Little Elementary School

Public K-5

 8448 Otis Drive
       Arvada, CO  80003-1242


(303) 982-0310

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
778th of 921 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,658 Help

Students who attend Little Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Moore Middle School
High:    Pomona High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8
Number of students:  273

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.3%
Hispanic:
38.1%
African American:
4.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67%

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Compare Details Little Elementary School ranks worse than 84.5% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 88th among 98 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.08. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (51.3%), Hispanic (38.1%), African American (4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 67% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Little Elementary School is 14.8, which is the 40th best among 98 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Little Elementary School is $11,658, which is the 33rd highest among 98 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Little Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Little Elementary School 778th of 921 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Little Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 28th of 102 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Little Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 55.24 397th 808 50.9%
2005 63.89 327th 823 60.3%
2006 48.79 463rd 829 44.1%
2007 45.69 508th 852 40.4%
2008 52.71 448th 849 47.2%
2009 46.59 504th 872 42.2%
2010 50.29 513th 925 44.5%
2011 44.38 565th 935 39.6%
2012 36.53 639th 935 31.7%
2013 31.37 689th 954 27.8%
2014 33.14 672nd 962 30.1%
2015 35.76 572nd 938 39.0%
2016 37.38 532nd 914 41.8%
2017 34.01 589th 929 36.6%
2018 33.44 587th 917 36.0%
2019 27.96 677th 965 29.8%
2021 13.43 658th 710 7.3%
2022 16.08 778th 921 15.5%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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All ratings (Avg rating: 4.9)
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Reviews:
by a parent
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Open Quote This school has been absolutely amazing. My oldest just spent the last 6 years there and with 2 other kids we will happily be at Little for another 6 years. The staff are all wonderful human beings who truly care about my children. They challenge my children academically when needed, while also offering guidance in areas they may struggle with. More importantly, the staff care for my children's mental health and emotional well being. The personal touches like encouraging notes actually mailed to our house make my kids feel special and seen. Their mental health team is extensive. I know my children are well taken care of. The classrooms offer hands on learning like programing robots, historical reenactments, and arts integration. The teachers will often use the school garden for lessons in science. The best part of this school is the sense of belonging and community. The school is welcoming to all people and strives for inclusivity. The support the parents have for the staff and visa versa is like nothing I have seen at any other school. The amount of care the school has for the surrounding neighborhood and community is unmatched. This school is a hidden gem and deserves as much love as it gives out. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 18, 2019

Open Quote Top notch teachers who really care about all kids. Extremely good PTSA and community support. Definitely not without challenges but a great neighborhood school with an awesome community garden and tons of extra curricular activities (Talent Show, Robotics Club, Lynx in Action, Garden Club etc.) Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, August 17, 2018

Open Quote I've had three kids go through Little, and can attest to what a wonderful neighborhood school this is. The administration and teachers are excellent and really care about your student's success. They also have a very active PTSA with lots of parent involvement, and a wonderful community garden that the kids take part in. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, September 15, 2017

Open Quote They do great considering the budget available. My kids want to go to school and are doing more than just learning for the state tests. They provide arts and music and the principal is fantastic. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Open Quote The teachers and staff at Little are amazing! They work so hard to provide lots of great opportunities for the students. Mr. Lopez is a fantastic principal and leader. He listens to the voice of the parents and had created a welcoming environment for all children.
The teachers are providing the students with critical thinking strategies that will allow them to succeed in life and empower them to be leaders. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, April 24, 2017

Open Quote I have a now 7th grader went through Little K-6 and 3rd grader that is at Little now. Both of my daughters have been identified as daughter are GT (Gifted and Talented). I recommend Little without hesitation. There is a strong sense of community and a ton of different clubs for the students to join throughout the year. My 3rd grader did Lynx in Action (fitness club), chess club and origami club this year. There is so many to choose from. The teachers are great. I would say without doubt that the 1st grade teaching team is probably close to if not the best in the state. They are AMAZING and many teachers come to learn from them what to do in their classrooms. It has a highly active PTSA that puts on a lot of events for the kids and families and makes improvements to the school. The principal is open to and encourages parent involvement at the school which adds to that community feel. Has an upgraded big playground and onsite community garden. Also has great diversity with many cultures and different economic backgrounds. It's worth a visit. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Little Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 409 11 11 32 0 n/a n/a 0 463
1989 409 7 11 29 1 n/a n/a 0 457
1990 410 10 16 38 2 n/a n/a 0 476
1991 411 7 15 40 2 n/a n/a 0 475
1992 398 8 15 31 4 n/a n/a 0 456
1993 399 10 17 34 2 n/a n/a 0 462
1994 405 6 12 39 3 n/a n/a 0 465
1995 378 8 9 49 4 n/a n/a 0 448
1996 378 8 9 49 4 n/a n/a 0 448
1997 372 9 16 49 2 n/a n/a 0 448
1998 337 7 13 62 5 n/a n/a 0 424
1999 324 5 13 67 2 n/a n/a 0 411
2000 303 7 20 63 4 n/a n/a 0 397
2001 283 7 7 70 1 n/a n/a 0 368
2002 268 11 7 69 1 n/a n/a 0 356
2003 268 11 7 69 1 n/a n/a 0 356
2004 256 10 6 72 1 n/a n/a 0 345
2005 259 15 12 65 1 n/a n/a 0 352
2006 278 18 17 83 1 n/a n/a 0 397
2007 250 18 12 91 4 n/a n/a 0 375
2008 261 11 20 103 4 n/a n/a 0 399
2009 232 26 18 100 3 n/a n/a 0 379
2010 258 17 16 86 4 n/a n/a 0 381
2011 249 7 6 118 4 0 15 0 399
2012 257 5 4 124 4 0 14 0 408
2013 244 9 3 111 3 0 15 0 385
2014 242 11 5 107 0 0 13 0 378
2015 231 15 7 143 0 0 10 0 406
2016 203 11 8 133 1 0 8 0 364
2017 197 16 9 126 1 1 14 0 364
2018 183 18 4 107 3 1 10 0 326
2019 167 12 5 94 0 2 9 0 289
2020 146 12 2 130 2 2 10 0 304
2021 140 11 6 104 1 2 9 0 273

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 Little Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 463 22.4 20.6 n/a
1989 457 19.9 22.9 4.6
1990 476 22.6 21.0 5.5
1991 475 22.1 21.4 4.2
1992 456 23.2 19.6 2.9
1993 462 22.8 20.3 6.1
1994 465 23.0 20.2 8.4
1995 448 22.1 20.3 5.6
1996 448 22.1 20.3 5.6
1997 448 22.1 20.3 6.3
1998 424 21.4 19.8 7.3
1999 411 20.7 19.9 9.2
2000 397 20.5 19.4 15.1
2001 368 19.0 19.4 13.6
2002 356 19.0 18.7 14
2003 356 19.0 18.7 14
2004 345 17.2 20.1 20.6
2005 352 19.5 18.1 22.2
2006 397 20.4 19.5 33.8
2007 375 20.7 18.1 34.4
2008 399 23.2 17.2 33.3
2009 379 22.2 17.1 35.9
2010 381 22.6 16.8 44.9
2011 399 23.7 16.8 46.9
2012 408 20.1 20.2 55.1
2013 385 21.6 17.7 60
2014 378 17.1 21.9 59.5
2015 406 20.0 20.3 62.3
2016 364 23.0 15.8 60.4
2017 364 20.2 17.9 65.4
2018 326 21.2 15.3 65.3
2019 289 17.7 16.3 63.7
2020 304 18.7 16.2 68.1
2021 273 18.3 14.8 67

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 USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Little Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 463 22.4 20.6 n/a
1989 457 19.9 22.9 4.6
1990 476 22.6 21.0 5.5
1991 475 22.1 21.4 4.2
1992 456 23.2 19.6 2.9
1993 462 22.8 20.3 6.1
1994 465 23.0 20.2 8.4
1995 448 22.1 20.3 5.6
1996 448 22.1 20.3 5.6
1997 448 22.1 20.3 6.3
1998 424 21.4 19.8 7.3
1999 411 20.7 19.9 9.2
2000 397 20.5 19.4 15.1
2001 368 19.0 19.4 13.6
2002 356 19.0 18.7 14
2003 356 19.0 18.7 14
2004 345 17.2 20.1 20.6
2005 352 19.5 18.1 22.2
2006 397 20.4 19.5 33.8
2007 375 20.7 18.1 34.4
2008 399 23.2 17.2 33.3
2009 379 22.2 17.1 35.9
2010 381 22.6 16.8 44.9
2011 399 23.7 16.8 46.9
2012 408 20.1 20.2 55.1
2013 385 21.6 17.7 60
2014 378 17.1 21.9 59.5
2015 406 20.0 20.3 62.3
2016 364 23.0 15.8 60.4
2017 364 20.2 17.9 65.4
2018 326 21.2 15.3 65.3
2019 289 17.7 16.3 63.7
2020 304 18.7 16.2 68.1
2021 273 18.3 14.8 67

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Little Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $746 (6.4%) $10,911 (93.6%) $11,658

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Little Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 677th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 778th of 921 Elementary schools
 14.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Little Elementary School)33.318.2
 15.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.347.9
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.340.7
 0.6%
3rd Grade Math (Little Elementary School)28.618.2
 10.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.747.4
 1.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4139.4
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Little Elementary School)31.526.7
 4.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.4
 2.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4844.1
 3.9%
4th Grade Math (Little Elementary School)20.47.7
 12.7%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.534.4
 4.1%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.628.5
 5.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Little Elementary School)46.329.5
 16.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.653.3
 0.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.445.4
 3%
All Grades English Language Arts (Little Elementary School)37.324.6
 12.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.2
 1.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.2
 2.6%
All Grades Math (Little Elementary School)21.39.5
 11.8%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.837.4
 2.4%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.731.5
 3.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students289273
 5.5%
African American1211
 8.3%
American Indian01
Asian56
 20%
Hispanic94104
 10.6%
Pacific Islander22
White167140
 16.2%
Two or More Races99
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.7%67%
 3.4%




Frequently Asked Questions about Little Elementary School

In the 2020-21 school year, 273 students attended Little Elementary School.

Little Elementary School ranks in the bottom 15.5% of Colorado elementary schools.

Students at Little Elementary School are 51% White, 38% Hispanic, 4% African American, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Little Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Moore Middle School
High : Pomona High School


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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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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