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12400 East Jewell Ave
Aurora, CO 80012

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3 stars
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April 24, 2014
As a graduating senior this year, I am incredibly fond of Overland and all that it has given me in the past four years. When I came in as a freshman, the school resembled a jail, but now it is truly something to be proud of. Overland has come a long way. Our athletics, while not perfect, have improved tremendously, as well as our performing arts department. Overland has a very caring, spirited, and warm community that has taught me about the beauty and importance of diversity. in the past couple of years I have met and befriended people from all over the world/country, and I honestly would not want it any other way. Of course, Overland is not perfect, but if one takes the opportunities the school offers, they will benefit from doing so. Going to Overland has been a marvelous experience, through my hard work at this school I was able to be accepted into all of the universities I applied to. Among these are University of Colorado at Boulder. I will be attending NYU, but I know of quite a few students in my class that will be attending schools like MIT, Brown, Purdue and other prestigious universities. This school is truly unique and deserves much more credit than it is given.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2011
I currently attend Overland as a 10th grader and I love it! All the people who are complaing about the school are mostly parents and dont attend the school so they dont know what goes on inside the school. The school hires some of the best of the best teachers who truly care about the students and push us to do our best. It has greatly improved form what it was and continues to improve. The school is so diverse that meet someone new everyday and I really enjoy that. So stop complaining about Overland because EVERY SCHOOL HAS ITS PROBLEMS AND NOT EVERY SCHOOL IS PERFECT SO STOP! Overland is great.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2011
Overland is a pretty good high school. I am a freshman that attended Campus Middle school and i tried to choice into Cherry Creek High School but i didn't get in. I love all of my teachers but the classes are easy. The staff is great but I hate the principal. He is messing up the school. He hired a teacher to teach both band and orchestra and the teacher has no marching experience. He has worked the band into our lunch period and even worked us through lunch on a saturday rehersal with two 60 second water breaks and made us march in the sun. The musical arts at overland at very bad and have no hope of getting better until the band teacher is replaced and the principal learns how to hire a good teacher. About 90% of the band feels this way. I do find it very offensive to classify the students of Overland as thieving drop outs.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2011
I too was partially dismayed by things I had heard about Overland High School while my son was a student at Prairie Middle School. But, I did my research on the students and staff; and I found Overland to have a caring, supportive, diverse environment with no cliques and great teachers! The new STEM institue is wonderful, and it is an invaluable addition to the area. I'm sorry to hear about the alleged break-ins to cars of surrounding residents; however, I think it is unfair and inaccurate to classify 70% of our students as ungrateful, thieving dropouts. That is so far from the truth! I live right up the street from Overland, I have had no problems. Please do not take the word of a post that is littered with misspellings and bad punctuation. The new principal is great; and he has all but eliminated the smoke pit by 7-11(which, by the way, is NOT located on school property). My son is now a sophomore at Overland. He loves the school, the teachers, and the environment. He is doing great academically and athletically, and the students ARE held accountable for their actions! We do need more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
i live in apartments behind the school, on a dayly bassis there is someone that has had there car or truch broken into and stolen from including 2 times myself, its hard to tell who it was concidering the hordes of kids that walk through here and dont live here, overland is filled with about 70% ungreatfull theaving dropouts and 30% of kids who actualy care. when this issue was addressed to the school they simply said "they need to get home some how" so heres our new solution, there are no truspassing signs around the complex, so from now on when students pass through the complex they will be detained whall law enforcement arives to issue summons.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2011
This school is not a good surrounding. You see a thousand kids smoking by the popular ditch by 711. Not good , bad school, bad influences.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
I love this school it is a great school and it has vary awsome teachers and I love all the teachers that work there

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2011
I am a freshman at Overland this year and i highly enjoy it. I came onto this website and saw all the terrible reviews and tried to choice into schools. I am so glad i did not go to another school. Overland in the past has not been the best school but i think the principal is taking a good new approach and trying to bring the school back. My teachers are caring and help me with my work and answer all my questions. At overland we are like family. Thats what makes the experience so much better. I am so proud to be an overland blazer. Class Of 2015!!!!!:)

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2011
I work in various high schools in the metro area. Cherry Creek Schools are good schools and the teachers are held to high expectations. Overland has more economic challenges then more affluent neighborhoods so personally I feel that these teachers are some of the best in the state of Colorado. My daughter comes home and talks about how amazing her teachers are and I will forever be grateful for their dedication to her.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I would never recommend anyone to attend Overland. I'm a current student, and it's horrible. I filled out my school-of-choice forms as soon as they were available. Teachers don't care, and students are allowed to do whatever they please. I sat in my math teacher's classroom to work on a test that I had missed due to being sick, this was an Algebra 1 class with Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman in it; I heard the "N," word a good fifty times if not more. It's literally two different schools, a majority of about 60% who could care less and 40% who actually care. Hopefully with the direction of the new principal it'll turn around. But it's highly unlikely.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2010
I have two kids in Overland High School and can tell you as someone who has two advanced degrees that this is a low quality school. Athletics and extracurricular activities take up to much time and you can even participate if you have an F, but not two because education is important. You have no communication with teachers and as indicated by a low graduation rate it is obviously not a priority. The teachers and parents are not on the same page or even reading the same book for that matter.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
Overland High School is the step-child for the Cherry Creek school district. On numerous occasions they have asked Aurora Public Schools to take over the school. Facilities are old and neglected, athletic uniforms and equipment need replaced, coaching and administration is like a revolving door. They allow too many out of district students (DPS & APS) to open enroll.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
I am very surprised to see that Overland received such a low rating. I received my HS education from three different high schools and Overland, in retrospect, is a great school. Yes it is more diverse and yes it isn't in the best of areas, but I truly believe that the teachers there are one of the best. They have a passion for their students and it being an older school, many of my teachers actually went to OHS for their HS education as well. Overland simply has a bad reputation because many of the students are from economically disadvantaged families, and thus acts differently than many students from more affluent communities. This in no way is a reflection of who they are as students nor of Overland as an educational institute. Overland is a great school.

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March 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Overland High School has been an excellent choice for our daughter. The school is large enough to offer all that would be expected of a school in the Cherry Creek School District. The academics, sports, activities, and clubs are varied and numerous. My husband and I have been active volunteers and have encountered many wonderful and dedicated administrators, teachers, coaches and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Overland High School is not only one of the most diverse schools in Colorado, but we are held accountable for high academic classes. People here get along great with each other maybe because this school is so diverse but we also make our peers want to get involved because of our pride. Rules and regulations are getting straightened out so students do not skip class and make sure they arrive on time. Teachers ask students to come in for help when they need it. Pride, spirit, communication, academics, and diversity. What else could you ask for?

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September 23, 2009
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no rating August 17, 2009
I transferred my kids to this school and they love it. Great teachers. They love the international diversity.

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July 26, 2009
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June 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
All of the teachers at overland high are very nice they teach very well.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2008
I love this school I will be in 10th next year and im in the drama club and in choir. They have alot of activities and have wonderful techers.

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April 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Personaly I just started going here and I love it! All of my teachers are nice and they have a really good way of teaching like Mr. Fontana who just started teaching here at OHS. He teaches Spanish and has a really fun way of teaching it. And Mrs. Von-Tilius is the best math teacher she breaks everything down and explains it. I LOVE OHS! Class of 2011 rules

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2007
After leaving this school, I was very sad because the cherry creek district is my favoirte. At this school they offer so many classes to students, that even go up to A.P. (Advanced Placement). The teachers are awesome, and the school is big for its size. There are so many activites that the schoold does, no one gets left out. There are a varity of people here, and such spirit comes alive here, and there is always FUN involved in Overland, even if your just in class. Any school in the cherry creek district is great, they are the best, that I have liked after attending denver, and aurora public schools, because the cherry creek district is nothing like the rest! You will enjoy this school, trust me!

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2007
It is my belief that OHS is the step child for the Cherry Creek School district. The facilities are in poor condition.

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May 08, 2007
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February 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
I attend Overland High School and I believe that we rank above average. Not because I have high school spirit but because I know and witness it everyday. We have a lot of young, talented students at OHS that love this school, but there are a lot of students who don' t take advantage of the great opportunities offered at Overland.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2006
A student has to want to do good in school to get the best out of any school, overland has alot to offer but it is not only up to the staff but the student and parent as well. No matter what grade the student is in the parent needs to be active in their education and make sure their child gets all they can out the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
I think that this school has great teachers this year. Most of my teachers are new and one of them even went here for her high school years. They just need to think about what people are interested in taking.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2006
There's a lot of potential sitting there at Overland, but some of their policies are just plain absurd. I was extremely sressed last year, and I was getting very nervous at the end of the year. The teachers would try to jam in as much of their curriculum in the shortest amount of time. I strongly suggest they turn things around. Also, I had way too many complaints about the security staff. I kept saying they were unfair and unjust. I really hope they change things soon, for I will not want to attend there anymore.

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June 15, 2006
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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 11, 2006
Overland High is a school full of opportunities in all areas, such as music, art, robotics, sports, etc. My daughter is in three advance classes and can graduate early with advance credits if she desires. However I have found that the only thing holding the school back is the student population. About ?of the students come from dysfunctional families. Thus many come to school unwilling to take advantage of the programs offered. They don't see their future as promising. The School has tried to counter this with a daycare for single Moms and other programs but it comes down to values instilled at home. So if you have a weak minded child they can easily get lose in the peer pressure and lose any advantage this school has to offer. A parent willing to ask questions and encourage their child will find a competent education for their child.

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March 03, 2006
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December 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
It is a good school the teachers just need to be more caring.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2005
Overland High School has a large variety of programs available to suit the needs of students, whether their interests are academic or sports related. The faculty is top notch! The teachers care about the success of their students.

- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2005
I am a 2004 graduate currently serving in the US Navy. Overland may have the lowest test scores of any school in the Cheery Creek schools but with its diversity and strong cast of teachers Overland still is a great school. Having the opurtunity to go to Overland has been helpful since you gain perspectives of many different kinds of people. Something Cherry Creek or Grandview may never have.

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August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 17, 2005
Overland has been a great school for my child. She has accomplished many awards and is involved with sports, music, and science. It is a good school for a child that is involved and that will take full advantage of what this school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
Overall, I think this is a good school if you are a parent that participates in your student's education. However, If not, your child can fall thru the crack. I don't believe this is necessarily a problem with the school itself. Rather a problem with the society we live in. If an effort is put into changing the perception toward our urban kids, there might be a higher success rate in rasing academic proficiency.

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February 14, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 29, 2005
Overland offers a wide variety of interesting extracurricular activities so students are able to get involved. The teachers are dedicated and available.

- submitted by a former student
November 20, 2004
I am a sophmore at Overland i really like the school but they want me gone by January because I live across the cherry creek district. I live about 2 blocks away from Overland yet they dont want me to go. My family moved near the school so I would not transfer but i guess I will!

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2004
Three of my kids are going, or have attended this school. The ones who have graduated really felt that they were well prepared for college. The teachers were intelligent and dedicated. If I have any complaint, it is that the best teachers, like Mr Mimac and Mr Drown, get hired away by schools like Grandview.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
I am going to be a senior at Overland High School next year and I have thoroghly enjoyed my experience at Overland. Not only does Overland have some of the best teachers that I have ever had but I am also greatful that I got to grow up in such a diverse enviornment there. I feel so much more priveleged than the people who haven't gotten the chance to be as exposed to different cultures as I have. Also, the Preforming Arts program there is outstanding! I have been in it for three years now and Overland is considered to have some of the best choirs and the best drama department in the Cherry Creek School District. You really can't go wrong with Overland High School. I love it!

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2004
This school is a horrible school. They do not know what they are doing. My daughter went there and they put her in lower classes and did not pay attention to the fact that she needed a challenge or the fact that her CSAP scores were really high. There are some wonderful teachers there like Tom Rutt but I wouldn't let my child go back there.

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June 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2004
Overland sometimes gets a bum rap. As a part of the sometimes uppity Cherry Creek School District, some look at it as substandard. The diversity at this school presents more opportunies than problems. We live equadistant to the famed Cherry Creek High School and chose Overland for our daughter because the student population better represents the real world. Her teachers and coaches were top notch. Students with 'involved' parents do just as well at Overland as they would at someplace more glamorous.

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April 03, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
February 02, 2004
Students are not held accountable for missing classes. I am very dissapointed with the quality of education received and I will not allow my other child to attend this school.

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Overland High School
12400 East Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO  80012
(720) 747-3700
Last modified Overland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Overland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews.