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Niwot High School

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Posted August 2, 2014

I have had one kid graduate from Niwot, one from Longmont and one from Holy Family (Broomfield private). Like anything, it is what YOU make of it. What is important is that there is opportunity here to learn a lot, great coaches for sports, teachers are overall good -- although in general I think public teachers have too much job security. IB is a great opportunity and it DOES matter to colleges. If the college doesn't know about IB, then it's not a discriminating college. You need to sign up for the 5% King Soopers grocery rebate to take the program for FREE. Niwot, like all high schools has a lot of drama. My daughter was in private school before high school and found the kids to be incredibly mean. I don't think it was Niwot, it's unfortunately just life. This school is one of the best choices for Boulder County, although not perfect. A lot of diversity in the IB program and throughout the school. The parents need to be involved in the school and their children's education to take advantage of all the opportunities that exist. Kids DO listen to their parents even though you might think that they ignore you. Tell them to do good, be good and do great things for the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

I completely disagree with the previous comment about the IB program. It made a huge difference with our student, who felt very well prepared - she now attends one of the top schools in the country. She took both IB and AP classes and feels IB better prepared her for college. Also, both Princeton and Cornell admissions officers told me they prefer IB students because they're so well prepared. IB is not for every student - they have to be motivated and organized, but it is a great program and many of Niwot's IB scores exceed the international average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I like the school. It has great electives and sports program. I do think the IB program is a huge waste of money. I talked to two colleges and they don't care about IB. Some of the teachers are good, but some of them think they are more important than they actually are somebody needs to tell them that a lot of colleges dont' care about IB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2012

Above average means that most teachers are dedicated and the staff is responsive to concerns: However, just because there is an IB program, and just because your student is doing well within it does not mean ALL teachers are working. Watching my sophomore's grades, I've noticed some teachers have decided grading papers is too much trouble. Two months passed in his spring 2012 Algebra class before a test was graded. Fall 2012 no writing assignment will be graded until mid-October after half the semester is over! I hope these teachers are willing to help pay for his first year at university after he flunks out wondering why he did so well at NHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

Niwot HS is outstanding in every way, including diversity. Two low income neighborhoods, including a mobile home park on Francis St. are bussed to Niwot HS. Sports coaching is outstanding, music programs top notch, and teachers come from diverse backgrounds with high levels of education (physics teacher has a two degrees from MIT, English teachers have JD and bachelors from Vanderbilt,). The IB program is a special focus and the students come from all the surrounding towns, making the school even more diverse. Booster Club and Niwot Foundation fund the school well and parents are involved. Drug problems are minimal as are drinking problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

Niwot high...Great school if you want your child to be 'book smart'...and not much more. Niwot will teach you how to be a great Doctor...or Dentist...or another high-paying job that won't require you to actually interact with people on a deeper level. Students at niwot don't get as much diversity as other schools in the distict do. You don't get the full range of people there, and you don't see how people interact on a more grand scale. I went to Niowt my freshman year...then moved and went to Skyline. A much better choice.


Posted October 15, 2007

is such a great school to attend
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

My son is a Junior and gave the IB progam a shot but wasn't quite disciplined enough to do well. He's in AP classes now and doing terrific. It's great that such a range of academic challenge is available. The number of sports and extra-curricular activities offered is incredible. The school spirit of the staff and students (especially at football games!) is wonderful. NHS really is a community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Our daughter is a freshman at Niwot so we don't have much yet to make judgements on . She is also in the pre-IB program which is a school with in a school for the most part and may well be slanted toward the best of the best. That having been said we have been pleased so far. We had some concerns coming from a small private school setting to a very large public setting but our daughter seems to be doing well. She is thrilled to get to play in the Symphony which has won top honors in the state several years running and will be competing with an elite 15 schools in New York City next spring for the National Cup, a very big thrill for a freshman. Though the culture is quite different from where she was she seems to be adjusting well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

Niwot High School is an extraordinary school, with an inspiring staff and a welcoming environment. Academically, it is strong in excellence, and offers advanced and rigorous courses for IB and AP students. Student Council is also very involved, and is a great organization. The administration is very understanding and encouraging as well. It is like a family, with a lot of pride and spirit!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 8, 2005

This is a wonderful high school with excellent academic and sports program. Parent involvement is very high and teachers seem quite caring.
—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.

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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.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students68%
Female72%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian97%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Reading

All Students85%
Female90%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)4%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian84%
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian95%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian84%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students70%
Female78%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English78%
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

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

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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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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

95%

Average ACT score

23

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 72% 56%
Hispanic 19% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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Language learning

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  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
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  • Spanish

Resources

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Sports

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  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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8989 East Niwot Rd
Niwot, CO 80503
Phone: (303) 652-2550

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