Thunder Valley Pk-8

Summary:

Thunder Valley Pk-8 is a public elementary and middle school located in Frederick, Colorado, serving grades PK-8 with a total enrollment of 832 students. The school is part of the St. Vrain Valley School District, which is ranked 30th out of 115 districts in Colorado and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Thunder Valley Pk-8 has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (58.29%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 12.88% to 45.28% Hispanic students, the school consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of Colorado elementary schools, with a ranking between 664 and 858 out of 710-933 schools over the past several years. The school's performance is significantly lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas, including CMAS English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Additionally, Thunder Valley Pk-8 has a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 57.21% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, significantly higher than the surrounding schools, which range from 8.94% to 41.51%.

The nearby schools, such as Soaring Heights Pk-8, Firestone Charter Academy, and Kenneth Homyak Pk-8, generally outperform Thunder Valley Pk-8 across all academic measures, suggesting that the challenges faced by Thunder Valley Pk-8 may be unique and require targeted support and resources to improve student outcomes. The high percentage of Hispanic and low-income students at Thunder Valley Pk-8 may be contributing to the school's lower academic performance, and the school's declining performance over the years indicates the need for intervention and improvement strategies.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 555 8th Street
       Frederick, CO  80530-7060


(303) 833-2456

District: St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J

SchoolDigger Rank:
789th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,320 Help


Students who attend Thunder Valley Pk-8 usually attend:

High:    Frederick Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.0 Help
Number of students:  832

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
58.3%
White:
35.0%
Two or more races:
3.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Thunder Valley Pk-8 ranks worse than 84.4% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 29th among 32 ranked elementary schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details Thunder Valley Pk-8 ranks worse than 84.2% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.28. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (58.3%), White (35%), two or more races (3.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thunder Valley Pk-8 is 16. 20 elementary schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thunder Valley Pk-8 is $15,320. 18 elementary schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Thunder Valley Pk-8:

SchoolDigger ranks Thunder Valley Pk-8 789th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Thunder Valley Pk-8 in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Thunder Valley Pk-8 405th of 481 Colorado public middle schools. (See Thunder Valley Pk-8 in the ranking list.)

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St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J 30th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 24.33 642nd 808 20.5%
2005 26.40 641st 823 22.1%
2006 34.69 580th 829 30.0%
2007 25.08 671st 852 21.2%
2008 27.68 656th 849 22.7%
2009 25.12 692nd 872 20.6%
2010 23.20 739th 925 20.1%
2011 32.24 678th 935 27.5%
2012 23.21 746th 935 20.2%
2013 33.99 670th 954 29.8%
2014 25.00 741st 962 23.0%
2015 21.18 737th 938 21.4%
2016 22.40 706th 914 22.8%
2017 26.02 669th 929 28.0%
2018 22.36 702nd 917 23.4%
2019 18.38 789th 965 18.2%
2021 12.58 664th 710 6.5%
2022 11.78 858th 921 6.8%
2023 16.20 787th 933 15.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.78 237th 308 23.1%
2019 21.12 293rd 332 11.7%
2022 16.37 194th 203 4.4%
2023 18.30 249th 265 6.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.48 564th 690 18.3%
2019 14.52 674th 758 11.1%
2022 11.63 548th 595 7.9%
2023 25.35 462nd 642 28.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.63 612th 693 11.7%
2019 17.13 645th 764 15.6%
2022 8.40 577th 594 2.9%
2023 9.47 620th 649 4.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.91 101st 172 41.3%
2019 30.49 196th 270 27.4%
2023 32.03 137th 197 30.5%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 10.28 571st 596 4.2%
2022 6.15 448th 454 1.3%
2023 7.06 510th 525 2.9%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Rank History for all middle school students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 15.27 399th 461 13.4%
2015 18.40 373rd 436 14.4%
2016 14.91 359th 400 10.3%
2017 11.98 392nd 424 7.5%
2018 17.26 344th 418 17.7%
2019 10.60 425th 458 7.2%
2021 11.86 347th 369 6.0%
2022 10.53 416th 448 7.1%
2023 15.28 404th 480 15.8%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.91 152nd 222 31.5%
2019 18.14 215th 240 10.4%
2022 14.75 191st 197 3.0%
2023 19.83 208th 241 13.7%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.90 249th 315 21.0%
2019 11.02 318th 352 9.7%
2022 8.75 306th 326 6.1%
2023 14.78 309th 363 14.9%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.26 257th 317 18.9%
2022 9.28 311th 328 5.2%
2023 14.83 306th 356 14.0%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.84 120th 165 27.3%
2019 32.04 149th 220 32.3%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Thunder Valley Pk-8

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 8.10 272nd 286 4.9%
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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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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Open Quote Great teachers our child went for kindergarten and first grade. He enjoyed them and we appreciate the teachers willingness to help us know what was going on. the only problem we had was when there was some political and social views talked about in class that caused for some interesting conversation at home. I believe opinion should not be discussed as fact to a room of 7 year old kids. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 544 1 3 225 10 n/a n/a 0 783
1989 520 6 2 208 13 n/a n/a 0 749
1990 508 2 3 212 10 n/a n/a 0 735
1991 537 0 2 189 12 n/a n/a 0 740
1992 515 2 2 204 3 n/a n/a 0 726
1993 543 2 2 216 7 n/a n/a 0 770
1994 540 1 4 212 3 n/a n/a 0 760
1995 537 2 1 268 5 n/a n/a 0 813
1996 537 2 1 268 5 n/a n/a 0 813
1997 542 2 2 308 5 n/a n/a 0 859
1998 536 4 2 289 8 n/a n/a 0 839
1999 514 3 4 296 14 n/a n/a 0 831
2000 501 5 12 336 15 n/a n/a 0 869
2001 323 5 15 220 8 n/a n/a 0 571
2002 312 5 5 232 7 n/a n/a 0 561
2003 312 5 5 232 7 n/a n/a 0 561
2004 293 4 3 243 5 n/a n/a 0 548
2005 315 5 8 249 9 n/a n/a 0 586
2006 277 3 8 246 7 n/a n/a 0 541
2007 293 3 10 258 8 n/a n/a 0 572
2008 286 3 13 254 8 n/a n/a 0 564
2009 244 3 9 246 7 n/a n/a 0 509
2010 240 4 9 286 8 n/a n/a 0 547
2011 250 3 4 287 4 1 2 0 551
2012 223 3 6 320 2 1 1 0 556
2013 203 0 6 318 2 0 3 0 532
2014 272 2 6 454 3 0 7 0 744
2015 311 0 6 483 3 0 11 0 814
2016 345 1 6 493 3 1 10 0 859
2017 353 2 6 466 2 1 15 0 845
2018 368 5 6 466 2 1 23 0 871
2019 367 4 11 463 1 1 26 0 873
2020 338 7 11 460 1 0 34 0 851
2021 284 5 12 447 1 2 31 0 782
2022 318 6 11 459 1 1 29 0 825
2023 291 6 15 485 3 0 32 0 832

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 Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 783 39.4 19.8 n/a
1989 749 38.5 19.4 26.2
1990 735 40.7 18.0 32.1
1991 740 39.7 18.6 32.2
1992 726 41.1 17.6 34.8
1993 770 41.5 18.6 34
1994 760 40.7 18.7 29.6
1995 813 47.1 17.3 26.8
1996 813 47.1 17.3 26.8
1997 859 45.3 19.0 32.1
1998 839 42.4 19.8 34.2
1999 831 44.4 18.7 31.3
2000 869 49.5 17.6 42.3
2001 571 38.5 14.8 37.5
2002 561 43.1 13.0 34.8
2003 561 43.1 13.0 34.8
2004 548 36.3 15.1 40.3
2005 586 35.3 16.6 38.1
2006 541 36.2 14.9 44
2007 572 32.6 17.5 43.2
2008 564 37.1 15.2 46.3
2009 509 30.5 16.7 52.8
2010 547 30.5 17.9 61.1
2011 551 31.8 17.3 59
2012 556 30.8 18.0 61.2
2013 532 30.5 17.4 62.4
2014 744 42.8 17.3 64.7
2015 814 49.0 16.6 53.2
2016 859 52.0 16.5 58.7
2017 845 52.1 16.1 56.2
2018 871 52.8 16.4 57.4
2019 873 52.6 16.5 52.6
2020 851 53.7 15.8 58.2
2021 782 49.4 15.8 64.2
2022 825 51.7 15.9 49.2
2023 832 51.6 16.0 57.2

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 Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 783 39.4 19.8 n/a
1989 749 38.5 19.4 26.2
1990 735 40.7 18.0 32.1
1991 740 39.7 18.6 32.2
1992 726 41.1 17.6 34.8
1993 770 41.5 18.6 34
1994 760 40.7 18.7 29.6
1995 813 47.1 17.3 26.8
1996 813 47.1 17.3 26.8
1997 859 45.3 19.0 32.1
1998 839 42.4 19.8 34.2
1999 831 44.4 18.7 31.3
2000 869 49.5 17.6 42.3
2001 571 38.5 14.8 37.5
2002 561 43.1 13.0 34.8
2003 561 43.1 13.0 34.8
2004 548 36.3 15.1 40.3
2005 586 35.3 16.6 38.1
2006 541 36.2 14.9 44
2007 572 32.6 17.5 43.2
2008 564 37.1 15.2 46.3
2009 509 30.5 16.7 52.8
2010 547 30.5 17.9 61.1
2011 551 31.8 17.3 59
2012 556 30.8 18.0 61.2
2013 532 30.5 17.4 62.4
2014 744 42.8 17.3 64.7
2015 814 49.0 16.6 53.2
2016 859 52.0 16.5 58.7
2017 845 52.1 16.1 56.2
2018 871 52.8 16.4 57.4
2019 873 52.6 16.5 52.6
2020 851 53.7 15.8 58.2
2021 782 49.4 15.8 64.2
2022 825 51.7 15.9 49.2
2023 832 51.6 16.0 57.2

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Thunder Valley Pk-8

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $11,469
2020 $12,251
2021 $12,531
2022 $14,077
2023 $15,320

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thunder Valley Pk-8

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 789th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 787th of 933 Elementary schools
 2.6%
Ranks 425th of 458 Middle schoolsRanks 404th of 480 Middle schools
 8.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)21.210.4
 10.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)43.345.1
 1.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)3115.8
 15.2%
   3rd Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)47.247.6
 0.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4139.4
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)30.932.9
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)50.750.1
 0.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)14.628.9
 14.3%
   4th Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)35.942.3
 6.4%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (Thunder Valley Pk-8)14.310.4
 3.9%
   5th Grade Science (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)40.841.4
 0.6%
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)28.622.1
 6.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)5253.3
 1.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)21.413
 8.4%
   5th Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)41.946.3
 4.4%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)26.318.1
 8.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)45.848.4
 2.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)43.643.4
 0.2%
6th Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)16.87.5
 9.3%
   6th Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)33.328.3
 5%
   6th Grade Math (Colorado)29.526.3
 3.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)16.519.1
 2.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)50.852.1
 1.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.545
 1.5%
7th Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)12.48.5
 3.9%
   7th Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)36.631.1
 5.5%
   7th Grade Math (Colorado)31.626.3
 5.3%
8th Grade Science (Thunder Valley Pk-8)9.315.1
 5.8%
   8th Grade Science (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)39.137.3
 1.8%
   8th Grade Science (Colorado)31.531.3
 0.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)1422.1
 8.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)54.146
 8.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.942.4
 4.5%
8th Grade Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)4.720.9
 16.2%
   8th Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)44.940.9
 4%
   8th Grade Math (Colorado)36.932.7
 4.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Thunder Valley Pk-8)22.720.7
 2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)49.449.2
 0.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (Thunder Valley Pk-8)16.713.8
 2.9%
   All Grades Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)39.940.4
 0.5%
   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 Students873832
 4.7%
African American46
 50%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian1115
 36.4%
Hispanic463485
 4.8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White367291
 20.7%
Two or More Races2632
 23.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients52.6%57.2%
 4.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 832 students attended Thunder Valley Pk-8.

Students at Thunder Valley Pk-8 are 58% Hispanic, 35% White, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Thunder Valley Pk-8 usually go on to attend:

High : Frederick Senior High School

Thunder Valley Pk-8 ranks in the bottom 15.6% of Colorado elementary schools.


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