Free Horizon Montessori

Public PK, KG-8

 15920 W 10th Ave
       Golden, CO  80401-5615


(303) 982-5921

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
453rd of 710 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,408 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1
Number of students:  415

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.9%
Hispanic:
8.4%
Two or more races:
5.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.2%

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*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.


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Compare Details Free Horizon Montessori ranks worse than 63.8% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 59th among 76 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.57. (See more...)
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Compare Details Free Horizon Montessori is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 45.95. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.9%), Hispanic (8.4%), two or more races (5.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Free Horizon Montessori is 17.1. 74 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Free Horizon Montessori is $8,408. 97 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Free Horizon Montessori:

SchoolDigger ranks Free Horizon Montessori 453rd of 710 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Free Horizon Montessori in the ranking list.)

Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 22nd of 78 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Free Horizon Montessori

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2005 59.59 365th 823 55.7%
2006 44.88 496th 829 40.2%
2007 67.33 298th 852 65.0%
2008 63.45 330th 849 61.1%
2009 60.51 378th 872 56.7%
2010 63.00 372nd 925 59.8%
2011 60.18 404th 935 56.8%
2012 42.17 592nd 935 36.7%
2013 41.81 587th 954 38.5%
2014 40.11 608th 962 36.8%
2015 44.76 477th 938 49.1%
2016 49.96 416th 914 54.5%
2017 40.40 514th 929 44.7%
2018 34.51 574th 917 37.4%
2019 42.24 523rd 965 45.8%
2021 39.57 453rd 710 36.2%

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

Rank History for Free Horizon Montessori

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
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2007 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2008 82.07 55th 362 84.8%
2009 50.49 207th 377 45.1%
2010 70.21 118th 409 71.1%
2011 72.39 107th 422 74.6%
2012 63.71 155th 425 63.5%
2013 48.24 248th 454 45.4%
2014 57.76 180th 461 61.0%
2015 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2016 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2017 45.95 199th 424 53.1%
2018 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2021 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

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

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 3.6)
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by a parent
Friday, January 23, 2015

Open Quote Our experience with our first grader has been negative. Her teacher seems unqualified and I fear she is falling behind. When I try to communicate with the dean of students and principal, my calls and emails are often not returned, or they say they will get back to me by a certain time and they don't. There seems to be a general lack of organization, and poor communication from teachers and administration. Some of the staff and teachers are great, but I hear more stories of poor teaching than great ones. Probably because this school (according to its own principal) has a high teacher turnover rate. It also has a high student turnover rate so obviously my student is not the only one who is struggling. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Open Quote Free Horizon Montessori is a school where the principal, teachers, faculty, and parents all go above and beyond. My 3 year old and 6 year old are learning so much and are enjoying school immensely. Teachers are very committed to the children and do a great job with keeping them excited about the work. Highly recommend this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Open Quote Five years ago we were looking for a school that could challenge our highly gifted child, yet embrace her as a child - Free Horizon Montessori is just that school. Each year we have been amazed at how calmly the teachers "follow the child" through the curriculum, gently nudging them on less desirable work, and giving them depth in areas of high interest. While the test scores on state standardized tests took a nose dive in 2012, other measures of academic achievement remained above average - and since then we have had thoughtful, conscious conversations on the importance of test taking and whether we are comfortable with judging our progress using other indicators of success. Free Horizon Montessori is a community - teacher, parents, administrators, and students coming together for a common purpose: enriching the lives of students and giving them the keys to global citizenship. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Open Quote Free Horizon Montessori is the perfect school for our two children. The teachers and administrators at FHM are incredibly dedicated to meeting the individual needs of the students. They encourage inquisitiveness and creativity and rather than give the student the answer to a question or problem, FHM staff members teach the students how to problem solve and to think critically. If you are looking for a school where your child can develop as a whole person (intellectually, socially, and emotionally), I would encourage you to look beyond the school's standardized test scores and attend a tour to see if it is the right fit for your family. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open Quote FHM is committed to helping every child achieve their potential and love learning. Balancing the Montessori philosophy and the demands of a public school system is tricky but the teachers and administrators are up to the challenge. Our children have thrived here. If you are looking for a school where standardized test scores are a top priority this school may not be it, as there is no teaching to the test and Montessori methods do not necessarily follow the same pattern as a more traditional public school. If you are looking for a warm healthy learning environment where each child is treated as an individual this may be the right school. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open Quote My daughter went to Free Horizon for preschool and is in kindergarten there now. She LOVES school. At her age, we really want a school that will foster her love of learning and let her explore things that interest her while still having structure in her day. Her teacher is awesome, and the assistant teacher is an integral part of a fabulous classroom environment that promotes personal growth and learning. We have no experience with the upper level grades at this point. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open Quote I am a Montessori kid, and as such, was looking for a school that met my high expectations for inspired learning, while balancing my son's natural ability to learn, and very normal learning challenges. In our 5th year at Free Horizon, we have embraced a vibrant, caring community. My son couldn't be more delighted about jumping into school every day, learning and most importantly learning to function in a community. His latest parent/teacher conference reported that he had outstanding citizenship --- really, what more could we ask for? This doesn't come from a test, it doesn't come from homework, it comes from trusting calm adults who understand and support children and their natural ability to learn and thrive. Montessori is about guiding, not about cramming in facts and figures. As a Montessori kid, turned into an adult, I wouldn't give back that educational experience for anything. So glad that my son is able to share that same experience. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Free Horizon Montessori

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 93 1 4 10 2 n/a n/a 0 110
2003 93 1 4 10 2 n/a n/a 0 110
2004 140 5 9 16 3 n/a n/a 0 173
2005 149 3 7 20 3 n/a n/a 0 182
2006 156 4 7 21 3 n/a n/a 0 191
2007 172 7 11 26 3 n/a n/a 0 219
2008 195 11 12 23 3 n/a n/a 0 244
2009 223 10 15 18 2 n/a n/a 0 268
2010 286 8 13 24 1 n/a n/a 0 332
2011 299 6 13 41 2 0 20 0 381
2012 334 7 6 44 1 0 33 0 425
2013 307 6 6 35 1 0 20 0 375
2014 312 4 3 40 1 0 17 0 377
2015 312 3 5 41 5 0 13 0 379
2016 330 3 2 42 3 0 19 0 399
2017 340 5 3 43 1 0 17 0 409
2018 348 6 3 48 0 0 16 0 421
2019 368 6 4 41 0 0 24 0 443
2020 381 3 7 42 0 0 24 0 457
2021 348 2 6 35 0 0 24 0 415

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 Free Horizon Montessori

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 110 7.5 14.7 0.9
2003 110 7.5 14.7 0.9
2004 173 8.3 20.8 0.6
2005 182 9.3 19.6 6.6
2006 191 11.3 16.9 6.8
2007 219 11.5 19.0 11
2008 244 14.6 16.7 9
2009 268 15.6 17.2 4.5
2010 332 17.2 19.3 11.7
2011 381 21.6 17.6 8.1
2012 425 25.4 16.7 14.6
2013 375 21.0 17.8 21.6
2014 377 16.4 22.9 21
2015 379 20.0 18.9 15.8
2016 399 22.0 18.1 13
2017 409 21.4 19.1 18.8
2018 421 22.6 18.5 19.5
2019 443 21.7 20.3 17.8
2020 457 24.1 18.8 19
2021 415 24.2 17.1 21.2

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 Free Horizon Montessori

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 110 7.5 14.7 0.9
2003 110 7.5 14.7 0.9
2004 173 8.3 20.8 0.6
2005 182 9.3 19.6 6.6
2006 191 11.3 16.9 6.8
2007 219 11.5 19.0 11
2008 244 14.6 16.7 9
2009 268 15.6 17.2 4.5
2010 332 17.2 19.3 11.7
2011 381 21.6 17.6 8.1
2012 425 25.4 16.7 14.6
2013 375 21.0 17.8 21.6
2014 377 16.4 22.9 21
2015 379 20.0 18.9 15.8
2016 399 22.0 18.1 13
2017 409 21.4 19.1 18.8
2018 421 22.6 18.5 19.5
2019 443 21.7 20.3 17.8
2020 457 24.1 18.8 19
2021 415 24.2 17.1 21.2

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 Free Horizon Montessori

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $00 (0.0%) $8,408 (100.0%) $8,408

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Free Horizon Montessori

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 523rd of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 453rd of 710 Elementary schools
 9.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Free Horizon Montessori)33.939.4
 5.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.344.8
 1.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.1
 2.2%
4th Grade Math (Free Horizon Montessori)32.410.8
 21.6%
   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 (Free Horizon Montessori)47.750
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.655.6
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.2
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students443415
 6.3%
African American62
 66.7%
American Indian00
Asian46
 50%
Hispanic4135
 14.6%
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races2424
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients17.8%21.2%
 3.4%




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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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