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Vista Peak 9-12 Preparatory

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Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

Great school with some new learning methods that is really helping to expand the way that our children are taught
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Vista PEAK Preparatory is a school with many caring and committed teachers. I have worked in a lot of schools and school districts and I have never worked with a more hard working group. Our standards are very high. There is some confusion on one of the reviews on this site regarding standards referenced grading which we are happy to address and explain in detail. This is our fourth year at the high school and we will soon have our first graduating class with one of the highest graduation rates in the state. We are a smaller school with a projection of 998 students in the fall of 2015 and we work really hard to get to know every single students to meet their needs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 19, 2013

it is very hard to get class changes and as the student said there is little freedom. my students can not come home for lunch though they live in walking distance. the dress code is restrictive. if you have kids with special needs or requirements be sure to bring in your paperwork or Dr. note because explaining it to them is not enough. I have 3 kids at Vista Peak and have been here from the beginning. The test scores are rather low so the grading standards are lowered this year. 75% as my 11th grader explained is now an A.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

I'm a student at Vista Peak, and it is overall a great school. It has way more pros than cons. My only complaint is how the staff deals with drama. It seems as if they have the disciplinary system reversed. For example, you'll get in a lot more trouble for fighting than drugs. They also don't give the students much freedom. We don't get typical high school activities, like homecoming and pep rally's.They also have a ridiculous dress code. Besides that, the teachers are very committed and motivated to help you. They're not just in it for the paycheck. We also have chances to earn our associates degree before we graduate and take college classes. Vista Peak is a school you'll definitely succeed in, just don't go there if you want a 'typical" high school experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2011

I am familiar with schools all over the greater Denver area and I have been thrilled with Vista PEAK Prep. My son started high school this year and he was nervous to begin at a new school, as we are new to Aurora. The teachers have tons of knowledge, energy and passion and my son is already excelling and even more importantly, loving the experience he is having. My husband and I feel incredibly fortunate to have our child be a part of this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

Awesome school, awesome teachers and a very strong interest in our children and their education! What can be better than giving your child a head start to their higher level of education!
—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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
22%
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 Students26%
Female30%
Male22%
Black (not Hispanic)19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligible20%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant26%

Reading

All Students51%
Female63%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible45%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)12%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Writing

All Students35%
Female48%
Male25%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant35%
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 Students24%
Female20%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligible28%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English28%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant23%

Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Science

All Students35%
Female37%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant35%

Writing

All Students24%
Female29%
Male20%
Black (not Hispanic)21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English29%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant24%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

17


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 38% 56%
Hispanic 36% 32%
Black 20% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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24551 East 1st Ave
Aurora, CO 80018
Phone: (303) 340-0859

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