Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Arapahoe High School

Public | 9-12 | 2152 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

19 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted June 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 6, 2014

This school is good if your kid is HEAVILY into sports, is not uncomfortable in an environment where counselors are EXTREMELY rushed, overwhelmed and under involved, and where there is a real culture of intimidation both by many students ( if you are a minority or someone who is sensitive to lack of diversity and tolerance) . The admin is NOT involved and actually intimidates parents and children they have a "personal " problem with. And since the shooting the CYA approach and the silence from admin makes it clear that until they change their admin and their approach things will not be getting better.. to be fair much of LPS seems to be similar but this is our experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 1, 2010

Amazing learning experience at a high level of academics! -Alumni


Posted October 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 8, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 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


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.

About these ratings

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.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%
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 Students60%
Female57%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian60%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian90%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial96%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian90%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial84%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%
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 Students54%
Female54%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students84%
Female93%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Science

All Students74%
Female79%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students71%
Female82%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%
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?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Above average

Test score rating
Student growth rating
College readiness rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

ACT participation

99%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

95%


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 85% 56%
Hispanic 8% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 7%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

2201 East Dry Creek Rd
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: (303) 347-6000

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools


Heritage High School
Littleton, CO


STEM High and Academy
Highlands Ranch, CO


Littleton High School
Littleton, CO


Highlands Ranch High School
Highlands Ranch, CO


Eagle Academy
Highlands Ranch, CO


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT