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Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro

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Updated on Aug 31, 2011

 

D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School

Jefferson County School District NO. R-1

 

D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School provides a rigorous liberal arts education for seventh to twelve graders. Students are required to take five years of science, three years of foreign languages, and the Saxon math program integrates Algebra and Geometry. Students attend six periods of class and during the seventh period have an opportunity for intervention, study hall, or meeting with an adviser.

 

Admission to the option school is through lottery and all students performing at grade-level are eligible. While the school is a public high school, oversight of the school and staff is through a steering committee instead of the school district. The parents are very active at the school through volunteering, and in a recent school year, no student required intervention after state testing. Additionally, the school has had the highest ACT scores in Colorado for the past nine years.

 

Students have many opportunities outside the classroom. The drama program excels and even has an improvisation comedy troupe. The sports teams have a winning reputation and have taken home 2nd place in several state championships in recent years.

 

We have an environment that enforces behavior expectations that makes the learning the primary focus and helps prevent distractions in the classroom,” said Terry Elliott, Principal.

 

 

Evergreen High School

Jefferson County School District NO. R-1

 

When visitors come to Evergreen High School they often comment on the friendly atmosphere. The school focuses on providing an individualized education and students customize their program to meet their personal goals. Students can select from over 121 courses that include 25 AP/honors courses and many unique electives. The school uses the National Model Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum to help each succeed to the best of their abilities.

 

Over 70 percent of the student body participates in an activity and at a recent football game, the starting linebacker spent the halftime playing trumpet in the Marching Band. There are many clubs on campus, including Common Ground, Peace Jam, Fencing, Mock Trial, and Environmental Science Club. Students who don’t find a club suiting their interest can start their own. Athletics are important at the school and over 18 different sports are played on campus.

 

“We’re innovative, creative, and rigorous in all things academics, athletics, and social. Our school is a reflection of the small mountain community we live in that is also in close proximity to Denver. Our students have varied interests and goals and we strive to help them meet every one of them,” said Matthew Walsh, Principal.

 

 

Heritage High School

Littleton School District NO. 6 in the County of Arapahoe

 

At Heritage High School, the faculty and staff work to make sure that each student is not just a number, but a kid with a name, face, history and needs. By taking a personalized approach to education, the school has been able to help students contribute to the school community and achieve personal success.

 

The school works to remove barriers to AP courses and in a recent school year, the school administered 900 exams to over 400 kids with over 43 percent of the seniors taking an AP test.

Giving back to the community is instilled into students and the school has been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the past five years. Each year during “Make a Difference” week the students raise $100,000 to help support a school in Africa. Throughout the year, students blog with other students at the African school and teams work on the school over the summer.

 

The study body is very involved on campus and can select from over 27 clubs, including the Harry Potter Club that has over 100 student members. Athletics are also very ingrained in school culture and over 700 kids are on at least one sports team.

 

“The culture of this school and this community is to help kids get to college and be successful,” said Ken Moritz, Principal.

 

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