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Greenlee Elementary School


Denver, CO

As part of its turnaround plan, Greenlee Elementary switched from kindergarten through 8th grade, to preschool through 5th grade, with the hopes that beginning their student's education earlier would lead to improved academic performance. When the turnaround program was implemented in 2009, the school also recruited a mostly new staff, including a new principal.

Grant money is being spent on the school's libraries, new technology, and after-school tutoring. And it appears all the hard work is paying off — the school's third-graders posted a 21 point gain in the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), meaning 55 percent of them are proficient or above in reading. This is a major step up from 2004 and 2005, when the school failed to meet federal reading targets. In addition, based on its state test results, Greenlee Elementary School earned a Great Schools rating of 1 out of 10.

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