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Greenwood Village, CO
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9300 East Union Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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(720) 554-2000
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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
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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
August 09, 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
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
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 :)

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 05, 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
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
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
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
July 09, 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.

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April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
Welcome to Cherry Creek High School. Home to depression, low self-confidence, and an array of students looking for acceptance. To the parents looking into sending your son or daughter to this school, Have your child practice his or her copaface in the bathroom before school, that way they'll know how to manipulate their tears into a smile. As a current junior at Cherry Creek High School, 2-3 people have died each year. Unity, Conformity, and Wealth are the floor boards of Cherry Creek. If you don't suit all three, let the nightmares roll in. Want your child to stay on campus to shield them from the harm? Good luck getting a bite to eat. I.C. Cafe, Home to the Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans. West Cafe, Home to freshman and ditching students who have no where else to go...Welcome To Cherry Creek High School.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
Free-thinker? DO NOT go here. Innovative? Try somewhere else. GENIUS?! Never. As a student here I'd just like to say a few things: this school is absolutely horrible for anyone except for the sad drones who wish to spend their days in some corner office or cubicle pushing papers. Here, every shred of creativity and individualism is looked down upon and discouraged--conformity is the social norm and if you stray from the dominant paradigm prepare to be ostracized like some heretic witch. Here, a brilliant mind feels like NIkola Tesla in 1600s Salem, Massachusetts. I gladly type this under the cover of anonymity, for if my identity were revealed I would be scolded by a cadre of annoyed adults and parents for speaking my mind. So if you, disconcerted parents, have a brilliant child, take them elsewhere, somewhere their exceptional intelligence can be put to use, otherwise... bring in the drones.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2010
It has some truly great teachers but overall is not good with certain special needs and certain types of students. They are not good with following IEP's and making sure teachers understand the IEP's and follow them. They seem more concerned with covering each others backs than with what is best for the student. This school expects a great amount of independence and self advocacy and if your student isn't able to do that, find another school. Even with an IEP, count on it not being followed, blame being placed on the student and parent and a lot of frustration, stress and expense to get the school and the district to follow the IEP and give the student the supports and accommodations he/she needs. Not worth the stress and the fight.

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January 06, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 13, 2009
One of the top 5 schools in the nation thanks to dr. Smith's leadership!

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September 19, 2009
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April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 28, 2009
To the student who posted that 'for minority student's it's not diverse', I agree, but think that it actually is a good social environment. I am a Chinese student at Cherry Creek and from what I've seen, we really don't have that much diversity in terms of race. But if you want it badly enough, you can always find your place in the right group of people. If you close yourself off because of the fact that there isn't much diversity, you won't find that place. And I definitely agree on the academic side. Especially because of the pressure to compete with other students, most kids will be busier than at an average high school. I also disagree with whoever posted the comment that 'you shouldn't send your kids there' even though its a '10 out of 10 school'. Don't judge on stereotypes, unless it's personally an issue.

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February 18, 2009
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February 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
This school isn't the best school. Although it is 10 out of 10, it doesn't mean you need to send your children there.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
I am a Creek grad ('07) and I loved my time there. The faculty and staff are so nice. Teachers are more than happy to help students with class work and some are even willing to help them with personal problems. Also the friends that I made in my four years of high school are still some of my very best friends!! Futhermore, it really does do a great job preparing you for college. Once a bruin, always a bruin! Go Creek!!

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November 06, 2008
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November 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2008
I am a student at creek and I love it. Creek can be hard for students who don't really care, but if you are willing to take the initiative and try hard you will do well and have fun! Creek is great because it offers such a wide range of classes, activities, and sports. There is everything from recycling club, to varsity cross country, to western philosophy and ethics as a class. Creek has something for everyone and provides enough levels to encompass any students needs!

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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 09, 2008
I am a new student attending Creek for the 2008-2009 school and its challenging academically but for minority students it's not diverse at all.The good thing about Creek is the academics but the social aspect is not great at all.

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August 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
As a current student, I have loved my time at Creek. I'm actively involved in sports and extracurricular activities, and I have met friends through both activities. I was never really challenged academically when I was in middle school, but Creek really challenged me to 'live up to my potential'. I really learned how to work hard and achieve. Not only that, but I believe that Creek has a great sense of school pride and camaraderie among the students. At all our sporting events there are tons of fans, and I feel like if you get involved then you will love every minute of your high school experience. As for the complaints against diversity about the school, I don't think that teachers show bias to less fortunate students. I think the teachers at Creek are willing to help any student who asks. I absolutely love Creek. Go Bruins!

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2008
I wanted to add, if you want your kid to be prepared for college Creek does it. It needs a ski team!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
As a student at Cherry Creek, I can attest to the excellent qualities of this school. The academics are excellent, although students are certainly not coddled. This does not mean that students cannot find support from their teachers; rather, many teachers at Creek are very accessible as long as the student takes the initiative. One word of warning: Creek is ranked top academically because courses are rigorous. (NBC even came to school to do a specialy about sleep deprived students) As far as extracurriculars go, Creek is excellent, with choices ranging from physics club to video game club. Debate, DECA and senate are especially prominent forces on campus- all excellent programs. Athletics are extremely competitive, though they are an excellent way to network, especially as freshmen (who are rarely cut). We're ranked in the top ten for sports programs by ESPN. Great place to find what your passions are.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2008
I think brilliant kids who are not motivated are slipping through the cracks. The counselors are not role models. They try to be friends and do not have the students welfare in mind.

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May 30, 2008
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May 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2008
Good school and opportunity for the kids. However, the buildings are really old and it is so difficult to find your way around. Terrible for new students or freshman.

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February 20, 2008
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December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
no rating November 29, 2007
As a parent of two children that attend CCHS I have had a broad range of experiences regarding the teachers, administration, security, and deans. If you are a child that excels in school and thrives on academic excellence, then this may be the place for you. I have one of those children. If you are not a child that excels academically, and requires a smaller school environment, then please consider another school. I have one of those children also. The principal has stated that she is proud that 'CCHS does big well'. However, they absolutely do not do 'individual needs' well. They are poor at providing for a large group of kids that may require an alternative program. With the wealth of the school district, it is a shame that schools like CCHS cannot use their resources to provide stellar alternative programs for students that don't do big well.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
This is an outstanding school in every category. Teachers reach out to students to make sure everyone is included. Wonderful support services for those who need it.

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October 30, 2007
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July 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
Creek is a wonderful school if one is academically and/or athletically gifted and those students are recognized by the administration. There is parent participation, maybe not at the school directly, but at the extracurricular level. Tough school if your child isn't the 'best'!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
Creek not only prepares students for college academically, it does socially as well. True, there is not a lot of discipline but there is a fair amount. By not enforcing very strict rules and discipline, Creek puts its foot-in-the-door to help students adapt to college life. With some freedom during high school, they are less likely to go crazy once they get to college. As for the classes, they are centered on encouraging students to motivate themselves to achieve academically. Teachers do not have a hold-your-hand approach. They expect the students to learn some things on their own which is a great introduction for college. True, there are many different social groups at Creek, but they're not all rich and white. And less privileged students by no means fall through the cracks. It's a school that encourages a wide varity of extra-curricular activities/social groups. It's an great experience for anyone.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2007
As a current student at CCHS, I think I can provide a truer account of the school than the sugar coated parents have done so. Yes, the academic aspect is great! The teachers are intelligent and if a student is motivated, they surely will come out with a wonderful education; however, parents really need to start thinking beyond the brains of their kid. Conformity is law, and the individual is worthless. True friends are hard to find. Sports are worshiped like the God himself. And parent involvement? Forget about it! I've yet to see a parent at school. So chose wisely.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2007
CCHS is an overall good school but it has numerous problems. Many of the kids that go to the school have been with each other for most of their high school careers so the social groups have been already created and for new students to the school it is hard for them to fit in. The school is extremely competitive almost to the point where if your not then best then your nothing. The sports at CCHS are top ranked but the focus for the school is on having a good standing in the nation, not knowledge.

- submitted by a student
January 02, 2007
Possibly the best school in the country. It has prepared me for college just as well, if not better, than my peers that went to nationally renowned prep schools. However there is one catch, your student has to be motivated. If your child does not adapt to the high expectations to preform, then they may get lost. However, by senior year almost all the students on campus have found their niche. As far as extracurriculars, Creek provides some of the best programs in the country. Creek is among the best high schools in the country to prepare your student for college because it is a college.

- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2006
The classes are too large and there are way too many students for this school. All the students that do not fall into the category of the wealthy,seem to just simply fall through the cracks. The teacher's and staff really show no concern for the less fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
As a student at this school, I think its true that the academics are great, if you are in honors classes. Regular classes consist mostly of busy work. There is no dicipline or rule enforcement.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2006
To start, I'm a former graduate from Creek. I'm now a sophomore in college. I was amazed by how much more academically prepared I was for college than many of my classmates. I had no trouble my freshman year, I am not saying I didn't have to work, I am saying it was easier for me than most. I have talked to friends from Creek and it seems as if everyone had a similar experience. In other words if you are looking for a great college preparatory school you, do not have to go any farther than creek. Of course, there are a few cons; the major one from a student s point of view was the security. They seemed to always have nothing better to do than write kids up for cell phones. From my experience, I would say that Creek is one of the best schools around, but the choice is yours.

- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
There are a number of great programs and wonderful opportunities for students who take advantage of the school. But if you have a child who is going through the teen years with difficulty then you will not find the kind of support he or she may need. You may be feeling like the administration and teachers don't care and since your child isn't getting those all important high grades then perhaps you should go so as not to spoil the state report card. I know of several parents who have removed their child from CCHS because there was no support. Cherry Creek is very good at self promotion and the kids feel great about going to the school. But it isn't as great as it appears.

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March 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
Huge school with huge opportunities for motivated kids. Lots of kids get lost in the middle, but the school is big enough that most can find their niche. Academics are outstanding.

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December 02, 2005
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November 29, 2005
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November 12, 2005
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September 07, 2005
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August 18, 2005
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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 17, 2005
Excellent Resources for all students. Encourage your son or daughter to find their niche. Excellent accommodations for gifted students.

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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 21, 2005
The school is the best. Excellent choices for academic programs, advanced placement programs, clubs, groups ect. Ect. Ect. Truly something available for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Creek is like a college campus. It's large size and affluent population makes everything you could ever hope for available. Top notch sports, extracurricular activities, language classes, you name it, Cherry Creek has it. My overall experience there was that I received an excellent education but I never really found a small community of friends or formed friendships that lasted beyond graduation. Every class was a different group of kids. Too many people for everyone to know each other. My graduating class was 830+. I guess it's all in what you prefer, amenities vs. close knit community.

- submitted by a former student
May 31, 2005
As a student at Cherry Creek High, I think I can say more about the school's programs than a parent can. The classes are very strenuous and will teach the material. Sports appears to take greater priority over music and the arts, however, there are a lot of extracurricular activities that students can partake in. I do not see a lot of parents around the school, and have never seen any parent involvement. Most of the students are rich and white, and I'm not comfortable with the snobbish behavior. A lot of the teachers are kind and forgiving, but I do know of staff members and teachers who are extremely harsh and very unkind.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2005
One of the best college prepatory high schools in the State of Colorado, both academically and socially. Probley not the best high school if you child needs close supervision with lots of structure. Some students get lost, while other thrive. Cherry Creek treats the students as they will be treated in a college setting. The school allows the students to be independent and assumes that each one wants to be there and learn. The students are required to take responsibility for their education. My daughter is thriving in those circumstances. Many of her older friends who have gone to college have said that their college is easier than Creek. We have been very pleased with Cherry Creek High School.

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May 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
The best aspect of this school was the ability to choose your own schedule which really prepard me for college. The academics were all you would expect, and there were lots of activities and sports.

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April 29, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
April 27, 2005
CCHS is a great school, if your child is motivated and involved. A less motivated child will have difficulty because of the freedom offered and the large size of the school. Two of my children have/are attending, one it worked great for, the other not so great.

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April 20, 2005
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April 20, 2005
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April 20, 2005
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April 20, 2005
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April 20, 2005
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April 20, 2005
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February 13, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2005
Cherry Creek High School is outstanding in all departments. It has excellent academics, outstanding sports teams, many many activities. It's one problem is that it has so many students that sports are extremely competetive and many outstanding athletes end up getting cut.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
the quality of academic programs is increadible, you can really are given oportunities to take your education to a high level. there are countless clubs and extracurricular activities to get involved in that meet multiple interest. the parent involvement is very high because of their high expections.

- submitted by a former student
January 06, 2005
Consider yourself fortunate if your child attends this school. It is one of the nation's premiere learning environments, replete with every amenity to afford simply the best chance for young minds to grow and expand. While closer to a private school than public institution, it is Creek's prodigious, multi-talented faculty which overshadows the physical facility, resulting in unparalleled national recognition for academic achievement, athletics, and national awards in virtually every competitive endeavor. Name the activity. Creek students excell. It is quite simply Colorado education's crown jewel. The proof? The sterling record of accomplishment by Creek's kids. University admissions officers uniformly tout them as well prepared for higher education, routinely admitted to our country's most competitive universities, not to mention continuing on to the world's best medical, law, business and graduate schools. How do I know? My children graduated from several, and I teach at the University of Denver College of Law.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
I love Creek! There is something for everyone whether its a varsity sport, ping pong club, or community service projects such as habitat for humanity. Its a great school and I recommend it to everyone!

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 21, 2004
At Cherry Creek High School, the 'challenging academics' that we had heard about came to mean to our family not the comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that we had expected, but a 'challenging environment' instead. Both of my children are outgoing, involved, and gifted. They were challenged by the lack of balance and holistic personal well being of a number of the students, some faculty and some administration. Competition needs to be balanced by a working and comprehensive code of ethics. I would like to see an emphasis by the administration and her team on learning and modeling interpersonal skills that engage and connect them to all of their students, without regard for how large a school they see themselves in. Genuinely supportive and positive social behavior with the students and each other could turn things around.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
My son & daughter have or are attending CCHS. My opinion of the school is this - if you are a child 'at risk' or 'advanced placement' this school is for you - lots of attention. But if you fall within the average range, watch out: you're on your own. The rules are enforced by some teachers/deans and not by others - completely arbitrary. The school is so large that they cannot and do not seek your child out - you or your child must be the ones requesting attention. A letter of concern mailed to the principal, counselor, deans and teachers went unanswered except for one teacher. Not a good statistic. In terms of the school's reputation - it is excellent, but my experience shows much lacking.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
Cherry Creek High School is one of the best schools in the nation (with awards to prove it). Teachers communicate extremely well with students. The school offers terrific education, athletic, and extracurricular programs, and has one of the highest numbers of offered courses in the country. As long as students do their best, they will do well. Because of the work students put in, state testing gives the school very good funding. In 2003, the Media Center was honored with the 'Best Library in the Country' award, due to its outstanding volume of books and accessible computers, all of which are very new. There are so many people to get along with. Students are given a lot of freedom, including two off periods per day (three for juniors and seniors), and off-campus priveleges. The campus is situated nearby many popular lunch places. Most importantly, students are given the opportunity to succeed.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2004
As a former student at Cherry Creek I have to say that the academics are awesome. Learning is emphasized and the classes are extremely challenging which results in exceptional learning. However, the atsmoshpere is terrible. It's the steriotypical teenagermovie type of highschool, where the 'popular' students are extremly happy, and everyone else comes out of high school with a great education but also with some serious self worth issues. My advice, come in at the beginning of the year and join a few clubs or organizations, that way you have a chance at making some friends.

- submitted by a former student
April 26, 2004
I am a parent of 2 CCHS students. Both have had wonderful experiences. Academics are outstanding-- the teachers are incredible. Many of them have PhD's. The variety of AP and advanced courses is unequalled by any other high school in the area. There are a large number of diverse clubs and extracurricular activities. The school is quite large, and it's easy to get lost if you don't find a smaller peer group. Being involved in sports or a club are important ways to connect. My kids were better prepared for college than the majority of their classmates.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
I'm a former student at Cherry Creek and the academics are wonderful. I went to college ahead of my game. I was very well educated and advanced in most subjects when I got to college. Cherry Creek really challanges you to reach your peak of education. The atmosphere however, is horrible. All the students are the same. Uniformity is encouraged and unique individuals are punished.

- submitted by a former student
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
August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2003
I am and hoping to be a former student still at CCHS (Cherry Creek High School) and I personaly think that is there is any school that you want our kid to go to this would be the perfect school for them.......it not only challenges the mind but it helps out you child get involved....there are so many after school things for them to do that everyone is apart of the school in some way or another......the teachers are all great and will always help your student if he/she is having there grade slip or is not making any inprovment....the students there are so nice and so much fuc to hang out with and the best thin about this school is that it does not treat you like your in a prison or that you a forced to be there it makes you want to come to school......i know hard to believe but its true...there are a lot of amazing things about this school and i think u should check it out!

- submitted by a former student
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Cherry Creek High School
9300 East Union Ave, Greenwood Village, CO  80111
(720) 554-2000
Last modified Cherry Creek High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cherry Creek High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 104 reviews. Top