September 09, 2003
A great school- simply the best! Outstanding academics, course offerings, teachers, facilities, and extra-curriclar activities. High schoolers are treated like young adults; there is a lot of freedom at this school (for example, an 'open campus') and, accordingly, students are expected to demonstrate a high level of responsibilty. Students learn how to advocate for themselves, ask for help when needed, and make choices affecting their daily lives. For example, students above the freshman level 'self-schedule' their classes each year on the computer, selecting teachers, class schedules, off-periods, etc. This is a very competitve school, both academically (it is 'cool' to be smart and get good grades) and athletically. As a result, everyone doesn't always 'make the team', but students are encouraged to try new things and get involved in some extra-curricular activity, including community service. In sports, there is at least one 'no-cut' sport every season. This is a big school, but individual classes generally do not exceed 25-30 students (my son's advanced freshman Geometry class had 18 students!). As a result, students get to know teachers very well. Classes are very discussion-oriented, and there is an emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and college prep. We have had wonderful experiences at Cherry Creek; parents are involved and supportive. There are outstanding resources at this school to meet the needs of most students (from gifted students to those with special learning needs), including an amazing post-graduate center and counseling department. I highly recommend this school to parents who are ready for their students to experience high school and prepare for college in a competitive environment which provides increasing amounts of independence and responsibility in a supportive atmosphere.
- submitted by a parent