Semper Elementary School

Summary:

Semper Elementary School is a public elementary school in Westminster, Colorado, serving 296 students in grades PK-5 as part of the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. However, the school faces significant challenges, with a diverse student population, consistently low academic performance, and a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, significantly lower than the nearby schools.

Semper Elementary has a higher percentage of Hispanic (31.42%) and Asian (6.76%) students compared to surrounding schools, but its students consistently perform below district and state averages on CMAS assessments. In 2022-2023, only 28.3% of Semper students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 50.8% in the district and 43.7% statewide. The school also has a high percentage of students (over 50%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a higher proportion of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Semper Elementary's performance has declined over the years, with its statewide ranking dropping from 292 out of 954 Colorado elementary schools in 2012-2013 to 694 out of 933 in 2022-2023. This is in contrast to the nearby Sheridan Green Elementary, Witt Elementary, and Lukas Elementary, which generally perform better on academic measures. Interestingly, Semper Elementary is located in close proximity to the high-performing Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy, which may present opportunities for collaboration and learning.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 7575 West 96th Avenue
       Westminster, CO  80021-4873


(303) 982-6460

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
695th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,766 Help


Students who attend Semper Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Mandalay Middle School
High:    Standley Lake High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.2 Help
Number of students:  296

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.3%
Hispanic:
31.4%
Two or more races:
7.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Semper Elementary School ranks worse than 74.3% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 80th among 99 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.36. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (50.3%), Hispanic (31.4%), two or more races (7.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Semper Elementary School is 14.2, which is the 23rd best among 99 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 Semper Elementary School is $13,766, which is the 52nd highest among 99 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Semper Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Semper Elementary School 695th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Semper Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 35th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Semper Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Semper Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 73.32 218th 808 73.0%
2005 70.43 255th 823 69.0%
2006 62.60 347th 829 58.1%
2007 64.50 326th 852 61.7%
2008 57.74 398th 849 53.1%
2009 68.83 282nd 872 67.7%
2010 71.77 256th 925 72.3%
2011 74.00 240th 935 74.3%
2012 71.16 273rd 935 70.8%
2013 69.14 292nd 954 69.4%
2014 67.79 296th 962 69.2%
2015 60.55 324th 938 65.5%
2016 49.87 419th 914 54.2%
2017 37.09 551st 929 40.7%
2018 35.09 566th 917 38.3%
2019 34.08 602nd 965 37.6%
2021 20.63 592nd 710 16.6%
2022 18.43 744th 921 19.2%
2023 23.36 694th 933 25.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Semper Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.77 225th 308 26.9%
2019 41.41 193rd 332 41.9%
2023 25.77 222nd 265 16.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Semper Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.28 476th 690 31.0%
2019 25.53 557th 758 26.5%
2023 23.00 485th 642 24.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Semper Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.33 404th 693 41.7%
2019 32.50 494th 764 35.3%
2023 16.46 554th 649 14.6%
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Rank History for White students at Semper Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.46 299th 337 11.3%
2019 18.12 520th 596 12.8%
2022 8.45 437th 454 3.7%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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by a parent
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Open Quote My daughter attended Semper from kindergarten until 6th grade. The teachers were all over the map from horrible to wonderful. Mr. Rasch was wonderful at helping her with reading. The bullying bothered her, as a witness, from the beginning. In 6th grade she stood up for a boy being bullied for being gay and the bullies decided she was gay also and then bullied her. She told us that all of her bruises were from hockey but we found out at the end of the school year picnic from other parents (who had gone to the principal) that she was being bullied. I contacted the principal as I thought she should have let us know (my daughter was ashamed to tell us as these were the popular kids doing the bullying), but she was very nonchalant and said "well, she's going to middle school next year, so it's all water under the bridge", and said she never told us as she had talked to the students responsible and believed it had stopped. It didn't stop, however, until school ended. It was then summer break and I couldn't get anyone above her in the school system to call me back. It was a terrible experience and in hindsight I could never send a child to this school with their tolerance of this type of behavior. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Semper Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1997 379 3 33 35 2 n/a n/a 0 452
1998 422 6 41 42 3 n/a n/a 0 514
1999 446 8 42 51 2 n/a n/a 0 549
2000 447 6 40 51 5 n/a n/a 0 549
2001 405 13 47 58 6 n/a n/a 0 529
2002 413 12 54 74 6 n/a n/a 0 559
2003 413 12 54 74 6 n/a n/a 0 559
2004 384 13 57 77 4 n/a n/a 0 535
2005 362 10 57 85 2 n/a n/a 0 516
2006 368 10 51 89 1 n/a n/a 0 519
2007 360 16 44 91 4 n/a n/a 0 515
2008 360 10 50 83 4 n/a n/a 0 507
2009 324 10 42 84 4 n/a n/a 0 464
2010 314 12 33 72 3 n/a n/a 0 434
2011 269 4 33 111 4 0 23 0 444
2012 259 7 34 105 4 0 23 0 432
2013 254 7 38 99 4 0 26 0 428
2014 239 4 51 94 4 0 25 0 417
2015 252 6 50 110 4 0 22 0 444
2016 246 7 39 107 3 0 19 0 421
2017 227 5 37 105 4 0 21 0 399
2018 232 6 37 109 1 0 18 0 403
2019 209 10 27 82 2 0 17 0 347
2020 193 5 26 83 1 1 16 0 325
2021 178 6 22 85 2 1 18 0 312
2022 164 6 20 89 2 0 22 0 303
2023 149 9 20 93 2 0 23 0 296

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 Semper Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 452 21.7 20.8 7.1
1998 514 22.9 22.4 8
1999 549 24.4 22.5 8.6
2000 549 24.2 22.7 11.1
2001 529 26.3 20.1 10.6
2002 559 29.0 19.3 13.2
2003 559 29.0 19.3 13.2
2004 535 29.4 18.2 14
2005 516 27.1 19.0 15.9
2006 519 29.4 17.7 18.7
2007 515 28.5 18.1 22.5
2008 507 28.5 17.8 20.3
2009 464 27.0 17.2 21.8
2010 434 25.3 17.1 24.7
2011 444 24.3 18.2 25.7
2012 432 23.0 18.7 32.6
2013 428 22.3 19.1 28.3
2014 417 22.6 18.3 32.9
2015 444 25.0 17.7 39.2
2016 421 25.0 16.8 40.4
2017 399 24.8 16.0 41.1
2018 403 22.3 18.0 44.4
2019 347 19.7 17.5 45.2
2020 325 23.2 14.0 49.2
2021 312 20.6 15.1 46.5
2022 303 20.3 14.8 42.9
2023 296 20.7 14.2 51.4

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Semper Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 452 21.7 20.8 7.1
1998 514 22.9 22.4 8
1999 549 24.4 22.5 8.6
2000 549 24.2 22.7 11.1
2001 529 26.3 20.1 10.6
2002 559 29.0 19.3 13.2
2003 559 29.0 19.3 13.2
2004 535 29.4 18.2 14
2005 516 27.1 19.0 15.9
2006 519 29.4 17.7 18.7
2007 515 28.5 18.1 22.5
2008 507 28.5 17.8 20.3
2009 464 27.0 17.2 21.8
2010 434 25.3 17.1 24.7
2011 444 24.3 18.2 25.7
2012 432 23.0 18.7 32.6
2013 428 22.3 19.1 28.3
2014 417 22.6 18.3 32.9
2015 444 25.0 17.7 39.2
2016 421 25.0 16.8 40.4
2017 399 24.8 16.0 41.1
2018 403 22.3 18.0 44.4
2019 347 19.7 17.5 45.2
2020 325 23.2 14.0 49.2
2021 312 20.6 15.1 46.5
2022 303 20.3 14.8 42.9
2023 296 20.7 14.2 51.4

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Semper Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $10,951
2020 $12,630
2021 $13,192
2022 $13,766

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Semper Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 602nd of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 694th of 933 Elementary schools
 12%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Semper Elementary School)52.435
 17.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.348.2
 1.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (Semper Elementary School)41.531.7
 9.8%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.748.1
 2.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Semper Elementary School)4827.8
 20.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.5
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (Semper Elementary School)15.722.2
 6.5%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.539.9
 1.4%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (Semper Elementary School)19.616.2
 3.4%
   5th Grade Science (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)41.641.6
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Semper Elementary School)23.521.6
 1.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.655.6
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (Semper Elementary School)25.518.9
 6.6%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.441.7
 2.3%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Semper Elementary School)40.628.3
 12.3%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.8
 0.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (Semper Elementary School)26.624.6
 2%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.838.7
 1.1%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.732.9
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students347296
 14.7%
African American109
 10%
American Indian22
Asian2720
 25.9%
Hispanic8293
 13.4%
Pacific Islander00
White209149
 28.7%
Two or More Races1723
 35.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.2%51.4%
 6.1%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 296 students attended Semper Elementary School.

Students at Semper Elementary School are 50% White, 31% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 7% Asian, 3% African American.

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

Middle : Mandalay Middle School
High : Standley Lake High School

Semper Elementary School ranks 695th of 935 Colorado elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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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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