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Centennial, CO
Students enrolled: 2,152

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2201 East Dry Creek Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

(303) 347-6000
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April 07, 2015
n my view this school has seen decreases in overall academic performance and most certainly in athletic performance. I believe this is, at least partially, due to a huge Marijuana prevalence taking hold in this school. I hope the school will focus on this problem, encourage the kids to overcome and show them they have a lot going as sober members of the community. Used to be a great school to send athletes to "get noticed" but they are not top ten in any big sports any more. The culture used to be athletic focused and now it seems to be a drug culture focus.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2015
I find it telling that many of the negative reviews I saw before have somehow been removed. You can tell by the dates of the 5 star responses denying the school has serious problems. This school is a perfect fit if your kid comes from a Christian right wing home and /or they are heavily into sports. There is a huge amount of intolerance for anyone other than that. They have no LGBT or alternative groups unlike most other high schools in the area. The administration bullies parents and kids alike. The counseling dept is understaffed. The school is broken from within. Check out Heritage or LHS if you need to be in LPS.

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June 03, 2014
Fine for athletic students and those who need no educational support. Those who struggle are treated with punitive, not supportive measures. The teachers are by and large caring and competent. The administration and counseling staff are unresponsive. My guess? Good scores achieved by making life so miserable for the struggling student and family that they choose to go elsewhere.

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April 24, 2014
Arapahoe is an excellent school all around. It is not solely a "sports" school as previously stated. This is a school un-like any other HS I have ever experienced (that # is 3). The academics, availability of teachers, and counselors is ouststanding. The school has a welcoming feel, and the students really do care and lookout for one another. Admin is always friendly and helpful. I really cannot say enough good things, even after the horrible event that took place 12/13/13. Way to go Warriors! We are extremely proud to be a part of this amazing family!

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March 14, 2014
This is more than just a school to many people who attend school here. It is a place I can call my second home. Our athletics are amazing but our school is not based on the athletics like other reviews have stated. Our academics are even better. The scheduling we have at our school makes it very easy for students to go in and get help from teachers. We definitely have some of the best teachers in the state. All of the faculty here at Arapahoe High School are outstanding and I wouldn't want to go to school anywhere else.

- submitted by a student

November 06, 2013
Arapahoe, class of 2009. Excellent traditions, phenomenal teachers, great classmates and students, great parent participation and an overall excellent high school. I highly recommend this school to anyone. They offer vastly numerous diverse programs to include all walks of life. From sciences, leadership, music, art and on to athletics, this school achieves great marks in all of the categories. The only thing that sucks is trying to get out of the parking lot after school....that is one thing no one likes. Go ARAP. 09 so fine. Oh, and Arapahoe has had both Presidential candidates visit, as well as POTUS....AND it is still a Blue Ribbon school.

- submitted by a student

July 25, 2011
Arapahoe is an AMAZING school. I graduated in 2007 and was so prepared for college that I didn't have to worry about the difficulty of the classes because I had been taking college level courses for the last 2 years of high school. I loved being at Arapahoe. All of the teachers were caring and willing to help in any way possible. The open campus and off hours were nice because it showed that the staff trusted the students. Ron Booth was an amazing Principal, he has his flaws, but genuinely cares for the students. How many people can say that the principal would walk the halls and know all of the students names? I can. Arapahoe had about 2500 students and Booth knew each one. Thats impressive. You are responsible for yourself at Arapahoe and that is great for young people to have. I have nothing but good things to say about the school. The sport teams are competitive every year and are open to everyone. I was a 3 sport athlete and still maintained a 3.35 GPA. Sports are important at Arapahoe, but we are constantly reminded that we are STUDENT-athletes, and if school is lacking then you will not play. Lacrosse, Wrestling, and cross country are all excellent and I had a great time.

- submitted by a community member

May 16, 2011
As a parent of three children who have graduated or will graduate from this school, I believe Arapahoe successfully meets the academic needs of its students. For whatever reason, one of my children was not interested in doing his best in high school. The teachers and counselors did their best to help him in every way possible while at the same time holding him responsible. There are many volunteer opportunities for those parents who want to be involved in the school community. I have found teachers, counselors and administration open to parental input.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2010
With any educational environment, you will find both positive and negative. My daughter attended Arapahoe HS, after transfering from an overseas school with an IB curriculum. We found that she was challenged with AP courses, and that she was encouraged to be self-sufficient and self-motivating - qualities that students need to be successful in college. This is definitely a HS that prepares its graduates for continuing education. There were many phenomenal programs to get involved in...especially the Cross Country Team. The one year she participated, there were over 180 runners on the team, and they had a blast. They love and encourage parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2010
I totally agree with the review posted on March 25, 2010 and would add that the students that aren't succeeding fall through the cracks as well. It doesn't appear that any of the teachers or the administration provide any follow through for those that really need it but tend to concentrate on the AP and very successful/involved students. I'm very disappointed in this high school from a personal perspective.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2010
This school is more hype than delivery. The principal offers the moon to incoming Freshmen, then there's no follow-through. The students who do well are those who enter with a clear vision of who they are and what they want to achieve, or the screw-ups who get special intervention. Everyone else is left to flounder, as long as they don't cause trouble.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2010
Amazing learning experience at a high level of academics! -Alumni

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October 07, 2009
I love Arapahoe High School, for the teachers, and parents, and students. I've never seen such a large school, where everyone of all ages, works together and with one another, to make sure everyone fits in and is having a great time. This school, provides so much for their students, and it can be seen on every stdents face.

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October 07, 2009
Arapahoe High School was so good for my daughter that she graduated with high honors in 2009 and got several scholarship offers to some very impressive colleges and after attending the Honors Ceremony in 2009 with me, my nephew decided to move his family from another state and enroll his children in Littleton Public Schools. His oldest boy is now a Junior at Arapahoe High School.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2009
As a student at this school I can say that i could not of gone to a better school or had better teachers. Booth is a great leader and is ALWAYS will to put kids first.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 20, 2008
Arapahoe is top-notch. Principal Booth balances leadership a caring attitude. He expects excellence from both students and teachers and the high standards of AHS are reflected in its graduates and it reputation, not only in the District but state-wide as well. Parents, you will not regret enrolling your children at AHS.

- submitted by a parent
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March 28, 2008
My family has found Arapahoe to be a great school. The principal, Ron Booth, is a motivatiing and innovative leader. My first child graduated with honors and will finish college in only three years because of his excellent preparation at AHS. My second is thriving there too. There is something for all.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2007
My son attends AHS and I do volunteer work a cross section of students from AHS. My overall opinion of AHS is that it's a very good school and offers lots of opportunities through general academics, AP classes, sports, music, & drama. The teachers are among the best in the state and relate well with students. My one negitive comment would be regarding the principal. I disagree with the another review regarding Mr. Booths relationship with the students. My son's experience as well as comments from other students with whom I work paint a very different picture. My opinion is Mr. Booth is more interested in stats, image, and ratings then the student. He weeds out students who don't do well and works the system to make AHS come out on top. It is a great school but credit is due to the teachers and students, not Mr. Booth.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2007
We have choiced into AHS because of its great reputation: and it has lived up to it. Ron Booth runs a tight ship and the kids are respected. Excellent!

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March 08, 2006
I love this school my daughter goes here and she always comes home with a smile on. She says her teachers are the best in the world, also very helpful, she can look to them for help without being afraid. She has also become more active with sports and clubs, Arapahoe encourages this by offering evry time of sport and club you could imagine. She also love her principal Ron Booth, he is so into knowing how his students are doing, he wants everyone to feel welcome, he does that by listening. Ron Booth treats the students as if they were his own, he feels what parents feel when a child gets a bad grade,Ron Booth is there with feelings of hope and always helpfulness for a student. Arapahoe is the number one school in the distict and the attitudes and acedemic level of the students show that 100%.

- submitted by a parent

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Arapahoe High School
2201 East Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, CO  80122
(303) 347-6000
Last modified Arapahoe High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arapahoe High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top