School Details

Blue Heron Elementary School

5987 West Dorado Dr, Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 982-2770
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 515 students 19 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

82%
74%
72%
79%
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73%
51%
56%
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.
95%
76%
70%
89%
80%
73%
75%
61%
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 2011
  • Jeffco Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
77%
72%
76%
76%
68%
54%
58%
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.
96%
75%
71%
84%
73%
65%
76%
63%
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 2011
  • Jeffco Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
70%
65%
78%
78%
70%
59%
59%
49%
69%
63%
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.
74%
71%
66%
74%
78%
69%
57%
58%
47%
68%
66%
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 2011
  • Jeffco Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
70%
62%
88%
83%
73%
70%
67%
58%

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.
76%
71%
63%
78%
82%
71%
76%
71%
62%

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 2011
  • Jeffco Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Blue Heron Elementary School is a public elementary school. 515 students attend Blue Heron Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 14% of the 515 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Blue Heron Elementary School is 19:1. Leawood Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 74%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 19% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Asian 14% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are wonderful and the entire staff works very hard to ensure the children receive a quality education. My problem is with the Blue Heron/Grant Ranch mothers'. They are ridiculous. They will literally turn their back on you if you are not in their clique--juvenile is the only word to describe their behavior. Unfortunately these mom's have a lot of power in the school as well as instilling that attitude in their own children .It makes for an uncomfortable situation socially for kids and parents. If you and your child are laid back it won't be a problem but if you really want to be an involved parent or if you have a sensitive child it can be rough. If the latter is the case opt for Grant Ranch Elementary the parents are much nicer.

  • (3 years ago)

    Blue Heron has a great preschool with wonderful staff who really care about the kids! The teachers emphasize good manners and expect the kids to learn how to do things for themselves zipping coats cleaning messes etc. There is a focus on literacy and the teachers require that the kids pay attention. Bad behavior is not tolerated. The kids have fun and especially love center time!

  • (4 years ago)

    Awesome teachers who really care about the children

  • (4 years ago)

    The school creates and supports a strong teacher student parent relationship.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a wonderful school with supportive staff and parent community. It is a great place for our children to be!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love working with the amazing kiddos and parents!

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff is so dedicated to helping ALL children and we have wonderful supportive parents!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff all love our children!! We are a close knit school and the staff are all wonderful!!

  • (4 years ago)

    What a great school! I put 3 kids through Blue Heron and they all LOVED it! I would most definitely recommend Blue Heron to anyone looking for a great school in Littleton. I always found the staff to be helpful friendly and willing to spend extra time with me or my kids. Great job Blue Heron!

  • (4 years ago)

    Progressive school where students love to learn & the teachers are dedicated professionals that love their job

  • (4 years ago)

    My nephew and niece attend(ed) Blue Herron since the school opened. My sister-in-law is also a teacher there. I see how involved she and the other staff are and how concerned they are for the children.

  • (4 years ago)

    I completely agree with the comments about the cliques negativity and attitudes toward the families who don't live in Grant Ranch and do not have a lot of money. One of my children will graduate from 6th grade this year and I have another in 3rd. I loved Mr. Melina as principal not to impressed with the current principal. He does seem to favor the wealthier families who Moms can stay home and be invloved in everything. Not so much for the parents that have to work. My kids have had good and bad teachers. I have nothing great to say about this school but nothing horrible. However my opinions weigh further to the negative side. I am seriously considering moving my 3rd grader the a different school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has been attending Blue Heron for the last 2 years. I agree with another parent's comments regarding cliques--the parents are not very friendly unless you're in their group and these negative attitudes carry on to their children and the children only play and interact with children of their parents friends. 80% of the parents are not friendly and act like they are better than everyone--except their friends--of course. I have been impressed with the teachers thus far but not the principal. He seems to only care about the 'chosen ones' --the parents who run the school. I do love the school--the education my child is receiving but there are a lot of negatives. I was reluctent to move into Grant Ranch and although I have met a number of friendly people most are uppity and are very friendly.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is run like a tight ship. It is a happy safe and productive place.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have been going to this school for several years. I am impressed by the school for its academic aspect but am unimpressed by the school showing any improvement with diversity or for the children that may lack some part of the social aspect due to financial status. I don't know if this is caused by the surrounding area having less financial difficulties or because certian morals have been left out of curriculum.

  • (8 years ago)

    The culture and atmosphere of this beautiful school is disappointing. There is a lot of cliques and negative attitudes of the students and the parents. Hopefully the new principle will be able to balance the strong negative influence of a few with the positive influence of the teachers and parents who want to create a nurturing postive healthy learning environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is excellent for a public school education. Children come first. Teachers take special interest in individual children. Physical fitness is very important as well as making a child feel special.

  • (8 years ago)

    Rudy Melena as principal of Blue Heron has been with the school since before it was even built. From the very beginning he assembled a great team of teachers and has been exceptional in working with the parents and the community. Blue Heron has added new and interesting extracurricular activities each year. With the diversity of free and low cost programs available at the school Blue Heron students have the opportunity to join in a wide variety of programs while staying in the safe environment of the school. Parents are more involved with the school and programs at Blue Heron than at any other school I have been involved with. I think Blue Heron is one of the finest elementary schools in the state.

  • (8 years ago)

    We were very impressed at the two visits we had when we chose the school. However we have not seen all that we were promised about differenciated learning an meetint students needs at the top of the class. Extracurricular activites have been great. We have not seen the level of parent involvement that was talked about.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is our first year at Blue Heron but I have been so impressed with the commitment of the staff especially the principal. Understanding that impressions and the rating of the year is based on the one teacher that we have experienced it has been outstanding. If the rest of the teachers are this fabulous I couldn't ask for more. There is heavy parent involvement but it seems to be the same parents that are involved. The extra festivals and activities have been first rate.

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