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Aurora Central High School

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Posted June 29, 2010

Aurora central high school is a very good school even though the school is rated 2 out of 10. Teachers, counselors and staffs take a very good care on the students. But sometimes there are some fights it's not because of the school. It's just the students' background/behavior. Every single person has their own behavior. Now, it's 2010 , so don't read the reviews from 2007 and decide the school is bad. I am new to this school , and i am sure the school has changed a lot. The school opened the door for my future and give many opportunities to the students. But it just depends on the students. If the student try hard, then he/she will be successful. So, the school has given many opportunities, we, students just have to grab those opportunities and walk into the bright future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2010

I have been teaching at Aurora Central High School since 2005. I love the school. Staff members and administration are dedicated and really care about students. Generally, students are kind and respectful. I have taught in other states and in suburban neighborhoods and prefer my experience at Aurora Central to that of any other school. Discipline is strong here and expectations grow higher each year. I would have no qualms about sending my own children here-- Central offers many advanced classes and there is truly something for e everyone.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2010

I'm a student at Central, many people mostly foces in the negative things about our school. I'm a swimmer(girls swim team) at Central & i'm going to be a sophomore after this summer. Central in my point of view is not much of a bad school, the school is not but few of the troble makers are. I do see fights in the cafeteria some times but its only about stubborn students trying to get attention. The teachers have all my respect, even thou i do get annoyed at times. The teachers are here to help us & not for the money $$. We're also known as a bad school in sports, but whatever. I'm only in the swim team and i will untill i graduate, we only lost agenist Gateway & Brighton Bulldogs. Central is an average school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

I went to that school for about half a year and all the kids did was fight I seen one girl get jump in the lunch room by two other girls and saw fights all the time outside so my advice is keep your kids away from that school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2010

I transferred from Denver West High School which in my opinion is the worst school in Denver but that is strictly my opinion. I went to Aurora Central for two-and-a-half years and I enjoyed every moment of it. Yeah there was drama but what high school doesn't have drama? I wrestled, played football and played in band and every time I had to go somewhere for competition the teachers would most certainly be there to help me catch up my work. I was on the honor roll and at the time that I was going to Central the graduating credits were 22. I graduated with 28 because they were awesome and sent me to free college prep classes at the University of Colorado at Denver which in turn earned me credits for high school and college. I couldn't have asked for a better high school experience!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2009

i went to the school and enjoyed every moment. but now that my little sister goes there....ther us to much drama. im scared that the problems are going to escalade into something bigger. they really need to crack down. suspension is not the only answer...teaching right from wrong is.


Posted December 27, 2007

As a graduating member of the class of 2005 I can say that I got a great educational experience. All the teachers I knew and took classes with were some of the best teachers I've ever had. People can say all they want about sports, but from first-hand experience the sports weren't good until 2004. ACHS prepared me for what was upcoming in the real world.


Posted October 31, 2007

the teachers really care for us and aren't there for the money
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

this is where my step son goes and I am not impressed with any part of the school not the education, not the out side of class room activities. I would not chose for him to go there. But, I do not have a choice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

Im presently attending achs. I think that they have really cracked down on students this year and its going to be a very excellent school in aurora
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2007

The teachers appear generally competent and care for their students but the constraints on them from an inept administration are enormous. The student body is very diverse with the many advantages of diversity as well as with some disadvantages... i.e. there are some students who don't care about academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 1, 2007

I think that Aurora Central is one of the worst schools in academics. The sports are proubly the only good thing they have they have really good athletics but other than that the staff is horrible just like any school in Aurora they should get serious about education and also dicipline. What I have noticied about my daughter going there is that the students are very rude to adult authorities and for some strange reason they keep bad kids in. Like I said this school is only good for extracurricular activites (sports, choir ect.) other than that its not worth it. Aurora Central is just like Gateway Hinkley they don't give so much attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2006

I graduated from ACHS in 2005 and found it to be one of the most diverse schools in the Denver area. Many concerns have come from from the safety concerns following a report done by Denver's Fox 31 News. The report focused on the negative side of this phenomenally diverse school. There are opportunities for the students who are willing to achieve them. Many in my graduating class (2005) will say that ACHS is good school, the ones who make it bad routinely don't stay long enough to have weighty impact. Quit bashing Central.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 6, 2006

As a former student of Aurora Central. I must say that I had one of the worse education experiences at this school. I graduated with the class of 1988 and I thought I would give the school a chance by sending my daughter. What a big mistake. I also don't feel that the staff really cares if the kids learn or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2006

This school is just like any other high school, that gives students the opportunity to try different subjects. The academics results though is quite low. Most students get quite bored and bothers to not give enough efforts, but other than the extracurriculum is exellent. At ACHS students have many choices, that includes playing a musical instrument, theater, art, and many other subjects. After school clubs are available also.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 2, 2005

I think that Aurora Central may not be the safest or richest school in Colorado but i do believe that there education is Solid. They have a great sports program as well as other extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

As a student at aurora central high school i do believe that our education is great. if u are looking for a great school then aurora central may be your choice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2005

I am a former student at aurora central and am scanning the area for schools out of curiosity. I graduated in 97 and saw most of what these parents are talking about. The problem with achs is that there is no discipline with the students who do cause the problems, thats the reason no one wants to work there. The teachers do care and want to teach, but the other part about it is half the students don't have the respect for the teachers or authority figures nor do they care. Its not always the students faults. Achs does a good job of diversity, but they don't teach it the way they should. It should be about embracing eachother, not dividing each other. If you want to settle for you child being average, achs is good. If your child wants to go to college, choose another high school! tom austin
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 15, 2004

i feel that Aurora Central dosent give their students the type of education that most other schools give their students. I think for a student going to Aurora Central is made to feel different sometimes in a good way but other times in a bad way. every day i see fights going on at lunch or after school because they bumped in to each other in the hall. not everyone at Aurora Central is bad, but to get a good education with the right learning pick a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2004

Aurora central may not be one of the most popular schools in the aps district or any other, but it is one of the more exciting and diverse schools I've seen so far. Most other schools dont get the chance to really learn about other cultures or get to participate in them the way Aurora Central has and does. If you ask me they may not have the best of things, but they deal and accept the facts that they can out rank any other scholl by just showing that 'when things get tough they have one other by there side, no matter culture,relgion,appearance, and or gender...
—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.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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10%

2012

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%

2012

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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18%

2012

 
 
16%
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.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
14%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
15%
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 Students10%
Female10%
Male10%
Black (not Hispanic)5%
Asian3%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)17%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligible18%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch13%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities12%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)1%
Proficient in English10%
Migrantn/a
Immigrant3%
Neither migrant nor immigrant11%

Reading

All Students34%
Female39%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asian10%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Immigrant0%
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Writing

All Students18%
Female24%
Male14%
Black (not Hispanic)15%
Asian3%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities21%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Immigrant0%
Neither migrant nor immigrant20%
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 Students12%
Female10%
Male13%
Black (not Hispanic)3%
Asian0%
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligible32%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Proficient in English12%
Immigrant4%
Neither migrant nor immigrant12%

Reading

All Students35%
Female42%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)26%
Asian0%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)13%
Proficient in English37%
Immigrant4%
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Science

All Students13%
Female13%
Male13%
Black (not Hispanic)7%
Asian0%
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligible24%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities14%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English15%
Immigrant0%
Neither migrant nor immigrant14%

Writing

All Students13%
Female17%
Male9%
Black (not Hispanic)9%
Asian0%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligible20%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities14%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English19%
Immigrant0%
Neither migrant nor immigrant14%
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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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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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

85%

Average ACT score

15

Graduation rate

36%


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
Hispanic 67% 32%
Black 16% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
White 6% 56%
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 71%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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School basics

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Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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11700 East 11th Ave
Aurora, CO 80010
Phone: (303) 340-1600

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