Mountain Phoenix Community School

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 4725 Miller Street
       Wheat Ridge, CO  80033-2824


 (303) 728-9100

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
684th of 905 Colorado Elementary Schools


Student/Teacher Ratio:  20.1
Number of students:  564

Racial breakdown:

White:
82.1%
Hispanic:
12.6%
Two or more races:
2.7%
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  6.0%

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

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Compare Details In 2016, Mountain Phoenix Community School ranked worse than 75.6% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranked 85th 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 23.57. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2016, Mountain Phoenix Community School ranked worse than 66.8% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2016 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.43. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (82.1%), Hispanic (12.6%), two or more races (2.7%). (See more...)
Compare Details 6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mountain Phoenix Community School is 20.1. 74 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Mountain Phoenix Community School employs 28 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2016 Rankings:

Mountain Phoenix Community School:

SchoolDigger ranks Mountain Phoenix Community School 684th of 905 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Mountain Phoenix Community School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Mountain Phoenix Community School 261st of 391 Colorado public middle schools. (See Mountain Phoenix Community 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 Mountain Phoenix Community School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 42.92 579th 929 37.7% 2 star ranking
2013 43.65 570th 948 39.9% 2 star ranking
2014 40.92 594th 956 37.9% 2 star ranking
2015 13.94 832nd 936 11.1% 1 star ranking
2016 23.57 684th 905 24.4% 1 star ranking

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

Rank History for Mountain Phoenix Community School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 67.10 140th 435 67.8% 3 star ranking
2013 65.41 153rd 464 67.0% 3 star ranking
2014 59.90 170th 469 63.8% 3 star ranking
2015 27.01 321st 435 26.2% 1 star ranking
2016 31.43 261st 391 33.2% 2 star ranking

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

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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, February 25, 2016

Open Quote Mountain Phoenix has been such a blessing for our family. The community is active and welcoming and the curriculum is infused with art, music, handwork, dance, drama, and lots of time outside. My very active, creative daughter loves it! Close Quote


by Leah Hickler (a parent on FaceBook)
Friday, February 20, 2015

Open Quote We love this school! My children both attend, my oldest has been there for 4 years now. The campus is beautiful, the teachers are amazing, and the directors are both great. We are so lucky that we found this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Open Quote Since I have brought our two children to this school, their whole attitudes have changed. They love school now! I didn't know anything about Waldorf school at first and I have learned so much. Now that I have learned about this philosophy, I wouldn't take my children anywhere else. Both of my children's teachers are easy to talk to to and have lots of experience. The festivals are amazing. They have fairs ad events through out the year that bring families together and I have made so many friends with like minded parents. I knew I could ever afford private school, but I feel like I have found the best school private or public for my kids! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, February 5, 2012

Open Quote My daughter attends the Coal Creek Canyon Campus, and I couldn't imagine a better place for her to begin her education. A Waldorf-inspired education can benefit children at any level, developing their strengths and supporting any weaknesses though their focus on the whole child: head, heart and hand. While budgetary restrictions are forcing many schools to drastically reduce arts and sciences in the curriculum, those subjects are integral to the students' day at Mountain Phoenix.

The teachers and staff have excellent credentials and create a warm atmosphere for the children to learn in a caring environment. The classrooms are small, with mixed grade levels. The teachers are diligent about carefully assessing each child and guiding them to work to their fullest potential in each subject. I don't know yet where my daughter will go to school after 8th grade, but I know after the wonderful foundation she'll have received at Mountain Pheonix, she'll be ready to go anywhere! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, January 16, 2012

Open Quote My children attend Mountain Phoenix Community School in Coal Creek Canyon. This is their fifth year and they love it. They are thriving in this small, community oriented learning environment. Both have grown so much in their love of learning and their sense of who they are as individuals. The Waldorf teaching methods bring the curriculum alive for the children and the arts infused learning makes it fun while training their minds in ways the neighborhood schools have all but lost. This is a very special campus with fresh air and beautiful mountain charm. It may not be for everyone, but it has been an amazing blessing in our lives! Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, January 13, 2012

Open Quote We have been at Mtn Phoenix (mountain campus) for two years and our overall experience has been a positive one. It is a school that believes in the well-being of the whole child and the small size allows the teachers, staff and families to all know each other and lends itself to a great sense of community.

The academic portions of the day are presented both traditionally (spelling lists, reading reflections and math worksheets) and experientially with field trips and time outdoors where appropriate. I appreciate the fact that the entire school day does not revolve around straight academics, there is music and art almost every day and two long recesses that allow for physical activity and unfettered play. I believe these things are critical in a child’s day to allow them to really learn during their time in the classroom. This year Hobby and Service classes were offered as well.

Not every school is a fit for every child or every family, but I would encourage parents looking for a more alternative education for their child/children to meet the people at MPCS and judge for themselves. You can’t make an informed decision about a school from its standardized test scores and website commentary. A school is so much more than that. The administrative leadership has a lot of room for growth, but I don’t believe there is a group of teachers more committed to the well-being of their children. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Open Quote What I have learned as a parent is that different schools are good for different kids. What one family would call horrible, another would call a life saver. The Mountain Phoenix Coal Creek Campus has been a life saver for my son. We were underwhelmed by two neighborhood public schools so tried a wonderful private school, only to have that school close due to financial problems. We brought our son ( after constant meetings, and phone calls, and e-mails with past teachers) up to to the Mountain Phoenix Coal Creek Campus (a public charter school). He found a sense of calm in the wooded mountains that surrounds the school as well as the CCC staff. All of the teachers at the CCC are well trained and have years of experience under their belts. The classrooms are small and there is a lot of hands on, experiential learning. My son can't wait to go to school in the morning. Last night he couldn't wait to get his homework done so he could earn points to attend Mr. Smith's Rocketry class (building rockets). You could say we a family that doesn't quite fit in the traditional public school mold. The Mountain Phoenix Coal Creek Campus has taught my son the traditional academic line, but through treasure hunts. He has learned how to play the viola, and even to knit. Which I have found calms my normally hyperactive child. My hat is off to these hard working and caring teachers who make the drive up the canyon every day. I can't believe how lucky we are to have found this school and a public charter at that! Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Open Quote My child goes to the Mt. Campus in Coal Creek Canyon. He is in his third year at that location. I honestly can't say anything about the other campus, but what I do know about our school that my child attends is that it is everything I could have wished for! This school has evolved into an organized, caring school where as a parent, I know that my input and concerns are honored and respected. My child has grown immensely and has developed self-confidence and a desire to learn! What more could I ask for? Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, December 31, 2011

Open Quote When we enrolled our daughter at Mt. Phoenix, we thought, great, a little school now ready to grow into a larger school.
When they promised bus transport from the Wheat Ridge to the Coal Creek Canyon Campus, we thought, good, this is going to work out.
When they told the eighth grade students that no ball point pens were allowed and no media presentations of any kind were to be used in the classroom, we thought, that’s odd.
When on the first day of school, there was no bus and no notification that five students would be jammed into a faculty member’s Buick, we thought, What’s going on here?
When my child and her best friend were repeatedly bullied and the teachers and principle told us it was my child’s fault, we said, “Wait a minute!”

What you have here is a little school in a remote canyon that operates on its own set of standards, however chaotic, trying to establish itself in Wheat Ridge on a larger scale. I’m sorry but I thought that when the school was funded by Jeffco tax payers, the schools had to be worthy of that support! In our opinion, Mt. Phoenix School is an experiment that is failing in that mission. The new campus is expensive and so they always have their hand out to parents.

Our child was suspended AFTER the October classroom Jeffco student count. I looked for another school even before a number of hostile meetings with the principle and teachers made it clear they were not going to ask our child to return.

Everything was infinitely better once we found out about Alpine Valley School. This is best–kept secret in Wheat Ridge and for us it was the only logical choice. If you haven’t considered this option, you owe it to your child to look into this unique educational alternative. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Open Quote This is a wonderful school, that nurtures and loves the kids who attend it. The children love it and feel accepted here. The teachers work hard to help each and every child. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Mountain Phoenix Community School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 48 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 48
2009 40 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 44
2010 29 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 31
2011 55 0 1 3 0 0 5 0 64
2012 293 6 7 42 0 1 15 0 364
2013 373 7 10 54 3 0 18 0 465
2014 405 4 8 61 2 0 18 0 498
2015 463 4 8 71 3 0 15 0 564

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 Mountain Phoenix Community School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 48 2.0 24.0 35.4
2009 44 1.4 31.4 15.9
2010 31 2.4 12.9 0
2011 64 3.6 17.7 14.1
2012 364 22.4 16.2 9.1
2013 465 23.2 20.0 14.2
2014 498 21.6 23.0 15.5
2015 564 28.0 20.1 6.0

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 Mountain Phoenix Community School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 48 2.0 24.0 35.4
2009 44 1.4 31.4 15.9
2010 31 2.4 12.9 0
2011 64 3.6 17.7 14.1
2012 364 22.4 16.2 9.1
2013 465 23.2 20.0 14.2
2014 498 21.6 23.0 15.5
2015 564 28.0 20.1 6.0

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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