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.
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.
I failed 3 years in a row here before switching to online school where I'm a straight A student on the honor roll. I had good relationship with all the teachers but the curriculum they have to teach isn't very helpful for the real world. The english department through and through has shown exemplary care and effort, more so than any other part of the school. However, it seems that department has been cut the most. The school has absolutely zero diversity. And when there is diversity that finds its way into the school, the kids don't know how to handle it because they've never been around it. And then they bully. The kids there don't know the difference between $1,000 and $10,000. They don't have parents they have nanny's. Just imagine a crammed school with kids of that upbringing around every corner. I was constantly bullied and made fun of, but it doesn't matter and the administrators don't care unless you're on the football or lacrosse team. I know I'm smart, but I constantly failed. Yet I watched the kids on the sports team who are dumber than a box of rocks pass with flying colors. It's not a good system.
I had two students graduate from Chaparral High. One attended University in Colorado - one out of state. They both excelled beyond their peers, and both credit the education they got at Chaparral as the reason. In particular, the English department was amazing, the teachers very caring & fun. My youngest graduated 5 years ago and she still talks about her teachers with fondness. I was impressed with the principal and his efforts in making each student feel that he knew them by name. Pretty impressive.
I have had two children attend and attended Chaparral. By in large, I think they do an incredible job without much budget. The teachers are caring and the students are mostly from middle class schools. Unfortunately, this homogeneous population leads to a level of racial and religious intolerance that can be troublesome. By in large though, there is not much friction in the student population.