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Cheyenne Mountain High School

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Posted January 23, 2014

What a disappointment! The faculty at CMHS is simply put unengaged and don't care. Poor communication, lack of accountability, poor teacher guidance and its all okay with them. The root....they just don't care. I went to this school as a kid, played sports, and had decent grades. Unfortunately the quality of the personel is ineffective in motivating, mentoring, and like many reviews have said....doing their job. The superintendent, Dr. Cooper, sets the example. I've been waiting for his call since September. Don't send your kids here...Unless you are part of the chosen few, you will be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

I am very impressed with this school's academic, sport and other activities achievements. My son is very proud of being a member of this school. Yes, it is very competitive, however the support form school teachers and staffs is unthinkable. All the members in the school seem to have one and only one goal that is to help your kids to succeed and they all have done a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

My biggest problem is the school does not care about the kids. They have a teacher that gets multiple complaints but they do nothing and they have no option because she is the only one that teaches that class and it is a required class for all students to graduate. The principle and dean support her and not the students. Many of the teachers are great, but not all of them. I am very thankful for the understanding and support of the counselors. They are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

Raised in the Cheyenne System and graduated from the High School. It is a wonderful school that stresses excellence in everything from academics to sports to fine arts. It's also the only school I'll consider sending my own children to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2011

This school prides itself on being a college prep school. I graduated ready for college and my college classes were very easy for me. If you want a dumbed down high school send your kids to Harrison. They can train to be Walmart employees,
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2011

This is the top school district in all of Colorado Springs. As a parent of two college aged kids who came up through the CMSD, I am so glad we chose this district. As a parent of a highly successful student and one with special needs (asperger's), we felt both needs were met through CM. Through the LEAD program, our son matured and gained the confidence to become his own advocate. It gave him the ability to leave home and step out of his comfort zone. We are truly grateful to the staff and friends they made at CM. Our other student is in an engineering school and credits CM with preparing her adequately for the rigorous classes she has in college. She said she was definitely more prepared than her fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

Most blaring problem is there is NO SCHOOL BUS -at all- and the public bus will not take the kids either. So you have to do all the transportation to a public shool. Do not expect them to contact you if your kid gets behind. They don't care. It is run like a university, expecting 14 year olds to take full responsibility with no parental or teacher involvment whatsoever. And God help you if your kid gets sick. Parents are required to bring kid to school for exactly the # of hours missed and make up all those hours, even PE, on your own time. It is a wealthy part of town, very snobbish and condescending, and many teachers are the same. They assume you have a servant or a stay-at-home mom who lives only to transport kids for 6 hours a day. Any missed assignment is a zero by the time you find out, with no way to fix it. My hubby and I both have graduate degrees, and any University is more focused on helping students than this place. This school honestly doesn't care at al if your kids pass or fail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

My four brothers and I graduated from Cheyenne, kindergarten through 12th. The school was amazing when we were there so my husband and I decided that our kids should experience the excellent education that the 5 of us received. How wrong we were! The school teaches to the top 9%, if you are not in that group you might as well be invisible, no communication from teachers until after the semester is over, horrible, horrible special education, the teachers don't give a darn. I deeply regret sending our kids through District 12, if I could do it over again they would be in Academy school district 20. Don't send your kids to Cheyenne School Distrcits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

I have had three children attend CMHS. Two were classic over achievers and they excelled. One of my children, however, has severe ADHD and needed a lot of assistance. I found both the administration and the teachers seriously lacking in understanding and the ability to handle a child with educational difficulties. I too found the parent portal to be of little assistance. Teachers only emailed if there was a behavioral difficulty and only identified grade issues at the end of the semester where little could be done to address the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

If you have a child that begins to struggle, you won't hear about it from a teacher or guidance counselor. You'll first learn of it from a progress report or a report card; even though emails and telephone numbers are readily available to the teachers. The administration advises you to monitor the portal page but most teachers are quite lax about keeping the portal current. Many are delinquent at responding to emails and telephone calls. Our daughter was an honor student and graduated from CMHS so we did not experience these challenges with her teachers. Our son who is four years behind her attended but has had difficulty in the math and sciences departments. The teachers we have worked with have been a disappointment, with rare exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

Blue Ribbon School, yes, AP classes, yes! But leadership needs to be refreshed and the kids that are off track need more support. So, if you are a high achiever, you will excel. If you need help - this is a public school setting and you may need to look elsewhere. There is a LEAD program, but what happens if that 1 teacher is gone?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

Excellent school in all respects. I have 3 children who graduated from CMHS, all doing well in their respective colleges. One has graduated from the University of Chicago with Honors and a higher grade point average than he was able to achieve in HS. Excellent teachers, staff facilites and coaches. I wish I could go bact to this HS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

I attended this school within a a reasonable amount of year. I would have gone no where else if i were educated on the educational facts and the student body. Like any other school it will contain a misfit or two but the education quality is paramount. You are in college class rooms day in and day out from the moment you step into the school. I wouldnt trade in my education or social years spent at CMHS for anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

the academics are good and the art's program is fantastic but there is very little personal education focus, there is little hands on learning and too many umbrella standards, certain teachers will provide a great class while others teaching the same subject will not make the information clear,uuuuuuuuuuunsett
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2006

CMHS is an excellent school, with great teachers and involved administrators. My child had emotional difficulties while in high school, and the folks at CM were helpful and responsive throughout her four years there. The students are held to very high standards academically and are ready for work at competitive colleges after graduation. CM's theater, musical theater, music and arts program are great. Too much emphasis on football, but isn't that the case everywhere... And it would be so much better if the student body was more diverse! But all in all, a great experience, and we never regretted having to move just to have our child in District 12.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

While the academics are good, the kids their are out of control and parents do very little to keep the students in line.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 21, 2006

Cheyenne Mountain High School is the best of quality in educational standards, communication with parents, a sense of community with sports participation and excellent teachers to top it all off. I think the district in a whole examples what public education should look like across the USA. This is what I experienced while growing up in public education and our US Dept of Education needs to review the Cheyenne Mountain District's model and share it with others schools where failure is at an all time high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Cheyenne Mountain is an excellent school. The teachers really care about your child's well-being, and they care more about what you learn than what grades you receive. This school offers various AP courses, which are comparable to the rigors one will experience in college. Students leaving Cheyenne Mountain make a smooth transition to college because of the difficulty of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

Premiere school in the area. Excellent facilities and teachers. More variety and number of extracurricular activities would be nice.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2005

as a former student of this high shool i would first like to say cheyenne would be one of the best choices you could make for your child. The teaching and coaching staff of cheyenne is among the best. many of the teachers themselves went to Cheyenne. The preperation that this school offers is amazing. the fact that the school does so well on all of its test scores is great too. my expierience at cheyenne is on of the best in my life so far. great school, great teachers, it would be a great choice for your student.
—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.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%
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 Students69%
Female69%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
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 Students58%
Female58%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students84%
Female94%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Science

All Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Writing

All Students77%
Female88%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

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

97%

Average ACT score

23

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 77% 56%
Hispanic 13% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 5%
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 9%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1200 Cresta Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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