Westerly Creek Elementary (WCE), the first Denver Public School in Stapleton, opened its doors in the fall of 2003. In 2007, it was reconfigured as a school that served ECE3 through 1st grade students. Today, WCE serves students in ECE3 through 5th grade, taking children on a unique learning journey that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Our school, nestled in the heart of the Stapleton neighborhood, serves a close knit community involved in its students’ intellectual and social growth. A devotion to the DPS Core Curriculum—Literacy, Everyday Math, TRACKS Science and Social Studies—unites our students and staff. An integral part of our curriculum is a dedication to advancing the arts, physical education, technology, and character education. Our commitment to students is to provide a school community in which each child can thrive and become a lifelong learner.
Instructional Programming at Westerly Creek Elementary
2nd – 5th Grade
WCE serves four classes for each grade level, 2nd – 5th. The ideal class size is 25 students per classroom. For all 2nd through 5th grade students at WCE, students begin “platooning” between two classroom teachers, and continue this practice throughout elementary school.
Platooning describes the practice in which students are assigned two teachers, known as a platooning team. Literacy (reading and writing) is taught by a dedicated Literacy Teacher. And Math, Science, and Social Studies are taught by a dedicated teacher who specializes in those areas.
This model of teaching allows children to learn from teachers who have passion and expertise in a narrower curriculum field. Platooning teachers develop specific content knowledge for his or her content area. Teachers then deliver lessons twice each day, which has been proven to significantly improve student learning.
Platooning teachers hone their skills and methodologies for teaching a content area at exceptionally high levels. Professional development and collegial conversations are extremely focused, empowering them to think more deeply about improvements to the core curriculum and plan differentiated instruction for a diverse set of learners.
Platooning teachers are part of a “vertical department” team at WCE, in which content teachers from grade levels 2nd – 5th regularly collaborate on data analysis and instructional planning. This develops consistency throughout the grades in curriculum delivery and ensures a clear understanding of students’ learning expectations for subsequent years.
WCE serves four 1st grade classes. The ideal class size is 25 students per class.
WCE serves four Kindergarten classes. Each classroom serves both full-day and half-day students. The maximum number of full-day students in Kindergarten is 25 per classroom.
Full-Day ECE4 (Early Childhood Education)
WCE offers a full-day program for 4 year olds, and reserves two classrooms and approximately 40 spots for this purpose.
Half-Day ECE3 & ECE4
In addition, WCE accommodates two mixed half-day programs for 3 and 4 year old students, with a morning and afternoon session being offered. There are approximately 20 spots reserved for each age group.