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Lewis-Palmer High School

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Posted August 23, 2013

Lewis Palmer has been home to my oldest son who graduated two years ago and my other son who is a senior. We couldn't be happier with the support and academic achievement they offer. It is a safe environment where it is cool to be smart. In spite of the budget cuts, they are holding up the quality though the teachers do seem to be overworked. I hope we pass our new bond to help out this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

LPHS is a warm and welcoming school where academic achievement is celebrated and bad behavior is discouraged. We are currently living in another school district but have opt'd into LPHS because of it history, legacy, athletic department, academic excellence and friendly warm staff. My son is a freshman and we just love the Monument community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2011

I have a sophomore and a junior in the Lewis Palmer High School and am really happy with our school choice. We moved here later and they have found good groups of friends to hang out with. School is now small enough for teachers to know the students well, and that shows on their learning. Class selection is not as great as in a school twice the size (like ones in D20) but quality of education is great! Highly recommend to consider this high school and school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

I attended Lewis Palmer High School as a freshman during the 07-08 school year. This past year I was transferred to the new D-30 high school, Palmer Ridge. Lewis Palmer made such a profound impact on my life that I am transferring back for my junior and senior years. The principal and the rest of the staff is incredible, the students have a large amount of school spirit, and the theatre program has to be one of the best in the state! I am proud to be a LP Rowdy Ranger!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

I personally graduated from LPHS, it is a good school. Good atmosphere, with great teaching personnel. Id recommend it highly!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2009

My husband and I have had 2 daughters graduate from Lewis Palmer High School and we have 2 currently enrolled. The vast offerings and high teacher quality that is provided has given our kids the opportunity to not only prepare for college, but to jump start it as well! Our oldest will be graduating from CU Boulder this year Phi Beta Kappa and credits her experience at LPHS with putting her on the right track to get there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

I love Lewis Palmer High School. Having come from a Dodds school it was a huge change. The school is definately well funded and has a TON of extra curricular activities and clubs to join from. Knitting, fencing, food critic, republican, and ROWDY rangers club are just a few of the ways you can get involved. Teachers really seem to care about what they teach. The AP classes are excellent, and have an 80% passing rate! Kids are so nice. I'm proud to be a LP Ranger!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2008

I graduated from LPHS this past spring (2008). I have a serious problem with people who write reviews saying that LP didn't prepare them for college. It's a high school's job to provide you with the tools to prepare YOURSELF for college. It is self-centered and egotistical to expect the school to do it for you. That being said, I am glad that I attended such a wonderful school. LPHS has a broader course selection than many high schools, as well as great sports programs and one of the finest arts programs in the NATION. I was a proud member of the Wind Symphony for three years and went to Bands of America National Concert Band Festival twice with that group. I took four years of French and speak the language fairly well now, and got the opportunity to earn college credit by taking a few AP classes as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2008

This school is the best there ever is for right now. I attened Lewis Palmer Schools from 4th to the 11th grade and loved every bit or thing about them. The principals were awesome and all the teacher's new what to teach and how to teach . You are in to school to learn and educate yourself for the future. I wish I could move back there right now and have our son in that school because the schools here in south carolina are not all that great.Lewis Palmer will always be number 1 in my book and anyone attending should be very proud to be there. Keep up the great work colorado . I love you forever.


Posted December 6, 2007

I feel this is an excellent school for any child. I have one attending and is in or has taken several 'Honors' and 'AP' courses. There are so many activities for the students to participate in and it's a shame if they don't. The teachers are caring and there is a hall where kids can go to get help from teachers during their free hour and before/after school. The school is overcrowded but the new school opening next year will relieve this problem. I'll have one attending that school and expect the same high level of educational there. I have sub'd in several schools here in CO and AZ and nothing compares to this high school and the academics it offers as a public school. If students don't take advantage of what this school has to offer, they are missing out on growing their education and prepping them for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I believe this to be an excellent school. The overcrowding is being rectified by the building of a new high school. Some talk about discipline being to strict. There is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. I think this is good. In reading some of the reviews, it appears that some parents who's children may have been expelled due to the policy and don't like it. As for the school not identifying ADD/ADHD, that is NOT true. Actually, I think the district is too quick to state this and should back off a little. My kids have EXCELLED in the D38 environment and the band program is bar-none one of the best in the country. If you're an involved parent/your kids will do very well. If you let them run wild, no school will fix that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Academically this is a great school. The kids are challenged in a safe learning environment. Most of the teachers care about the job they do. Athletics are a different story. Kids drop out of varsity sports here regularly. Overall, I think my child has gotten a good education, but I wish the athletic experience had been better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

This school is obsessed with two things; sports and CSAP scores. Any academics, such as Foreign Language or Social Studies take a distant back seat. At Lewis-Palmer they 'teach to the test', and strive for excellence in sports. BTW,the staff turnover rate is very high in this district, and four of the seven principals in the district have resigned this year. Discipline at the high school has deteriorated greatly in the past couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

We moved to Monument for the express purpose of having our son attend LPHS. We have not been disappointed with the results. A top notch staff, great curriculum, and teachers who actually know what they're doing, all go into making this school among the best in the country. Private school? Why do that, when you have a public one like Lewis-Palmer?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

This is one of the best schools in the state...once you attend you will know why. Lewis-Palmer High School is most definitely the most memorable school I have ever attended. I am definitely proud of it. The only concern I might have is the enormous overpopulation. Of course, the new high school being built in this area will solve as a solution to this problem. As it will cut the population of LPHS in half. I would like to thank Lewis-Palmer High School for a positive and gaining experience. Memories and knowledge will forever be instilled in me from this school. Thank you very much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

Lewis-Palmer is one of the best schools in the state. Their academics are truly impressive and it does not stop there. Just about every sport is offered and most make it to the state playoffs every year. There are over 70 clubs so involvement in the school is not difficult. The band has been to the national band festival 6 years now and with the band director, it is a fun class. Overall, this school gets an A+!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2005

In short, the school has great potential but is degraded by the lack of discipline and potential for drug/tobbaco abuse. I am pleased with the quality and committment of the teaching staff; however, the childeren are provided too many liberties such as driving off campus for lunch. This allows another opportunity for accidents or mischief. Again, the school has potential but acombination of Discipline, Unnecessary Liberties, Socio-economic Diversity and the Explosive Population all significantly hinder the ability of staff to provide a quality education in a safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

I am a former student of Lewis Palmer High School and I think the school was advanced academically, but the rest was not special. I thought there should be more extracurricular activities, and the clubs had no purpose so often times the people did nothing. I suggest having a day where each club shows their skills. The biggest problem I had was diversity. 95% of the student population had to be white, and thats not how the rest of the world is like...2% are asian. This is sad statistics because in california at least 60% of the students are asian.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 16, 2005

The school board and the administration think zero tolerance means expel, not measured punishment and counseling. Unless you live in Woodmoor and have a higher class income. If your child has ADD/ADHD and you don't know it yet, they won't help identify them. The teachers are burned out. The teachers teach to the standardized tests and strongly discourage original or critical thought. The school is very large. The large class differential also affects the kids. Unless you make mid six figures or have a lawyer on retainer, your kids will pay for it. This is not a good school district, or school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

I found this school to be very test-oriented and not very sensitive to the needs of individuals. The test scores are high, but becuase of the emphasis on these tests, higher-level thinking, creativity and 'outside the box' thinking isn't prevelant. A few good teachers, but the overall emphasis is on filling in the right boxes.
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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.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%
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 Students57%
Female54%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students76%
Female82%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%
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 Students50%
Female48%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%

Reading

All Students82%
Female91%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Science

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Writing

All Students70%
Female85%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

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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 85% 56%
Hispanic 6% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 8%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Lewis-Palmer Middle School
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Accredited with Distinction by the state of Colorado (2011)
  • Advanced Placement Honor Roll (2011)
  • James Irwin School of Excellence (2010)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Sandi Brandl
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (719) 488-4723

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

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  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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