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Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Overview

1905 Orchard Place, Fort Collins, CO 80521 , Tel: +1 (970) 488-8260 Poudre R-1 School District

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Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Ratings & Reviews

January 23, 2020 Submitted by a parent
I think this school is phenomenal and the numbers don't do it justice. They do well on tests because they have a wholistic approach to learning that makes the kids better, smarter people. It's not an accident of being in a low performing state or district. This is not a low performing district. This is however partially a rural district and not all kids plan on attending college. This school respects students choices and strives to make them the best people they can be while being the kind of people they want to be, rather than trying o cram them into a mold.
July 29, 2018 Submitted by a student
I am currently a high school student at Polaris and have loved it so far. The teachers are amazing and the students are kind to eachother.
November 28, 2017 Submitted by a parent
I have two children at this school, and their experience has been extremely positive. The K-12 environment is rich with a genuine focus on deeper learning. Both of my kids regularly have opportunities to apply and broaden their skills in the real world, through field work. For example, while learning about the concept of community, my daughter's class took the city bus to a meeting with the mayor. My son's class, exploring different topics in writing, visited local spots for inspiration, including the library and a community garden. The atmosphere in the school is warm and welcoming, run by a team of administrators and teachers who embrace best practices in education. They encourage my kids to take ownership of their learning and focus on balanced growth, from academics to emotional intelligence. I feel fortunate for this school in our community.
March 03, 2017 Submitted by a community member
"I really wanted to like this school but it's just like any other school. It's trying really hard to say it's different. It's not. There are teachers here who only care about themselves and their image. If you see through this and you don't kiss butt, they will dislike you and punish you with lower grades and zero encouragement. Some will even demean you and your work in front of other students just to prove they have some kind of power.The school says there is no bullying here. Did I mention teachers use grades and lack of encouragement to bully? There is also rampant bullying among students. I've seen students gang up and walk up to someone and say ""We hate you. Why don't you kill yourself"" and laugh and walk away. Ironically these bullies are the students winning all the awards and getting all the praise from the teachers who only care about image. So what the school really teaches is, bow down to ""authority"" and don't think for yourself or you'll get punished. If you want to thrive this isn't the school for you despite all the trying it's doing to convince everyone it's ""cool""."
September 07, 2016 Submitted by a community member
I attended Polaris for nearly six years and graduated recently. In theory, Expeditionary Learning was a great idea. However, it's not always well implemented at this school. There are some great intensive opportunities, but outside of those few weeks a year, EL isn't particularly present in the classrooms. When it is done, it can feel a bit forced and occasionally distracts from the learning rather than adding to it. The biggest redeeming factor for Polaris is its staff- the vast majority of teachers are wonderful and dedicated. However, because it's such a small school, one or two bad teachers can drag down quality of education for everyone. In particular, Polaris has a focus on qualitative measures of growth rather than test scores and homework. In theory this sounds great, but in practice, it made the grading system absolutely ridiculous and arbitrary. My family struggled with a couple teachers and their grading methods- we raised some issues to the principal, who was incredibly helpful and insightful, but there wasn't much change. Additionally, the behavior standards are questionable. Most of the students are great, but I felt that a few poorly behaved kids took all of the teachers' attention and really hurt the quality of the classroom culture. Polaris doesn't separate students into advanced or remedial classes. It's great because all types of kids can learn together. As a result, the test scores have really been improving recently. However, I feel that a lot of the success in this model comes at the expense of the gifted students. The teachers definitely try to challenge GT students, but it really isn't happening consistently. The most helpful learning opportunity for me was the chance to take classes at the local community college. Overall, a lot of kids at Polaris are there because they found a great community and niche, myself included. However, this school can do better with its consistency of education and staff accountability.
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Average Rent in Fort Collins, CO

  • Fort Collins, CO Average Rental Price, February 2020 $1,522 /mo

    Fort Collins, CO Apartment Rent Ranges

    • $701-$1,0007%
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    Fort Collins, CO Education Statistics

    • No High School1%
    • Some High School21%
    • Some College21%
    • Associate Degree8%
    • Bachelor Degree31%
    • Graduate Degree18%

    Apartments and homes for rent near Polaris Expeditionary Learning School

    Your child’s education is your top priority. We know that because—well, you’re looking at this page, aren’t you? If you think your kid would feel right at home at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School, and you are contemplating moving closer so the little rascal will never miss a class, we have some good news for you and your family. Commute will never be an issue if you pick an apartment within 5 miles of Polaris Expeditionary Learning School, and that should not be hard as you can currently choose from 138 apartments for rent available in this part of Fort Collins. Not familiar with rent prices in the area? The cheapest apartment near Polaris Expeditionary Learning School is currently at Village on Plum, renting for $1,017 per month, but if $4,888 is still within your budget, check out the more luxurious offers at The Trails at Timberline. Or just do what most other parents do and go for the middle ground—that’s where you get the best value for money most of the time.

    Things you should know about Polaris Expeditionary Learning School

    Before you start packing, make sure Polaris Expeditionary Learning School is really the best option for your child. To recap, Polaris Expeditionary Learning School is a well-known public K-12 school in Fort Collins. It is located at 1905 Orchard Place, Fort Collins, CO 80521 and it is the second home of 411 students. Please note that available apartments near a given school are filtered by proximity, not by attendance zone. We advise parents to visit the schools in person and contact the admissions offices for further information on school performance and attendance zones before making a final decision.

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