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Conifer Senior High School

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Posted July 9, 2013

Conifer is not a bad school, it has amazing staff, and they put a lot of effort towards the students to help them excel. High school is hard, and it has the ups and downs. Some of the students don't take their classes seriously, and there was a drug problem there. I was there for my freshman and Sophomore year. I personally did not fit in, but I got an amazing education from Conifer, and the staff takes good care of their students! I personally am glad I moved, but I grew up in suburbs so I like bigger schools, Conifer is a pretty small school compared to what I grew up around. Also the sports aren't that bad, its focused more on education then sports, but they do their fair share of both! Good luck Lobos!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2012

This school is a WOW. The principal and staff are amazingly engaged, enthusiastic and creative. This especially in light of the current dismal state of public school funding in Colorado. The principals leadership is very insightful. Opportunities for improvement are targeted based on quantifiable and well substantiated research and then tracked for progress and effectiveness. Their goal is to ensure that all kids are challenged and college ready whether they are planning to go in that direction or not. Kids are treated as adults, given responsibility and coached and mentored to make good choices. Academic emphasis is very strong. Parent involvement is surprisingly low (PTA, etc.) especially given the success overall. I believe that says a lot about the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff. Diversity is encouraged and supported with a strong effort to give kids lots of options to pursue their passions. With Colorado's dismal public school funding, they have worked very hard to maintain options and programs that allow all kids enrichment while at the same time keeping very high academic standards. All kids take the 4 core classes (Math, LA, Science, SS) all 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

I graduated from this school, I will say the staff for the most part is great. However be wary of the lifestyle choices of the students search the Internet about drugs in conifer high you will pull up a few hits at least. This school was notorious for drugs when I went just FYI.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2010

My kids transferred here and the teachers and staff are great and very involved with helping students achieve their goals. Everyone has been friendly and helpful and the kids are very involved with the sports programs and are enjoying it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers & great kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

We just sent our oldest off to the University of CO. Boulder. He went all four years to CHS. We also have a boy in the 10th grade and one that will be a freshman next year. We love the school and moved here several years ago because of the good public schools and have not been disappointed. We moved here the year before CHS opened. We believed the school offered a quality public education that has just gotten better over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

I attended conifer my freshman year and thought it was okay. It doesn't have all the language opportunities that it should have and some of the staff is a little grouchy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

I attended CHS for all 4 years of my high school career and loved it! Towards the end of my senior year, my friend and I would talk to the principal jokingly saying that we were going to send in applications to teach there because we didn't want to leave. He said he would accept us but we had to get our college education fist. Part of me wishes that I wanted to be a techer because if I was I would love to work at CHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I am a current senior at Conifer High School, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The people very friendly and welcoming. There is almost no violence. I always feel safe, and welcomed at Conifer. There are a myriad of clubs, and high level sport teams at conifer, and the administration is open to the creation of new ones. The academics are as challenging as the student chooses to make them, there are a wide variety of AP and honors programs. Conifer has produced many outstanding students, including a My Student My Hero award winner, and a Boettcher Scholor. The teachers are also consitently nominated for awards, and we have had My Teacher My Hero award winners, a Fulbright Teacher Award winner, and district best teachers, in every area from language, to social science, art, math and science.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

After attending a private school for most of her elementary and middle school years we were a little nervous about switching to a public school. Our fears were unfounded. My daughter has had a great experience at CHS. She is now a Junior and has experienced a quality, challenging education with caring, knowledgeable teachers (not all of them of course, but most of them.) She has made great friends as well. The one area the school could improve greatly is in the area of sports. Too much emphasis is put on individual sports, and it frequently doesn't allow students to experience more than one activity at a time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

I was very dissappointed in Conifer High School. I transferred my last child out of the school. Having lived in the area for a long time I had great hopes in Conifer High, when we finally got our own High School, and weren't part of Evergreen anymore. The dynamics weren't what they should be. Some of the teachers lacking in motivation, leadership problems. Many of the students not focused on what was important such as academics, I saw a lot of harrassment of students by students, more than what I hear happens at other schools in the district. I hope the new changes in staff will help get the school on the right track, just too late for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

With many recent changes in staffing and having two students over the course of 9 years(with a year in between) Conifer is a great school. It is not always the most traditional school spirit filled place but the academics, sports, and activities all seem to work hard and achieve great things. There are many great students, faculty, and other staff members at the school who provide for a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

Conifer has good academic programs. Good AP courses are available with good teachers. Languages are limited to spanish and french. My son has only witnessed one case of Bush bashing in the classroom - it was by his Biology teacher. My daughter participates on the brand new girls lacrosse team which was formed by combining with Evergreen High School. There is good parent involvement in all Conifer area schools. Conifer is unincorporated Jefferson County, there is no parks and rec district. The schools are one of the few things we have to bring people together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2005

Conifer High School is a decent school for alumni or any other attendes. The school has a very good football team, and also a remarkable sport record. However academically, you are limited in programs somewhat, you have your core classes and a some electives that aren't in-depth compared to say Arapahoe ones. A Myriad of the teachers are very young, some just even graduating, so it's hard to say about the experience level, which could be lacking for many. Finally, this school does have some of the brightest students and most comforting environments at times, however it's still a solid school if your wanting something in a local neighboorhood.
—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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%
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 Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%
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 Students53%
Female43%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students87%
Female91%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Science

All Students75%
Female70%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students69%
Female80%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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?

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

89%


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 91% 56%
Hispanic 6% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 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 13%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Library
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  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

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10441 County Hwy 73
Conifer, CO 80433
Phone: (303) 982-5255

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