some were "fluent" and some "checked out" during Spanish week. The emphasis is on aural understanding and reading with very little attention paid to speaking and writing. The grammar of Spanish does not get introduced until 5th grade. So essentially my daughters could listen to NPR in Spanish and read at close to grade level but they can't write or speak grammatically correctly. That being said the teachers are for the most part amazing. The culture of the school is very inclusive and diverse. I also love that it is a small school and run with a high expectation for behavior and respect. The only other part of being at Harris that was sometimes challenging was the imaginary line between the Spanish speaking parents and the English speaking parents. Parental involvement is HIGH but it tends to be lop-sided.

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