With only a few short weeks left before the opening of the First Round Choice Application Window on February 1st, we extend our appreciation to the many families who have visited us in the past few months, and look forward to meeting those scheduled to tour with us through February.
Read on to learn why parents feel that “Bill Roberts Middle School is the best kept secret in Stapleton.”
A strong record of Academic Performance – Bill Roberts Middle School is:
Ranked #1 among Northeast Denver Middle Schools and #3 in the District with a rating of 80% in student progress/academic growth and 91.4% in student achievement/status for our Middle School according to the DPS School Performance Framework earning our Middle School the coveted Distinguished rating. The SPF is the most comprehensive report card for Denver schools that incorporates student achievement, student growth performance and parent and student engagement and satisfaction.
Scores are reported out separately in the framework and there are different indicators for the Elementary and Middle School. HOWEVER, DPS reports our scores as a K-8 comprehensively in its recently released enrollment guide. If you are interested in viewing these scores on a more specific level, you may access the detailed scores at http://spf.dpsk12.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/10/2017_SPF_School_Summary_William_Bill_Roberts_K-8_School_EN.pdf.
Ranked #1 in our boundary area according to the results from the Whole Child survey administered by DPS to Middle School students about their educational experience.
- 100% of Bill Roberts Middle School students believe they are getting a good education, that homework is valuable and relates to what they learn, and that teachers care about how they are doing in their classes.
- Bill Roberts ranked #1 in students feeling CHALLENGED, SAFE and SUPPORTED by their teachers.
Our Small Community
We are very aware that the Middle School years can be a challenging time for young adults as well as their parents. With a Middle School student population of 180 students, we know all of our kids and our families.
As a Bobcat, every student has the opportunity to participate in “Everything Roberts.” From playing on the sports teams (we are a no cut school; if we have a large demand, we will create a practice team so that everyone gets to play) to engaging in enrichments as well as clubs to learning through outdoor education as such places as Estes Park, Snow Mountain Ranch and the Florida Keys. We make certain that every student who comes forward and demonstrates interest has the opportunity to participate in the above listed adventures. At Roberts, we are a family; and just like a family, we value every one of our members.
Our Leadership Development
As the only E-8 school in the Stapleton/Park Hill boundary area, our Middle School students are leaders in our school. Whether they RISE up with us from elementary school or join us for Middle School, they begin their Middle School experience as “top dogs” in our school. Through their experiences as Buddies, Teacher’s Aides/Assistants and friends, they learn the value of character triatis such as role modeling, integrity and leadership while practicing respect, compassion, and generosity. Our alumni often tell us that the self-esteem and confidence they gained at Roberts helped them to succeed in high school. In case you missed it, NPR reported on the benefits of a K-8 education for both students remaining in, and entering into a middle school configuration that is part of a larger K-8 school. You can see the article here: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/19/494232646/sixth-grade-is-tough-it-helps-to-be-top-dog.
We hope that this “birds eye” overview is helpful in your decision-making. We were humbled recently when a parent described us as the school with “a heart of gold” as we, above all, strive to support our students in their years of adolescence to become well-rounded, compassionate and successful young adults.
All the best,
Patricia Lea Erik Cohen
Principal Assistant Principal