Carbon Valley Academy

Summary:

Carbon Valley Academy is a public charter elementary and middle school (grades PK-8) located in Frederick, Colorado, serving 265 students as of the 2022-2023 school year. While the school is part of the highly-ranked St. Vrain Valley School District, it has faced several challenges in recent years, including declining academic performance, decreasing racial diversity, and a low statewide ranking compared to other Colorado elementary schools.

One key differentiator for Carbon Valley Academy is its more diverse student population, with 45.28% Hispanic and 3.02% two or more races, compared to nearby schools like Highlands Elementary (67.61% White) and Soaring Heights Pk-8 (77.21% White). However, this diversity has been declining, with the percentage of White students increasing from 60.1% in 2020-2021 to 49.81% in 2022-2023. Academically, Carbon Valley Academy lags behind the district and state averages, with only 31.2% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 22.9% in math, compared to 49.2% and 40.4% in the district, respectively.

The school's academic underperformance is reflected in its consistently low statewide ranking, placing it in the bottom 35% of Colorado elementary schools with a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. This decline in performance over the past decade may be linked to the school's relatively high percentage of free and reduced-price lunch recipients (41.51% in 2022-2023), suggesting a more economically disadvantaged student population. Addressing these challenges will be crucial for improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for the students at Carbon Valley Academy.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 4040 Coriolis Way
       Frederick, CO  80530


(303) 774-9555

District: St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J

SchoolDigger Rank:
601st of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,403 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  12.7 Help
Number of students:  265

Racial breakdown:

White:
49.8%
Hispanic:
45.3%
Two or more races:
3.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  41.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Carbon Valley Academy ranks worse than 64.3% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 26th 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 31.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details Carbon Valley Academy ranks worse than 56.3% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 37.47. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (49.8%), Hispanic (45.3%), two or more races (3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 41.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Carbon Valley Academy is 12.7, which is the 6th best among 32 elementary schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Carbon Valley Academy is $11,403. 30 elementary schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Carbon Valley Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Carbon Valley Academy 271st of 481 Colorado public middle schools. (See Carbon Valley Academy in the ranking list.)

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 Carbon Valley Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Carbon Valley Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 46.49 499th 852 41.4%
2008 47.36 491st 849 42.2%
2009 48.78 486th 872 44.3%
2010 49.76 520th 925 43.8%
2011 63.91 365th 935 61.0%
2012 59.74 389th 935 58.4%
2013 51.90 491st 954 48.5%
2014 50.33 495th 962 48.5%
2015 20.91 741st 938 21.0%
2022 32.16 599th 921 35.0%
2023 31.10 600th 933 35.7%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Carbon Valley Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.61 414th 454 8.8%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Carbon Valley Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 12.77 323rd 360 10.3%
2008 42.28 228th 362 37.0%
2009 52.81 198th 377 47.5%
2010 16.77 358th 409 12.5%
2011 25.03 336th 422 20.4%
2012 53.71 212th 425 50.1%
2013 73.48 106th 454 76.7%
2023 37.47 271st 480 43.5%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 4.2)
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Reviews:
by a citizen
Monday, May 8, 2017

Open Quote Most dedicated staff around. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Open Quote The administration at this school does not follow policies, they can not keep teachers, they do not follow IEP's, will not listen to parents, do not document records accurately. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Open Quote This school has great teachers and administration. They really are a community and care about their students and families. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Open Quote Innovative school! Love this schools approach to learning. The science and social studies curriculum is top notch. Love the new lunch program and emphasis on being fit and healthy. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Carbon Valley Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2006 254 4 4 29 3 n/a n/a 0 294
2007 373 6 5 40 1 n/a n/a 0 425
2008 403 7 10 49 3 n/a n/a 0 472
2009 427 2 9 43 1 n/a n/a 0 482
2010 393 2 6 38 1 n/a n/a 0 440
2011 409 3 4 38 1 0 1 0 456
2012 340 1 5 39 1 0 4 0 390
2013 344 3 2 49 1 0 2 0 401
2014 277 4 1 69 1 1 3 0 356
2015 229 5 4 80 0 4 1 0 323
2016 216 5 3 71 3 5 3 0 306
2017 183 4 2 88 0 4 6 0 287
2018 178 4 2 89 0 3 5 0 281
2019 151 3 1 91 0 3 3 0 252
2020 129 3 2 91 2 3 1 0 231
2021 116 2 0 70 2 2 1 0 193
2022 117 1 0 85 3 2 3 0 211
2023 132 2 0 120 3 0 8 0 265

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 Carbon Valley Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 294 14.3 20.6 6.1
2007 425 19.3 22.0 6.4
2008 472 20.3 23.3 7
2009 482 24.6 19.6 6.2
2010 440 29.4 14.9 13
2011 456 27.6 16.4 11.8
2012 390 25.3 15.3 12.1
2013 401 23.6 16.9 12.2
2014 356 20.4 17.3 19.1
2015 323 24.0 13.4 11.1
2016 306 14.0 21.8 13.4
2017 287 25.4 11.2 14.6
2018 281 22.9 12.2 15.7
2019 252 19.2 13.1 19
2020 231 12.3 18.6 24.2
2021 193 17.0 11.3 n/a
2022 211 11.3 18.5 n/a
2023 265 20.7 12.7 41.5

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 Carbon Valley Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 294 14.3 20.6 6.1
2007 425 19.3 22.0 6.4
2008 472 20.3 23.3 7
2009 482 24.6 19.6 6.2
2010 440 29.4 14.9 13
2011 456 27.6 16.4 11.8
2012 390 25.3 15.3 12.1
2013 401 23.6 16.9 12.2
2014 356 20.4 17.3 19.1
2015 323 24.0 13.4 11.1
2016 306 14.0 21.8 13.4
2017 287 25.4 11.2 14.6
2018 281 22.9 12.2 15.7
2019 252 19.2 13.1 19
2020 231 12.3 18.6 24.2
2021 193 17.0 11.3 n/a
2022 211 11.3 18.5 n/a
2023 265 20.7 12.7 41.5

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 Carbon Valley Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,165
2020 $10,449
2021 $11,576
2022 $13,234
2023 $11,403

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Carbon Valley Academy

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.

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Carbon Valley Academy)42.933.3
 9.6%
   3rd Grade Math (St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J)47.246.5
 0.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
All Grades English Language Arts (Carbon Valley Academy)31.131.2
 0.1%
   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 (Carbon Valley Academy)22.222.9
 0.7%
   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 Students252265
 5.2%
African American32
 33.3%
American Indian03
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic91120
 31.9%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White151132
 12.6%
Two or More Races38
 166.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19%41.5%
 22.5%


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Students at Carbon Valley Academy are 50% White, 45% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

Carbon Valley Academy ranks 601st of 935 Colorado elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 265 students attended Carbon Valley Academy.


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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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