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Colorado's Finest Alternative High School

Public | 9-12 | 240 students

"Finest" is best known for flexible scheduling, no required homework and points.

 
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Posted June 8, 2013

Our daughter just graduated from CFAHS. This school is a gift . The teachers exemplify the true spirit, intent and goal of their profession. We moved from NH is February of 2012 when our daughter was in her Junior year at Bedford High School. While BHS might rate higher than CFAHS, it failed my child and impeded her education. If we had remained, she probably would not have graduated despite thousands of dollars spent on our part on an Educational Advocate. Our daughter drove 45 minutes each way to attend CFAHS because we recognized the gift of this school. This school recognizes and accepts different learning styles. The teachers care about educating and making a difference and not about prestige . Everyone on the staff is a hero our my minds. They helped my daughter recognize and cultivate her potential. She always had the ability to succeed but never the confidence. Not only did she graduate on time but she also received a scholarship from the Englewood Foundation. Her old HS had written her off, CFAHS helped her write the ticket to her future. There are not enough ways to express our gratitude! Jackie & Brian - Parker, CO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

CFAHS has a unique mission to re-engage students that need extra support. The relationships with teachers make all the difference. These students are individuals with great potential, sometimes they just have barriers to overcome. Attend the Rose Ceremony if you have any doubt about an alternative program and your mind will be changed!


Posted January 8, 2013

Horrible school. Have been attending CFAHS for the past year now, and in that year the school has changed my attitude about school twice. First, I absolutely loved it! Enjoyed going to school, loved the enviornment. And now? I hate it. I'm scared to go to school due to the amount of fights, too many people in too small of a building, and I the teacher don't genuinely care about the students like they once did. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL AT ALL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2011

Love this school!! My son transferred from a High School in the Cherry Creek School District due to his lacking grades and motivation. Since he has been attending CFAHS he has talked about college and his goals after graduation. He has made an AMAZING turnaround in his outlook on school and also in his attitude. I'm so excited for his future and so is he!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

My son transferred to CFAHS his senior year from a Douglas County school of about 2000 kids and loved it, he actually enjoyed going to school and the teachers were excellent and actually wanted to see him succeed, he has moved on to a 4 year college and earned a scholarship for his gpa, this never would have happened at his other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

My daughter now attends this school and I think it is fabulous!. All schools should have this type of program. My daughter now loves getting up and going to school. I highly reccommemd it and it's staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

My brother graduated from this school. So when my daughter started feeling negative about her High School we decided to look into it. My daughter had given up on school completely and I feared she would end up a drop out. Thanks to CFAHS she is feeling positive about school again she loves going and she appreciates the atmosphere. The best part is that she is held acountable for her attendance and grades so we have to put very little pressure on her. The way this school functions w/ a no tolernace policy she is held accountable for all of her actions including skipping class. I also love that CPR certification and community service are part of the graduation requirements. Thank you for thinking outside of the box and moving away from the one size fits all approach! Now my daughter is flourishing in school again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

I was a student at this school, and loved it the teachers where wonderful and talked to students as if they where people. If it was not for this school, i doubt that i would have ever graduated. I became a teen mother but still managed to graduate with there wonderful flexible hours.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2008

I love this school! We find so many ways to connect with students who have not succeeded in other schools. We provide the support, but the student still needs to put in the effort! I would not want to be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

About these ratings

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
15%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
2%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
10%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
9%
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 Students11%
Femalen/a
Male16%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch13%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities11%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English11%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant11%

Reading

All Students46%
Femalen/a
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%

Writing

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%
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 Students5%
Female0%
Male10%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)9%
Free lunch eligible9%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch3%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities5%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English5%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant5%

Reading

All Students48%
Female48%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant48%

Science

All Students20%
Female16%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities19%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English20%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant20%

Writing

All Students13%
Female13%
Male13%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)21%
Free lunch eligible4%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities12%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English13%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant13%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 56%
Hispanic 41% 32%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 39%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Englewood Schools
Denver Public Schools
Littleton Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 40% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 20% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arapahoe Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Metropolitan State Denver
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #1 Performing Alternative School (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 4:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Bobbie Skaggs
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • http://contact.finest.education
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (303) 934-9183

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Cosmetology
  • STEM, Audio Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Performance stage
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Big Brother/Sister
  • Student Council
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Students take from 5 to as many as 8 periods, starting as late as 11 am or getting out as early as 1:30. Some students opt to accelerate their learning. We rely on master points in lieu of grading. Students graduate with a 3.3 GPA and a fully-accredited Englewood Schools diploma. We move to our new, larger campus in January of 2015.
School leaders can update this information here.

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4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
75
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Englewood Schools
Denver Public Schools
Littleton Public Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arapahoe Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Metropolitan State Denver
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 40%
4 year college - 10%
Military - 15%
Vocational - 15%
Workforce - 20%
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2323 West Baker
Englewood, CO 80110
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Phone: (303) 934-5786

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