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Smoky Hill High School

Public | 9-12 | 2324 students

 

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Posted December 15, 2013

Smoky Hill is full of all kinds of people. The great thing is, for the most part, they all get along. Being in drama doesn't make you exclusively a drama kid, just as being in IB doesn't really make you a nerd. People meet others and connect with others in all sorts of ways, and cliques really don't exist, at least not in the common sense of the word. Students respect each other for their talents and interests. There are those who aren't involved in anything, who fail their classes, and who are unknown. That is where the school has fault. Also, the school is sharply split by demographic. The African Americans and Hispanics are a large group of people that seem to be apart from the rest of the school, and they do badly. If they are not motivated to do well, Smoky Hill is probably not the best place for them. If your student has hobbies and is planning to join a sport, NHS, IB, AP, or band, drama, orchestra, or choir, they will succeed. Speaking from personal experience, the IB and performing arts environments are two of the best in the school. Both IB kids and performing arts kids support and love each other. I cannot speak as well for the other groups in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2013

My oldest child attended Smoky Hill for 2 years until we relocated. I was satisfied overall with the curriculum and the staff, but would have like to see more study skills presented to the students. The principal is amazing as are the majority of teachers and staff we encountered. The population is diverse, a plus for us, and there is lots of opportunity for student and parent involvement. My only issue with school activities is that everything met on Tuesdays after school, forcing kids to choose only one club or organization to participate in. We had a few issues with bullying but with the help of the deans they were addressed quickly and my child felt safe afterwards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

I went to smoky hill. I learned to smoke cigarettes and weed. The coolest security guards worked there because they would drink alchohol on the job. They let me drop out without even consulting my parents. Of course when your just a number and not on stuco, in IB, or a star athelete, why would they care. I'm a business owner and very successful at that now, no thanks to Smoky Hill. Go Buffs!


Posted August 18, 2011

Smoky has some of the best teachers and security guards ever, every time i come to class, i want to learn because the teachers are so rad! And don't even get me started on the security guards! The security guards are the most interesting, trustworthy, AWESOME people you will meet, personally, they make Smoky Hill. but the deans are very strict and inconsistent on the dress code.Smoky, IF YOU CAN'T CATCH EVERYONE THAT IS VIOLATING THE DRESS CODE, DON'T CATCH THEM AT ALL PLEASE, its very unfair to those who do get caught.! how does the cleavage of my knees or shoulder effect the learning environment?? Other than that, Smoky is wonderful!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2010

Outstanding school. Amazing school spirit and great traditions. IB and AP programs are exceptional. New renovation looks amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

We were unhappy with the level of instruction and the attitude of the staff when trying to work out problems. I pulled my daughter out of the school, and enrolled her in online schooling which may not be perfect but is much better than having her attend Smoky Hill
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

Im a student at Smoky I am currently a Sophomore 2012! and I have had some of the best years of my life here. The AVID program is excellent probably best west of the Mississippi and it is just all a fun environment, teachers know what they are doing and everyone has a sense of pride to be a buffalo.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2009

Excellent school, amazing teachers, opportunities for all types of students. I can't wait for my youngest son to be a buffalo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

Awesome! Must join the AVID program for your student I would not be here if it wasnt for My AVID teacher. The school is something I will always remember the memories made there.....


Posted November 20, 2007

Smoky hill has been everthing I ever expected for our childrens education, I have two student that graduated from smoky and one on the way to graduate. the one thing that seems to stand out the most about smoky is that it is a controlled environement, where staffs always knows whats goin on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

Its an awesome school! Everyone has so much school pride. Academic programs really push students to succeed. Students and parents will love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

I was a student in Smoky Hill High. It was a great school academically ; however, discipline was of small priority with in the school system. I noticed that kids were more interested in messing around than actually behaving in the class. Kids would always complain on how the school is so strict. It seems they don't have the where with all to understand why she continuous to tighten the leash on the student body.


Posted April 19, 2007

Smoky Hill is a great school. The teachers are really nice and understand the students' needs and concerns. We are a tight knit school now more than ever. Sure, we have drama at times but what school doesn't? Everyone here gets along no matter what your race, religion or ethnic background. Its a great school to attend. I personally look forward to each and everyday of my education, and attending Smoky Hill is a big part of why I do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2007

I am a parent who has had two boys graduate from Smoky Hill High School. 2004 and 2006. My oldest received 21 credits entering college through Advanced Placement exams in 2004/2005. He also was in several musicals and plays, and sang in several choirs. My youngest was in the Automotive classes which he loved and was in Track and Field. The parent involvement is outstanding. My only concern about Smoky(this is also across the board at all Cherry Creek schools) is that as long as there is no problems your children do very well, as soon as there is a problem, most of the educators suddenly are not available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2006

Smoky Hill has opened doors for me that I had never dreamed of prior to enrollment. The best aspect of Smoky Hill is the multitude of options. A student can chose to take regular classes, some AP classes, some honors classes, or all IB classes. Smoky allows a one to succeed in any path taken. The IB program can provide one with a better education than any other program at any other school in the district. From a parenting perspective, Smoky has made recent renovations (powerschool, freshman seminar, closed campus policy for freshman) to ensure support for students and allow parent participation. Ms. Brown, the principle, is an amazing woman and effective leader. There are enough extracurricular activities to satisfy any student's curiosity. The recent implementation of the block system of classes is the only fault of this school. The block system hurts students struggling to learn, while favoring higher achieving students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2006

This school is crap, the other day my friend was approached by 3 other students. One of them pulled a knife and my friend defended him self before the knife user could strike, breaking the attacker's knee with his martial arts training. My friend got expelled because the kid with a knife didn't strike first?! What was my friend supposed to do? Sit there and wait to get shanked? He couldn't run as he was cornered. The kid with a knife was expelled as well but his expulsion didn't go on record, but my friend's did. Speaking as a former student, when I attended this craptastic school, I had a counselor named Mr. Kantor talk me into dropping out. Then went on boasting about the 'No child left behind act'.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2006

There seams to be no structure to the classes, and appears to be hap hazard. I do not in any form like the way the class schedules are done. The 2 time a week class then 3 times a week for next week, is both confusing for parents but the student as well. They are not learning enough in that short amount of time. I would like for the students to return to the old ways where they had daily contact with each and every teacher, for a time period of no less than 50 min. every day. I do not like the fact that my children do not have a set time to be in school every day, start at 0700 end 1530 or so I feel it should be. Thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

The best tool a parent can have is called Power School. This tool can let you know his grades every day to what assignments are due and the grades on them. Every grade level every school should have this tool. It's the best thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

Best high school out there, very diverse, great kids, high test schores, and the IB program for accelerated kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2005

Smoky Hill High School, is a decent school with great academics. While it can't beat Cherry Creek with CSAP scores, it still is better than other schools in the district. It also has a wide range of sports and clubs.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

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37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%
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 Students42%
Female43%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asian78%
Hispanic26%
Multiracial29%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)60%
Asian90%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial64%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students61%
Female71%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)55%
Asian88%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial54%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%
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 Students36%
Female32%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)20%
Asian69%
Hispanic16%
Multiracial47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligible18%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English37%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant36%

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)53%
Asian78%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial87%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible62%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Science

All Students57%
Female54%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asian72%
Hispanic37%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students52%
Female59%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asian72%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
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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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

86%


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 55% 57%
Black 17% 5%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Asian 8% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jeannine Brown

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
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