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Centaurus High School

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Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Centaurus is the best kept secret in Boulder Valley! The IB and Engineering programs really challenge those students who are motivated to do the work, and sets them up beautifully for college. the test score gaps have been closing steadily for several years, and they have done an excellent job addressing the needs of those who are not native English speakers. One of the smallest teacher/ student ratios in the district allows individual attention to students who need more assistance. This next four years will be a technology plus, with each freshman being supplied with a chromebook. I am so happy with the responsiveness of the staff and administration here; I have never waited more than two hours for a response when asking a question about something concerning my students. The marching band is a state champion, and all kids who would like to play sports are welcome to play. You can't go wrong here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

I find it interesting that a previous reviewer finds that Centaurus is not a good fit for gifted students. In our experience, the exact opposite is the case. My son's counselor has been extremely responsive and has made every effort to set him up for success. He has been given an extraordinary amount of freedom and guidance to learn and grow in the engineering program, even as a freshman, and all of his pre IB teachers appreciate him as a person and encourage him to excel. I feel that he will have many doors open for him in college due to the foundation he is getting in high school. In our experience in other schools, TAG is a program that may work with kids on a few things but does not really reach them as whole people. Additionally, quiet students and those who are more introverted are often not recognized for their abilities. At Centaurus we feel our son is thriving as never before; he is motivated to do his best and is so happy to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

I would like to share that I have a "twice exceptional" student who is a senior - he's been offered numerous merit based scholarships (ex: School of Mines and two scholarships from CU) and it's all due to the quality of teaching & extensive ZAP training he went through at Centaurus. He's a straight A student who chose not to go into TAG or IB programs, and got to plan his own coursework (mainly AP classes). We had many Ivy League Universities sending him recruiting mail. My other student is a Junior in IB and he's also tracking extremely well academically & we're confident of his college prospects. Centaurus is a high school that offers many choices to students where they can learn to proactively manage their education. This school prepares graduates for college level work, especially in the engineering program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

As a parent of a straight A student, I have been very disappointed in the quality of education and lack of competency of the counseling office. I do not recommend this school for TAG students. There are excellent teachers, and the parents know who they are - so if you decide to send your child to Centaurus I would advise talking to parents who share teacher recommendations. The major focus of the administration is to raise the school retention rate. Most resources are spent with students who do not meet state proficiency goals. Although the counseling office has the state standard for counselor/student ratio, assistance with college and scholarship searches is very weak and the office is unorganized. Unfortunately, Centaurus is an underperforming school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

I have a sophomore at Centaurus and have been so happy with his experience there. He used to be self-conscious and has really blossomed and feels very confident and happy at CHS. He is in the engineering program and part of the 2-time state champions marching band and orchestra. He also participates in baseball and track so is well rounded and involved which is important in the success of any student. I also volunteer in the office so see first-hand how things are ran at that school. The staff are amazing and are committed to helping the kids be successful in school at the same time helping them have a good high school experience. The kids are very supportive of each other and bullying is not tolerated. BVSD has helped to provide great improvements at CHS, including the engineering program and the IB program. The teachers are very committed to helping the students achieve their potential and are open and responsive to parents. Compared to what I hear from parents who have kids at other BVSD high schools, I think CHS is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

My son has just completed his first semester at Centaurus and I am impressed. Teachers at Centaurus have an open-door policy and students can visit, get help, and spend time getting to know them. The teachers go out of their way to get to know the students and work to challenge them. The IB program is fantastic, the engineering program is 1st class, the teachers are incredibly engaging and inspiring, the staff is incredibly friendly. Centaurus is truly a hidden gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

This is my daughter's third high school in 3 years and she loves CHS. She even went to the "nationally ranked" school down the street but this is her favorite school by far. She says the teachers and administration at CHS are great. She gets good grades, has wonderful friends and is really happy! That's all that matters to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

To echo comments made before me, Centaurus is truly a hidden gem, and doesn t deserve the bad rap it sometimes gets. I graduated in '07 after 4 years at CHS and my experience there was phenomenal. I am now at a competitive university on the east coast and am proud to say that my Centaurus education has prepared me to hold my own against students who attended expensive prep schools. I wouldn t trade my CHS experience for anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2009

The CSAP scores of this school are only slightly low beacause 15% of students are learning English as a 2nd language. There is a great IB program and a large selection of classes as well as the pre-engineering academy. Centaurus also offers many sports and extra curicular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

I love Centaurus. I think it is a great school. From a student's standpoint, one thing I enjoyed was that it was not clique-ish. Sure, everyone has their friends but there weren't set social groups. Although the test scores may be lower for Centaurus, I think you will get out of your education whatever you put in, despite where you go to school. If you are determined to succeed, there are great teachers here to help and support you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2008

I went to this school last year, but was forced to move to clear creek high this year. I really wish i could go back because its a really great school. I move around alot so i've been to a lot of high schools, and like a typical teen my opinion is school blows, but this is the best one ive been to. i really like the emphasis on diversity, the structure of the school, and everything about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2008

I concur with many of the comments already submitted about Centaurus. My son graduated this year and my daughter will be an incoming Freshman in 2008. Their IB, AP and pre-engineering programs are second to none. The faculty really connects with the kids - I can also attest to this first hand. Very, very solid school and the ethnic and economic diversity of the student body truly reflects real life and teaches the students to relate to all people. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

This is a great school that is highly underrated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2007

I have only good things to say about this school. My son will graduate next year. I feel the teachers are there for the kids. I know this first hand. The education here is a fine one if your child is willing to do the work. The fact that the diversity in the school is much more true to how the world really looks from some other schools I feel is a plus. I think they can learn and embrace all cultures here at Centaurus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

This school is a hidden gem in the BVSD. Its engineering program is top-notch and provides university credit and is affilitated with many admittances into college. They are also a potential IB school and I have very near to no doubt that they will recieve the go ahead on that. The AP program at Centaurus is also greatly developed. The faculty is impeccable, I have yet to meet a teacher not fully involved in the success of the students, they also have incredible qualifications. The Drama department as an extra curricular is the only one I can speak with expierence about. The students are very involved in the extra curricular, even though we are a small school, being cast in a show is difficult however the children are supportive of each other. The program has an incredible level of success, just this year they were judged second in the best state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Centaurus is a wonderful school which is very culturally diverse and provides a great place for growing young men and women to learn to interact in society, make friends, and excel in the world. My son has had a glowing high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%
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 Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible45%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students50%
Female53%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
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 Students47%
Female40%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Science

All Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students48%
Female58%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant48%
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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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

95%


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 63% 56%
Hispanic 29% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
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 31%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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  • French
  • Spanish
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
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  • Soccer
  • Softball

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