Barnum Elementary School

85 Hooker St, Denver, CO 80219
(720) 424-9590


  • All Pilot teachers, on the 3rd grade team - Creativity Lab learners will co-create learner profiles with their students with a focus on goals in two curricular areas. Each teacher will have a minimum of 5 students that will have learner goals and profiles by the end of the 1st trimester.
  • During the second trimester, each teacher will discuss SLO goals and profiles with learners a minimum of every other week with each of the learner profile students. 
  • Each teacher will then increase the number of students that are supported and guided by a minimum of 5 students each additional trimester.  Conferencing with students will become once every month when the number of students increase past 5.
  • Each teacher will share learner profile and goal information with the school administration, all teachers that service the learner, and the parent/guardian of the learner.
  • 3rd grade - Creativity Lab learners will spend 75% of their lesson time devoted to student-centered learning. Learners will be responsible for collaborating with teachers and other learners to enhance the understanding of information. 
  • Each teacher will ensure that student-centered learning occurs a minimum of 75% of the time during the school day during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. This time will be comprised of a minimum of 65% learner collaboration.
  • 3rd grade- Creativity Lab learners will be given opportunity through a space survey to give input about the classroom/school space. This is necessary to enhance the school atmosphere such that students feel the school is a place they belong and want to be. Survey’s around space design will be given to student once per trimester with adjustments made to the classroom as needed each trimester.


An American showman and businessman Phineas Taylor “P. T.” Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey CircusP. T. Barnum bought land in the Denver area in 1878 to “winter” his circus (now called the Barnum neighborhood). Barnum Elementary School was built in 1921 in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. Additions were made in 1924, 1928, 1950 with the latest addition completed in 1994. The latest renovations include enlarged classrooms, 2 kindergarten classrooms, gymnasium, library, cafeteria, multipurpose room and science and technology labs. An original outside entrance was preserved and now serves as a wall for the addition. Mechanical and electrical systems were completely upgraded as well. Murals of Denver and Colorado are located throughout the school. Stone shields and crests are located at many entrances to the building.

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Amy Burns, Signe Hawley, Richard Resendez

Elizabeth Grabois


Gelmarie Ortiz-Nieves, Sherri George












3.0% African-American, 90.2% Hispanic, 4.8% White