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Peak To Peak Charter School2
Posted March 21, 2015
- a student
I graduated from Peak to Peak a few years ago. Looking back on my experience I'm disappointed to say that this school wasn't a positive social/learning environment for me. It's extremely white-washed, and the lack of diversity is propagated by a system which encourages lower-achieving students to self-select out of the school instead of supporting this cohort properly. The administration was ridiculously draconian and they adamantly persecuted students who ran against their cultural grain. The vast majority of teachers are absolutely wonderful, caring, and highly-qualified (they kept me sane during my time there). Academically, I learned a lot at Peak to Peak and was well prepared for college, but then again I came to P2P as a decent student and good standardized test-taker. Unfortunately, the privileged culture and overbearing administration were extremely harmful and by far the worst aspects of Peak to Peak.
I have a 8th grader in this school who had a hard semester after a concussion. The school was so supportive and the teachers ROCK. My son was supported in every class and this was all coordinated by the counselor. This is a great school because of so many wonderful teachers here. Our math teacher (I won't mention her name because she is so humble she might not like this) is amazing. As a parent, I am surprised at all the little miracles that goes on daily in this school. Just want to be a kid again and attend this school!!!!
At Peak to Peak Charter School, we have a little slogan that goes as such: "I will strive to achieve excellence in scholarship and character". As a student who has attended this outstanding school for 12 years, I see that the vision in our slogan is more alive every year as I advance through the stages of my education. Peak to Peak is a liberal arts school that builds an "above the average" foundation for education. Our goal is to prepare students for higher education through a rigorous course plan and an advanced curriculum that will put our students above the state average on the college readiness exams, and will allow our students a successful educational experience. The staff at this quaint school work very hard to assure that their students comprehend the material in a no less than 100% manner. As a Dean's List student of Peak to Peak, I feel that I have a home at Peak to Peak. There is a prominent sense of mutual respect among the students; however students do have the traditional high school experience of friendly class rivalry! Peak to Peak is a safe and overall elite school and I feel very blessed to be in the Peak to Peak family!
This school is awesome. Great teachers, the kids excel and a lot of parent involvement. Have been there for 8 years now and daughter loves it. Will stay until 12th and graduate. It is great to have the continuity of the families and teachers.
My children (all 4) have been at this school for 11 years. I love this school! If you're a parent that encourages and values achievement, and has an expectation that they will attend college then this is a great fit for you. If you have a child who has behavioral problems, he/she may struggle here. Academics are the focus. The teachers are kind and caring, and want to see each child succeed. One of the greatest things is the ability grouping. Students may skip up to another grade for math for example, if academically they are at that level, and each grade level is broken up into at least 3 ability groups. The intervention when students aren't at grade level is impressive; they get special small group instruction and are not taken off the learning plan until they are ready and have performed at grade level consistently. 100% of last year's graduating class (apx 150 students) was accepted to college. And if this doesn't blow you away, those students were offered $16 million in scholarships! That averages to over $100k per student. I agree it's not the perfect school for everyone, but it has been perfect for us, and all 4 of my kids (boys & girls) have thrived here.
Teacher quality, in the elementary school, has gone down in the past couple of years due to hiring of under qualified people. The administration is very poor. The one just recently hired is not even qualified to be in the position, but they created it for her, rather than seek a good candidate. There is a very superficialness about the school. There are problems in grades that just get swept under the rug instead of being dealt with. The intermediate is very poor with regard to teacher quality. Parental involvement is very good, although, some act like it is a private school rather than a public. Bullying is handled in the typical 'Boulder' style with unrealistic solutions. There is good still but is is sadly declining, and the stagnant turnover of the non-effective teachers along with the hiring of para-educators who have been passed over time and again because they weren't good enough to get a job, finally get a job given to them without any search or competition. High School is Great! A bit rigorous, but good for any student that wants college prep.
I've had two kids graduated from P2P; they both enjoyed their time there and had reasonable success (4.0+ GPA). While P2P may take 'credit' for their overall success, I would say that the school tends to attract high-achieving independently-motivated kids, gives them multiple chances to succeed, and generally kids with good self awareness do a bit better. I never was that impressed with the school's hiring/retention practices with teachers nor their handling of varied grade dispute issues; however my wife & I thought the small school aspect and challenging academics benefited our kids. Finally, there seems to be an air of academic or scholastic superiority emanating from the school that is unnecessary and the endless pleas for money seemed bizarre at times.