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Patriot Elementary School - Fort_Carson, CO

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School NameAddressPhoneGradesCountyTypeDistrict Name
Patriot Elementary School7010 Harr Avenue
Fort Carson, CO 80902
(719) 382-1460K-5El PasopublicFountain/Ft. Carson School District 8

Ethnic BackgroundPercentYear
White, non-Hispanic60.31522009
Black, non-Hispanic20.48712009
Hispanic14.32662009
Asian/Pacific Islander3.724932009
Native American or Native Alaskan1.146132009

Students per TeacherYear
16.22009

School Head OfficialYear
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel2009

EmailYear
wbirhanzel@ffc8.org2009

Students Getting Free LunchYear
34%2009

DateWhoComments
10/7/2012parentMy son has attended Patriot Elementary for the past 2 and a half years... The teachers are amazing! Especially Mrs. Ellzey! Even though the school is obviously way overcrowded, my son has gotten a wonderful education and he loves school! However, the drop off and pick up situation is totally out of control! When I have to drive to the school to pick my son up, I can't even use the school parking lot! I have to park across the street at the middle school! I will say that it is organized chaos, I honestly don't know how they could make the situation any better.
8/12/2011parentI love this school! The teachers there are awesome. Mrs Edelstien has made such an impact on my child, who went from a little class clown to being an A student and in the gifted program. She has gone above and beyond what i believe is expected in a teacher, And given him a love for learning. Mrs Tensick took the time to really get to know my child when most teachers would have just labeled her a girl with major additude and made learning fun with her quirky personality. My child now in middle school still comes back 2 years later to share her accomplishments. Every teacher at this school has made an effort to be welcoming and friendly, . Parking is a bit of a hassle but it is worth it for the teachers there. I live off post and get acceptance for my children to attend and I am so thankful I can.
4/30/2010parentI think Patriot is an awesome school! I enjoy the teachers that are working hard to educate our children (and a lot are doing so with children whose parents do not help educate at home). I also think the front office staff is great and has been very helpful with anything that I ask from them. The Administration staff is very wonderful and I think are truly at Patriot working to support our children and military families. The only compliant I can make would be the parking lot situation. There are too many parents who drive way too fast in the lot and just stop wherever they feel like it to drop off their child(ren). (There is a drop-off zone for a reason)! Other than that, Patriot rocks! :)
2/25/2010parentI have two children that attend Patriot Elementary. My daughters teachers have been wonderful-Mr. Healy, Mrs. Perry & Mrs. Ossorio. My son's teachers, minus his previous teacher, Mrs. Martinez, have been great also. Mrs. Rudd, Mrs. Ausec and Mrs. Countryman. The front office doesn't deliver messages very well, and at times were unfriendly. The parking situation after school is a nightmare. Parents line their cars up an hour before school lets out, and there are unused parking spaces because of this. If you need to pick your child up for an appt. during this time, you can't even park. This is a problem that has yet to be addressed. Another complaint is the amount of supplies that need to be purchased at the beginning of the year. A lot of parents have more than one child in school and I'm sure they can't afford this.
12/10/2009parentMy 5th grader has attended this school for the last 3 years and my k child for the last 2 and with in this school year I have to say I am very impressed. Not only do my kids get the education and extra help if needed. Usually if you have good acedemics the teachers one on one skills with the parents lack..in this school that is not the case , the teachers are great, But what has impressed me the most is the new principal they have,He one seems to really and truly have the childrens best intrest at heart. He is the only principal in the three years my kids have attended that walks the kids to the car and will get out and direct traffic so the parents are not stuck in a parking lot waiting to get home. And he does it rain snow or shine!!!
11/29/2009parentMy son attended Patriot Elementary for 4th and 5th grade. He did very well and had a great experience. The teachers were great and they really cared about the students. The only concern I had was the front office staff. During the two years, I have had at least 3 situations where they were not very friendly or helpful. I have worked in schools and for schools for many years and this is the poorest customer service I have received from a front office staff. Very authoritative and very rude. Other than that, I do believe my son received a great education with Patriot. We have now moved and he is now in middle school.
10/3/2009otherI love the sense of family this year. The way that even though there are a huge number of students, the staff go out of their way to make the students feel good about themselves. The principal has made himself available to the kids and staff. This school has gone through plenty of growing pains and still the staff has prevailed.
4/27/2009parentThis school has been a very good school for my children. I especially appreciate the kind, caring teachers, the challenging content, and the dedicated administration team. When we first moved here, we came from Texas, and my child's last school lacked many things. At Patriot, I have always felt that my opinion matters, the teachers and administrators care, and they try hard to make sure all kids succeed.
4/21/2009parentI really enjoy this school. I am the parent of 3 children who all attend Patriot. I have been here for almost 3 years, and I am very pleased with almost everything. First, I really love the GT programming that the new administration has put into place. I am so glad to hear that my 2 GT students are having their needs met. Prior to being at Patriot, both of my kids were at a school who did not have GT programming, and this has been very beneficial. Also, my other child has a physical disability, and I have been very impressed by the way her needs are met. I love my students' teachers. Ms. Onkle, Mrs. Barron, and Mrs. Rudd are all terrific. In my dealing with administration, I have been very happy with how they have handled any concerns that I have had. It is a 5 star school!
4/3/2009parentI absolutely love this school! My students are doing really well here. In the 5 years that we have been here, I have seen some really positive changes in the school. The new principal has made a number of positive changes including a lunch schedule that makes it easier for my children, lowering class sizes for reading and math, and purchasing new reading curriculum. I have also been very pleased with the RtI process. My son is now able to get the help he needs, and he is able to participate in tutoring and small group instruction because of what the RtI Team has implemented. I have only had positive experiences with the secretaries, the administrators, the teachers, and I know my kids love it here!!!!
3/26/2009parentMy children have been attending Patriot for 2 years. Obviously the growth has taken over the safety of the parking lot and the overcrowded classrooms. The teachers my students have had have been amazing: Ms. Snider and Mr. Healy I can t praise them enough. They take the time to get to know the students on a personal level. I have been extremely unimpressed with the principal and other administrators in the building. The first year the principal seemed to have a positive presence but now she does not return phone calls or e-mails. It is very frustrating to contact her. I am discouraged that my children only get a 15 minute recess 1 time a day. I feel with the rise of obesity children need more time to play and exercise. They also only have PE 1 time a week. Overall I am happy with the teacher s my students have had I think the administration needs a big change.
3/11/2009parentThis is an excellent school. My daughter was there from Kindergarten to half of her 2nd grade. She learned so much in such a short period.
3/10/2009parentDefinitely overcrowded. Using every available empty space for classrooms. Teachers great for most part. Principals different story. New vice principal has no experience. Principal very little experience. Good luck finding either of them... (hiding)behind their closed office doors. Lunch and recess total 35 minutes. Lunch 20 minutes assuming teacher gets kids to cafeteria on time. 15 min recess! That includes walking out and lining up. No other recess allowed without permission from principal. Parents can't access school before 8:30 unless you knock on the front windows and someone lets you in. Used to be a great school under previous principal.
3/2/2009parentUnfortunately, this school is now overcroweded... and it's obvious. Just take a look at the parking lot when school lets out. It's such a mess. Parents are parked anywhere & everywhere. The classrooms are filling up & even overflowing with children. They have even resorted to making makeshift classrooms. But even with those problems, my children's teachers have all been great. We have been here 2 years & I have never complained about the teachers. It's just everything else... from the parking situation, the overflow of children coming in, and even the problems I have had with the cafeteria. The cafeteria problem has been going on since the first day my kids arrived. My kids decide what they are going to have for lunch. But when they go to get their lunch, sometimes there isn't anything left of what they planned to eat that day :o(
1/15/2009parentWe have been here a year now and I would say it's a good school. It needs improvement especially the parking and pick-up situation. It is very chaotic and unsafe. Several parent's approached the district and the principal but nothing has been done. I also think that there is to much pressure on the children as far as homework and learning is concerned. She has no play time. There is to much emphasis on scores instead of learning and retaining. The principal is new to the school and is definitely not a people person appears very cold and detached. My daughters teacher is very good this year. Last year she was left outside by herself twice. I just hope that the next school will be better again.
12/27/2008parentThis is the best military school that my family has attended. The Principal takes time to understand what our military kids go through and need. The Principal actually made sure the staff understood the needs of my child and my child is exceling at higher levels than I ever imagined. The staff embraces our military community and has high standards for all students in the school. I have never felt more welcomed/ Thanks Dr. Birhanzel to you and your staff. I don't want to have a PCS and have to go to another school.
7/13/2008parentThe teachers are amazing. Really caring and concerned, mindful of the trials of deployment. Despite everything else people complain about the teachers here really make a difference. Both of my children had great teachers and are ready for the next school experience. The principal that came on at the begining of 2007 has a lot to learn about military children. The welcoming warm environment at the school has suffered under her guidance. The parking lot is a mess, but walking is a viable option for those who do not ride the bus.
4/23/2008parentI have 2 kids at Patriot and both of their teachers are excellent! The office staff is very friendly and helpful as well. I agree with the other reviewers that the parking lot/drop off/pick up situation isn't great, but they do have someone out controlling traffic, so that helps. Overall, a great school. My kids are very happy there!
5/7/2007parentI have boys in 2 grades & both teachers are wonderful-they go above & beyond to help our boys, even calling at home or emailing as needed. Both of my boys will be well prepared for the next school year because of their teachers & their willingness to do whatever it takes to help them suceed. There is always a teacher or staff member (often the principal) or two at the front door to greet students-often by name. They take 'no child left behind' very personally.
6/5/2006parentGreta school, great people, one of the finer points of Fort Carson
2/17/2006parentGreat new school, cool playground. Nice teachers. Very limited area for drop off and pick up. The traffic to take the kids to and from school is very bad.
10/13/2005parentI have found that Patriot Elementary has a high standard for academic standard and expectation especially for the fourth and fith grade. This agressiveness showed me and my child the importance and true focus of what school is all about which is studying and time mangagment will pay off. The parents have many opportunities to be involved with their child's class room or any many other areas within the school. They also, have available choir and band which involve some after school performances. Overall, I have been a satisfied parent.
8/27/2005parentThe student teacher ration is quite high.
6/26/2005parentThis is a wonderful addition to the school community at Fort Carson and the national head start program.
3/27/2005parentI think all the schools on fort carson are excellent. They are very well structured and are really focused on academic needs of the children.
7/12/2003parent Wonderful school, wonderful staff. This school is closing and majority of staff is moving to new school, Patriot Elementary. Greater parental involvement is expected at new school as 85% of Beacon's students participated in before/after school daycare. That number will drop.


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