City: Wheat Ridge
Zip Code: 80033-4838
Phone Number: 303-982-2833
Fax Number: 303-982-2834
Email Address: email@example.com
Principal: Warren Blair
Articulation Area: Jefferson
Grades Served: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
School Mascot: Wolves
School Colors: Black, Gold, Silver
Classroom Hours: 8:55 AM - 3:55 PM
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sources of School Pride
- High expectations for academics and behavior. This includes opportunities that support student exploration in a variety of electives.
- Caring and dedicated staff providing support for students with academic and social/emotional needs. Appreciation and support for cultural diversity.
- 1:1 iPad implementation program. All students receive a school iPad to be used for learning in all classes and at home.
Wheat Ridge 5-8 moved from the traditional middle school structure of only 7th and 8th graders to include 5th and 6th graders in the 2011-2012 school year. This configuration allows us to enhance our understanding of the academic and social/emotional needs of our students over a longer period of time. We currently serve approximately 160 5th and 6th graders and 380 7th and 8th graders. WR 5-8 also serves as a Jeffco GT center program for identified students. In 2013-2014 WR 5-8 implemented a 1:1 iPad program where all students received iPads. Students use their iPads throughout the day and in every class. Students are also able to access lessons and learning from home. We offer the traditional elementary classroom structure with a home room teacher and the Middle School model of core classes and electives for our 7th and 8th graders. All 7th and 8th grade students have access to higher level classes in Language, Math, and Science. We offer Spanish 101 and 102 (supports college entrance requirements and AP programming for HS), World Languages, Choir, Orchestra, Band, Computer, Art, PE and Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), a college preparatory elective. WR 5-8 uses Response to Intervention (RtI), Special Education Services, and ESL to support students needing additional support. We use Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) systems as well as a Life Skills program to support students with goal setting, conflict resolution, problem solving skills, etc. WR 5-8 currently offers many after school extracurricular enrichment classes and programs, including sports, through the 21st Century Grant. Teachers are working in PLC teams following the Three Big Ideas of a PLC: 1. From a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. 2. From a culture of isolation to a culture of collaboration. 3. From a focus on good intentions to a focus on results; and the Four Critical Questions of a PLC: 1. What exactly, do we expect students to learn? 2. How will we know if they have learned it? 3. How will we respond when they haven't learned it? 4. How will we respond when they have learned it?