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East High School

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Posted March 7, 2014

We are new to the city and we knew East HS would be a big change for my 9th grade daughter. It has been the very best change. The school culture is one of accepting all people as they are. Students can be who they want to be. Because of this my daughter has completely blossomed. She is so much more confident and happier. She is actually excited to go to school each day! It is not a cookie cutter, fit the "middle class, white, very christian, athlete" mold (as it was before we moved). There is so much diversity and yet, everyone seems to meld together and respect others even if they are different. It is a very safe school and while there is open lunch where the students can walk to Colfax for lunch and after school, police presence and dean presence is strong. They do not mess around if they think students are involved with drugs or fighting. The academics are great as with most college prep high schools. They offer many AP classes and honors classes. Choir and drama seem to be huge, as does Speech and Debate, and Basketball. Going to East has been life changing for my very miserable middle schooler! Love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

This school is great good sports teams good students and great academics also the teachers are really fun and caring.


Posted October 2, 2013

This school is amazing. There is a wide range of challenging classes available, the athletics are awesome, and the arts programs are equally remarkable. The teachers get better and better as the classes increase in difficulty. However, it is also known for being a "party" school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2013

Simply put, East is extraordinary. Although the school has a strong athletic tradition, the competitive academic environment and diverse culture is what really sets East apart. There is tremendous pride that comes with being an Angel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

My daughter is finishing up her freshman year at East. This is not our neighborhood high school but she was lucky to get accepted during the choice process. East has been fantastic. Great honors courses, fabulous drama and choir program, amazing school spirit and diversity (both racial and socioeconomic). She has thrived here and I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

My son is a junior at Denver East High, and it has been a wonderful school for him. The Honors and AP classes are very challenging, and he has learned to think, debate, analyze and reason. I've been impressed with nearly every teacher he's had over the past 3 years. They are engaged and clearly love what they do. The school spirit is amazing, and it has richly rounded out my son's high school experience. He's has the opportunity to participate in the school debate program, the Spotlight newspaper, the cycling club and the rugby team. His friends play tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee, participate on the Constitutional Scholars and NHS. East is truly a gift to Denver, and the students who have the opportunity to attend there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

I have an average student and find that as an average student my son needs additional tutoring to succeed in school,especially in math. I think East, like most public schools struggles with overcrowding. Teachers have so many students that they do not have time to devote to students on a "one on one" basis. That said, students have to reach out to teachers. If they do, the teachers do respond positively most of the time..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

As an East High graduate, I can tell you that the special thing about East has little to do with test scores. As a school it certainly has always produced fine academicians. The intangible something that is East comes from the people and the spirit from all that have gone before. It is not just some old building. It is a thriving and living entity that bridges yesterday and tomorrow. The call to greatness that East instills in its students will affect you for the rest of your life. It is one of the few life changing experiences that you can knowingly participate in. Embrace it. Become an Angel. Change your life


Posted April 29, 2009

East HS Constitutional Scholars just 3peated, 3 years in a row as N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L Champs. They competed against 49 other teams representing all the other states in the country. Our son competed last year and we took our daughter to DC for the competition. They won because of their hard work [students and teachers,] and extraordinary support of volunteers in the community that formed their training and support network. This is East at its best. THere are opportunities for your student to take advantage of and apply themselves. The principal is closing out on his 2nd year and is great, weekly meals with students, always extending himself with them and staff. It is a very very solid life / educational learning environment for the student and family that fits it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

This is such a great school. My child enjoys it soo much and is doing extremly well in school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

My son graduated last year and my daughter will be attending next year. We were very pleased with the education he received there. There is a new principal who my son loved and who is 'real', communicates with the kids and really cares. The feedback I got from staff is extremely positive. Read what the first 4 kids wrote, East is a solid place, real world experience of getting along with all types of kids [except rich suburban kids who live in the sterile burbs...]. My son was in the high level classes and had teachers who cared about him and were in contact with us. He learned how to think, analyze, really write and be his own person. He took advantage of opportunities at East and grew from them. I could not have asked for more from a public school educational environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

This school is out standing the principal is the best principal i have ever had in the 11 years ive been in school. Mr Youngquest cares about everything there is to care about at our school and since hes been there the school has been in the best shape and environment ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2008

I am a new freshman at this school, and i absolutely love it. everybody is so different, the teachers are great, and i have inquired a massive amount of information already. there are so many different choices of class, and the athletic program is amazing. i recommend taking speech!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

east is a great learning school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2008

East is an amazing school. You would be hard pressed to find a group of students or alumni prouder of their school than the East High Angels. The education is great, teachers are caring, and it is a diverse mix of people. Students learn how to live in the real world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

I absolutely loved East. I got a quality education that cradit-wise allowed me to enter college as a junior and learned about what I feel the 'real world' is like. It doesn't have a suburban or rich feel as well, being in the heart of Denver and has great arts, sprts and academics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

East is such an amazing school! The kids there are humorous and always have open minds, all children I know that go there think it's awesome! The teachers are entertaining and really have great learning methods. I really recommend it!


Posted May 7, 2007

Overall East is a great choice for motivated students with an open mind. The academics at East are top notch for juniors and seniors in AP and X classes, and are adequate for freshman and sophomore classes. Athletics are top of the line: Boys basketball are state champions, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, cross country, tennis, and gymnastics are all very good. The theatre company and art program are very strong. The open campus system gives students real world responsibility, and puts them ahead of the game for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

The school is of good quality but certainly not better than that. East has some excellent teachers, but in the main the teaching staff is mediocre. There are also a significant number of ghastly poor teachers. The administration has removed only a handful of poor teachers over the last six years. In general, the school is poorly run and poorly managed. Often, army-like commands substitute for a real discipline strategy. Some parents participate a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

As a parent who volunteers at East and who has kids who attend, I can tell you that overall the school is good. The teachers work hard with disrespectful students and a lot of parents who are worse than their children. Parents enable students to glide by without taking responsibility for their actions. Also, unfortunately, sports dictate the environment of the school. Academics are second. If you have a child who is moderately self-motivated, he or she will thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

616 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

616 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

616 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

621 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

621 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

621 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

621 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students47%
Female45%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible17%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students64%
Female71%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%
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 Students41%
Female39%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracial38%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligible4%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%

Science

All Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students59%
Female66%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible32%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

90%


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 44% 57%
Black 26% 5%
Hispanic 22% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • John Youngquist
Fax number
  • (720) 423-8306

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • JROTC
  • Student council/government
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1545 Detroit St
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