Searching for a new home is a challenging process, especially when you have school-age children. For you, a house needs to offer much more than just the perfect kitchen or an ideal entryway. If it isn’t located in a good school district, near a highly rated school, that alone can be a deal breaker for many homebuyers.
If you’re looking for homes for sale in Lakewood CO, the good news is that there are some very highly rated elementary schools in this area. However, like most communities, Lakewood also has some K-5 and K-6 schools that have a lower reputation.
While rankings are based mostly on test scores and student achievement will never tell the whole story, I think it’s very important for homebuyers to be aware of Lakewood CO elementary school ratings during their real estate search.
Before I share with you some of the ratings for specific schools in the Lakewood, Colorado area, let’s look at an overview of Lakewood’s school district as a whole.
Lakewood CO School District
Lakewood, Colorado schools are run by the Jefferson County R-1 School District.
The district recently received a 7 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools.org. R-1 is considered above average now, and some developments in early 2017 make it look as though it is on track for an even better ranking in the future.
As I covered in my blog on the top preschools and elementary schools in Golden, the JeffCo school district announced that it will be shuttering a school following the completion of the 2017 school year. The move is part of a plan to free up budget space in order to offer more competitive wages and attract high caliber teachers.
As a whole, the district looks healthy and genuinely committed to creating great schools led by great teachers.
Lakewood CO Elementary School Ratings
Now let’s look specifically at the Lakewood elementary school ratings. You may not know, but Lakewood, CO is home to one of the top 30 best performing public schools in the U.S., according to GreatSchools. Want to know more?
Here are some ratings for the top elementary schools in Lakewood to get your home search off on the right foot:
Dennison Elementary School
Rating: 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools (also ranked #28 on the Neighborhood Scout list of best performing public schools in America)
401 Independence Street, Lakewood, CO 80226
Dennison Elementary is a K-6 school located on the north side of Lakewood. It has twice been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.
There is a school-wide systematic and systemic writing program. All students in grades 1 through 6 receive instruction on art, music, physical education, library and library/tech on a regular basis.
Dennison is also known for encouraging parents and families to be active volunteers and provide valuable support to teachers and students.
Devinny Elementary School
Rating: 10 out of 10
1725 South Wright Street, Lakewood, CO 80228
Devinny Elementary (K-6) was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016. From 2013 to 2016, it received the Governor’s Distinguished Award each year. In 2008 and each year from 2011 through 2016 it received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award.
As a “Positive Behavior Intervention and Support” school, Devinny takes extra measures to ensure that students exhibit respect, responsibility and kindness.
The school typically receives very high grades from parents. Check out reviews from actual moms and dads with students at Devinny.
Rooney Ranch Elementary
Rating: 10 out of 10
2200 South Coors Street, Lakewood, CO 80228
Rooney Ranch is another highly rated K-6 school in Lakewood Colorado. They have made their positive reputation by emphasizing three areas:
State of the art technology — Rooney Ranch classrooms feature iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and Smart Boards.
Positive behavior support — students are held to a high standard of respect and kindness
Real world training — learning is enhanced and augmented by rigorous job embedded, professional development
Lakewood CO Schools with an 8 out of 10 Rating
Bear Creek K-8 School — 9601 West Dartmouth Place Lakewood, CO 80227
Hutchinson Elementary School (K-6) — 12900 West Utah Avenue Lakewood, CO 80228
Kendrick Lakes Elementary School (PK-6) — 1350 South Hoyt Street Lakewood, CO 80232
Stober Elementary School (K-6) — 2300 Urban Street Lakewood, CO 80215
Lakewood CO Schools with a 7 out of 10 Rating
Green Gables Elementary School (K-6) — 8701 West Woodard Drive Lakewood, CO 80227
Patterson Elementary School (PK-6) — 1263 South Dudley Street Lakewood, CO 80232
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