Cherry Drive Elementary School

Summary:

Cherry Drive Elementary School is a public elementary school in Thornton, Colorado, serving 359 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district, which is ranked 51 out of 115 school districts in the state.

Cherry Drive Elementary has seen a significant shift in its student population, with the percentage of Hispanic students increasing from 45.99% to 56.82% over the past few years, while the percentage of White students has decreased from 46.88% to 33.7%. This racial diversity is not as pronounced in nearby schools like Hulstrom Options K-8 School, which has a higher percentage of White students and lower percentage of Hispanic students. However, Cherry Drive Elementary's academic performance, as measured by CMAS test scores, is significantly lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with only 29.2% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 40.9% in the district and 43.7% statewide. In contrast, nearby high-performing schools like Hulstrom Options K-8 and STEM Lab have much higher proficiency rates.

The high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds at Cherry Drive Elementary, with 51.81% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, may be a significant factor contributing to the school's lower academic performance. This is significantly higher than the district average of 32% and nearby schools like Hulstrom Options K-8 (10.39%) and STEM Lab (25.84%). These findings suggest that addressing the socioeconomic challenges faced by Cherry Drive Elementary's student population may be a key strategy for improving academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 11500 Cherry Drive
       Thornton, CO  80233-2732


(720) 972-5300

District: Adams 12 Five Star Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
720th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,826 Help


Students who attend Cherry Drive Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Shadow Ridge Middle School
High:    Mountain Range High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.7 Help
Number of students:  359

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.8%
White:
33.7%
Asian:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.8% Help


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Compare Details Cherry Drive Elementary School ranks worse than 77% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 20th among 33 ranked elementary schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.8%), White (33.7%), Asian (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cherry Drive Elementary School is 17.7. 26 elementary schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cherry Drive Elementary School is $13,826. 23 elementary schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cherry Drive Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Cherry Drive Elementary School 720th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Cherry Drive Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Low Socio Economic Status students:


Adams 12 Five Star Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Adams 12 Five Star Schools 51st of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cherry Drive Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Cherry Drive Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 20.62 668th 808 17.3%
2005 24.94 650th 823 21.0%
2006 32.39 598th 829 27.9%
2007 38.03 579th 852 32.0%
2008 39.10 568th 849 33.1%
2009 28.44 677th 872 22.4%
2010 22.59 747th 925 19.2%
2011 27.93 715th 935 23.5%
2012 23.61 740th 935 20.9%
2013 31.97 687th 954 28.0%
2014 26.52 729th 962 24.2%
2015 28.05 654th 938 30.3%
2016 27.24 639th 914 30.1%
2017 33.48 593rd 929 36.2%
2018 25.56 659th 917 28.1%
2019 28.84 668th 965 30.8%
2021 12.95 662nd 710 6.8%
2022 18.81 737th 921 20.0%
2023 21.00 719th 933 22.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cherry Drive Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.52 231st 308 25.0%
2019 40.87 199th 332 40.1%
2023 25.63 223rd 265 15.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Cherry Drive Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.86 592nd 690 14.2%
2019 26.96 537th 758 29.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Cherry Drive Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.00 554th 693 20.1%
2019 28.39 533rd 764 30.2%
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Rank History for White students at Cherry Drive Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.37 315th 337 6.5%
2019 14.39 550th 596 7.7%
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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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Enrollment information for Cherry Drive Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 566 8 3 82 8 n/a n/a 0 667
1989 583 9 7 92 5 n/a n/a 0 696
1990 546 8 9 81 5 n/a n/a 0 649
1991 541 4 14 89 11 n/a n/a 0 659
1992 523 4 15 86 17 n/a n/a 0 645
1993 534 6 17 90 15 n/a n/a 0 662
1994 486 7 21 100 7 n/a n/a 0 621
1995 402 7 15 74 7 n/a n/a 0 505
1996 402 7 15 74 7 n/a n/a 0 505
1997 444 6 16 80 10 n/a n/a 0 556
1998 485 11 25 107 7 n/a n/a 0 635
1999 485 8 24 113 13 n/a n/a 0 643
2000 452 6 20 103 13 n/a n/a 0 594
2001 469 8 27 82 10 n/a n/a 0 596
2002 403 14 35 148 7 n/a n/a 0 607
2003 403 14 35 148 7 n/a n/a 0 607
2004 386 15 35 177 7 n/a n/a 0 620
2005 375 13 30 200 5 n/a n/a 0 623
2006 354 16 19 167 6 n/a n/a 0 562
2007 353 14 18 162 6 n/a n/a 0 553
2008 343 18 25 171 6 n/a n/a 0 563
2009 323 12 21 168 4 n/a n/a 0 528
2010 316 20 25 179 6 n/a n/a 0 546
2011 330 8 6 163 1 0 1 0 509
2012 286 10 19 151 3 1 6 0 476
2013 271 11 21 151 1 1 10 0 466
2014 256 10 12 146 2 1 7 0 434
2015 270 6 15 154 1 1 7 0 454
2016 234 4 13 129 0 1 7 0 388
2017 214 6 10 104 0 2 7 0 343
2018 189 7 7 130 2 1 5 0 341
2019 196 6 17 164 2 0 6 0 391
2020 186 2 17 160 1 0 9 0 375
2021 158 2 11 155 0 0 11 0 337
2022 145 3 19 182 0 0 10 0 359
2023 121 5 18 204 0 0 11 0 359

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 Cherry Drive Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 667 30.0 22.2 n/a
1989 696 32.0 21.7 3.2
1990 649 29.5 22.0 4.6
1991 659 29.3 22.4 4.7
1992 645 30.0 21.5 5.9
1993 662 29.1 22.7 4.8
1994 621 27.0 23.0 8.2
1995 505 23.0 22.0 5.1
1996 505 23.0 22.0 5.1
1997 556 24.7 22.5 5
1998 635 28.0 22.7 6.5
1999 643 28.6 22.5 4.4
2000 594 29.8 19.9 12.1
2001 596 30.5 19.5 10.9
2002 607 32.0 19.0 20.9
2003 607 32.0 19.0 20.9
2004 620 30.8 20.1 25.6
2005 623 31.7 19.7 26
2006 562 30.7 18.3 24.9
2007 553 30.0 18.4 23.5
2008 563 27.5 20.5 26.3
2009 528 25.5 20.7 29
2010 546 25.7 21.2 34.2
2011 509 24.5 20.7 34.6
2012 476 21.5 22.1 36.3
2013 466 20.5 22.7 45.1
2014 434 22.4 19.3 47.5
2015 454 22.0 20.6 46.9
2016 388 22.0 17.6 50.3
2017 343 18.8 18.2 49.9
2018 341 16.0 21.3 55.1
2019 391 18.0 21.7 46.5
2020 375 18.4 20.3 43.7
2021 337 20.4 16.5 42.4
2022 359 17.9 20.0 43.7
2023 359 20.2 17.7 51.8

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 Cherry Drive Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 667 30.0 22.2 n/a
1989 696 32.0 21.7 3.2
1990 649 29.5 22.0 4.6
1991 659 29.3 22.4 4.7
1992 645 30.0 21.5 5.9
1993 662 29.1 22.7 4.8
1994 621 27.0 23.0 8.2
1995 505 23.0 22.0 5.1
1996 505 23.0 22.0 5.1
1997 556 24.7 22.5 5
1998 635 28.0 22.7 6.5
1999 643 28.6 22.5 4.4
2000 594 29.8 19.9 12.1
2001 596 30.5 19.5 10.9
2002 607 32.0 19.0 20.9
2003 607 32.0 19.0 20.9
2004 620 30.8 20.1 25.6
2005 623 31.7 19.7 26
2006 562 30.7 18.3 24.9
2007 553 30.0 18.4 23.5
2008 563 27.5 20.5 26.3
2009 528 25.5 20.7 29
2010 546 25.7 21.2 34.2
2011 509 24.5 20.7 34.6
2012 476 21.5 22.1 36.3
2013 466 20.5 22.7 45.1
2014 434 22.4 19.3 47.5
2015 454 22.0 20.6 46.9
2016 388 22.0 17.6 50.3
2017 343 18.8 18.2 49.9
2018 341 16.0 21.3 55.1
2019 391 18.0 21.7 46.5
2020 375 18.4 20.3 43.7
2021 337 20.4 16.5 42.4
2022 359 17.9 20.0 43.7
2023 359 20.2 17.7 51.8

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 Cherry Drive Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $10,922
2020 $12,984
2021 $14,745
2022 $13,826

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cherry Drive Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 668th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 719th of 933 Elementary schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Cherry Drive Elementary School)38.825.7
 13.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)38.238.7
 0.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (Cherry Drive Elementary School)26.525.7
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Math (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)35.335.8
 0.5%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Cherry Drive Elementary School)2533.3
 8.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)46.543.5
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (Cherry Drive Elementary School)13.325.5
 12.2%
   4th Grade Math (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)32.134.5
 2.4%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (Cherry Drive Elementary School)29.39.3
 20%
   5th Grade Science (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)39.832
 7.8%
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Cherry Drive Elementary School)3627.3
 8.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)49.244.2
 5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (Cherry Drive Elementary School)33.315.9
 17.4%
   5th Grade Math (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)36.837.2
 0.4%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Cherry Drive Elementary School)33.229.2
 4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)44.740.9
 3.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (Cherry Drive Elementary School)2522.3
 2.7%
   All Grades Math (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)3532
 3%
   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 Students391359
 8.2%
African American65
 16.7%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian1718
 5.9%
Hispanic164204
 24.4%
Pacific Islander00
White196121
 38.3%
Two or More Races611
 83.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients46.5%51.8%
 5.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 359 students attended Cherry Drive Elementary School.

Students at Cherry Drive Elementary School are 57% Hispanic, 34% White, 5% Asian, 3% Two or more races, 1% African American.

Students who attend Cherry Drive Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Shadow Ridge Middle School
High : Mountain Range High School

Cherry Drive Elementary School ranks in the bottom 23.0% of Colorado elementary schools.


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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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