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: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Douglas County School District No. Re 1
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 107.3
  • Number Students: 751
  • Number Teachers: 49
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4109
  • 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 (18 ratings)
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    School Reviews (18 Reviews)
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    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"."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-04
    "Our kids have been at Gold Rush since it opened. Luckily the school is on a better track with the new principal but it will take a lot to create some much needed change. The principal that opened this school created a climate that made it difficult to make suggestions or voice concerns. Expectations aren't given for what is taught and this is quite evident within grade levels. One teacher in third might teach X facts but another in the same grade doesn't. There is absolutely no consistency in curriculum. My child has literally had a different spelling program for each of the 5 years there with one year having none at all! Where is the philosophy and vision ? You just don't know what your kid will get year to year. The math curriculum has major gaps and when the students enter middle school they are lacking basic skills because the teachers do not supplement with these skills. Their only award, Top Dog, is almost impossible for a student to get. It's either all or nothing. However the middle school recognizes students using a variety of criteria-all A's, A's and B's, etc.., work habits, etc.. Many families have chosen charters and home school over going to Gold Rush!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-06
    "This is one of the best schools I've ever had the pleasure of being associated with, as a parent AND employee. I feel I have to address some of the disparaging comments from previous reviewers. About class size, yes, the classes are larger than some schools, HOWEVER, there is a dedicated EA (assistant) in each grade, plus many parent volunteers. The teachers often use the EAs/Volunteers to split the class in half to do group teaching, so instead of one teacher for 22, 28 or even 30 students, it's one to 15, which is a great ratio. The school uses a great budget model, so there have been little to no cuts in specials, EAs, library, technology, and other areas. You won't see many DCSD schools with all these resources still intact. Regarding the principal situation, there were 2 interim principals because no one at this school wanted to 'jump the gun', and hire someone quickly who was perhaps not the best fit for the school. So they took their time and have found a wonderful, experienced principal for next year. If I were to choose again, I would still pick Gold Rush as the best place for my children."
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