School Details

Traut Core Elementary School

2515 Timberwood Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80528
(970) 488-7500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 477 students 21 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.
99%
79%
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84%
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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
  • Poudre School District R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
81%
72%
97%
79%
68%
92%
66%
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.
95%
81%
71%
95%
78%
65%
99%
68%
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
  • Poudre School District R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
77%
65%
96%
82%
70%
91%
62%
49%
93%
72%
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.
96%
77%
66%
97%
81%
69%
90%
61%
47%
96%
74%
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
  • Poudre School District R-1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Traut Core Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fort Collins. 477 students go to Traut Core Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 8% of the 477 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Traut Core Elementary School is 21:1. Linton Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 74%
Hispanic 4% 18%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 3%
Asian 15% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
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 8% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    My daughter wakes up excited for school each morning! The teachers and staff are excellent- very dedicated and supportive to both students and their families. As past posters have mentioned the parental involvement rate is very high attributing to the positive atmosphere of the school. We are very pleased with the Core Knowledge curriculum and appreciate that character development is part of the curriculum as well. Traut definitely has high standards for their students and that is why it is our school of choice!

  • (10 months ago)

    I am a recent graduate of Fossil Ridge High School but I went to Traut Core Knowledge from kindergarten-6th grade. I remember SO much of what I was taught at Traut and it provided an incredible foundation for my learning. My best memories of my childhood are at that school. I go back every once in a while to visit my old teachers. Many of the valedictorians from Fossil went to Traut Core Knowledge. The difficulty and amount of work was more than reasonable at Traut. Also the kids that go to Traut have INCREDIBLE character. I can remember how the teachers stressed good character in everyday life! If I am still in Fort Collins when I have children I will be sending my kids to Traut!

  • (10 months ago)

    I agree this school puts a high pressure on students for test results more than encouraging children to learn in different ways. Administration is ok teachers are ok. I would NOT encourage families who have children with learning challenges to choose this school. They will be pointed out pulled out and ridiculed by other classmates and parents. I can see by many reviews this culture drives families away... and I think this is the point reason it is done. Because this school (although a public PSD school) is 100% SCHOOL OF CHOICE there are minimal kids with diverse backgrounds (be it ethnic religious economic etc.) that prepare these children for the real world. There is a reason why the test results are unusually high. This school is not a true representation of public schooling. Please research you facts and PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN. God bless... and please keep comments respectful!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school. Anyone who spends a little bit of time there will see. The Parent/Teacher/Student partnership is really effective. If you are looking for something different please look at Traut!

  • (1 year ago)

    Traut is an amazing school and the teaching staff is second to none. It was a perfect fit for our child. I love the Core Knowledge Curriculum and am continually impressed with the knowledge my child has acquired. It is a Nationally recognized school earning the Blue Ribbon Award and deservedly so! Your child will be well prepared for middle school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Traut has proven to be a wonderful fit for my children. The teachers here are extraordinary and spend the time necessary to understand each student and create the best path forward to success. It's quite remarkable. However although I don't have any direct experience with other elementary schools I do suspect expectations at Traut are higher than most. That goes for both parents and students. The philosophy at Traut is that parents need to be involved in their child's education (it's not just up to the teachers) but for me that is ok since I definitely agree with that philosophy. Homework starts in First grade (minimal) and by the time the kids reach Fifth it's a pretty heavy load. If I had a complaint it would be the amount of homework for Fifth graders. All in all Traut is a great school. It's consistent outstanding performance and high level of recognition (Blue Ribbon School) certainly support that.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great. It has great teachers and smart students! I would definitely recommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am so thankful for the amazing teachers and other support staff . The teachers go out of their way to make sure each kid has a plan that fits their needs for their developement as an engaged learner. The teachers care about their students and each other. They have pride in working at this school and teaching the Core Knowledge curriculum. The teachers are well prepared and are very experienced. The parent partnership is unqiue and offers an opportunity for the parent to be as invoved as they care to be. The students are taught character qualities everyday and they are weaved into lessons. The students are well behaved and respectful. The students consistenly score at the top of the state on accountability tests. The enviorment is acitve and engaging from the PE classes "Academics in Action" to the fantastic Art education to the creative music programs . On any day you could step into a class and listen to the lesson and you too would be inspired to be a student again. The school offers many afterschool programs. There is also a mentor program for new families so if you get lost in all the aciton there is someone who can help figure it all out with you.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children attend Traut Core Knowledge School. We have thrived here. My daughter comes home so full of excitement and joy for learning. I am not saying the school is perfect. No school is. But it is perfect for us. The parent partnership is one of the things that makes Traut unique. On any given day there are 10-15 or more parents at our school actively involved in our students learning growth and development. It is an incredible experience. One I am pleased to be a part of and one I am thankful my children can experience.

  • (2 years ago)

    My twins attended this school their kindergarten year and the quality of education they received was subpar and the hostile environment allowed was intolerable. The other posters are correct about the principal using intimidation tactics. My children's teacher staff & BaseCamp program was inadequately trained in how to handle my child with a disability. Under their care his and my daughter's self esteem and academic abilities deteriorated. It was a horrible experience watching your kids spirit and self esteem slowly get demolished. This school and their special ed team treated my 5 year old like he was an idiot; incapable of accomplishing anything. Fast forward my children are now longer at this school and they are now at Remington Elementary. Their self esteem and confidence and have flourished in ways that I could not have imagined and the damage that this school has done to my children have been repaired. My son is finally at a school that recognizes him for his brilliance and treats him like a capable human being. Through the school's support they have made huge growth academically & my son is expected to graduate from Special Ed within the next couple of years.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was initially attracted to this school because of its fine reputation. I now know the previous principal created that fine reputation. During the five years at this school the culture has changed dramatically and not for the better...the reputation has been degredated. If I had to do it all over again I would not have chosen this school and now I would not recommend this school to anyone. There are some exceptional teachers at this school and feel badly for those teachers because of the lack of vision support and integrety they have to work under. The strain is most apparent. Traut does offer parent involvement however the principal is so controlling and only encourages involvement along his thinking. The character qualities the school bases its reputation on is not followed by its principal. There is more evidence to this fact as the Parent Advisory Board turnover is so high. If I could have given no stars to the principal at this school I would have. I am in agreement with many of the other poor ratings by parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    There are a lot better choices than Traut. There some great teachers there but the poor teachers take away what the good ones do. This schools lacks leadership for the teachers especially the ones that need some retraining on their teaching skills. Our younger children will not be attending this school in 2013-2014..muitliple concerns.

  • (3 years ago)

    No school is perfect for everyone but when you find the school you fit in...amazing things can happen. We have found Traut to be a great fit for our family. 2 of my 3 children currently attend and I am looking forward to the day my 3rd child can join in the adventure. My children have grown and thrived at Traut. The teachers do more than just the basics. They go above and beyond every single day.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have 2 children here and they have had poor experiences at Traut. We will be leaving this school. Traut does not provide our children with the type of environment that is condusive to learning. We are dissapointed with Traut and only wish we would have taken our children out of this school sooner.

  • (3 years ago)

    Traut Core Knowledge Elementary not only offers a strong Core Knowledge program they have an amazing Character Education Program! We could not be happier at Traut! The teachers are wonderful the staff is friendly and the principal is very visible. Traut has a long history of being a successful school. As with any kind of success there are ebbs and flows as students and parents evolve. An awesome opportunity that Traut has to offer that other schools do not is the ability to partner as a parent with the school. It is more than volunteering in a classroom or working with a PTO. Do not miss this type of opportunity to have your voice heard as a parent. Traut also has many extra-curricular activities and classes to offer from Lego Robotics to Guitar lessons. There are also many foreign language classes offered. If you are interested in learning more about Traut visit the school website and contact the office to attend an orientation. Your child(ren) will get the benefits of a private education without the expense or the concerns of a charter school. I look forward to many more years at such an amazing school! Take the negative comments with a grain of salt.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter will be in 5th grade next year--and she absolutely loves attending Traut. She has learned so much...I'm simply amazed at the curriculum. She is excited each day to go to school and doesn't even complain about her homework. When a child is excited to learn...that says volumes about the school. Big thanks to all the wonderful teachers---especially Mr. Wagner.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are very happy with this school. There are many extracurricular activities and the teachers are great. My kids love Traut.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have to agree with the other poster that said that if a child is struggling they are largely ignored at Traut. Unless you have a child that they feel they can teach the standardized test to then you are out of luck. I say this as a parent of both gifted and struggling students. As far as the teachers go my kids have had a few great teacher and at least one horrible one. So I gave the teacher quality three stars.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have two daughters in this school and think it an excellent school. My children are excited to learn and are thriving with the excellent teaching staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    I do have to agree with the other 1 star ratings. I have seen (not my daughters but my friends) were having some troubles and the school ignored it. The school focuses primarily on the children that will do good on their testing and they focus on getting all children to the level needed to pass the state tests. This school needs to focus on all children equally.

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