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Highlands Ranch High School

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Posted January 30, 2014

HRHS is our neighborhood school, but we considered open enrolling at Rock Canyon, Arapahoe and even private options Valor and Regis. After speaking to parents who had kids in all of the above, and meeting with administrators and teachers at Ranch, we decided to enroll our children at HRHS. Now a couple of years in, we could not be more pleased and impressed. Some of the most experienced and involved teachers in the district and a principal that is second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

This is our first year at HRHS and we couldn't be more pleased. The principal is top notch and very creative, even in tough economic times. As for teachers, I've never seen a more dedicated group of men and women. They make learning interesting and fun, and bend over backwards to help students achieve. HRHS is one of the highest scoring schools in Douglas County and the state (based on CSAP scores). "The Ranch" is our neighborhood school and we can't imagine ever going anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

Our daughter likes this school and transferred into it. Feels safe there. Particularly likes the science department and AP English classes. She also likes the fact that the students are more diverse than other schools in the area. The weakness we would give this school is in the math dept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

Friends don't let friends attend Highlands Ranch High School!!! If you are looking for a quality education for your child you will want to stay away from HRHS. Their idea of quality lesson plans is sticking in a Disney movie! Very frustrating for students who want to learn and not actually have their time wasted. The administration is equally as frustrating!! Students are not the priority at this school and they know it!!!!! There are certainly better options out there for a quality high school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

We have 2 kids who graduated from Highlands Ranch High School and cannot say enough good things about the principal, Jerry Goings and his staff & teachers. We moved into the neighborhood specifically for the schools and have been extremely happy with our choice. I will add that, like many schools, HRHS is a great environment for students who are self starters but they need to work on keeping kids (who are not joiners) interested. The AP classes are challenging and really help students move forward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

I have a son who just graduated and a daughter who will start as a freshman in the fall. This is a great school with lots of options and opportunities for traditional and non-traditional high school students. The AP program is amazing and the school and district work with local colleges to make additional classes available. The sports programs are great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I just moved here and found the teachers a fun bunch of people, but they rarly taught us anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2009

Principal Leadership should be a 5, Jerry Goings is a great principal and gets along with all the students. The rest looks fine, but yes great school. Very diverse groups of students and its filled with school spirit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2007

This school has an excellent focus on broad educational experiences with opportunities for specialized areas of interest applications when needed or requested. It is one of the last schools to understand the need for Arts/Music in addition to sports offerings. Teachers at school extremely motivated often having several higher degrees to their credit. Only issues so far have been when attempting to work with a few support staff members who demonstrate competency of position issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

After graduating from this school, I have nothing but good things to say. I had a great experience while I attended HRHS and feel like I have received an above average education. I loved my teachers and all the activities that I had the opportunity to participate in. The principal was friendly and understanding, and frankly I feel that the teachers did an excellent job in working with our parents.


Posted March 23, 2006

Highlands Ranch High School in my opinion is lacking in the response of teachers to parents on students that are falling behind. The principal at this school does not follow up after grades are sent out to find out why he has such a large population of students performing below standards in the class room. It was unbelieveable to me that the teachers do not appear to care that they have failing students in the school. We are not very happy with this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

Highlands Ranch High School is an awesome school in comparison to other Douglas County schools, especially for those who like to get involved in extracirricular activities and, most importantly, plan to attend college. I attended another high school for my freshman year instead of HRHS because they offered an 'advanced' program that was not available anywhere else. Let me just say that I did not enjoy or value my experience there because the level of teaching did not meet my expectations for an 'advanced' program let alone an average education, so I moved to HRHS until I graduated. The difference in my educational experience was astounding, and I'm still grateful for the high expectations that the faculty holds for its students, and willingness to take extra measures to ensure success. I've excelled in college since my graduation in 2002, and I believe it's because I attended HRHS. And it was fun!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 7, 2005

Great School! Definitely Suburbia, but fantastic teachers and excellent althletic programs.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2005

This school is an okay school. If you want your kids in a safe and friendly enviroment, then this school is great! There are lots of activities going on just not enough extra cirrcular activities.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 23, 2005

This school is a great place for students to earn their high school diploma. It offers a challenging curriculum and prepares students for a successful life. The teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to help the students suceed. The students are focussed and really want to learn. There are many activities for students to participate in. Parents volunteer and continously help the students throughout the year. It is an excellent school with a great academic record and friendly schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2005

A lack of diversity and attitude that doesn't value diversity weakens this school. My son hates it and would rather go somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

I went to Highlands Ranch High School for my freshmen year and absolutly loved the school and the teachers. The school is great about making sure the students in the class feel safe and confident. They make sure a student is never left behind in a lesson. All in all its a great environment for a student to go through their highschool education.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

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

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%
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 Students54%
Female54%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian71%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian82%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students72%
Female80%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian71%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%
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 Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian64%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial39%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian96%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Science

All Students68%
Female69%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian84%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian84%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

92%


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 74% 56%
Hispanic 13% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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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Girls sports
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9375 Cresthill Ln
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Phone: (303) 387-2500

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