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The top elementary schools in and around Denver

September 2010

Top Public Elementary Schools

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Polaris at Ebert Denver K–5

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97/61.598/72.591/5811.34

This highly gifted-and-talented program accepts students through a nomination and testing process, but its IQ requirements have a “soft” cutoff, so students may gain admission by, for example, having exceptional ability in a specific subject area. Alternative instruction includes such offerings as beginning Italian language for second-graders and crime scene investigation for fourth-graders. polarisprogram.dpsk12.org

Side Creek Aurora pre-K–5

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82/8170/7061/8039.82

Led by principal Suzanne Morris-Sherer, Side Creek aims to instill a distinct culture of high expectations into its curriculum and extracurricular activities. It offers media classes at all levels to help children keep pace with new technology, and it has instituted a School Improvement Plan for 2010–11 that involves students, faculty, and parents working together toward further academic development. sidecreek.aurorak12.org

Slavens Denver K–8

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97/7486/5473/579.02

A strong PTA and fund-raising organization keep the regular classes and extracurriculars flowing. Among the class projects are slide shows about wildlife presented by third-graders (and showcased on the school’s website), and “wikispaces,” which are informational Web pages that are updated by fourth-graders. slavens.dpsk12.org

Steck Denver K–5

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93/7695/6589/759.39

Steck offers Kaleidoscope Corner, a before- and after-school extended-learning program. The school also has staged mock congressional hearings at the higher grade levels. The PTA holds fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money for classroom materials, paraprofessional assistance, and facility upgrades. steck.dpsk12.org

Stone Mountain Highlands Ranch pre-K–6

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92/7592/6587/681.17

Stone Mountain’s curriculum is highlighted by a strong focus on character development. The school’s website includes pages for each classroom, a principal’s blog and school newsletter, and a portal through which parents can monitor their child’s activities and progress. schools.dcsdk12.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=6857

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