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Broomfield High School

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Posted March 1, 2014

Many reviews about this school are negative, but I believe many of those are written by students are bitter about their own problems. Broomfield is a school that doesn't have cliques and for the most part everyone is friends with everyone. Some of the teachers aren't the best, but there are some amazing ones as well. The photography program is incredible, one of the best in the state. There is a new photography room that is impeccable and it is the only high school in the state to have color film printing as part of one of the classes. The athletics are very good and there is a sense of school spirit at every school event. The principal, Ginger Ramsey, will let no problem go unsolved and does her best to create a comfortable environment for all students so that they can learn to the best of their abilities and also encourages every student to excel. The Special Education program is also outstanding. The special ed. students are really integrated into the school population and many times are much more popular than the general population. Broomfield has its flaws like every other high school but overall I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2013

BHS focuses much more on athletics than academics. I've been constantly bullied just for not participating in sports. I'm overlooked by every teacher and most students. There are fights every day, and students are inconsiderate in the hallways and classrooms. The teachers don't listen at all when you need help or have any questions. The administration is even worse; they will blame it on you when they don't help you. I told counselors about the bullying and they all told me to basically get over it and just join a sport. There aren't many classes to choose from, especially if you need advanced or more challenging courses. Passing periods are so short and crowded that I haven't used my locker at all. I can't think of one positive thing about BHS. If you're not a varsity athlete or cheerleader, you will not fit in here.


Posted September 11, 2012

As a parent of a former, and a current, student at this school, I can give it a positive review. Are there not-so-good things? Yes. Are there great things? Yes. This is a large, affluent, suburban, general education high school. My experiences over six years of direct contact have met, or exceeded, my expectations. Some of the teachers are incredible. Some simply average. The teaching malcontents have left since my daughter's years (2005-2009). BHS offers a broad range of programs, lots of emphasis on ADV and AP-level courses. One quibble, not particular to BHS: There is an OVER-emphasis on college-prep at the expense of the "shop" courses. Not every kid is college material, sorry. There is also a bit of grade-inflation, as with most of suburban America, but my daughter (and her "clan" of 20+) have all had little to no difficulty at their higher ed institution of choice. Four of her friends finished their 4-yr degrees in 3 yrs, without summer terms, due to the education and experiences they had at BHS. Strong extra-curriculars in all areas, but as mentioned in some of the other reviews, BHS prides itself on its athletics. But the academics are excellent as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2012

As with all schools, there are some great teachers and some bad ones. However, my Geometry teacher in class would go over homework and then just tell us to read to examples in the textbook to learn The concepts for that night's homework. Therefore, not teaching us anything. Other than that the academics are ok, I have heard about better, but also about far worse. The real issue here though is the social atmosphere. Unless you are a varsity athlete, you seem to be overlooked by the administration and many of the students. The principals don't seem to listen to any parent complaints or student input. Overall this is an ok school, but they focus way too much on athletics over academics. I would recommend Monarch High School, Legacy High School or Peak to Peak High School over Broomfield any day as I have friends at all of them and have attended events at them as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2012

Graduated Salutatorian a couple years back but found the first year of college rather difficult at a top 30 institution. This school was way too focused on athletics rather than academic excellence. I regret ever going there. Parents send your kids to MONARCH. I attended a few AP classes as well as calculus 3, which wasn't offered at BHS,and I loved the school, the teachers, and the student body. The kids there were just so much smarter. I hated my experience at BHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2011

As a parent of a BHS student, I can say this school has no accountability. While there are some truly amazing teachers, unfortunately there are many who don't teach to State and District standards. It is a common theme amongst many parents that the BHS administration ignores parent complaints and rarely addresses any problems. This school only implements changes when forced to. They are not proactive or even close to cutting edge. Many surrounding schools are over 5 years ahead of BHS in implementing State standards, teacher accountability, teacher collaboration and have higher CSAP scores. Unfortunately, many parents don't realize this and are sucked into the marketing fluff often spoken by the principal. Change is needed in the leadership at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2010

I attended BHS from 91-95. At that time it was an excellent school for science, math, and technology. I started at the University of Colorado's Engineering School in 95 majoring in Computer Science. The first two years at CU Engineering school were a breeze, largely due to the education I received at BHS. I did not care as much for the liberal arts classes at BHS, but maybe that is a personal preference. However, the one thing I remember from three years of German classes is that we watched The Princess Bride six times; I am just now teaching myself about American history and the US Constitution, but none of it sounds familiar; and I still have nightmares about a bitter english teacher. Most of my teachers (good and bad) have left the school since 1995, so I cannot accurately assess the quality of the school today (2010).


Posted May 17, 2009

I think that this school is amazing. The teachers teach well and they have excellent language arts programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

The review on the school being a bad school is very incorrect. I have just started the school and have been in it for 2 months. The only reason anyone should be singled out is if they try to act popular or cool. Most people here (i belive) like each other and there are seldom any fights so far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

I attended broomfield high school for about a year and a half. This school ruined my life. If kids dare to be unique in any way what so ever, they will will singeled out instantly. If your not 'popular' or some amazing athelete, you wont have friends. People fail to mention how many fights have gone on at this particular school. When i attended Broomfiled there were at least 5 fights that occured. I do not reccomend this school, unless you fit the above.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

As a parent of three BHS graduates I believe that the school offers great academic opportunities for good students but fails to serve the needs of the students who are struggling. There needs to be a sense of accountability within the school that just doesn't seem to exist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

As a current student of Broomfield High School I can accurately represent Broomfield High School. It is an absolutly amaising school. The Principal and the AP Science teachers are impeccable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2007

As an alumnus of BHS I feel that it's my duty to give the honest truth about the school. Academically the school is, what I consider, top-notch. Great instructors like Deborah Hayward, Merton Hirsch, Todd Wheeler and Mark Little make the classes interesting as well as informative. Extracurricular activities are endless if you are a sports fan - those of us that aren't will also find a place, but discovering the right niche will be a little bit harder. I'm honestly not too sure about parent involvement (^-^) but the overall quality of the school is outstanding.
—Submitted by a former 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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%
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 Students48%
Female46%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant48%

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students63%
Female73%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
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 Students47%
Female47%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian69%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian75%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Science

All Students67%
Female73%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian69%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students58%
Female70%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%
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%
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24%
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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

22

Graduation rate

93%


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 80% 56%
Hispanic 11% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
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 13%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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Arts & music

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  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

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  • German
  • Spanish
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  • German
  • Spanish

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball

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Broomfield, CO 80020
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