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Cherry Creek High School

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Posted March 23, 2014

Extremely committed teachers, who truly care about their student's success! Challenging courses,amazing facilities (5 Gymnasiums, Baseball Diamond, Stadium, etc. etc!). Into Athletics? No Problem, over 20 sports (eg, CCHS has won every tennis state title since 1971!) . Into Debate? MUN? Drama? Creek has over 200 clubs for everyone. Basically, people from any background, with any interest, and any academic level can be the best at this school in terms of academic/extracurriculars. The campus is astounding, being an architecturally beautiful campus of 100 acres, emphasis on nature! However, where the negative comes in is the elitism and social structure. Students are incredibly wealthy, and like to flaunt it through their numerous cliques- and I first-hand witnessed awful social discrimination and exclusion towards students of low income background. Minorities will never really fit in at this school, and there is a very detrimental drug culture (including hard drugs- due to the wealth cited above). The extreme affluence is what seems to ruin the culture of learning, and the powerful pros of academic and athletic opportunity must be weighed against the destructive social environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2014

My child is a recent graduate of Cherry Creek and I volunteered in one of the associations he was involved . I agree with the parent who cited the general social discrimination with a huge clique and drug problem. I saw it first hand. We choose this high school for the Chinese program. As a low income family very little assistance was ever offered, even when we asked and knew programs were available. We could not afford several of the field trips and my child was outcast due to this. Due to my child's determination he did graduate in the top 2% of his class and now attends and Ivy. There were several great teachers who inspired him but just as many who were little assistance due to our "social status". The first counselor he had was worthless since we were low income. He had a new counselor his senior year who made a huge difference . The school is superficial (including many teachers who pander to the wealthy), and only now , that my child is at a top university, is he telling all of the times he was discriminated by staff for being low income.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

In terms of academic/athletic excellence and opportunity- CCHS is as superb of a school as can be plausibly found. Facilities and campus are simply stunning, and the choice available to students in terms of classes, sports, and clubs is simply unmatched in the entire state of Colorado. HOWEVER, in terms of social structure , Cherry Creek represents elitism at its ugliest. Taking into account that its area is the 6th richest in the entire United States of America, there is little acceptance to be found and general social discrimination with a huge clique and drug problem. It is an amazing school if one is accepted well and quickly, but any that do not fit the cookie cutter model will find themselves ousted (socially) after some time. Would recommend this school to any that are willing to sacrifice their morals and personalities to fulfill and be exposed to the astounding opportunities and committed teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

Cherry Creek is a TERRIFIC school if your child is generally a confident, responsible, mature person. Cherry Creek also seems to be working on improving its services for less mature, or less motivated kids. Great teachers and a terrific variety of classes and extracurricular options, in our experience!


Posted July 28, 2013

Both of our kids went to school here and they both loved it. We are middle class, not rich. There are plenty of academic opportunities and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

As a former student at CCHS, I can truly say that having a diploma from this high school has prepared me more for college than many other high schools in Colorado and the nation. Cherry Creek offers a challanging and rewarding environment where any student can succeed if they put the effort in. The teachers are some of the finest around and truly care about the success of their students. As for preparing students for college, it quickly becomes apparent that going to CCHS isn't the same as other high schools. Naive freshman soon mature into responsible young adults as they are exposed to a more collegiate-type environment, including off-campus privledges, choosing their own classes, and overall more freedom. The only negative about CCHS is that unless you are very skilled in a specific sport, don't plan on making it onto any of the cut teams. CCHS takes their sports very seriously and therefore are very selective. I am honored to be able to say that I attended one of the best high schools in the country. Students not only recieve an excellent education, but will make lasting friendships and learn invaluable lessons during their time at Cherry Creek High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2012

Cherry Creek provides a competive environment, thus gets results. Unfortunately the long term principal retired, and the new one is less than excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I'm a former student of Cherry Creek High School, graduating class of 2011! I have to say, I love the place, it's one of the best high schools all around in sports and academic wise. Everyone loves one another and everyone gets along! The teachers are amazing! Best four years of my life :)


Posted May 31, 2011

I am an alumni of Cherry Creek, I could not have asked for a better high school experience. People are quick to judge those of us who went to Creek and like to think we are all wealthy and snooty individuals, but that is simply not true, we are just like any other high school with people from low income families to kids from local celebrities. And like in any other school, you will find it is hard to fit in or enjoy school if you are not involved. Creek is a very spirited school, the students, teachers, staff and parents all take pride in our school from our excellence in sports and academics to the safety and cleanliness our campus provides. People who attended Creek that say they hated it, only hated it because they did not get involved in high school activities. I was personally apart of the theatre, I always went to every school dance, I went to the homecoming pep rally's and football games, and was a part of a few clubs, which there are over 100! I have been given job opportunities just because I went to Creek, people not only in the Colorado community know that Creek is an excellent school and you must be a driven and outgoing person to have succeeded. A+ School (Blue Ribbon)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2011

Cherry Creek is outstanding for a student with enough maturity to want the superior, academic challenge it offers. Do not expect to be coddled here. The college-bound students are highly competitive, like at many of the universities they aspire to attend. The student body is diverse, representing various countries and cultures. The school demands excellence from its student body, expecting that most students are preparing for college. Athletics are highly competitive, some of which consistently win top honors in the state. Emotionally independent, self-directed students will find this environment rich with opportunity and ready to match a thirst for knowledge and enrichment. Alumni say transition to college was easy after attending CCHS. Still, under-motivated students can survive here anonymously in the sheer size of the student body. My daughter is a minority, immigrant student who thrived academically because she took the many opportunities for extra support. Social life here can admittedly be challenging, however, because of its economic bias. Plan to make friends at your church, in your neighborhood, at work, in clubs, but not here, and just absorb the education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I LOVE this school and I would strongly disagree with anyone who says that the teachers (or anyone) "favor the wealthy kids". As a middle class, single mom, I have raised BOTH of my boys in this school district. Cherry Creek High School is the BEST. I moved here for the schools from New Orleans - and have often said that this district should be a MODEL to other districts. They do things right. Parents are engaged. Yes, they are competitive - but that happens when you're GOOD at what you do. I'm very proud to say my son goes to this school and my other son graduated last year. Going to this school offers advantages you won't see at other schools. Having a diploma from Creek opens doors. And if your kids get involved in something (ANYTHING) - they will go far. At the end of the day, yes - i guess you could say "it's just a school" - but having come from a really crappy school district in Louisiana myself, my kids are getting an INCREDIBLE education here in CCSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

First-rate high school -- large, but the advantage is that you're treated like young adults with many responsibilities and privileges (self-scheduling, 4yr off-campus privileges, open campus, etc). Many, many, many opportunities for students of all academic abilities and extracurricular talents. Top-rate sports teams, overall excellent faculty, and great organization.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2011

From the reviews, it doesn't sound like it has changed much from when I was there....it's a public school of choice for the local rich people and yes, it's superficial. Excellent academics program though and diverse as far as ethnics go....but no, you won't fit in very well if you aren't the kid of the upper middle class or rich.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2010

I have now had 3 boys at CCHS. Although they were very different academically, CCHS met each of their needs. One was a 4.2 and was on a strong AP track. One was an underachiever with a 2.8 and some learning issues and the last is a 3.0 and a junior. The 2 older boys are at 4 year universities and the jr is on track to go as well. One of the best lessons they learned at CCHS was to be a self advocate which has served them well in college and life. We felt that the teachers were very dedicated and worked hard to help the boys learn. None of my boys were strong athletes but there are over 98 clubs to get involved in and they had a wonderful high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

Even though parents have said the school is "just wonderful" i have never seen any in the building. The school is an overall mess from the inconsitency of teachers, the rich white community, and how the atheltics program is God to most of the students. In freshman year, the first month i was physically abused and nothing was ever done, discipline is taken so lightly it is unbelievable. Visual arts are so greatly underlooked its sickening and you can pick challenging courses, but the teaching methods are generally poor and it goes in one ear and out the other. If you aren't one of the cookie-cutter clones, if you aren't in to sports and if you are an intelligent person, i strangly tell you to find somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2010

If you have a child with special needs, or worse yet, one that is "twice exceptional," run as fast as you can from the Cherry Creek School District! They are masters at making you think they have your childs best interest at heart, but what they really have in mind is their bottom line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

CCHS is an amazing school. The teachers are fantastic and there are so many opprotunities. it really is very diverse, although, you are expected to be upper middle class, and if you dont fit that then you may have triuble affoarding certian things. I wasnt rich growing up, and it is hard fitting in at CCHS if you have a bit less. Some teachers are bad, but they are few and can be avoided because of self scedualing. If you have to choose a high school, creek isnt a bad option!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2010

Academics are amazing in this school, with the AP programs. The problem in this school is wih the staff. The teachers are all mean towards certain students. They should show the same kidness towards every student, not just the smart and the rich ones from Cherry hills. They help you when you struggle through something, but it just seems like they are doing it to continue their full time job, not really giving any care in their work. Some just read boring lectures in their classes with big packets. It needs to be simple and short so it will make sense. Even wth powerpoint lectures, they try to present with some polite language, trying to be formal, but the lecture itself doesnt make sense. All im trying to say is they should have an interest in their teaching way, so every one will feel better about their teachers that they have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2010

Wonderful school. Amazing teachers. Many with PhD. I highly recommend it. I completed three AP courses prior to graduation. School offers excellent opportunities to a broad range of students. The teachers here are often offered positions at top Colorado and East Coast schools, but stay.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2010

This school is overrated. It's not diverse at all. The factr that it has alot of oppurtunities is irrelavant because underprivilaged student have a unbelievable hard time getting them. My daughter took a ap course for a whole year and couldnt take the test because it was 86 dollars and we could't afford it.
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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.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

875 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

875 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

875 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

875 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asian85%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)62%
Asian86%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asian85%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%
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 Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)36%
Asian84%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible33%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)64%
Asian86%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Science

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asian80%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students73%
Female81%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)48%
Asian81%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English76%
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

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52%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

25

Graduation rate

91%


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 75% 56%
Hispanic 10% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 9%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Kathleen Smith

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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  • Library
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Sports

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  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track

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  • Choir / Chorus
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