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Cherokee Trail High School

Public | 9-12 | 2451 students

 

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Posted September 27, 2014

My Junior and Sophomore boys go here. They could have gone to Regis but chose CT. I was worried about the size and academics, but they are both thriving. My son said this morning there is really no bullying that he has seen, and both boys seem to have great diversity of friends. Good school spirit at games etc., I would like to see better test scores and college readiness a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

This school wasn t for me. I transferred my kids to another district. Many parents complain on how the athletics are facilitated and nothing is ever done. So I just took my tax dollars elsewhere. To each his own. Education is a package. Kids deserve a good academic experience and that would include academics and athletics. Both aspects work together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

I recently left this school due to relocating cross-country, and I must say I had no idea how fortunate I was when I was attending Cherokee Trail. Not only are the students forward thinking and generally friendly, the teachers have some of the brightest minds I've seen, and they actually interact and spur intellectual discussions that can bring out the best in people; something I no longer see in my new school. I was privileged to go for two of my High School years, and without a doubt I would've loved to go for all four of them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2014

This school is the best. There are no cliques and everybody is friendly. Even if you are a new student, you find a group of friends almost immediately. Plus, it offers higher level classes such as IB, AP, and honors. There is an extremely wide range of club and sports that you can participate in. They are even building a new wing for the school and a greenhouse! But some things that aren't great is the amount of traffic, both outside (cars) and inside (people in the hallways). We have so many people but that makes the school really diverse. I love this school! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2014

Not sure what that parent is complaining about trails has been a great school .My niece's had a great education at C.T.. and so did my nephew's .Now as for my daughter graduated from trails with 3.8 in 2011 my son in 2012 with 3.5 G.P.A. So check yourself A parent about how you judge the school. Now I have a freshmen at the school and it is going very good. Both my kids that graduated have received scholarships and great teaching from the staff to lead them to higher places in life and in school So i give all the teaching staff my salute and gratitude for all there hard work. That includes all the coaches as well takes alot of time. M dedication to have a great school like CT. To have success thank you all. @A PARENT IF YOU AINT HAPPY THEN TAKE YOUR HAPPY WALKING SELF DOWN T BBC E STREET TO GRANDVIEW GET MY DRIFT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

I have attended CT since my freshman year and am now a senior! I love Cherokee Trail and would not be the well rounded person I am today without awesome teachers, coaches, and faculty! I have taken AP classes since my sophomore year and have absolutely nothing bad to say about the program. Teachers are always there for support and extra help if needed! Also athletics are awesome!:) GO COUGARS!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2014

This school has been a disappointment. Don t get me wrong, this school does have some great teachers, but the administrative staff is full of hot air. All concerns or issues are deflected and covered up. There is a reason why schools like Cherry Creek and Grandview are successful. They have the right people in the right positions. CT seriously needs new leadership. DON T SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Cherokee Trail has so many amazing teachers and programs, it has everything a student would want! Both my sister and I were named National Merit Scholars and we had very different strengths and interests. There are programs for all levels, and with IB and AP classes, Musicals, sports, Science & Math clubs, Speech and Debate, and Tech Students Assoc. we were both able to complete at state and national conferences multiply times. I am grateful to all the school offered us both and how it supported both our paths.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2013

A key barometer of a school's excellence is measured by school teacher's children and where they send them. Teachers have first priority in where they can send their children and most CTHS teachers send their kids to GHS (ed guess). We are aware of this as we have tried for 4 years to have our kids moved from CTHS and have been rejected each year (our kids are high performers). Additionally, the AP programs are much stronger at GHS---the schools refuse to publish the comparative data but we have parental friends at both schools and it seems apparent that GHS gets many more 4's/5's on AP exams. I have tried like heck to even get CTHS to publish this data but they refuse. Our experience at CTHS is mixed. Our kids are self starters and high performers and love the arts. CTHS arts programs are not strong (to put kindly). It is our opinion that CTHS does not believe in meritocracies and perhaps this is unfair but in sports, it is easy to compare. There are winners. There is a HUGE attrition rate in the feeder middle school kids...about 60% of freshmen...and higher as kids progress. The school does not seem to care. Sorry for the poor review but caveat emptor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

My daughter is currently a sophomore at this school and has had nothing but great experiences here. The IB Program is exceptional, and they have a ton of opportunities here. A lot of people worry about sending their kid to such a large school, but there are soooo many different groups and organizations along with every sport imaginable for them to fit in to. The teachers give the kids every opportunity to meet after school for study groups/reviews. The parents really work together to volunteer to make Cherokee trail a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

Principal only cares about sports - not music. It would be nice to have more support for the music department from the administration. Teachers are wonderful and supportive of their departments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Amazing school that has helped nurture me into a better student and a better person
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2009

As with many of the recent posts, I can't say enough about CTHS - it's been great! My son will be graduating from the IB program this year, and has really benefited from the world view it presents. It also fosters involvment with extra-curricular activities, as well as community involvement. I'm proud of his accomplishments and proud of what CTHS has done to help him. I worked for the school district, and know first hand that some other schools continue to struggle, but at CTHS the students are in a caring environment where they are challenged to succeed - and do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

This school is amazing! I went here from 10th-12th grade. It's really easy to fit in with the great diversity in all the students. :) The sports are great too. Go cougars! -so much better than East High in Denver.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

I'm a parent of a 12 grader, and had been at that school since 9th grade. We were from Michigan. And her grades was terrible and she was struggling. My daughter wanted to stay with her grandmother and it was during school year. To make the story short. She moved with her grandmother and went to Cherokee Trail High. Her grades has been improving. She is now bringing home A's & B's. I want to thank all her teachers and counselors for their support. Mrs. D. Schmidt, I would like to take this opportunity in writing also. Thank you very much for your guidiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

My children transferred to Cherokee Trail form Grandview and it was the best decision we have ever made. The staff is very involved and helpful in all aspects of student life. The students are very polite and supportive and do not let stereotypes divide them. My children are ecstatic to go to school every morning. The school really involves the family and the community in all activities. This is by far the best school to send your children. Go Cougars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

this school is the best school a student can go to i went to this school for two years and i have never been to a scahool as good as this one if anyone lives near this school and is about to enter high school i highly recommend this school in my 2nd year there i was alredy learning senior classes and i was taking the easy classes because i didnt know what high school was like but trust me this is the best school there is
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

I think this is an okay school. I was in IB and it is an upbeat class, it shows great potentional students. The creativity in the art department is magnificant. I love it. This school is okay for me. It could be a bit better with cleanliness, but I think thats about it. (; The good stuff~
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

I currently have a junior attending CTHS and his older brother graduated in 2007. I feel both have received an excellent education and high school experience. Teachers and Coaches both have been a wonderful influence on both my boys who run track and cross country. I highly recommend CTHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

Excellent school - academics, athletics, and clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)32%
Asian60%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial42%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asian86%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students67%
Female74%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asian84%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial69%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible54%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students38%
Female33%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)11%
Asian58%
Hispanic37%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible19%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English39%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)69%
Asian80%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Science

All Students57%
Female53%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)42%
Asian68%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible39%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%

Writing

All Students53%
Female57%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)42%
Asian64%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial39%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible39%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

88%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 56%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Black 12% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Mary Jarvis
Fax number
  • (720) 886-1989

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
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  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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