Dennison Elementary School

Public K-6

 401 Independence Street
       Lakewood, CO  80226-1082


 (303) 982-6382

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
2nd of 905 Colorado Elementary Schools


Student/Teacher Ratio:  18.3
Number of students:  624

Racial breakdown:

White:
73.9%
Hispanic:
14.4%
Two or more races:
5.3%
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  6.7%

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Updated Thursday, September 1, 2016, based on the 2015-16 school year test scores.

Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2016, Dennison Elementary School ranked better than 99.8% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranked first among 98 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1! (See more...)
Compare Details In 2016 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.68. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (73.9%), Hispanic (14.4%), two or more races (5.3%). (See more...)
Compare Details 6.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dennison Elementary School is 18.3, which is the 40th best among 98 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
Compare Dennison Elementary School employs 34 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2016 Rankings:

Dennison Elementary School:

SchoolDigger Ranks Dennison Elementary School 2nd of 905 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Dennison Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 29th of 106 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dennison Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 96.27 3rd 803 99.6% 5 star ranking
2005 95.38 3rd 818 99.6% 5 star ranking
2006 95.73 3rd 824 99.6% 5 star ranking
2007 96.08 3rd 848 99.6% 5 star ranking
2008 96.01 3rd 846 99.6% 5 star ranking
2009 96.12 3rd 870 99.7% 5 star ranking
2010 96.56 2nd 918 99.8% 5 star ranking
2011 95.97 3rd 928 99.7% 5 star ranking
2012 95.86 4th 929 99.6% 5 star ranking
2013 96.24 4th 948 99.6% 5 star ranking
2014 96.07 5th 956 99.5% 5 star ranking
2015 99.44 5th 936 99.5% 5 star ranking
2016 99.68 2nd 905 99.8% 5 star ranking

Test score data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Dennison Elementary School Test Scores

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Test score data source: Colorado Department of Education

About the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers: In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortia as a governing member in August 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts/literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments. About 10 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9.

Source: Colorado DOE

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by a parent
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open Quote Apparently the "citizen" who disparaged Dennison and its lottery process failed to thoroughly research the school. It is clearly stated on the school website in all capital letters that "IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND OBSERVE IN CLASSROOMS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ENROLLMENT." Please do not bash the school and its process because you cannot read directions. This mandatory process has been in place and publicized since I completed a choice enrollment form for my child 8 years ago! I attended the meetings, filled out the appropriate forms, unfortunately we were not high enough on the list the first year.

I completed the same process the next year, including attending the MANDATORY meetings AGAIN, and we thankfully were choiced in using the same process that every other school uses for choice enrollment. Again, it is unfair to rate the school based upon your failure to follow directions.

I have several children that have or currently attend Dennison and I could not be more pleased with the education they have received. The school is very family centric and parent involvement is tantamount to the education they receive from the teachers and administrators at the school. It is a lot of work and a huge commitment for both the kids and parents in the school, however, it is worth the end result. One of my children has moved on to 7th grade and the preparation he received from Dennison has made the transition to middle school almost seamless. Close Quote


by a citizen
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Open Quote Good luck getting in if you aren't able to make their parent information meetings that are, apparently, MANDATORY for being included in their exclusive version of the choice enrollment lottery. Nowhere on their school page on the Jeffco website do they tell you that attendance at one of these limited parent information nights is mandatory to be allowed the privilege of being considered for choice enrollment in their apparently elitist school.

It shouldn't matter how many families wish to be included in the choice enrollment lottery for ANY school in Jefferson County. All county schools receiving county funds should be required to abide by the same choice enrollment rules and deadlines, allowing ALL tax-paying Jefferson County citizens equal opportunity for consideration in what is supposedly be a fair, lottery-based choice enrollment system.

Dennison's choice to impose additional, unpublicized rules and restrictions to this lottery application process stacks the deck in favor some families over others based on their personal availability and proximity to the school, and provides an unfair and undeserved advantage for some residents over others with no due cause. The Jefferson County school board should not allow schools receiving public funds to subvert the fair lottery system in this way, and needs to take action to correct this situation immediately.

This may be an excellent school, but the administration needs to step down from their elitist position, and provide a truly fair, equal opportunity for all Jefferson county citizens to enroll their children in this or any other Jefferson County public school. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 25, 2014

Open Quote Great school. Preparing kids for more than just answers. Kids learn to work hard for results. Plenty of other activities also are a part of the school and the kids aren't just academic machines. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, August 15, 2014

Open Quote I drives me nuts to see non-Dennison "citizens" giving a school a one star when they clearly know nothing about this school or its philosophy. If there are a lot of teacher's kids here it's because they know Dennison's standard of excellence and choose to lottery in. As for the rest of us, not everyone knows about this school and/or, not everyone is willing to drive to this location for this educational opportunity. There are excellent school elsewhere in the district that are just as hard to get into, because if you don't live in that neighborhood you still have to try to lottery/choice in. Having said all that, this is a rigorous school no question. There is homework in EVERY grade. These kids work hard for their grades; there are no handouts. Kids get dinged forgetting to write down their class number or the assignment number or the dollar sign in front of the answer to a math problem. So what? If I want to see my child excel in STEM then better to learn now...there isn't room for error in those fields of study. It's not about how to take a test but rather how to be an effective student and how to study. Slow down, read the directions, and double check your work. These kids need not to "test in" to show how smart they are. Like my kid, most of these kids are the average Joe, but Dennison empowers them to be all that they can be. The bar is set high and these kids rise to the challenge. ALL schools should operate in the mindset of this school. It's not a magic pill, it's a lot of hard work, plain and simple. Close Quote


by a citizen
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Open Quote Dennison is effectively a private school within the Jeffco public school system. Very few minorities or children of poorer parents attend - far less than the Jeffco averages and even more so considering the area the school is located in. Maybe that is because minority and economically disadvantaged parents simply don't want a good education for their children. Or maybe it is because Jeffco sends its buses to the richest and whitest portions of the county to bring the privileged children to Dennison.

If you can win the not-so-transparent lottery great. I've heard that an amazingly high number of Jeffco teacher's children attend Dennison. I guess they are just lucky.

There are no classical/back-to-basic charter school alternatives in the middle of Jefferson County (shame on Jefferson County R1 schools!) so try to transfer your kids into one of the better performing neighborhood schools as Jeffco allows out-of neighborhood transfers on a space available basis. Of course, you will have to provide the transportation to keep your kids out of Jeffco's many educational gulags. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 13, 2012

Open Quote Of course the lottery process has zero transparency...it's a lottery! I get it, it's a nail biter we've been there. Openings change from year to year depending on how many incoming siblings are registered. One year it can be 20 opens another year it can be 40, maybe more, I don't work in the office. The year my child came in we were in the low 20s and I didn't hear anything for months. However, I do know the staff cannot tell you the number they are working on because they have outstanding calls to families with lower numbers. The staff need a decline or acceptance of the open offer before the staff can move onto the next. It is my understanding that this process isn't complete until the middle of summer. Let us not blame the staff but rather those who have a low lottery number and don't get back to the school in a timely fashion. It is egregious and outright unreasonable for the previous parent to give this school a one star when clearly this person know nothing of the standards, academics, teachers, etc. of this truly incredibly awesome life changing incomparable elementary school. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Open Quote Good luck getting in though. Admissions are by lottery only. I'd rather take a test and earn my way into a good school then just leave it up to random chance. The lottery process has zero transparency. They don't tell you how many openings they have each year, how many siblings got in or how the number you are assigned fits in with any of these other numbers. At the very least they should post a website saying the next opening will go to number XX. Then you would know how far your number was from the current number. No that would be way to hard for weary administrators. I mean updating a number every week or so is hard work. Why would they want to lift a finger to let concerned parents know if they are even close to getting in to this incredibly awesome life changing incomparable elementary school. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Quote Dennison Elementary school is ranked as 3rd in the state out of all the elementary schools with the 1st and 2nd schools being GT or advanced placement schools for which you need to test-in to attend. Dennison also holds the distinguished honor of wining the "Blue Ribbon Award two times! It is the only Colorado elementary school to have won this award twice. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Dennison Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 563 2 5 15 4 n/a n/a 0 589
1989 491 1 5 19 3 n/a n/a 0 519
1990 473 1 6 22 1 n/a n/a 0 503
1991 484 2 8 23 1 n/a n/a 0 518
1992 353 3 7 11 0 n/a n/a 0 374
1993 358 2 7 8 0 n/a n/a 0 375
1994 370 2 9 7 0 n/a n/a 0 388
1995 503 8 12 18 1 n/a n/a 0 542
1996 503 8 12 18 1 n/a n/a 0 542
1997 531 9 13 20 1 n/a n/a 0 574
1998 561 9 13 20 1 n/a n/a 0 604
1999 561 10 11 24 1 n/a n/a 0 607
2000 557 9 10 27 1 n/a n/a 0 604
2001 550 8 15 29 2 n/a n/a 0 604
2002 550 5 17 29 5 n/a n/a 0 606
2003 550 5 17 29 5 n/a n/a 0 606
2004 555 6 20 30 5 n/a n/a 0 616
2005 545 2 23 32 5 n/a n/a 0 607
2006 546 2 34 31 5 n/a n/a 0 618
2007 529 3 37 41 8 n/a n/a 0 618
2008 526 3 38 49 8 n/a n/a 0 624
2009 508 4 44 62 8 n/a n/a 0 626
2010 488 5 48 72 13 n/a n/a 0 626
2011 463 3 34 96 4 1 23 0 624
2012 455 4 37 95 3 0 31 0 625
2013 449 5 33 104 3 0 32 0 626
2014 460 5 27 98 5 0 27 0 622
2015 461 7 29 90 4 0 33 0 624

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Dennison Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 589 22.4 26.2 n/a
1989 519 21.4 24.2 2.5
1990 503 20.6 24.4 5.2
1991 518 20.1 25.7 4.1
1992 374 21.1 17.7 4.0
1993 375 13.2 28.4 1.9
1994 388 15.0 25.9 2.1
1995 542 21.1 25.7 2.4
1996 542 21.1 25.7 2.4
1997 574 23.1 24.8 2.6
1998 604 23.9 25.3 3.0
1999 607 24.9 24.4 2.1
2000 604 24.5 24.7 2.6
2001 604 25.8 23.4 2.3
2002 606 28.6 21.2 1.7
2003 606 28.6 21.2 1.7
2004 616 28.8 21.4 2.9
2005 607 27.2 22.3 2.5
2006 618 27.9 22.2 3.9
2007 618 33.8 18.3 4.9
2008 624 36.2 17.2 4.8
2009 626 36.4 17.2 5.4
2010 626 36.2 17.2 6.7
2011 624 32.4 19.2 8.2
2012 625 33.6 18.6 8.5
2013 626 28.8 21.7 9.1
2014 622 30.0 20.7 6.8
2015 624 34.0 18.3 6.7

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the FRAC Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Dennison Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 589 22.4 26.2 n/a
1989 519 21.4 24.2 2.5
1990 503 20.6 24.4 5.2
1991 518 20.1 25.7 4.1
1992 374 21.1 17.7 4.0
1993 375 13.2 28.4 1.9
1994 388 15.0 25.9 2.1
1995 542 21.1 25.7 2.4
1996 542 21.1 25.7 2.4
1997 574 23.1 24.8 2.6
1998 604 23.9 25.3 3.0
1999 607 24.9 24.4 2.1
2000 604 24.5 24.7 2.6
2001 604 25.8 23.4 2.3
2002 606 28.6 21.2 1.7
2003 606 28.6 21.2 1.7
2004 616 28.8 21.4 2.9
2005 607 27.2 22.3 2.5
2006 618 27.9 22.2 3.9
2007 618 33.8 18.3 4.9
2008 624 36.2 17.2 4.8
2009 626 36.4 17.2 5.4
2010 626 36.2 17.2 6.7
2011 624 32.4 19.2 8.2
2012 625 33.6 18.6 8.5
2013 626 28.8 21.7 9.1
2014 622 30.0 20.7 6.8
2015 624 34.0 18.3 6.7

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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