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Sierra High School

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Posted September 17, 2011

I'm a former student at Sierra High School and I must say that this school is very underrated. Freshman year, I felt very welcome. The teachers and staff were the best and taught me everything I needed to know in ways I could understand. The student body government is amazing as well as after school clubs and sports. It's very diverse which is one of the reasons why I love it here. Recently though, since this school year started, Sierra has had major problems. The new principal, new curriculums, and the release of many of my favorite staff members has made it difficult to go through with high school. Now, everything seems to be falling apart to the point where this school won't be as great as it used to be. The new teachers , our work ethics, and our sports teams aren't as great anymore. I've thought about moving schools but I just can't even if it's best for me. The school spirit that all students have in this school and the way we stand united just makes it harder to leave. I know I'll never find a school like this. Sierra is overall an amazing school. However, since the changes, I'm not so sure this will be the best four years of my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2011

I graduated from Sierra in 2006, and those were the best 4 years of my life. The student body is diverse and very accepting of new, "different" peers. Although there were some students who were immature and belligerent, most of the ones I came across were warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for some of the teachers. Some just did not care about their students- even going as far as to "pretend" to teach us material from the book whenever the security guard would walk by. I was also enrolled in the newspaper class, and our teacher at the time was amazing! He was always available, was more than willing to listen to us, and took the time to talk to us about what we needed out of the class. Overall, I cherished the experience. I started my high school career in a new school and in a new state. And the teachers, staff, and students were all very welcoming.


Posted April 12, 2011

I'm a former student C/O 09!!! And as I read these reviews below me honestly, it upsets me. The school has its flaws, but don't all? As far as the diversity goes, when I went there we had a student from literally all nationalities and all races. The academic have improved since my freshmen year and they help build you up for the real world, I now am a sophomore at Arizona State and Sierra helped get me to where I am. Some of what people are saying is true, but most of it holds no water. Sierra has great sports, superb education, and great staff! Every year we have multiple teams making playoff in all sort of sports, we even won state two years in a row in boy s basketball, and had a 9 time state champion in track graduate from here. As for education, my class (C/O 09) had 80% of us go on to some sort college programs across the country. We had two students get accepted in to the Air force Academy, and C/O 10 had a student also get in to the Air Force Academy and one go to West Point, not that many schools can say they had students get accepted there! As for the staff they're excellent they want nothing more than for us to succeed in life and will bend over backwards to do it!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2011

Sierra High School is one of the most underated high schools in Colorado. The people of Colorado Springs refuse to give any appreciation or credit to producing the next generation of athletes, teachers, or any other leaders because Sierra is widely diverse, I should know I'm a Stallion, class of 2014 baby! What most of these people say isn't true, the school isn't 75% minorities. There are no minorities, the academics are challenging for anyone in any grade, and Sierra used to be a bad school, the senior classes of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 really cleaned the place up, granted there are a few a bad seeds there but they are weeded out, and Sierra pushes toward academic excellence by involving everybody, the students and the parents. Why not give the Stallions a chance, just because it's in a bad part of town doesn't mean its that bad a school. Why not look at Harrison, I went to school with some of their 2014 students, and they are worse. Forget all those D-11 and D-20 schools they're rich and snobby. Give the Stallions a chance, they might change your mind
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Sierra is a school in the middle of alot of poverty, middle class and lower incomes. They are a very diverse school that gives teenagers the best they can, preparing them for the world thru academics and sports. They have to complete a portfolio to graduate, and amongst what they have to do to complete this is to volunteer. Great people come out of this school. I know, one is my son :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

I am a former student and completely regret my 2 years at this school. From the diversity standpoint, 75% of the school was minorities. I may have gone to this school, but I know that 75% is the majority! When there are programs and the like for 'minorities,' it leaves me excluded and that's not right. Academically, there was no challenge at all. The school lowered their standards to where nearly half the school was on the Honor Roll every quarter - some of these kids were failing classes! As for the teachers, save for only two, they couldn't care less about me and my academic advancement. Most often I was excluded from group activities because I was 'an unfair advantage.' That's discrimination! I'd give this school a negative rating if I could!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I am a substitute teacher for Sierra H.S. and, in truth, I wouldn't wish the treatment I received from the students and administration on my worst enemy. The students are proud of their belligerence and disrespect to guests in the classroom and the disciplinarians do not do much to ensure teacher safety. The school needs to get their act together and find competent, reliable mentors and programs so that they can take care of these obvious cries for help.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 3, 2008

i loved this school and the staff


Posted September 13, 2008

my son and daughter dislike this school alot! The location, staff, fellow students, and academic challenges are the problems I hear! It seems like the top complaints I hear from my kids and friends is the principal and his friendship with several students! They say 50% of this school is ingored by the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

I think Sierra H.S is a great school, it has a lot of diversity and is improving as years pass. They have great teachers and administrators who truly care about teaching and helping their students succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2008

I am a former student and had a rough time as a student socially and the school staff at many times was slow to assist or respond to my needs. Academically, the classes were average and could have been more challenging. Sierra has a bad reputation and it may be somewhat based on truth as far as the work environment and learning enviornment
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2007

I am a former student of Sierra High School, and I must say that this high school did little to nothing to help prepare me for further education, or to attack the job market post graduation. I sincerely lament the time I spent there, and while a small few teachers there honestly wanted to help the students, the vast majority gave me the impression they were there to collect a check and nothing more. I remember teachers showing up late to class, being disconnected, standoffish and overall just acting outright as if they had better things to do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

I think Sierra H.S. is improving year to year, and I believe the diversity of the student body and faculty adds a lot to the learning experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Overall i think that Sierra High School is a good school. The way the school is run is great! i wish i never left the school. The faculty and staff are awsome and the courses offered weren't to bad.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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18%

2012

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%
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 Students18%
Female17%
Male20%
Black (not Hispanic)16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Free lunch eligible13%
Reduced lunch eligible19%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities21%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant19%

Reading

All Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%

Writing

All Students31%
Female35%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%
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 Students13%
Female8%
Male18%
Black (not Hispanic)4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)21%
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities14%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English13%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant13%

Reading

All Students56%
Female64%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)31%
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Science

All Students41%
Female41%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Writing

All Students37%
Female44%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities39%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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

74%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

77%


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
Black 36% 5%
Hispanic 36% 32%
White 21% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 65%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2250 Jet Wing Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
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