Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Denver, CO Metro

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Updated on Aug 31, 2011


Ralston Valley Senior High School

Jefferson County School District NO. R-1


Ralston Valley Senior High School, which opened in 2000, credits its success to providing family values and a sense of community at their school. As a comprehensive neighborhood high school without magnet or specialized programs, the school focuses on core academics and providing a well-rounded education for its students.


There are numerous AP and honors courses available, and 88 percent of the students go on to attend college. Teachers at the school are highly quality (69 percent hold advanced degrees!) and hold an average of 12 years classroom experience.


Students also succeed outside of the classroom. The athletic program has been ranked the top athletic program in the district for 9 of the past 10 years. Art projects created by Ralston Valley Senior High students can be found in competitions and displayed in congress office buildings. Music programs are also top notch and many students qualify for state in vocal and instrumental competitions.


“We are unique situation where a good ‘old fashioned’ neighborhood high school has amazing success across the board. We try really hard to be really good at all the things that we do,” said Jim Ellis, Principal.



Rock Canyon High School

Douglas County School District NO. RE 1


In the past six years, Rock Canyon High has doubled the size of its student body while still providing an exceptional education to each student. Since the school opened eight years ago, it has been home to many National Merit Scholars and Finalists. In a recent school year, over 40 percent of the students took an AP course and students had a high pass rate on the exam. Clubs and athletics are also important on campus and the school holds seven state titles.


Since Rock Canyon High is located in an upper-middle class community, the school focuses on giving back to those who are less fortunate. Each year the school raises money to sponsor a child in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and last year broke the national record, raising $41,000 in seven days to grant six different wishes. The Key Club sponsors a school in Costa Rica and travels to provide labor and bring supplies to the community each year. Each student is required to complete 20 hours of service and many of the clubs on campus integrate service into their activities.


“We want to graduate a well balanced student so we emphasize academics, athletics and activities. We say that there are 3 parts to a student and we focus on developing all parts,” said Principal Kim Rauh.



Please note that only schools in the following Colorado counties were considered for this article: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park.


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