Excellence in Academics
Hamilton students and their parents may choose from two first-rate academic programs plus a menu of academic enhancement classes and extra curricular activities:
Academic Programs and Enhancements
PEAK (Platform for Excellence in Academic Knowledge)
This program emphasizes building a strong educational foundation for Hamilton Students. It embraces the various learning styles and abilities of all students, while the focus is on mastering essential knowledge for advancing their studies. Additionally, scholars develop solid study skills like organization and note taking. They practice these habits across the program in all their core classes. Students are constantly encouraged to engage with their studies on the higher thinking levels. This encourages growth and maturity as they connect what they learn in school with the world around them. The PEAK program prepares students for high levels of success in high school, college, and the world beyond.
IPM (International Preparatory Magnet)
This program prepares students for the IB (International Baccalaureate) program in high school. It emphasizes a global perspective, rigorous academics, foreign language, and comprehensive projects related to classroom study. The atmosphere in the IPM program is stimulating, and students are expected to learn from their academic peers. About 150 spaces are available for 6th graders each year, and are filled through a competitive application process.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
Students have the added option of supplementing their academic work with the AVID college readiness program. This highly effective, national program utilizes a system of supports to bolster student success. An elective class at Hamilton, AVID prepares students for the rigors of college academics and increases their opportunities to enroll in four-year universities. The course focuses on writing, inquiry, and collaboration, plus personal attention, as ways to advance student progress.
At Hamilton, we are proud of our role as a wellspring for middle school education in computer technology. From basic keyboarding classes to work in the advanced robotics lab, students are exposed to a variety of programs, with applications for both business and design.
We are a feeder school for Thomas Jefferson High School, home of the acclaimed Center for Communications Technology Magnet. We take seriously the important part we play in preparing students who are seeking acceptance in that program.
Extracurricular Academic Activities
At Hamilton, we are proud of our abundant academic accomplishments. Here are just a few recent samples:
TCAP scores (average of 2012 and 2013):
Reading: 72.9% proficient or advanced
Writing: 64.9% proficient or advanced
Mathematics: 59% proficient or advanced
Science (8th grade): 59.7% proficient or advanced
Crashing of Accelerated Reader’s Computers
By collectively reading over one billion words in a school year, Hamilton students caused the computers at Renaissance Learning (the parent company of Accelerated Reader) to crash. The programmers were required to write additional code to fix the problem, and named the enhanced system the “Hamilton Extension”.
Mile High Scholars
Two honorees recognized in 2014 by Denver mayor Michael Hancock for modeling good leadership; respect for self, others, and the school environment; and for supporting their peers.
Global Water Challenge
Hamilton teams won first place, second place, and most creative in this competition, in which teams investigate a social, economic, environmental, or health-related water issue both locally and in a developing country. They then prepare an innovative solution to that specific problem and present their results in an interesting, creative, and informative way.
Denver Teachers’ Awards Distinguished Teachers 2014
Hamilton educator Carol Coppola received the Distinguished Teacher Award to recognize her expertise as an instructor, and her outstanding contribution to scholarship in the public schools.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Colorado state champions – two years in a row
Sertoma National Heritage Essay
Winning essay written by a Hamilton 6th grader, who was awarded a scholarship for his efforts
National History Day – Junior Division
1st Place in the nation
Interim Assessments – Mid-year 2013-2014
Overall Math: #1 in Middle School Network
Overall Writing: #2 in Middle School Network
Overall Reading: #1 in Middle School Network
7th Grade Math: 25% increase in the number of students achieving proficiency
7th Grade Writing: 18% increase in the number of students achieving proficiency
8th Grade Reading: 19% increase in the number of students achieving proficiency
6th Grade Reading: 30% increase in the number of students achieving proficiency
Excellence in Academics