The majority of teachers have ample amount of experience and for those that are new to the school are mentored through a Professional Learning Community. In the performance rating at DCSD, I would estimate the majority of teachers are rated "effective" on a VERY thorough rubric.
CHS offers NUMEROUS Advanced Placement and concurrent enrollment courses. The ACT scores are above state average and CHS has received several state and national scholar awards such as National Merit and Boetcher Scholars.
Overall, teachers have great relationships with students which helps develop mutual respect. Teachers are also very involved in extra-curricular activities such as coaching, clubs and other activities which develops further respect.
Some of the mottos seen or heard around Chaparral: "Take Care of One Another" "Chap Family" And not only do students and staff care about people at CHS but in the entire community and Denver Metro area. For example, CHS student government organized a huge volleyball tournament for the Arapahoe shooting victim Claire. Our school has also recently embraced Sources of Strength to foster even more empathy
There are many active student organizations that encourage kids to get involved knowing that it will help their overall high school experience. Getting involved in the various activities helps student development. Chaparral has a fantastic link crew program that mentors incoming freshmen. This is just one example...
I have worked at three different area high schools in my career and this school has an amazing culture with both students and staff. It's an amazing sense of family for having 2,000 plus students. Relationships make a big difference in building respect and a successful educational environment.
I went to and graduated from this school a few years ago. The curriculum they teach is benefitial to students from an educational stand point but when it relates to the real world beyond education it lacks importance. The school has difficulties helping the students who have disabilities. These students fall through the cracks and are more times than not bullied by the students who focus more on athletics then excelling academically. A lot of the teachers don't seem to care about this even though it is right in front of their eyes. The saddest truth about this school is some of the teachers are bullies themselves. Being a student with a disability there is nothing more frustrating and overwhelming than having a few teachers make fun of you in front of your peers or behind your back for having a disability and taking a medication with side effects. Some of the teachers will even refuse to work with some students with disabilities, claiming that "your disability isn't severe enough for me to accommodate you" when a 504 plan is on record at the school.
I have nothing but good things to say about Chaparral. The family feeling that resonates through the hallways is a rarity only found in certain schools. Chaparral's education is far above other competing schools as well. And besides the classroom Chaparral has outstanding extracurriculars that never failed to amaze me. You would be doing your child wrong from keeping them from such a great school and overall experience.