We have had an awesome experience at Centaurus. We open enrolled in Centaurus when we moved to Boulder County. A few teachers have taken the time to call or e-mail, that's right a personal phone call, to let me know that my son could do better on a certain assignment or to set up extra time for help. This just confirmed that we are in the right place. This has happened numerous occasions.
The athletics are competitive as well as giving many a chance to play that would not be able to compete in a larger school. Many athletes have received scholarships to top rated school to continue competing.
A study skills class has been instrumental in one of our boys success. He now feels equipped and confident to go to college. the support he receives from the teacher is fabulous. The teacher really takes the time to know him and how he learns.
The support we receive as a family and the overall experience with academics, clubs, athletics, engineering, studies has been a blessing!!!!!
As a parent the teachers are great here! As for the Athletic and counseling departments that leaves something to be desired!! The lack of care and the disregard for students is unimaginable! A counselor told my child that they were an "over achiever" because she wanted to take the ACT early. The AD and VBall coach need to be re-evaluated!!
Centaurus was once a top 5A school in Colorado, both in academics and athletics but has been in a slow decline relative to its peers since the opening of Monarch High School in Louisville and Peak To Peak in Lafayette and in the next 5-10 years given current growth rates will likely succumb to Peak to Peak as the top high school in Lafayette. The boulder area has experienced explosive growth over the last 5 years however Centraurus has not grown at the same rate as its peers and has seen a marginal increase in enrollment. As a result and primarily due to open enrollment by Centaurus district kids to other schools, Centaurus has the highest Hispanic and economically disadvantaged populations as a percentage of total enrollment in the BVSD district. As a result there is not a robust parent community and volunteering/raising money for athletics and activities is challenging. The school won the Gold School of Opportunity Award in 2015 and spends lots of resources on helping ESL and lower spectrum learners be successful. A world class Engineering Academy was developed in the 2000's to help attract top students and change the stigma of the school and has seen some success but other local high schools are starting to adopt similar programs. The BVSD school district pays the highest wages in the area and Centaurus like other BVSD schools has some of the best teachers in Colorado that truly care about the student. Centaurus struggles athletically and while once was rivals to other local district 5A schools, its main rival now is 2A/3A Peak to Peak Academy, which in 2015 Centaurus failed to win any athletic competitions against and was swept on all levels both girls and boys in basketball as well as volleyball. In 2015 Centaurus was given $23.5M in district bond money to improve the school. Due to these challenges, the schools is an early adopter in a combined architecture, open classroom and shared curriculum teaching concept based on the "21st century schools" model http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/. This is a great school for an Engineer focused student or a lower learner that needs one on one attention. Its also a great school for athletes who enjoy competing but don't necessarily care about winning as they will struggle with teammates that don't have the same dedication.
Centaurus is an amazing school that treats every student with respect and value. It is no surprise that they received the Gold School of Opportunity Award in 2015! If you are looking for a school that honors the unique talents of your child and that will treat your child like their own child, Centaurus is the school. The teachers, counselors, and administration, work together to create individual student-centered learning opportunities for every student. Whether the student is taking AP/ IB/Engineering classes or the student is new to the country and learning English, Centaurus truly cares about each of the students. As a result, their students are achieving at amazing rates, and their school community is one that honors the diversity of each of us.
Centaurus is a hidden gem in small town Lafayette, CO! Students have many opportunities in various fields that will prepare them for life after high school. The marching band is 3-time state champions. The engineering program is amazing - working with other colleges to provide students with many "professional" opportunities and furthering education. The teachers and office staff are committed to the success of every student.
Centaurus is a magnificent place to attend high school. I went there because of their phenomenal engineering program. The school's atmosphere is a friendly and welcoming place. I feel like the teachers know me on a deeper level than other schools that i have attended. The students are great friends and they help each other with school work and other things. Centaurus is the place to be if you want a fun, loving and caring community in high school and beyond.
Centaurus is a student-centric school, something which is rare to find these days, particularly in Colorado. The Principal is actively involved in evolving school culture towards 21st Century learners. All the programs within the school -IB, Pre-engineering, AVID, etc. -are geared towards individual student success and betterment. Supports are in place for all students, from after and in-school tutoring, to Success Lab with one on one teacher tutoring, to counselor access and advisory planning classes ( counselor sand advisory teachers stay with students for all four years, so they get to know individual students well). Most importantly, the school climate is open and supportive, diverse and welcoming. High school is a challenging time for all kids, but Centaurus is a smaller, closer community than most and the courtesy and respect students show each other here is impressive. Students are active in a variety of sports and club activities (often multiple activities), throughout the year, summer too. They are encouraged to try new things and grow, not just academically, but as fully rounded people, so they are ready for whatever life throws at them.