Prairie Hills Elementary School

Public K-5

 13801 Garfield Place
       Thornton, CO  80602-7236


(720) 972-8780

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District: Adams 12 Five Star Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
208th of 965 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,257 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  21.4
Number of students:  495

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.5%
Hispanic:
16.0%
Asian:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  12.5%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Education did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details Prairie Hills Elementary School ranks better than 78.4% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 7th among 34 ranked elementary schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 74.83. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (70.5%), Hispanic (16%), Asian (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 12.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Prairie Hills Elementary School is 21.4. 32 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 Prairie Hills Elementary School is $10,257. 28 elementary schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Prairie Hills Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Prairie Hills Elementary School 208th of 965 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Prairie Hills Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Adams 12 Five Star Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Adams 12 Five Star Schools 50th of 126 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Prairie Hills Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 57.89 371st 808 54.1%
2005 56.32 400th 823 51.4%
2006 55.01 408th 829 50.8%
2007 52.46 457th 852 46.4%
2008 52.93 445th 849 47.6%
2009 57.00 408th 872 53.2%
2010 61.22 394th 925 57.4%
2011 67.78 315th 935 66.3%
2012 58.80 404th 935 56.8%
2013 56.96 436th 954 54.3%
2014 63.32 348th 962 63.8%
2015 67.28 269th 938 71.3%
2016 77.07 172nd 914 81.2%
2017 80.25 159th 929 82.9%
2018 76.25 193rd 917 79.0%
2019 74.83 208th 965 78.4%

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

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by a parent
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Open Quote My daughter currently attends Prairie Hills Elementary in Thornton. I am not very happy with her progress to date. She is behind in Math and I have approached her past and current teachers for extra help.

In addition, the front office staff are unprofessional and rude. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, August 2, 2013

Open Quote My children have been going to the school for a few years now, and I love the Principle and all she does to help make the school run. She listens as things arises, which have and she has handled them with patience, kindness and understanding. I have 7 children, most have grown up and I have been to many different schools and this one is very well put together. They care and really try to meet the needs of everyone. Every school has their strong and week points. Prairie Hills really tries to improve in things they are aware of and make them right. The teachers care and work hard to help each student become successful. I am proud to say my children go to Prairie Hill Elementary School in Thornton, Co. Close Quote


by a citizen
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Open Quote I just had to point out that the parent who posted the only other review of this school about their child being assaulted also posted the same review over at greatschools.org, except that they reviewed the Prairie Hills Elementary School in Colorado Springs, not this school of the same name in Thornton. So that review is not applicable to one of the two Prairie View schools. Sounds like the reviewer is either confused or doesn't pay attention to details.

I'm giving this school five starts to counter act the one star review given by the other reviewer. I am a parent that is moving into the area. I don't have a child at this school yet, but I may in the future. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Open Quote DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS SCHOOL. I am saddened that such a beautiful school is so poorly operated. The Principal acts disgruntled and is not approachable at all. She never even greets parents or students. The Admin team as a whole is non-responsive to issues that arise, regardless of whether the issues are academic or concerns regarding bullying. My child has had two teachers who were worse than incompetent (could not even spell simple words), and very uncaring. The worst is that my child was the victim of a 3rd degree assault (but the courts said it should have been 2nd degree due to the severity) in the classroom, and the school did their best to bury it. The child who harmed my son was only suspended for a few days, and only because we called the authorities. I regret not transferring my child when we first had problems in first grade. We did so in order to not disrupt our child socially, but in retrospect, it was not worth his academics suffering and being badly injured on top of that. I hope that this review reaches out to parents out there, so that they don't have to suffer as our family has at the hands of this terrible school. Additionally, most parents in the community are not at all engaged in their children's education. They complain to each other, but don't make the time to complain to the proper authorities to try to help their children. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Prairie Hills Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 340 10 52 74 7 n/a n/a 0 483
2005 443 8 61 98 5 n/a n/a 0 615
2006 505 7 72 106 9 n/a n/a 0 699
2007 307 2 48 63 1 n/a n/a 0 421
2008 357 8 47 67 1 n/a n/a 0 480
2009 398 8 46 79 1 n/a n/a 0 532
2010 390 9 49 93 1 n/a n/a 0 542
2011 431 5 13 79 2 0 5 0 535
2012 380 7 27 56 1 0 11 0 482
2013 364 9 25 68 2 1 14 0 483
2014 375 7 36 85 1 1 13 0 518
2015 393 6 37 75 4 0 19 0 534
2016 400 8 37 77 3 0 22 0 547
2017 392 8 34 77 0 2 22 0 535
2018 360 5 35 73 1 2 23 0 499
2019 361 5 30 77 2 2 23 0 500
2020 349 5 35 79 2 1 24 0 495

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 Prairie Hills Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 483 22.8 21.2 10.1
2005 615 28.9 21.3 6.7
2006 699 29.0 24.1 7.4
2007 421 22.3 18.9 12.6
2008 480 26.3 18.3 9.6
2009 532 28.3 18.8 9
2010 542 28.8 18.8 10
2011 535 27.5 19.4 8.4
2012 482 23.7 20.2 7.3
2013 483 23.0 21.0 12.4
2014 518 25.0 20.7 13.1
2015 534 25.0 21.3 13.3
2016 547 28.0 19.5 15.4
2017 535 25.5 20.9 16.1
2018 499 23.5 21.1 13.6
2019 500 22.5 22.2 9.8
2020 495 23.1 21.4 12.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Prairie Hills Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 483 22.8 21.2 10.1
2005 615 28.9 21.3 6.7
2006 699 29.0 24.1 7.4
2007 421 22.3 18.9 12.6
2008 480 26.3 18.3 9.6
2009 532 28.3 18.8 9
2010 542 28.8 18.8 10
2011 535 27.5 19.4 8.4
2012 482 23.7 20.2 7.3
2013 483 23.0 21.0 12.4
2014 518 25.0 20.7 13.1
2015 534 25.0 21.3 13.3
2016 547 28.0 19.5 15.4
2017 535 25.5 20.9 16.1
2018 499 23.5 21.1 13.6
2019 500 22.5 22.2 9.8
2020 495 23.1 21.4 12.5

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Prairie Hills Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $248 (2.4%) $10,009 (97.6%) $10,257

Data source: Colorado Department of Education




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