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Thornton High School

Public | 9-12 | 1713 students

 

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Posted April 7, 2014

Overall I think it's a good school, however there is a large number of absences. Making them have a huge problem with attendanc. Also there has been many fights recently.


Posted April 2, 2014

This school does an imcredible job of making all students feel welcome and providing a challenging education that better prepares the students for college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

The "idea" of the Thornton High School International Baccalaureate program drew us in, the execution is often times poor. The classrooms are overcrowded, the guidance counselors are not helpful, and resources are bare. We were sold on the "individual approach to learning" that was promoted, but this is anything but that. It is a one size fits all learning regimen. We regret making the decision for our child to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Thornton High School is an IB school and teachers are educated to teach the IB curriculum which is challenging and rewarding to the student. My son is in the diploma program and suffers from ADHD. He has an established 504 plan, but it is not, nor has never been followed. The school is not equipped to offer services to students with ADHD. The 504 building administrator and the guidance councilor are not only unfamiliar with the law, but go out of their way to prove that students do not need services. Educators are not trained in how to help students with disabilities. As a parent, I often feel that they don't care, but realize how hard it must be to teach 35-40 advanced students per class. My son has two more years at Thornton High School and I don't anticipate services being provided to him. The lack of support causes my son and myself constant anxiety. School is much more difficult for him than it should be. I am an active parent and each year speak to his educators in order to build a sense of support between home and school. Each year proves to be a futile attempt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

Throughout my four years at Thornton I had many life experiences that have shaped who I am today. The teachers at Thornton played a large part in my success. The extra curricular activities offered and staff made school a second home for me. The support I experienced molded me into the teacher I have become today. I am forever grateful for the staff, teachers, and students that changed my life and made my high school career memorable and life changing! Class of 2006 - THS Trojans!


Posted September 17, 2009

When there are issues they are dealt with with fairness, equality, and cultural awareness. With the school population changing month by month, sometime day by day, the staff do an excellent job to maintain compassion and individuality. I have the privilege of being a parent and a substitute teacher so I am able to use that unusual perspective to commend my school, Thornton High School to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love Thornton High School because we have teachers that actually care about the students. We have an administration that works hard to make sure students get the best education possile. Thornton has been my second home for the last three years and this is my last year at Thornton. Thornton helped make me the student and person that I am today. I'm a proud Thornton Trojan.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Thornton is a terrific high school, with a diverse student body and faculty. They also host the International Baccaluarate program for the district, comprised of bright, motivated young people who will do great things! And the best part is, it's my alma mater!


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff at Thornton High School helped me, a troubled teen work through my problems and make it into college. I am forever thankful for the ways they cared and how much emphasis they put on my continued education. The staff put in countless extra hours to help students achieve their goals. I am forever thankful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

I have a child at this school. My son has been attending Thornton for 3 years. The biggest complaints I have with Thornton stem from lack of discipline. Students can been seen walking the halls all day long, and there doesn't seem to be any consequence for doing so. My so doesn't always feel safe at Thornton. The teachers are very caring and support the kids well, but discipline is a major problem at THS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

It's good. The excellent thing about this school is th IB program. The amount of work is alot but it will pay off in the end. The Orchestra is very good. Though it is a bit overcrowded this is a very good school and it is the best school for students who want to enroll into the IB program.


Posted August 19, 2007

I have children in two of District 12's schools, and my son and I were much happier with the experience at Thornton than at Legacy. Thornton's staff and coaches have established individual student success as their priority. My son felt that he was valued in his academics and sports by each of his teachers and coaches. This school is lively and diverse. What it needs is much more parent participation and support. The athletes need to make a higher commitment to their sports and remain eligible. It is tough to be a teacher or administrator at this school due to the variety of needs the students present, but this staff handles itself with dignity and kindness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2007

This school has an amazing community. The students all seem to connect and have something in common. There is such diversity in the school that everyone can find a friend or more. The choir program is excellent, as are most of the performing arts. The athletics are also fun and welcoming. I really enjoyed going there and it gave me great people skills. The teachers focus more on the student than on the idea of a standardized test and it really teaches the kids to have realistic ideals of the real world and the hundreds of types of people you will encounter. Real world experiences are most definitely acquired here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

I am a grandparent and if I come into the school I am told I am not to wander the halls. I wanted to go with my grandson to purchase a yearbook but I was made to wait in the office while my grandson purchased the book. I felt left out of the process and that I had missed an opportunity to meet the teacher. I have offered my services as a volunteer and have not heard back from anyone. I was given the opportunity to watch the classroom when they were doing their mock trial practices and really enjoyed this chance to be in the educational loop. All parents,Grandparents and community members should be welcomed in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%
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.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
30%
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 Students21%
Female20%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)18%
Asian65%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Free lunch eligible13%
Reduced lunch eligible30%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%

Reading

All Students46%
Female53%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asian71%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Writing

All Students33%
Female39%
Male26%
Black (not Hispanic)24%
Asian65%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%
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 Students20%
Female19%
Male22%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian52%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligible16%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English21%
Immigrant16%
Neither migrant nor immigrant21%

Reading

All Students51%
Female58%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian73%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English53%
Immigrant21%
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Science

All Students34%
Female34%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian61%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)42%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible32%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities37%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)2%
Proficient in English36%
Immigrant16%
Neither migrant nor immigrant34%

Writing

All Students27%
Female33%
Male22%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian45%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)34%
Free lunch eligible17%
Reduced lunch eligible32%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities30%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English30%
Immigrant11%
Neither migrant nor immigrant27%
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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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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

93%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

78%


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
Hispanic 56% 32%
White 32% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 42%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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9351 Washington St
Thornton, CO 80229
Phone: (720) 972-4800

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