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Harrison High School

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3 stars

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2013:
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Posted April 19, 2014

Harrison HS has come a long way in the past few years. Its test scores, student conflict rates, and graduation rates have climbed. That said, there is an inherent problem when teachers are part of a pay-for-performance system. Due to the often transient nature of the student population, test scores are not necessarily representative of teacher effort. Because many parents do not speak English, parent-teacher communication is difficult. Students do not always have the resources they need in the classrooms. There is no PTA. And in general, the school seems to care a great deal more about teachers' salaries than in placing students where they can best achieve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2013

No books given to students or at least with special education. Very bad sign. Notes written by teacher/assistant inaccurate.


Posted July 17, 2013

Harrison is a great school and has improved a lot over the years and continues to get better. The education itself was very good, and the teachers and coaches were all involved and amazing. I attended and graduated with excellent grades, took honor's courses, excelled in athletics and extracurricular activities, and I was very prepared for college. I did attend another high school briefly, but it was terrible compared to Harrison.


Posted April 11, 2013

Very unhappy with this school. Did not see any involement from the teachers or counselors to help my daughter who moved mid year. They knew she was struggling but I was not contacted to get her tutoring and couldnt get a response to my calls. A lot of drug issues too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

Honestly this school is not meant to prepare students for higher education. I graduated in 2008 and did not do well my first semester at UCCS as a freshmen. They focus way too much on the CSAP and are focusing more on the unproficient students than those taking AP classes and who already scored advanced on the CSAP. They also cut many AP classes as well. If you want your child to succeed, than you need to enroll them into a D-12 or D-11 school.. NOT Harrison District 2
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2010

i went to harrison my freshmen year and was extremely happy to be a panther but unfortunately had to move. but my teachers and coaches were amazing and were willing to bend over backwards for me to be the best i could be. and as for harrison reputation its really not as bad as people say, all it comes down to is the people you chose to hang out with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2009

Harrison High school provided my child with all of the skills she needed in life, and I thank the school for giving her an amazing education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

Parental involvement tends to be low, but the staff involvement on the student's lives is excellent. This school gives students encouragement to not only focus on studies, but be involved in all types of extracurricular activities to keep them out of trouble. Students receive not only after school assistance on studies, but as well as a guided direction in their life. I've seen many people graduate from Harrison and excel in all types of universities. They were given the necessary education and guidance to be successful.


Posted November 22, 2008

Harrison's reputation is much worse than what the school is actually like. Although some students may not seem very involved, there are students with dedication. Overall, this school is great regardless of what others say. Class of '10.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2006

Negative: school focuses too much on CSAP testing by 'teaching' the test instead of the fundamentals, school will not hold a student back if failing, some educators are complacent (giving a passing grade when the student clearly failed), and parental involvement is low. Positive: zero tolerance for any type of violence; students encouraged to play sports/musical instruments; special needs counselors and academic counselors give over and above what is expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

They have a great Academic program; they have a lot of extracurricular activities; for example: Baseball,Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming Girls Swimming Boys Tennis Girls Tennis Track, Volleyball, Wrestling, among other.
—Submitted by a staff


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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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%
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 Students32%
Female27%
Male36%
Black (not Hispanic)32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)55%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students50%
Female53%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)36%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
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 Students30%
Female25%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English33%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%

Reading

All Students70%
Female67%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)54%
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Science

All Students51%
Female42%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible60%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Writing

All Students46%
Female50%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)13%
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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.

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ACT participation

81%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

75%


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 42% 32%
White 33% 56%
Black 17% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2755 Janitell Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 579-2080

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