EXPLORER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4190 BARDOT DR
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80920
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Phone: 719-234-4400
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Academy School District 20
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 67.9
  • Number Students: 475
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4224
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Maureen Lang
  • 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 (21 ratings)
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    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-12
    "I love having my kids at Explorer. It's a neighborhood school with 3 classes at each grade level and a preschool. There are no busses, so most kids walk or ride bikes in warm weather. The principal is amazing - very positive and professional. I've never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She and the asst. principal get along really well, love to have fun, and do things to get to know the kids like being on recess duty or having lunch with a few kids each week until they meet them all. The staff is very welcoming. Many of them have a lot of experience. They also have fresh faces, though, so it's a good mix. There is a very strong TAG program that supports kids at all grades, not just those in 3rd-5th who have been formally identified as talented and gifted. They also have a good special ed program and RtI for kids who are struggling. The staff seems to treat kids like they are all theirs and there is great collaboration and teamwork. The P.E. teacher offers free intramurals and there are lots of clubs and activities, too. The PTA is amazing. They offer several free family events in addition to fundraisers and are very supportive of the staff."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-22
    "This is our first year at this school and I am so happy with our decision. They provide individual plans for your child, whether they need a little extra help or are advanced. The teachers provide great communication. We couldn't be happier. I am only upset with GreatSchools Rating...growth, seriously? Look at the actual test results if you want to see the real value of this school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-16
    "When we moved to the area, we chose Explorer as a school for our children based on current reviews at the time, and a very nice tour of the school. After two months, however, we found that our students' needs were not being addressed, the counselors were offering sub-par help for our child in need, and the teachers were slow to make changes for our advanced girls. When the students are tested in week 1 for placement, it should not take more than an entire quarter to finally test them further for Talented and Gifted. My 4th grader spent 10 weeks learning nothing in Math, for example. She also tested well above grade level for reading and language, and yet even at the quarter's end, the teachers were still not placing her in a better class for her ability. We feel that we lost all that time on their learning, with not much hope for improvement. When it came time to transfer out (which we did), none of the teachers, the counselors, the assistant principal or principal took the time to ask "Why?". I found that shocking. What administration wouldn't want to know why they were losing students? They didn't seem to care at all."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-10
    "I love this school! My son is in his second year and is thriving. All his teacher's have been outstanding and the principal and staff committed, engaged and caring. I can't say enough good things about this school. There is also a lot of parent participation."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-08
    "I am very impressed with this school. One of the strongest points about this school and district 20 is communication with the parents. They do an excellent job communicating with parents, from emails, to videos, to district classes, parent portal etc... Explorer has an active PTA and the money raised goes to grants for school programs. This is the only elementary school in CS with the STEM, science, technology, engineering and math specialized program. STEM is in addition to the computers and iPads in the classroom and separate technology class. It's impressive. But at the same time the school is cozy, warm and inviting. This school is a true neighborhood school. Very few students are bused in we all walk in together."
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