GOLD RUSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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12021 S SWIFT FOX WAY
PARKER, CO 80134
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Phone: 303-387-7700
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Douglas County School District No. Re 1
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 116.7
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 49
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4202
  • Poverty Level: 0 - 5.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Jenny Brown
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (20 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-14
    "I am a student at this school, and where do I start with this school! They have caring and kind staff that guide you through the day. Our principle, Jenny Brown, makes sure all of us kids are safe. We have a state of the art security system that keeps the kids safe. There are really fun activites that the school provides, there are also many fundraisers. I have been going to Gold Rush since kindergarten, and loved it. This school focuses on each student and their many qualities."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-29
    "Douglas County Schools are no longer great like they used to be. High teacher turnover. No maintenance being done on the schools. Superintendent and BOE only care about making themselves look "21st century" or "World Class". Teachers that are left do their best. Administration and teachers have no say in your child's education and work in fear of losing their jobs."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-02
    "Gold Rush Elementary is a wonderful place for children. I have two children at the school. What I can highlight is the fact that the staff is warm and caring. The teachers are very approachable and care about the whole child. Academics could be stronger and more consistent in each grade level. The new principal, Jenny Brown, is very concerned with bringing in great training for her entire staff. Her other focus this year is getting class sizes down. We are adding 3 teachers to our school. How fantastic! The school offers art club, chess club, choir, running club, band (not on site) and a 'drama club'. We participate in battle of the books, and our local spelling bee. Security is a huge focus at this school. EACH morning there are many teachers standing curbside to greet the children and help them out of cars---including the principal and vice principal. The teachers come out to the playground (where the students remain until the first bell is about to ring) and then the walk in with their classes. Students are rewarded with Golden Tickets for good behavior and TOP DOG awards for striving to meet the school academic and social goals."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-24
    "This school has done a good job academically, test score wise, teaching my child. They spend a lot of time in that area! To the expense of,the whole child. Most of the kids at the school get only one short recess a day, lunch recess. The school does not seem to do well with the social or emotional growth of children. Planning few "fun" appropriate developmental level activities. Well, a sock hop in which 2nd graders are asking each other to a date for the event. Hmmm. Seems like the parents at this school as well as staff and administration to want kids who behave like adults. If you don't have lots of money or want to pretend to have lots of money watch out. We are asked to throw out money for every event, even crazy hair day and a school play which only includes 50 kids out of 720 whose parents are able to easily pay $200! Hardly something worth touting on the school's website. So, elitist, rich white folks who think they are doing a great service but don't see where they lack. Getting the whole child ready for the future. There is chaos and safety issues upon entering the school each day and in the hallways kids run, guess that's how they make up for no recess!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-15
    "30+ students to teacher for last three years, don't let the false review by the employee below fool you, I have the class list to prove it. We've been attending since the school opened with numerous promises of Spanish as second language, band, running clubs, two full time kindergarten classes with two aids per teacher, all promises cancelled after signing up for fulltime. Every year a new principal, or new teachers midyear, etc. Complete inconsistencies' in academics between teachers in same grade (parents group comparing curriculum between teachers). When you speak to the administration concerning issues or giving support, you can see the District's Hand speaking for them as they are just puppets. The largest complaint, "no consistency!" Every time the kids set their hearts on something, the school makes a change, or the staff completely changes. It is known that DCSD is non union and several friends that are pursuing their PHD's advise they would never work for DCSD. They advise teachers in DCSD are short term to gather experience, then find union scale pay outside the district. My experience and other parents feel the same. Gold Rush has failed, "F"."
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