Parents we need your help to maintain our rating.
Polaris @ Ebert is one of the few Denver Public Schools’ schools to earn the highest Distinguished rating. This rare and coveted Distinguished rating demonstrates not only excellence, but growth, so it is remarkable that we’ve been able to earn this ranking for the last few years.
The ratings are determined in part by students’ PARCC scores, but test scores are not the only factor the district uses. The district also wants to hear from students and parents to know what they think of their school – both perceived strengths and areas needing improvement. To accomplish this, the district distributes satisfaction surveys. Your children fill one out at school, and today, they will bring home the parent surveys in their yellow Thursday folders.
As nice as those Distinguished signs gracing our building are, the rating gives Polaris @ Ebert much more than well-deserved bragging rights. Parents of prospective students pay attention to the rankings, and so do middle schools that offer honors programs.
Thanks to our ranking, we also enjoy greater autonomy in implementing the district curriculum. It demonstrates to the district that our children not only excel academically, but are capable of much more. This autonomy affords us the opportunity to create a unique learning environment which includes our electives program and our use of Singapore math.
Our school needs your help.
Both positive parent responses and the rate of survey return impact Polaris’ rating. Please help us maintain our distinguished rating by filling out and sending back the parent surveys coming home today in Thursday folders. Surveys must be postmarked by May 1.
As always, if you have concerns with the school, by all means let me know. We are always striving to improve our offerings and we welcome your input.
Don’t forget to join the Polaris community as we celebrate and support our amazing school and its many talented artists tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., at our annual For the Love of the Arts festival!