Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro

Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro

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Updated on Aug 31, 2011

Below are profiles featuring the top seven high schools in the Denver Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 TestRating of 10 out of 10.  The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.


Arapahoe High School

Littleton School District NO. 6 in the County of Arapahoe


Arapahoe High School provides students with strong academics and many opportunities outside of the classroom. The strong AP program administered 789 exams with a 73 percent passing rate in a recent year. The school has an ongoing relationship with the Arapaho Tribal Nation, who endorsed the name of the school and logo. In addition, the school works closely with Native Americans who are often on campus and in classrooms.


A variable schedule simulates college scheduling and not all classes meet every day. This provides students with more course selections, time during the day to use resource centers, and opportunities to get extra help during open periods. The Study Center provides students who are struggling with extra help and one-on-one guidance.


The school has a wide selection of sports teams and the girl’s golf team recently won a state championship. The journalism program has received national recognition for both its courses and publications (yearbook and newspaper).


"We are very proud of our authentic 'Warrior Spirit' as we participate and compete with the top high schools in Colorado in athletics, activities, performing arts, visual arts and academic achievement," said Principal Ron Booth on the school website. "All teachers at Arapahoe have subject expertise and hold degrees in the discipline in which they teach."




Cherry Creek High School

Cherry Creek School District NO. 5 in the County of Arapahoe


When newcomers to the area are looking to purchase a house, they often specifically target real estate in the Cherry Creek High School area for the school. The school provides a college preparatory education and sends 95 percent of the students to a two or four-year college after graduation. Cherry Creek offers rigorous academics and a full range of AP class, as well as the only Linear Algebra class in the state. The facilities at the school resemble a college campus and the Library Tech Center has won several awards for its facilities and programs.


Students build character and gain leadership opportunities through the Adventure Program in the Physical Education program. In addition, the school has over 25 sports teams boasting 185 state championships. Academic teams also take their share of honors, including a nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team. Cherry Creek offers over 93 popular extracurricular club to choose from, including Juggling/Unicycling, Gaming, and Cooking. Other popular clubs include DECA, various honor societies, and service clubs.


“The school is well-respected both in the community and beyond. Many visitors come here throughout the year to both learn from us and about us prior to purchasing a home,” Ryan Silva, Principal.


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